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living community and may perceive a contemporary environment to be more reflective
of the lifestyle they want for their parents.
However, DeGroff says many furniture,
flooring, and wallcovering manufacturers
haven't quite caught up with the style shift.
"We're still looking at products that are more
healthcare driven," she says. "They can feel
institutional." To compensate, some designers turn to residential furnishings or finishes,
which may have a more appealing style but
aren't necessarily suitable for a senior living
environment. This can lead to problems with
durability, comfort, and safety.
Still, many designers agree there are
more options on the table than in the past.
"Manufacturers are starting to understand
that products have to be nice looking, not just
workhorse functional," Bogart says. This new
aesthetic is often described as "resimercial"-finishes and furnishings that have the
performance qualities of contract products
but with a more residential character.
He advises to avoid furniture that's too

heavy or has sharp edges or corners so that
seniors don't catch their clothing on furnishings or bump into them and hurt themselves.
For dining chairs, he prefers styles with in-line
casters and finger pulls for ease of mobility, as well as arm heights that allow enough
space for a person's hands to fit under the
tabletop edges without crushing their fingers.
"Any functional design feature can be made
attractive through thoughtful design," he says.
For example, finger pulls can be made into a
design element or detail by considering their
shape and form.

Selling points
Talking about how an environment is
designed for safety without compromising
style can offer senior living communities a
competitive advantage. "It definitely could be
a sales tool and a differentiator," Busalacchi
says. In the past, many seniors resisted things
like grab bars because they didn't want to be
perceived as being old, but many designers
believe that's changing as consumers be-

come more educated and better understand
how the design of the physical environment
impacts their health and safety. "We're all so
much more aware of our health and wellness
now than ever before," DeGroff says.
The integration of sensor technology in
flooring and lighting products to detect movement and alert caregivers when a resident gets
up to move around may also be attractive to
the more tech-savvy boomers, while properly
crafted marketing messages can present a
positive spin on safety features that appeal
to seniors. "We'll see changes in the future
on how we specify and provide products
that will enhance the safety and well-being of
residents," Thoma-Holec says. EFA
Sara Marberry is a healthcare design writer,
blogger, and marketing consultant based in
Evanston, Ill. She can be reached at sara@
saramarberry.com.

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