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Elliott says it's also important to keep
a sense of home in these larger, vertical
environments, by focusing on scale and
giving residents the ability to personalize certain areas. For example, he says,
communities should focus on offering
multiple, smaller dining environments
that feel more homelike than one setting
that serves 50-plus people. In resident
rooms, he says, modular solutions can
save on costs, but designers should
also make sure residents have the ability
to move furniture and personalize décor.
"There are key elements of home, so
going vertical we need to make sure that
we continue to tap into that home setting," he says. EFA
Anne DiNardo is executive editor of
Environments for Aging. She can be reached at
anne.dinardo@emeraldexpo.com.

Beyond the hedge

As more multistory buildings dot the
landscape, they're being built with an eye
on intergenerational activities, outreach
programs, and amenities that are open to the
public, blurring the line between senior living
communities and the greater community. "Five or
10 years ago, the focus was integrating amongst their
community," says Scott Pfeifer, principal at RDG Planning & Design. "But now they're going out into the larger community a lot more, beyond the hedge, and it makes sense."
At The Woodlands, for example, John Knox Village hosts symphony concerts and art
programs that are open to the public, and its restaurant draws people from across campus
as well as nearby residents. The Main Street Café restaurant at Buckner Retirement Services' Baptist Memorial Living Center in San Angelo, Texas, has reviews on Yelp posted
by non-residents who've dined there, notes Mitch Elliott, senior partner at RDG. "That just
reinforces that they're engaging with the community at large," he says.
Alexis Denton, principal at SmithGroupJJR, says efforts like these can be a great marketing tool as well as a catalyst for change. "A lot of people just don't know much about
senior living and aren't aware of how great these communities can be, because they've historically been isolated," she says. "Multistory communities in mixed-use urban settings can
be ambassadors for senior living, but they have to find a way to be less insular," she says.

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