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Senior Living Interior Design Firm Releases 2018 Industry Trends

Wednesday, January 3, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Dorothy Ferrick
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A trend is defined as a state of fashion or the general direction in which something is developing or changing. studioSIX5 designers are helping senior living communities stay ahead of the game, taking the lead as the change agents of the senior living industry. As 2018 quickly approaches, the company is forecasting a synopsis of the trends which the industry can expect to see form, blossom and take over in the coming year.

“This past year has been an exciting whirlwind of positive change, with advances in technology, shifts in mindsets of the customers and opportunities to create a variety of experiences within spaces,” said Dean Maddalena, president of studioSIX5. “We’ve seen firsthand that beautiful interiors which celebrate life increase marketability and improve occupancy rates for senior living communities. We enjoy exercising creative freedom to ensure communities have innovation, cutting-edge design, and an ability to compete in the marketplace, but also stand up to the test of time. As change agents, our goal is to ultimately create interiors that celebrate life and positively impact residents and their families.”

studioSIX5 expects to see the following trends in 2018:

  • Designing boutique and upscale communities for seniors and their baby boomer family members has been at the forefront of design considerations, but employee retention has become a new focus. Communities are looking at ways they can cater to their employees’ needs in ways which result in increased efficiency and job satisfaction. Not only do operators want employees to feel comfortable while doing their job, they want them to feel valued as team members providing valuable care to residents.
  • While integrated technology is now a norm, studioSIX5 anticipates that the new year will bring about a heavier focus on building scalable technological capabilities into community infrastructures.
  • The boom of building more urban communities in 2017 is creating a push to integrate senior living communities into master-planned communities where amenities like salons, dining areas and fitness centers are public-facing to encourage increased socialization with the community at large.
  • Designers are encouraging providers to include accent pieces and décor with local flavor, creating a sense of history and pride of place within a space. Mass-produced items have less character and feel less personal.
  • Consumer demand is causing manufacturers to embrace senior living requirements when designing products, materials and furnishings. This rise in availability and variety will bring about more aesthetically-pleasing, functional products and furnishings for senior living.
  • The use of less restrictive cooking technologies such as hoodless cooking, sous vide and induction ranges will expand farm-to-table offerings and menu offerings to higher levels of care.
  • Spaces with multiple uses and flexibility are still popular, but instead of having an area deemed as the “multi-purpose room,” providers are looking at amenities that they can combine to serve a variety of purposes. For example, instead of having both a library and a coffee shop, they are combining the two.
  • LED lighting is being incorporated beyond just saving energy and is being used more and more to promote healthy sleep patterns and reduce anxiety by aligning lamp color temperature with residents’ circadian rhythms.
  • Luxe environments are moving beyond an understated elegance toward designs featuring jewel tones, mixed metals and lush fabrics, allowing designers to create opulent custom pieces tailored to meet the needs of seniors.
  • Finally, creating opportunities for purposeful engagement in programming and operations, rather than simply providing activities. This encourages residents to participate in actual daily activities like meal prep, laundry or gardening. The three zones of socialization will be used to create spaces which promote integration for each resident’s choice of socialization.



Source: Amy Jones/Lauren Witt, The Point Group

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