While it’s uncertain how or when the Covid-19 pandemic will end, the disease’s unique pressures will likely shape how senior living communities are designed for years to come.
Senior living providers across the U.S. are radically altering their normal operations to prevent or limit the spread of Covid-19, such as by canceling group activities and communal dining in favor of in-room entertainment and meals on delivery. At the same time, providers are relying on technology as a tool to overcome social isolation, and looking for new ways to remotely connect residents with family members and medical workers. The senior living community of the future will be designed with these scenarios in mind, and create ways for providers to support these technologies and minimize future disruptions.
And while sheltering a community’s resident population in their rooms protects them and gives them peace of mind during a pandemic, it also comes with a cost to operators who rely on socialization as a way to keep their communities vibrant and full. Future designs will seek solutions to safely maximize interaction with the outside world even during a quarantine situation.