Much like the US economy, senior living has it its share of ups and downs – and you can expect the industry to change in the next 10 years. Soon we’ll be seeing different housing options for seniors to remain independent, as a direct result of higher costs of assisted living. More “senior-friendly” homes will be popping up in neighborhoods too, as well as more amenities and technology for our seniors to take advantage of.
Wondering just what life will be like for senior Americans in the near future?
Let’s take a look at some of the biggest trends, predictions, and changes in home care:
More Amenities for Seniors
We’re going to be seeing a whole lot more programs in assisted living facilities that will cater to a new age of seniors – programs with cultural events, new fitness classes, and educational services! These will be implemented in an effort to sustain the assisted living model.
Green Senior Living
Green housing for seniors? Yes, that’s going to be big! Eco-friendly living is also more cost-effective because fewer utilities equal less money spent. Green housing is also a great idea for seniors to remain conscious of the environment.
Co-housing is going to be a big deal soon. Seniors will live in communes, where they will have independent homes, but also many shared spaces – Like gardens and recreational centers. Residents will benefit by being involved in the community. They’ll take action in making any “community” decisions, which will give them a sense of great purpose and belonging!
No surprise here! Technology is the future, and it will be limited to the youth. Computer home systems that can track medications and vitals will be connected to wireless networks, allowing caregivers to stay on top of their senior’s condition. This will revolutionize senior home care!
Less Nursing Home Models
The nursing home model will continue to decline in lieu of more seniors wanting independent living and home care services. Such options offer lower costs and usually have the availability of specialized programs – like memory care, for example.
To schedule your consultation and discuss the home care options for you and your senior, please give Home Care Assistance a call – We’ll be happy to help you!