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Outdoor Senior Living Design Trends

Seniors are putting outdoor amenities high on their list when selecting a new place to call home. Therefore, senior living developers who incorporate a well-planned landscape and hardscape into their site design not only increase market appeal, but also provide a better quality of life for residents. Here are several outdoor senior living design trends our planners and landscape architects are seeing:

Recreational space to support active lifestyles

Senior Living Design Trends - Bocce ball court
  • Bocce ball courts
  • Putting greens
  • Fire pits
  • Opportunities for physical therapy through walking and other activities

Green spaces (both active and passive)

  • Green roofs
  • Raised planting stations for gardening
  • Garden to table perennial herb gardens for the kitchen and the residents

Social gathering spaces

Senior Living Design Trends - Pergola with decorative lighting
  • Pergolas with decorative lighting to provide daytime shade and an evening getaway
  • Seating areas with benches and tables for reading, games, chatting with neighbors, or dining alfresco

Wellness gardens

  • Quiet outdoor spaces that promote healing
  • Secure open-air, rooftop living and recreational spaces for memory care residences

Access to nature and the community

Senior Living Design Trends - Landscaped sidewalk and seating area
  • Landscapes to serve as a habitat for birds and butterflies
  • Accessible parking and site circulation
  • Proximity to shops, restaurants and public transportation
  • Shuttle bus services around the local community

A landscape design that has interest throughout all 4 seasons and can be enjoyed from inside – greatly improves the overall appeal of a senior living facility and the well-being of its residents.

See how our recently completed Brightview Devon project incorporates many of these outdoor senior living design trends to provide an oasis for residents.

Another one of our projects, The Pinnacle at Plymouth Meeting, is scheduled to open Spring 2020.

Check out more senior living projects or contact one of our experts to discuss your next project.

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