- Person-Centered Care Person-centered care creates a better experience for residents by promoting choice, purpose and meaning in daily life. We create choice by varying the types of spaces we design and furnish. Studies show that 60% of a resident’s day is focused on meal times and they are demanding quality meals in a wide range of settings.
- A More Demanding PopulationProjections show that by 2030 the over-65 population will have doubled from 35 million to 72 million compared to 2000. More senior living communities will be needed to accommodate the growing population and demand for choice will also escalate.
- Active Aging and Holistic Wellness
Design spaces that enable active aging. This includes fully engaging in life within all dimensions of wellness, including emotional, environmental, intellectual/cognitive, physical, professional/vocation, social and spiritual. There is also a growing demand for social and physical connection with people, indoor and outdoor spaces and the entire community.
- Make Room for Innovation
Technological innovation is creating breakthroughs in elder care. Having spaces that can adapt to future technology innovations enables a continuum of exceptional care to residents.
- Impending Labor Shortage
The Bureau of Labor projects a shortage of more than one million care providers by 2022, which could impact the ability of a community to provide the right level of care. Spaces designed with the needs of the caregiver in mind can improve both efficiency and retention.
SLOW DOWN MEMORY DECLINE
Individuals with the highest social integration had the slowest rate of memory decline. In fact, memory decline among the most integrated was less than half the rate among the least integrated.
VITAMIN D FOR WELLBEING
It is beneficial for people to spend time outside, even for a limited time, during the day. As vitamin D levels rise, studies suggest our bodies increase the ability to fight certain conditions. From osteoporosis and cancer to depression and heart attacks.
NATURE AND WELLNESS
Access outdoors has the strongest positive effect on peoples' psychology.
PREVENT EARLY COGNITIVE DECLINE
Studies have suggested that an active social life may reduce the risk of dementia and cognitive decline among the elderly.
WELLNESS-CENTERED SOCIAL SPACES
Staying socially active and maintaining interpersonal relationships can help maintain good physical and emotional health and cognitive function.
FULL MENU OF SEATING OPTIONS.
Booth seating helps accommodate personal preference and physical abilities while adding to the restaurant-like atmosphere.
Stackable, light-weight seating offers flexibility and is easy on staff without sacrificing durability and comfort.
Having space that can be used for various activities helps senior living facilities be flexible and accommodate a wide variety of programming.
Choose attractive furniture and furnishings that are designed with your audience in mind. The right seat height with firm cushions and strong arms can make chairs easier for seniors to get in and out of.
CREATE DESTINATION SPACES.
Embrace the hospitality model and create alternative dining spaces such as a bistro atmosphere that residents may seek out. Dining is a highly anticipated event for many seniors that includes big servings of socializing.
BRING NATURE INSIDE.
Nature-inspired floor coverings can tie interior spaces into the exterior setting, which is especially beneficial to those who can no longer go outdoors. Design features that evoke nature have been shown to reduce stress.
THE RIGHT SURFACES & STORAGE
Use flooring and surfaces that are impermeable to hair dyes and products to maintain a neat, professional appearance. The right storage areas keep potentially dangerous products and styling equipment tucked safely away.
KNOW YOUR CUSTOMERS.
Provide furniture and furnishing designed for the physical abilities of seniors. For example, chairs designed to be easy for seniors to get into and out of with fabric that stands up to things like incontinence.
Multiuse spaces that are conducive to conversations, games and a variety of other uses are critical to building a sense of community. Research proves social interaction is beneficial to the elderly.
FLOORING THAT STANDS UP.
You don’t have to sacrifice appearance to have durable, specialized flooring. Moisture barrier-backed carpets stand up to spilled liquids of all kinds and can extend product life.