As of 2014, 14.5% of the US population (1 in 7 people) were age 65 or older. By 2060, the country’s senior population is estimated to reach 98 million people. It’s vital that as people grow older, they have well-designed living options that meet their physical needs as well as encourage their emotional health.
Studies have shown how aging impacts people and what can be done from a design perspective to improve senior lifestyles. Our design approach to senior living focuses on making it possible for residents to have robust, connected, and enjoyable lives. Two examples where we are integrating this philosophy are Mission Chateau in Prairie Village, Kansas, and the Tiffany Springs Rehabilitation & Health Care Center in Kansas City, Missouri.
Mission Chateau will be a mixed-use senior residential community. Housing options will provide different levels of service, including independent living, assisted living, and memory care. The features available for more than 200 residents will include an indoor pool and fitness center to promote physical and mental health, an indoor greenhouse to encourage activity and provide year-round exposure to nature, valet services for residents’ convenience, and a theater, bar, and multiple dining venues that will provide opportunities to socialize and remain engaged.
The Tiffany Springs Rehabilitation & Health Care Center will serve a mix of short-term rehabilitation and long-term care residents at the skilled nursing level. The facility will feature 96 units arranged in neighborhoods around interior courtyards, and will include vaulted ceilings and large windows. The large indoor and outdoor rehabilitation spaces will be connected by a long, floor-to-ceiling glass wall that will bring elements of the outdoors to indoor rehabilitation residents and will allow for coordinated therapies as appropriate.
On both of these projects, we have the privilege of working with Tutera Senior Living & Health Care, a leading provider of independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing, post-surgery rehabilitation, memory care, home health and hospice facilities. Tutera’s wealth of expertise informs every aspect of the design and planning of these facilities, from the number of units to the types of food services offered. This ensures the facilities are designed around the the residents’ needs, staff operations, and the latest breakthroughs in senior living care.
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“Tutera Group will break ground on $65M senior housing facility,” Kansas City Business Journal, May 20, 2016