It is clear that the long hallways and small rooms nursing home blueprint of the past is out. Besides the fact that the “medical model” of senior care is not exactly desirable, everyone’s talking about boomers and how they are already changing the face of senior housing design. They will continue to do so; the demands and expectations of the sandwich generation are driving industry leaders and developers to chart a new course for the future.
A recent SeniorHousingNews.com article explores this issue in greater depth, citing “holistic wellness” and a “stimulating and interactive environment inside — and outside” as their top preferences for redesign. What else do they want? To have opportunities for continued learning, social interactions, fitness and rehab programs and spaces, and places where they can connect with nature, says the piece.
Despite their demands, sandwich generation boomers are not ready for retirement — at least, not yet ready to make the transition to a retirement community. They are consumed by caregiving, for children and for aging parents, and in many cases, still working full-time.
Certainly a change was needed in the way senior housing looks and operates, and the notoriously outspoken baby boomers are happy to oblige, deciding what kind of care they want for themselves even as they seek options for their relatives.