New Look for Rehab: Advancing the Actors Fund Home Vision with Aquatic Therapy

Presented by: Steve Leone, AIA, LEED™ap BD+C, Principal, Spiezle Architectural Group, Inc. and  Jordan Strohl, Administrator, The Actors Fund Home

DSC_6326webWhen considering incorporating aquatic therapy into a new or existing facility, the design of that space is always a primary concern, especially when the available footprint is limited. Placement, functionality, accessibility and many other considerations come into play while developing the space’s design.

In this webinar, Steve Leone, Principal of the Spiezle Architectural Group and Jordan Strohl, Administrator of the Actors Fund Home, will discuss how they were able to collaborate to design an aquatic therapy unit into a unique space.

Jordan will share why he felt it was important to include aquatic therapy as an offering for their residents as well as a marketing tool. Steve and Jordan will describe the collaboration process and how they were collectively able to come up with creative and innovative design solutions.

Steve will discuss how they were able to highlight the aquatic therapy unit as a primary focus of the rehabilitation department and the strategies used to hide accessory equipment in order to give the unit a sleek, built-in look. He will illustrate some of the more unique aspects of the design including creating a flush entrance with consideration for things such as recessing and draining the unit while providing a safe exterior surface.

Along with collaboration on design, Jordan will share how the new unit has been used since by their community for inpatient and outpatient rehab and wellness. 

attendees will learn:

  • The marketing value of aesthetic design for aquatic therapy
  • Tips for successful architect/client collaboration
  • Special considerations for designing a unique aquatic therapy space


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Steve Leone is a senior level, award-winning design professional with over thirty years of experience in the field of architecture. He has extensive background in senior living/healthcare environments and sustainable design. His passion and depth of experience has brought steady repertoire of special projects and speaking engagements. Steve is a highly creative designer, manager, and communicator. Steve earned a Bachelor of Architecture from New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Jordan Strohl is the administrator of The Actors Fund Home in Englewood, NJ. In his role, Jordan is responsible for the nursing home and assisted living facility, with responsibility for administering, strategic planning and providing leadership for the clinical and non-clinical operations affecting resident care. In accordance with the organization’s strategic direction, Jordan is charged with ensuring innovative healthcare solutions, performance improvement programs, implementation of best practices, and advanced data analysis to ensure quality assurance of the organization. Jordan has earned an MBA with a concentration in healthcare from Monmouth University, a BS in consumer economics from University of Delaware and an LNHA certification.