According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the senior population is skyrocketing rapidly. There are about 76 million older adults in the country, and by 2030, all Baby Boomers will be older than age 65. As more of this generation nears retirement age, assisted living communities are seeking new and creative ways to keep their residents feeling fulfilled, engaged and active in the new decade.
If you’re considering assisted living for yourself or a loved one, there are a number of new trends to look for in 2020 and beyond. Below are several new services and amenities you might find as you explore senior living communities:
1. Greener Practices to Help the Environment
Today’s generation of older adults are paying more attention to the environment and are seeking communities with a commitment to take better care of our planet. As a result, many assisted living communities are looking for ways to adopt sustainable practices to be more eco-friendly. Some of these methods include:
- Conserving water
- Improving indoor air quality
- Using renewable energy sources like solar power
- Meeting Energy Star standards
- Enhancing building weatherization
Additionally, some senior living communities are starting recycling programs, using non-toxic cleaning products and adding locally grown ingredients to dining menus.
2. Technological Advances
Today’s seniors are more digitally savvy than ever. With approximately 70% of seniors now connected to the internet, technology has become a part of our daily lives. We utilize it to stay connected with friends and family, keep up-to-date on current events, or to shop and travel.
You’ll notice more senior living communities incorporate technology for resident safety. Features like 24-hour emergency call systems, keyless room entry and movement sensors will become increasingly common. You can also expect to see more smart home offerings and on-demand services available for convenience and comfort.
3. Resident-Centered Amenities
Speaking of convenience and comfort, features that enhance quality of life and make daily living easier are high on the priority list for seniors and their families. In response, senior living communities have added amenities like ice cream parlors, resident libraries and state-of-the-art wellness centers.
Looking forward, you’ll also find an emphasis on opportunities for meaningful socialization and interaction. Many assisted living residents can enjoy a full calendar of engaging activities such as movie nights, art classes and community outings.
Choose From 4 Levels of Assisted Living Care at Saint Simeon’s
Saint Simeon’s offers four levels of senior assisted living care based on your needs. With no buy-in fee or additional fees for services like medication management, your loved one will have the option to age in place with three levels of care offered under one roof at the Dotson Family Assisted Living community. Our fourth level, Assisted Living Plus, is the highest level of assisted living care in all of Tulsa. Experience the difference of the assisted living community at Saint Simeon’s! For more information on finding the right level of personalized care, please contact us today.