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Safety & Design

Life-Enhancing Design

From lighting, flooring and furniture choices, to operationalized spaces – every apartment and common area is designed to maximize safety and quality of life for older people.

Community Design Features

Every on-site dining venue, fitness area and community common space is intentionally designed to help you feel safe and move around easily once you leave your apartment.

  • Augmented Chair Heights with Armrests
  • Supportive Handrails
  • Optimized Lighting
  • Wide Spacious Hallways
  • Non-Skid Flooring
  • Elevators and Electronic Doors
  • Wheelchair-Accessible Ramps
  • Enhanced COVID-19 Response Cleaning Practices
  • Evacuation Safety Procedures and Protocols
  • 24/7 Available Staff
  • Signage Notifying of Activities and Reminders
  • Wayfinding Signage
  • Dining and Care Services
  • Low Tables with Rounded Edges
  • Moisture-Wicking Fabric Furniture

Apartment Design Features

In-room medical alert systems and skid-proof surfaces are just a few of the design elements that create a feeling of safety in every apartment.

  • Easily Accessible Wall Outlets
  • Walk-In Showers with Removable Shower Head
  • ADA-Compliant Toilets and Toilet Rails Available
  • Personally Monitored Thermostats
  • 24-Hour Personal Call System

Designed to benefit generations to come

Elegance Berkeley has been designed to achieve GreenPoint Rated Gold Certification, as mandated by the state of California. GreenPoint is an independent, third-party verification system that emphasizes energy efficiency, water conservation, indoor air quality, resource conservation, and livable communities.  

We are an urban-infill, mixed-use development in a designated brownfield site, utilizing an adaptable, universal building design. Our environmentally conscious features include:  

  • Low-emission, 30% post-consumer or 60% post-industrial recycled content in insulation in walls and floors 
  • Minimal grass turf in landscape design to reduce water usage 
  • Durable, fire-resistant cladding and roofing materials 
  • Water Sense shower heads, faucets and toilets, and insulated hot water pipes 
  • ENERGY STAR certified appliances  
  • Van Dyken mechanical ventilation systems for improved indoor air quality 
  • Zero-VOC interior wall and ceiling paints and low-emitting flooring 
  • Location less than one mile from a major transit stop and community services 
  • 5 to 8 foot wide sidewalks buffered from roadways 
  • A tobacco-free building  

News and resources

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News Article

Why Social Connection is Especially Important For Older People

While we all have an innate need for meaningful social engagement, it plays an even more vital role in older adults’ quality of life. Consistent social connection can help keep older adults physically, emotionally and mentally fit.   The significant health benefits of social connection include: A Sense of Purpose For people who spent years...

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7 Signs Your Parents May Be Ready for Assisted Living

Knowing when it may be time to begin the search for assisted living for a family member can be challenging. On one hand, many seniors are adamant about staying in their own homes because they feel that is the only way to maintain their independence. On the other hand, living without access to 24-hour assistance...

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