New trends will inevitably shape the senior living industry in 2018. In recent years, we’ve seen holistic approaches to wellness, increased home customization, open-layout design and an emphasis on lifestyle and amenities become mainstays in retirement communities. So, what’s in store for 2018? We’ve rounded up predictions from industry experts on the top five trends in 55+ living this year.
1. Upscale Dining as a Growth Strategy
Many continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) have adopted upscale, restaurant-style venues providing numerous dining options for residents. In 2018, CCRCs may consider following the lead of pioneering communities that have opened these options to members of the surrounding community to expand the potential for new business.
Read more on Senior Housing News.
2. Smart Home Technology
Voice-activated products, robotic home maintenance services, applications that detect potential hazards and more! What are the five smart tools making their way into the mainstream that will help older adults live independently for as long as possible?
Find out more on The Senior List.
3. Continued Growth of Continuing Care at Home Services
According to the National Aging in Place Council (NAIPC), 90 percent of older adults would prefer to age in place and be cared for in their own homes. As a result, a number of CCRCs, such as Needham, Massachusetts’ North Hill, have begun offering a continuing care at home option.
Find out more about the benefits of continuing care at home on My Life Site.
4. Increased Emphasis on Natural Amenities
Many communities, such as Pinnacle at Adams by Traditions of America (a Creating Results client) and Kingswood Senior Living Community, are foregoing state-of-the-art amenities and taking a more natural approach. Look for some communities to start emphasizing extensive walking trails, community ponds and expansive views over clubhouses, fitness centers and bowling alleys.
Find out some of the benefits that natural amenities offer from Nydree Flooring.
5. High-Rise CCRCs in the City
High-rise CCRCs have recently opened in New York City, Dallas and Fort Lauderdale, and Mather LifeWays is expected to open one just outside of Washington, DC, in 2022.
Read more about the emerging trend in urban high-rise CCRCs on A Place for Mom.
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