Choosing the right senior care situation for yourself or a loved one can be daunting. After more than 20 years working in senior care facility design, we’ve learned the little extras that make all the difference in the way seniors settle into their new Homes.
Here’s a list you can evaluate and bring with you as you tour different communities and facilities to ensure you find the place that can fulfill both your needs as well as a handful of the “wants.”
- Day Spa. It can be as simple as a beauty salon that offers a traditional beauty menu or it can be a more luxurious spa with massages, facials, etc.
- 24-hour Delicatessen. Seniors often have trouble sleeping so having delicious and healthy food options available at all hours ensures nutritional needs are met around the clock.
- Transportation. Having readily available transportation allows for more independence, from running errands to attending cultural events.
- Fitness center. From basic physical fitness to memory care, remaining physically active is imperative to seniors’ holistic health.
- Reading rooms. Seniors enjoy quiet sitting areas and libraries where they can have a quiet conversation or read their Kindle.
- Game room. Seniors are less gadget-oriented when it comes to entertainment so places to play bridge, cards, and board games are appreciated.
- Attractive entrances. Attractive, solid, high-quality front doors with real door bells and aesthetically pleasing numbers keep hallways from feeling like affordable housing.
- Daily check-ins. This is especially important for seniors who live alone.
- Shorter corridors.Since mobility is often an issue, corridors should be shortened and outdoor access needs to be available from all rooms. Shorter corridors and direct outdoor access are also beneficial from those affected by dementia and Alzheimer’s, as it makes navigation less confusing.
- Space for guests. If there’s no comfortable space for guests to hang out, visit and/or stay overnight, guests are less likely to make the effort. Comfortable guest accommodations are a must to keep seniors involved with family members and friends.
Schedule a consultation with Leslie Saul & Associates Architecture and Interiors to begin implementing some of these “design extras” into your senior care facility design.