17 Apr What’s the Next Wave of Senior Housing Choices?
There’s a new trend in senior housing: blending in-home care with homeownership and the feel of a community.
Developers are restoring old, timeless mansions to become the foundation of new age-in-place communities. These alternatives to assisted living will also feature around-the-clock concierge for residents and help with setting up in-home healthcare services.
Everything is becoming about choice and control, with a 24-hour staff and optional food services. Residents can pay for meals and eat with other members of the community, or have a full-blown apartment if people want to prepare their own.
This new wave proposes a creative solution to help deal with the pressure seniors will put on the housing market in the coming years. It is estimated that population of Americans age 65 and older will grow from 35 million to about 73 million in 2030.
Much of the appeal of these proposed developments is that services can be offered on an a-la-carte basis, leaving the residents the freedom to choose what they need and who they should get it from. Outsourcing hospice, healthcare and visiting nurses will allow residents to be able to use whomever their individual doctor suggests.
Most retirement communities don’t offer a choice. But when you’re in your own home, you could have your neighbor dispense your eye drops and keep the housekeeper that’s been in the family for 20 years.
In addition to medical needs, these communities can also host social gatherings and provide fitness options, such as a gym and a putting green to keep residents active.
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