Though it should not be the whole basis for a senior care decision, previous posts on our blog have spoken to the femininity of design in many communities, and others have affirmed the importance of design that goes beyond pure aesthetics, proving that design does make a difference.
In recent years, senior living developers have certainly taken the hint and moved past the simple hospital-like look and layout common in nursing homes, working towards a well-appointed and comfortable home-like (or even resort-like) feel instead.
- Still popular and seemingly most successful is the “neighborhoods” approach to Alzheimer’s care.
- Smaller bedrooms in assisted living and independent living balanced by larger community areas and living room space to entertain visiting friends and family are a new norm.
- An increased desire among seniors to live in cities has influenced a trend towards “mixed-use” developments, exciting urban projects that often rescue and restore historical buildings for new senior living-related purposes.
- The presence of more natural light in common areas is another design feature prevalent in modern senior communities.
Your turn: What design features stand out most to you when visiting senior communities?