Driving better design
Working closely with trusted architects, today’s savvy operators are creatively rethinking master plans to differentiate their products and cater specifically to emerging market demands. Of course, there are no blank cheque books. But experienced designers know the kinds of interventions that drive sales and waiting lists. Adaptable residential floor plans that can enable the delivery of higher personal care support is just one example of a strategy that offers additional comfort as residents age. Architecture that prioritises stimulation, connection with others and support for more physical pursuits makes for a more compelling lifestyle proposition. Coupled with improved accessibility design, these villages can scaffold both residents and operators as individual needs increase, and avoid premature reliance on the aged care system.
At Foreground, we know that age-friendly design must be addressed in both obvious and subtle ways. Better accessibility means outdoor seating positioned at shorter intervals, conveniently located public toilets, and appropriate signage and visual cues for improved wayfinding. But the lifeless, miniature suburbs of old are no longer appropriate. To draw together like-minded people and improve personal agency as our communities age, we must learn from existing market shifts and give the people what they want.
Image courtesy Royal Freemasons Ltd.