The Boomer generation is one of the largest living generations in America, second only recently to Millennials. However, they are still a substantial percentage of the population with a significant influence on the housing market. As this generation continues to move into the next chapter of life, there is an increasing need for senior living communities and traditional views of senior community design are being challenged and pushed outside its comfort zone. Developers are seeing a desire for walkable communities that offer a variety of experiences, social and intergenerational interaction, choices, and flexibility.
How can senior living be integrated into urban neighborhoods?
KTGY’s R+D Studio explores a senior living high-rise concept that takes advantage of the benefits of an urban lifestyle and serves the wide range of needs of older adults. Next Steps offers a variety of housing options, supportive mixed-use, and encourages social interaction and community engagement.
Next Generation Senior Living
Next Steps is an urban high-rise development, serving the wide range of needs of older adults. By integrating luxury amenities and convenience retail, seniors can have everything they need in close proximity. A pet spa, makerspace, and children’s daycare at the street level encourages residents to stay connected with their community. With facilities providing options for Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Memory Care, Next Steps allows seniors to stay integrated in their community, remain close to friends and family, and live in a walkable neighborhood through life’s changes.
Connection to Community
Supportive Mixed Use
Next Steps accommodates two levels of curated retail and commercial uses to support resident needs. With more than half of Boomers being pet owners, the building includes a conveniently accessible pet resort for grooming and boarding. A children’s daycare and community makerspace promote social interaction among residents and the local neighborhood.
A highly desired amenity in senior living communities is a grocery store within walking distance. By providing retail and public space within a mixed-use building, residents have convenient access to everyday necessities and have the opportunity to interact with the surrounding neighborhood. The public plaza space at the residential entry offers seating area around a water feature that both residents and the community can enjoy.
A common dining area is shared between the Independent and Assisted Living residents. It is located on the 9th Level sandwiched between the Independent Living levels and the Assisted Living levels. This community dining area offers an open dining plan with a variety of seating choices which includes bar top and softer lounge seating. The dining area also opens up to an outdoor terrace with city views and al fresco dining.
Aging in Place: Choice and Flexibility
The ability to age in place is an important aspect of senior living as well as having choices and flexibility. Independent Living floor plans were created with universal design elements in mind and ways to create a sense of neighborhood and community. The independent living floors also include multi-gen suites for residents who may have a relative or caretaker who lives with them. This suite was inspired by single-family multi-gen suites and is designed for the resident and caretaker to have, essentially, separate living areas with separate entrances while still being able to move through both spaces as a single unit.
Neighborhood Atmosphere | An entry niche at each unit can be personalized to encourage a sense of community pride and create a neighborhood atmosphere.
Convenience | A built-in drop zone is located at the entry of each unit and includes a seat, shoe storage, and hanging space.
Bathroom Design | Bathrooms are designed with walk-in showers that include hand-held shower heads and built-in seating.
Usability | Bathrooms have ample room to maneuver and include open under counter vanities for flexibility.
Kitchen Design | Kitchens incorporate universal design elements such as adjustable countertops, raised dishwashers, roll-out pantries, and pull-down shelves.