25. Franciscan Ministries, Fran-

ciscan Village, Lemont, IL, AG Architecture & Studio 121. Tis renova- tion gives residents a fresh outlook on community life via more amenity space and activity choices including a new, brighter fitness center, deepening the residents’ sense of community. A new open environment also offers gathering places for visiting families to participate in residents’ daily life outside of their apartments. 26. Senior Quality Lifestyles, Te

Barrington at Carmel, Carmel, IN, AG Architecture. Tis design was crafted to support and embrace an internal system of walkability by establishing significant destinations for eating, socializing, and gathering. Te public spaces are a series

of flowing and interconnected spaces that serve both large and small gatherings. 27. Silverado Memory Care Com-

munities, Silverado Brookfield, Brook- field, WI, Eppstein Uhen Architects. Te community is designed to serve memory care residents in three unique neighborhoods—support, sensory, and social—built around a central park-style courtyard. Te shape and form of the community is modeled after the resi- dential homes that surround it. It is also designed to integrate family members into a resident’s daily life. 28. Maplewood Senior Living,

Maplewood at Stony Hill, Bethel, CT, Perkins Eastman. Te design strikes a balance between providing a welcoming warm environment with appropriate

social, therapeutic care, and security measures to minimize obstacles for this memory care community. Te interior layout divides the three-story building into two households or neighborhoods, which supports residents in navigating their homes and community. 29. LCB Senior Living, Te Resi- dences at Riverbend, Ipswich, MA, Te Architectural Team. Te design, created with the town’s design review board, evokes the architectural character sym- bolic of the historic New England setting while creating a series of discrete but interconnected residentially scaled build- ings in a non-institutional environment.

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Design Trends for 2016

• Design aesthetics are directed toward not only the resident, but the 57-year-old firstborn daughter who is assisting her parent on the decision of where to live.

• Warm greys are replacing beige as the go-to dominant neutral in communi- ties.

• Natural, rustic materials bring charac- ter and personality to a space.

• Multimedia art programs utilize local artists, current/historical imagery, graphic walls, and uplifting imagery indicative of the market and global influences.

• Boomers are being introduced to senior living by health centers for

short-term rehab and are demanding high-end hospitality environments and services.

• Environments unique to the owner’s brand are designed to support engag- ing, user-focused daily experiences.

• Open, flowing common spaces and enclosed rooms offer flexible uses and adjacencies.

• Technology, technology, technol- ogy—LED lighting, digital informa- tion exchange, Wi-Fi throughout the community, USB convenience outlets/ recharging stations, outdoor movie screens, and more are expected today.

• Restaurant-caliber dining venues with display kitchens and farm-to-table


options with third party, local vendor catered events are a new trend.

• Expanded interactive bistros sup- port dining activities during the day and then become bar lounges in the evening and are the social heart of the community.

• Spaces support resort-caliber spas, fitness, and wellness programs.

• Pet amenities, such as dog parks, are incorporated into communities.

—Contributed by StudioSix5, an interior design firm specializing in senior living communities.

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