Seniors Housing Business

AUG-SEP 2018

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www.seniorshousingbusiness.com 33 August-September 2018 n Seniors Housing Business commercialsales@mfrm.com mattressfirm.com/commercialsales YOUR RESIDENTS DESERVE A GREAT NIGHT'S SLEEP, AND WE'LL DELIVER IT NATIONWIDE. FAST. GET STARTED BY GETTING IN TOUCH. Fast delivery. Low prices. Nationwide. 800.934.6848 Wholesale pricing and premium service Fast emergency replacements Removal and setup of old and new bedding Same-week nationwide delivery WITH US, YOU'LL GET: No minimum purchase requirement residential feel. The residents use one corridor, while the service staff uses the other for medical carts. That layout minimizes the hospital-like feel. The firm's latest assisted liv- ing designs feature two types of amenities. Each residential floor includes small gathering areas, such as cozy living rooms. The large common areas on the first floor are more varied than they were in the past. Assisted living buildings today include multiple dining venues, such as bistros and casual snack bars. While meals in the past were served three times a day on a schedule, many properties now have on-demand dining. Residents can eat where and when they want. Activity rooms nowadays tend to be multi-purpose and flexible. For example, they can be used as a chapel or a classroom. Contemporary designs also con- sider the needs of the extended family. The building should have comfortable spaces for visitors so they want to come back, says Seager. A community with a reten- tion pond might add a dock for younger kids to fish. "It's a small thing," he says. "But the details matter." Urban infill projects have become more common as sub- urban areas have been saturated with buildings. KTGY is handling the design for an urban infill proj- ect — 810 Pine Street — in Long Beach, California. The developer is Global Premier Development, an affordable housing developer based in Irvine, California, that is entering the assisted living market. The property consists of a 10-story historic limestone office building, which has been reno- vated to accommodate 56 memory care units. Global Premier plans to build another tower next door for assisted living residents. Because the project is situated on a 15,000-square-foot parcel, the outdoor amenities sit on top of the building. "The top floor is like a really nice backyard," says Seager. The main floor will include a café, a feature that will appeal to young visitors, he adds. Creative ideas are solving many of the challenges presented by a changing market. But providers agree the next big issue to shape the assisted living industry will be how to create a more affordable model as the cost of care continues to rise. As Bird of LCS says, "it's an unanswered question." n

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