The boom of building more urban communities in 2017 has created a push to integrate senior living communities into master-planned, where amenities like salons, dining areas and fitness centers are public-facing to encourage increased socialization with the community at large. Spaces with multiple uses and flexibility are still popular, but instead of having an area deemed as the “multi-purpose room,” providers are now looking at amenities that they can combine to serve a variety of purposes. For example, instead of having both a library and a coffee shop, they are combining the two. Creating opportunities for purposeful engagement in programming and operations, rather than simply providing activities, encourages residents to participate in actual daily activities like meal prep, laundry or gardening (Make It Simple).Quality of Place
The three zones of socialization will be used to create spaces that promote integration for each resident’s choice of socialization. Communities will create opportunities for purposeful engagement through programming and operations — such as meal prep, laundry or gardening — rather than simply providing activities.
In many parts of the country, residents are also becoming more environmentally conscious, demanding that their homes reflect their values. Recycling, the use of low-energy appliances and lights and sustainably sourced food products are just the tip of the iceberg. Communities are now looking to the installation of solar panels for energy production — not just for homes, but also for common areas. Resident gardens are also increasing in size, as dining services teams are being challenged to include the ultimate in fresh ingredients: those grown by the residents themselves, on-site.
Quality of Equipment
Like the use of less restrictive cooking technologies such as hoodless cooking, sous vide and induction ranges will expand farm-to-table offerings and menu offerings to higher levels of care.
For example, while social media is significantly less popular among seniors than the general adult population, 46% of older adults do use at least one social networking platform. However, of that 46%, only 6% are on Twitter. It’s also interesting to note that senior women have more readily embraced social media than men. 52% of female Internet users over 65 are on social media, while just 39% of men have a presence.
The online platforms you invest in should always be supported by your buyer persona research. A senior demographic is no different in that respect. Investigate your audience’s online behavior patterns to determine where your efforts will be most effective.
Today, increasing resident choice and improving quality of life is the top priority, and forward-thinking architects and developers are responding by creating flexible and appealing spaces that can facilitate a host of purpose-driven activities, including whole-person wellness, meaningful engagement, and spiritual, physical, mental, vocational and social fulfillment.
Today’s senior living must fulfill a long list of requirements, from enabling residents to feel truly at home, to meet owners’ objectives, to providing wide-ranging and adaptable services.