Medical center drapes and cafeteria food? Not anymore. Assisted living centers have come a long way from the clinical facilities of old, providing citizens an ever-expanding selection of services that indicate the variety of middle-agers themselves. “The population is ageing, and more customers can demand more choices,” says Phil Carle, founder of the Senior Housing Administration program at George Mason University, which instructs learners to handle senior residing facilities. The senior housing industry is reinventing itself to meet the needs of the seniors with eco-friendly pension areas, facilities that highlight long term learning, villages that enable retired persons to age at home and more.
Take niche housing for instance. These days, a number of qualities provide a select part of citizens, much like boutique hotels. “We’ve achieved the level of progress where rather than all these assisted living centers looking alike, acknowledging that there’s a huge population of elderly people out there so we can split into specialized housing,” says Carle. For example, Aegis Landscapes in Fremont, California is designed toward the needs of Asian elderly people. The employees talk English and Chinese, and the structure is based on the design fundamentals of feng shui. Social interactions include tai chi and calligraphy.
There are also approximately a number of these assisted living centers focused to the gay and lesbian population, a service for nudists in California, and an elderly day care group in Livingston, California, known as Escapees Care Center, devoted to retired persons who live in motor homes, or RVs, and aren’t prepared to give up that way of life. “The vehicle parking areas are wheel chair available, and health professional helps visit the RVs throughout the day to provide food and help citizens get clothed or take medicine,” says Carle.