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As senior living operators look to reduce the pandemic’s impact, one partial solution may be available in currently empty hotels, according to Grant Warner, principal at Dallas-based D2 Architecture.

As the coronavirus pandemic began to affect parts of the United States, Warner partnered with hospital design firm HKS, 12 Oaks Senior Living, Heritage Oaks Management, Brasfield & Gorrie and The Bridge Group Construction to gather information from senior living communities about their pressing pandemic building needs.

Warner shared several solutions developed through the task force, including the potential for hotels to serve as a point of evacuation for non-COVID-19 senior living residents, during a Bridge the Gap podcast Wednesday. 

“This would allow facilities with outbreaks to reduce density inside the senior living facility itself and reduce stress on staff,” Warner said.