Why Co-Op Senior Housing Is Ready for Primetime

Cooperative housing remains a niche within senior living, but the model is slowly growing. It has become a competitive option in some markets, and may gain further traction by addressing several pressures facing the industry. For example, co-op housing can be leveraged to meet the growing demand for middle-market senior housing. In addition, there are […]

10 Ideas Shaping the Future of Senior Living Development

Buildings designed to promote wellness, ambitious urban communities, clusters of small homes created with cutting-edge tech  — and even senior living at sea. These are among the ideas shaping the future of senior living development, as revealed earlier this year at Senior Housing News’ inaugural BUILD event. With the Fourth of July fast approaching, we’re […]

Changemakers: Steve Lindsey, CEO of Garden Spot Communities

Garden Spot Communities CEO Steve Lindsey is shaking up the traditional continuing care retirement community (CCRC). From embracing trends like fast-casual dining to innovations like hot air balloon rides for residents, Lindsey is a changemaker, setting an example for the whole industry from New Holland, Pennsylvania-based Garden Spot Village. Garden Spot, a nonprofit CCRC serving […]

4 Characteristics of Standout Senior Living Designs

The pressure to meet local market demands while standing out from the senior living competition is becoming ever greater, leading to more diverse and dynamic building designs. Still, creating exceptionally innovative and impressive projects is a big challenge. The buildings that have succeeded can be valuable guides and inspirations for others. This just one reason […]

Why It’s Time to Redefine CCRCs for the Next Generation

Continuing care retirement communities (CCRC) have adhered to a paint-by-numbers design and construction model for decades, but this could be changing. The expected stampede of baby boomers in need of senior living over the next decade is expected to change the design paradigm, as well as what will be expected of CCRCs. Developers and operators […]

Best Affordable Housing Design of 2018: An Experiment in Communal Living

The affordable housing crisis in America may be most acute in senior living. As a result, developers are looking at avenues to build affordable senior housing without government subsidies that bring a sense of luxury and comfort to residents, while instilling a renewed sense of dignity. The challenge is likely to become even more acute […]

Nonprofits Must Adapt Faster to Senior Living Disruption

Senior living nonprofits must learn to cope with industry disruption soon — or communities could become places that people would prefer to avoid. “If we’re not able to move forward, we risk becoming sort of like the outhouse: functional, workable, but not your first choice,” said Steve Jeffrey, chief strategy and innovation officer for Garden […]

Best Independent Living Design of 2018: A Senior Living Spin on a Pocket Neighborhood

More senior living providers may want to embrace the ‘social architecture’ concept, and they can look to a Pennsylvania life plan community for inspiration. The idea, born out of a desire to foster social interactions among people who might not otherwise mingle, helped inform and inspire a 2017 project at Garden Spot Village, a life […]

3 Tips for Operating Multiple Senior Living Restaurants

As senior living providers grow their ownership or operational portfolios at a steady clip, many are suddenly finding themselves in charge of multiple dining venues across senior living communities scattered throughout the country. With so many moving parts, and many diverse older adults to please, operating those restaurants can be a newfound challenge. But there […]

How to Create ‘Ratatouille Moments’ in Memory Care Dining

A surly restaurant critic takes a bite of the French vegetable dish called ratatouille and his heart melts, as he is transported back to eating his mother’s version in his childhood. This is a climactic moment of the animated film “Ratatouille,” and it’s the kind of dining experience that chefs around the world aspire to […]