In the past an Assisted Living unit was a very small apartment with no kitchen/dining and a tiny living area and bedroom/ bathroom. In a recent Assisted living project that we completed, the kitchen was good sized with a microwave, sink and refrigerator.(see attached photo) Not unlike some very small senior living apartments! The only thing missing is a stove / oven!
It will become harder to draw lines between assisted and independent as we move forward. Therefore, our interior designs should be flexible in what a tenant of assisted living can do. Perhaps the living and dining room area should be larger so that they can entertain. Maybe there should be more privacy in the bedroom vs. the living room. Will buildings that were built 10 years ago need to revisit and remodel their units for seniors?
Acuity needs will have to be addressed for each individual and perhaps there will be a new standard of assisted living in the very near future!
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Brenda L. Brady, ASID is a commercial interior designer with over 20 years of expertise in senior facilities, corporate offices, labs and healthcare design.
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