Senior Housing: Architecture & Design for the Future

By Michelle Seitzer / Posted on 09 August 2011

So much in the senior living world has changed since the first nursing homes were built in the 1950s, particularly in terms of architecture and design.

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.

Read more about the importance of design in assisted living here.

There are 4 Comments about this post

  1. The design of these newer homes/communities definitely makes the transition a bit easier.


    on 10 November 2011 / 10:57 PM

  2. Yes, absolutely. Thanks for stopping by the blog!


    on 11 November 2011 / 8:22 AM

  3. Boomers are a different breed. With plans to retire later and expectancy to live longer, this generation of people will demand a different type of product without a doubt. Including universal design (as mentioned in the article http://www.seniorsforliving.com/blog/2011/07/08/the-importance-of-design-in-assisted-living/ ), advancement in technological amenities, and more of a mixed-use environment will improve the overall perception of assisted living facilities and also contribute to an easier transition from independent living.


    on 30 November 2011 / 4:10 PM

  4. You’re so right, Natalie. I also think these design improvements and amenity advancements will benefit boomers AND those currently living in senior housing communities. We appreciate you stopping by the blog and sharing your thoughts!


    on 02 December 2011 / 12:07 PM


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