Imagine the things you enjoy most about your home. Perhaps you love sitting in your favorite chair in the winter time, catching up on great books. Or, there’s your kitchen nook, where the bulk of your family’s memories are made. Now, compare these images with senior communities you have visited. Notice the energy shift? This is because so many senior residences end up feeling like large, corporate hotel chains rather than real homes.
We’ve noticed many senior communities use a regal approach to senior care facility design that can come across as cold and cavernous. We have tried to avoid the common pitfalls of over-sized common areas when we design our own senior living interiors, such as The Cambridge Homes development, creating spaces that feel cozy and homey.
While the community spaces are still large, we used warm colors, homey furnishings that blend – but aren’t perfectly matched into a boring set – and art to help create a more home-like atmosphere for residents and guests.
The Hebrew Senior Life NewBridge Community Center in Dedham is beautiful with a terrific art collection as well. However, coziness was not their design priority as much as the overall aesthetic beauty.
This idea that “hotels are not homes” is even causing large hotels, like the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston to add smaller, more personalized sitting areas amongst their cavernous, grand entrance areas.
Making the transition from your own home to a senior living community will rarely be easy, but the change can be less traumatic if the space you’re moving into provides the same sense of comfort, warmth and security. Contact LS&A to create senior housing options that reflect the values of home.