Designing A Welcoming Senior Living Community: A Guide to Space Planning

July 24, 2023

Senior Living dining tables and seating

At PURE Workplace, we believe in creating exceptional spaces that cater to the unique needs of senior living communities. Here are a few ways to create functional and inviting spaces that enhance the lives of seniors.

Space Planning Tips

Prioritize Accessibility and Mobility

When designing for senior living communities, it's crucial to prioritize accessibility and mobility. Consider the needs of residents with varying levels of mobility and ensure that your spaces are designed to accommodate wheelchairs, walkers, and other assistive devices. Incorporate wide hallways, ramps, and handrails throughout the community to promote safe and easy movement. Incorporate furniture that’s ergonomically designed for easy sitting and standing and is resistant to damage.

Create Inviting Common Areas

Common areas serve as social hubs for senior living communities. Design these indoor and outdoor spaces to be inviting, comfortable, and conducive to social interaction. Incorporate cozy seating arrangements, communal dining areas, and activity spaces that cater to a range of interests. By creating spaces that encourage socialization and engagement, you're fostering a sense of community and well-being among residents.

Senior Living common area; Lobby

Embrace Natural Light

Natural light has numerous benefits for seniors, including improved mood, circadian rhythm regulation, and overall well-being. Maximize the use of natural light in your design by incorporating large windows, skylights, and glass doors. Position communal areas and seating arrangements near windows to create inviting spaces filled with natural light. And if you can’t optimize the natural lighting in your space, consider utilizing these lighting options to keep the atmosphere bright and cheery.

Senior Living natural light

Integrate Outdoor Spaces

Outdoor spaces play a vital role in senior living communities. Create accessible and well-designed outdoor areas where residents can relax, engage in physical activities, or simply enjoy nature. Incorporate features like walking paths, smaller seating areas, game areas, gardens, and shaded spaces to provide a variety of options for outdoor recreation and relaxation. The PURE team always selects outdoor furniture that's durable, comfortable, and designed to meet the unique mobility needs of seniors.

The Key Principles

By following these space planning principles, creating a welcoming senior living community that prioritizes the needs and well-being of your residents can be realized.

At PURE Workplace, we're dedicated to creating senior living environments that foster comfort, inclusivity, joy and a sense of community. We’d enjoy helping you create a senior living community where residents can truly thrive and enjoy life.