Whether living independently or with assistance, seniors are looking for facilities and services that will enable them to achieve an optimal living experience.
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An exceptional senior living community should feel, to its residents, like home. Design for senior living involves redefining experiences, and facilities, to promote good health and a sense of wellbeing. It means creating non-institutional spaces where residents and caregivers can replicate family life through layered and textured experiences and amenities.
The industry is being shaped by the exceptional demand of the baby boomer generation. Communities today must provide a higher-caliber level of amenities and interiors to satisfy increasingly savvy residents. Fundamental designs related to daily services are evolving to improve the user experience.
Senior and Assisted Living spaces must also adapt to the dramatic changes in socioeconomic conditions. Both providers and end-users are experiencing tighter budgets, necessitating more creativity and outside-the-box thinking when it comes to senior housing opportunities.
Spaces must be open, flexible, and able to be used for various activities, as well as be flexible enough to undergo transformation as needs change over time. Gone are the centralized nurse stations, replaced with a concierge-style desk and integrated staff and resident activity spaces. Dining spaces become interactive meal experiences, offering flexible hours and menus, like that of a traditional restaurant.
Improved access between residential, dining, and outdoor spaces encourages physical activity and social interaction. As seniors are living more actively into their later years, it places greater importance on access to a variety of activities. These can be social, physical, cognitive, and include art and movement.
Seniors and their family members must place a great deal of trust in senior living spaces and providers. Trust that the difficult years ahead will be treated with the utmost level of care and respect. Long-term care residents often have complex medical conditions and care needs that require skilled nursing services and spaces that support them.
Rather than isolating residents, senior living communities can explore ways to incorporate community offerings, public services, and even businesses such as salons or rehabilitation services into their spaces. Communities are responding to the wants and needs of residents by creating spaces for cooking demonstrations, fitness classes, yoga and wellness spas. Seniors are increasingly finding ways to integrate technology into their lives, necessitating the integration of Wi-Fi, USB connections, and other connectivity services.