The expansion of memory-care living communities is part of the ongoing evolution of senior living construction, which has seen rapid changes over the past few decades with the demand expected to continue to grow with the baby boomer generation.
The Douglas Company started building senior living projects back in 1983 and has since had a business model dedicated to senior-living, including memory care and dementia communities. The main objective when working as part of the design-build team is to provide: a safe and comfortable home-like environment that is supportive of the resident’s need to maintain independence.
Some of the most important considerations when constructing a memory care facility is designing to have specific services and features for residents that suffer from dementia; such as a secure environment to prevent elopement while allowing healthy wandering, sensory-based programming, color-coded hallways to facilitate easy navigation, theme rooms with vintage aspects, tranquil spaces and vibrant garden areas.
In our continuing quest to provide the best senior living and memory care communities to our clients, the key is to provide a home-like feeling that promotes residents spending the majority of their time in common areas and not in their rooms, thus improving the overall care experience both for residents and their families.
Executive Vice President, Midwest Construction Operations
The Douglas Company
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