An assisted living facility in Ohio has gone viral after pictures showing its stunning interior layout were shared on the Internet.

The rooms have porches for residents to sit and talk to their neighbors; the carpet is specially designed to look like real green turf; the PA system plays sounds of birds chirping in the day to simulate the outdoors; and the fiber optic ceiling mimics day and night skies at the appropriate time.

Lantern is an Ohio-based nursing home whose unique design is the brainchild of CEO Jean Makesh. He came up with the idea while working as an occupational therapist at a major nursing home chain.

He saw residents—especially those with Alzheimer’s and dementia—struggling with confusion every day, and it’s those cases that inspired him to make some changes in Lantern. Makesh strongly believes that our environment can have an enormous effect on us, so he decided to think outside the box.

He told Upworthy that he spent a lot of time thinking of ways to minimize the conflicts experienced by the elderly. He asked himself, “What if we design an environment that looks like outside? What if I can have a sunrise and sunset inside the building? What if I’m able to have the moon and stars come out?” And so he added all those things.

This is only the beginning. Makesh is also researching the use of aromatherapy and sound therapy to stimulate certain emotions and actions in residents. The facility pumps appetizing aromas like citrus and peppermint to encourage patients to eat food for example, or the aroma of frankincense to help motivate residents who are feeling down.

Makesh's ideas aren't pseudoscience: all these features are based on extensive research on what can help patients with memory problems. By making all these changes, Makesh hopes to show that environment does matter and it can play a huge role in a patient’s care. There are currently only three Lantern communities in Ohio, but Makesh plans to expand and build more soon.

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