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3 Future Trends in Assisted Living Care

February 4, 2020

The senior population in the United States is growing tremendously. By 2030, all Baby Boomers will be older than age 65, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. As more of this generation nears retirement age, assisted living communities are seeking innovative ways to keep seniors active, vibrant and inspired.

Seniors and their families who are seeking daily support with a variety of living activities can look forward to several new trends in 2020 and in the years to come. Here are a few assisted living trends to watch:

1. Modern Interior Design Features

Assisted living communities are looking to create more beautiful and colorful surroundings to encourage a warm and welcoming atmosphere. You’ll see several interior design and architecture trends, including:

  1. Flexible design: Assisted living communities will incorporate design features that appeal to multiple generations and meet the needs of residents, families and team members. One example of this is including elements that support remote working environments in communal areas, not just in individual apartments.
  2. Warmer colors: Colors on the warm side of the spectrum – such as red, yellow and orange – evoke a sense of warmth because they remind us of elements in nature like fire or the sun. There will be an increase of these color schemes in assisted living communities in the near future. You’ll see more warm colors like terra cotta or burnt orange instead of beiges and whites.
  3. More plants everywhere: Plants are an easy way to bring more nature, personality and a sense of vibrancy to indoor spaces. An added bonus to having more indoor plants is that they help improve air quality and reduce stress and anxiety.

2. Greater Resident-Centered Amenities

Many of today’s seniors are seeking convenience in their everyday lives. As you consider assisted living communities, look for amenities and community features that will enhance your loved one’s quality of life. Features like hair salons and barber shops, community gardens, and activity centers offer convenience and opportunities for personal growth and enrichment.

You’ll also find more offerings for meaningful socialization and interaction. Many assisted living residents can enjoy a full calendar of engaging activities such as game nights, worship services and crafts.

3. Technological Connection

Did you know that approximately 70% of seniors are now connected to the internet? Many older adults go online to shop, stay connected with friends and family, and stay informed about what’s going on in the world.

Many assisted living communities will continue to use tech to keep residents safe and secure, including movement sensors and keyless room entry. 24-hour emergency call systems are common, and Wi-Fi and USB connections are becoming the norm. You can anticipate seeing more technology trends in assisted living communities, such as on-demand services available with just the touch of a button and smart home design features.

Convenient Assisted Living Services and Amenities at Episcopal SeniorLife Communities

If you or a loved one could use daily help with personal care, transportation, meals, housekeeping and more, assisted living may be the right choice. Our three senior assisted living communities provide several technological features for residents to enjoy. In addition to WiFi for residents and guests, and security cameras for safety, each community offers a TV in the lobby with the ability to use smart apps via a Fire TV stick. Brentland Woods offers a Bluetooth-enabled audio system in the Dining Room, and Seabury Woods has a computer available for resident use with internet access.

We also offer the It’s Never 2 Late ® system, a picture-based, touch-screen interface that allows users to simply “touch” their way to find engaging, educational, spiritual and personalized content. With one press of a button, seniors can launch hundreds of applications for recreation, social connection, memory engagement and fitness.

We invite you to take a tour to discover how we can meet your needs, now and in the future. Contact us today for more information or to schedule your personal tour.

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