Home, Sweet, Well-Designed Home

When selecting a senior living community, the design is important. A personal evaluation will help.

Today’s prospective residents are looking for design trends that facilitate a more active and engaged lifestyle.
Designs that promote engagement, encourage social living and include plenty of spaces for both privacy and community are in high demand. Consider an overall holistic design that promotes different elements and dimensions of wellness, including:

SOCIAL EXPERIENCES: Communities should provide a neighborhood concept with best-in-class options for resident apartments, including an amenity- and service-rich environment that offers daily activity and interaction. Resident rooms should provide spaces for family and friends.

PHYSICAL EXPERIENCES: Residents have varying levels of mobility and medical needs. Safety should always be at the forefront of designs.

SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCES: Providing areas of relaxation, reflection and spiritual connection is important for residents. Introspection and spiritual respite can occur in multiple areas, such as a private alcoves, gardens, a chapel for prayer, public areas for music, access to nature or a place to sit quietly.

INTERACTIVE DINING EXPERIENCES: Residents should have access to a variety of nutritionally designed meal options in bistro, restaurant, pub and family dining venues enhanced by chef-prepared menus that offer classic dishes as well as on-trend options.

ACTIVE LIFESTYLE EXPERIENCES: Amenities to ensure a holistic wellness experience may include a game room, music studio, well-appointed library, gardening spaces and education centers. Well-landscaped outdoor areas are important for the mind, body and spirit.

TECHNOLOGICAL EXPERIENCES: Look to some of the latest technological innovations in senior living to help you meet and exceed your needs. This includes health-monitoring technology that notifies caregivers of everything from vital signs to emergency situations.
Together, these experiences underpin psychological, social and physical health.

Editor’s Note: This article was submitted by Anthology Senior Living. For more information go to AnthologySeniorLiving.com.