Who better to predict the future of senior living than the people who are driving the industry forward today? Through conversations with some of the industry's most progressive owners/operators we created a report, “Senior Living in 2030: What Does the Future Look Like for Senior Housing” which explores what senior housing should look like in the next 10 years and beyond.
These leaders agree that senior living will continue to improve and refine standards and amenities, although a handful of today’s issues will likely continue to vex them 15 years down the road. Highlights from the dozens of possibilities underscored in this piece include:
Tomorrow’s seniors will be more proactive about their nutrition, demanding farm-to-table options and even health foods (think wheatgrass shots) and will continue the workout routines they’re doing today, though probably at a slower pace and with lower weights.
And they’ll be clocking the results of those workouts on sophisticated wearables, which will also remind them to take their medication. And when tomorrow’s healthier seniors do need medical care...
Integrated care services, including primary care, will be standard in many assisted living communities.
They’ll be demanding and using sophisticated workout equipment, not watching daytime TV or scrapbooking. Look for more challenging activities, including continuing education classes, as well as...
Adventurous Travel options, not just cruise ships and bus tours.
In 2017, demand is high and options limited for middle-income senior housing. New prototypes are in the works, but meeting the needs and demands of the 70% in the middle of the housing market will probably remain a challenge.
Recruiting and retaining quality staff – a major concern today – will remain a source of anxiety, especially if the immigrant worker pool continues to shrink as borders tighten, although…
The altruistic youth of Generations Y & Z may actively pursue careers in senior living.
An Urban Feel will permeate senior housing developments, many of which will feature multiple restaurants, bars, banks, shopping and even common areas shared with colleges and elementary schools. These groups also will share…
Community Centers, Performing Arts Centers and Recreational Facilities, bringing all generations together.
Seniors in their 70s and 80s will Continue Working – both out of necessity and for a sense of fulfillment. Some will commute to work (or work from home) while living in senior housing. (A few see this trend starting now.)
Seniors will begin second careers (often part-time) or continue working onsite in senior living environments, bringing greater experience and understanding to caring for those in their 80s and 90s.
Finally, though tech’s role will continue to expand, ROBOTS will not be helping seniors in the shower...or becoming anyone's companion!