One of the main reasons why many older adults choose to live their retirement years in senior living communities is due to the amenities offered. Some of the amenities include restaurant-style meals, clubs and bars, common areas and social rooms, social and recreational activities, holiday celebrations, dance sessions, parties, shopping, dining, outings, day trips, complimentary transportation, fitness centers, exercise classes, therapy treatments, and more. These amenities contribute to creating or maintaining a better quality of life by providing convenience to residents.
However, over the years, residents are increasingly considering the community’s overall aesthetic design as another factor that leads to improved well-being, so much so that it is now regarded as a housing need. To accommodate this request, senior living communities are specially planned to be community-focused, which can be seen through several design considerations.
Apartments are usually painted in neutral tones. The reason for doing so is that it has been scientifically proven that neutral shades such as light browns, tans, and whites can help to reduce stress levels. A pop of color is added throughout the apartments, which is said to relieve tension. As the house is meant to provide a safe space for loved ones, a calming interior can immediately set the tone for unwinding during the evening and evoke positive emotions. Even though the apartments are fully furnished, residents can feel free to inject their own personalities by placing their decors and rearranging the furniture.
Picturesque Landscaped Grounds
There are many benefits of good landscaping, which is why the grounds at senior living communities are constantly maintained. Having beautifully landscaped grounds positively affects our physical health as the plants help to improve the air quality by producing oxygen and removing any pollutants. Residents are also more motivated to take walks outside, which not only can make them more physically active, but also mentally healthy by lowering blood pressure and alleviating anxiety.
Around senior living communities, residents are encouraged to socialize and attend any activities in the social rooms. These common areas are designed to accommodate any events, from birthday celebrations to dinners and dances. Unfortunately, loneliness and social isolation are some of the most prevalent issues faced by older adults today, so they should be encouraged to form new connections. With the creation and availability of shared, flexible spaces, residents now have more opportunities for interaction, in turn strengthening their communication skills and slowing down mental decline.
Plenty of Natural Light
To introduce as much natural light as possible, senior living communities are designed to have many windows installed in both the common areas and individual apartments. What’s great about being exposed to sunlight is that our bodies would produce vitamin D, a nutrient that is essential in preventing heart disease and various forms of cancers. Having plenty of natural light can also lighten up the atmosphere by reducing the risk for depression and influencing both the body and mind to work. A stimulated brain wards off cognitive impairment and promotes better sleep patterns.