Senior Living Community Helps Residents Feel Closer to Home

May 21, 2020

The Mooring on Foreside trades the bland, institutional décor of traditional senior living facilities for a calming New England cape aesthetic.

Cumberland Foreside, Maine
Gawron Turgeon Architects

The Mooring on Foreside prides itself in providing responsive, specialized care for individuals living with progressive memory loss. In order to offer residents suffering from these conditions effective care in a familiar environment, The Mooring’s owner enlisted Gawron Turgeon Architects of Scarborough, Maine to design the ideal facility.

“The overall challenge for The Mooring project was to create a functional, residential scale, small house community with a New England cottage style aesthetic. We also had to offer the safety and durability necessary for continuous 24/7 care the residents of this home need,” explained Deirdre Pio, Director of Interior Design at Gawron Turgeon.


Deirdre and her team knew that finding a fashionable and practical flooring solution was essential for making the facility’s design concept a reality. “Safety, durability and cleanability were the key factors in selecting our floors for The Mooring project. We were also tasked with finding products that would blend nicely with the client’s vision of creating a residential cottage interior with tranquil finishes and an overall soft palette.”


After careful consideration, the firm decided that Altro’s portfolio of safety and smooth flooring products satisfied The Mooring’s unique requirements. “The Altro Lavencia luxury vinyl planks were the perfect solution, adding warmth from the wood visual for the dining room, corridors, activity room and sunroom,” Deirdre stated. “We also specified Altro Aquarius flooring in all of the private resident room bathrooms for the slip resistance needed, and the vast offering of color options made it easy for us to select a color within our design concept.”

Altro Lavencia luxury vinyl tiles and planks combine lasting durability with an impressive range of realistic wood, stone and organic visuals, offering an attractive, low-maintenance solution for senior living applications.

Achieving a fantastic slip resistance value for barefoot use, Altro Aquarius delivers optimum protection in resident bathrooms and recreational pool areas.

In addition to providing its residents with the highest quality care available, The Mooring has become a role model for senior living design. It received its most recent accolade early 2019, earning top honors in the senior living category of the IIDA New England Design Awards.