Clean Slate Project Offers Blueprint for Senior Living’s Future

Picture a vertical, mixed-use community with a senior living component where residents have access to retail, health care and entertainment, using virtual reality platforms to connect older adults with similar interests, or creating new organs for the body via 3D printers. These innovations are either already here or on the horizon, and they can be […]

Designing Senior Living for a New Hospitality, Health Care Paradigm

Senior living communities are beginning to take a new approach to blending hospitality with more robust health care, in a trend sure to influence future developments. In the past, private-pay senior living providers often set themselves apart from more institutional options by emphasizing a hospitality approach inspired by hotels, and taking a light touch with […]

New Competition Drives Senior Living Nonprofits to Mull Unconventional Ideas

Senior housing and care nonprofits simply can’t do things the same-old way — especially as for-profit providers ratchet up the pressure in many markets across the U.S. That was among the top takeaways during a Tuesday afternoon session at this year’s LeadingAge Illinois Meeting & Expo in the Chicago suburb of Schaumburg, Illinois. The discussion […]

Best Memory Care Design of 2018: Homelike Residences Integrate with Adult Day Services

One of the most promising advancements in memory care treatment in recent years is the rise of “small home” communities. A growing number of providers recognize these communities allow for a more person-centered care model that reduces the frequency of agitation, aggression or other dementia-related behaviors. The smaller scale of these communities, meanwhile, can allow […]

How to Get Architecture Students Excited About Designing Senior Housing

It’s no secret that senior housing hasn’t always captured the interest of budding designers, but that could change if the industry embraced forward-thinking designs more often. Currently, senior living isn’t viewed as the most trendy product type for architects, young or old, according to Dan Cinelli, principal at Perkins Eastman. “If you pick up an architectural magazine and […]

Senior Living Developments Go Bad Without Team Approach

Senior housing development is an inherently risky business. To minimize this risk—and avoid going over budget—it’s crucial for developers to have a variety of stakeholders at the table from the beginning. The senior housing industry already employs a much more collaborative approach to development than the public sector, Dana Wollschlager, principal at Plante Moran Living […]

Independent Living Innovation a Must as Competition Heats Up

As investors look toward independent living communities with growing interest, it’s important that senior living developers and providers position these projects to stand out from the competition. Whether by taking a page from the hotel industry playbook or appealing to younger residents, independent living communities should be taking action to win market share—or they could find themselves hurting […]