When senior living emerged as a staple of the housing industry more than 20 years ago, community nursing homes were largely characterized as safe, sterile medical care institutions. As the Baby Boomer generation ages, housing designs are evolving to accommodate the active lifestyles and modern health behaviors of today’s seniors and retirees.

While these carefully managed facilities still serve a profound purpose for our eldest neighbors in need of support, the definition of senior housing has changed dramatically from its original form. Many of today’s active seniors are seeking a broader range of housing options that support a more independent lifestyle. Because of this, operational trends have shifted from institutionalized care towards a community approach to healing.

Likewise, designs have also evolved to accommodate housing serving smaller groups of seniors. Many active seniors are choosing to live in group settings geared toward “social engagement.” Since these residents share an interest in continuing to pursue the activities they have enjoyed throughout their lives, independent living designs revolve around the importance of choice. Today’s new spaces look and feel like home, fostering relationship-building between residents and staff and help those who call the campus home continue to pursue meaningful life experiences. This growing market also offers aging Americans residential opportunities to engage with peers, enjoy a myriad of activities and hobbies, and take advantage of vibrant on-campus amenities. Is your local community on point with providing an active, social environment for seniors?

Empowerment through choice

Through thoughtful design, residents are seeking amenities that cater to their active lifestyles, such as fitness areas, coffee shops, convenience stores, club rooms, and other activity spaces. Specialized care tailored to the unique health and independence of each resident is also desired through assisted living agreements, expanding the market as new and exciting amenities emerge. Further supporting each resident’s power of choice, dining options offer additional daily menu variances and add-ons to rental agreements. Backed by the same security technology and nursing staff typical of assisted living quarters, these facilities provide desired amenities without compromising safety, health, enjoyment, or design.

Overall it's a win-win when you can improve the value of senior living properties while also doing the same for quality of life, empowering a happier, healthier aging population.

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