As a designer for Senior Housing Communities at a Saint Louis based interior design company, I am continually amazed at the “transformation” I witness within the senior living communities. While new construction in the residential market struggles to gain momentum, new development communities for Senior living are on the rise.
Over the weekend I participated in an Assisted Living regional convention for owners, administrators and directors of Senior Living Communities. As a vendor, I was approached by numerous attendees who were for lack of better words “desperate” for our interior designs services. The demands of their job do not allow time for focus on the esthetics in their community. While it is apparent the industry recognizes the need for their residents to have a “home-like” feel to their communities, current updates of interior designs have been neglected. I have designed countless window treatments for community renovations and new development construction. With custom drapery, coordinating bedding, fine table linens, furniture and accessories, we help “change the face” of these communities.
As the industry continues to grow, so do the selection of fabrics that meet the National Fire Protection Association standards. My resource library expands weekly. I am finding a wide assortment of pattern, a variety of textures and fresh colors to reflect current design trends. Our designs range from traditional to transitional, elegant to simple, contemporary to country. Our ideas are flexible to meet individual communities needs.
I am excited to contribute to the changes taking place in the Senior housing communities. While the transition from owning a home to moving into a senior community has its challenges, it is my hope that the esthetics of the community reflect those from the home which one leaves.
Senior Living Community Design Consultant