Take a drive around any town or city that is home to numerous types of senior care facilities and the difference in new versus old construction is immediately evident.
Modeled after hospitals, nursing homes are usually one-level buildings, perhaps with multiple wings, simple in structure and style. Aesthetics were not a priority; the environment was typically sterile and focused on efficiency rather than beauty.
Today, major architectural & design firms have a senior living component. REES is one of those businesses, with an impressive record of designing 7500+ independent living units, 5000 assisted living units, and much more – for a total of 28+ million square feet ($4 billion in construction value).
New independent living communities are being designed with the demands of baby boomers in mind: as per REES, features like “onsite espresso bars to high-speed Internet access, bigger living quarters and increased amenities” will keep this active population satisfied. Assisted living construction, however, is more focused on the type of care that will be provided, specifically as it relates to resident needs and care delivery.