The Great Depression’s Impact on Senior Living Occupancy

All of us in the senior living industry understand that inventory growth has exceeded demand, causing vacancies to rise.  I was at a recent symposium and one of the speakers said that the decline in demand was caused by the great depression, an intriguing concept.  Research indicates that from 1927 to 1933 that birth rates decreased by more than 425,000, over 15%.  This would certainly impact demand, it seems.

The speaker then said that this reversed in the 4th quarter of 2017 and that demand was picking up.  A study of US census information shows that it started picking up in 1937, escalating significantly through the start of world war two.  1937 was 82 years ago.  The average age for entry to senior living communities is 84 according to most of our clients.  This would mean there may be a little more time to wait for a resurgence of demand, unfortunately.'

Peter...

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The Douglas Company has Broken Ground on Sand Hill Memory Care in Gainesville, Virginia

The Douglas Company, an award-winning Toledo, Ohio based general contractor specializing in multi-family, senior living, and mixed-use construction projects, has broken ground on Sand Hill Memory Care, a new $10.8 million memory care community in Gainesville, Virginia. The Developer, Dillin LLC, selected M&A Architects of Columbus, Ohio to design the 40,944 square foot single-story community, featuring 64 suites, multiple activity areas, commercial kitchen, spa, physical therapy, sunrooms, as well as, a salon and two interior courtyards. "We are excited to be building our third senior living community for Dillin LLC," said Hunter Kick, Project Coordinator of The Douglas Company. "Our partnership is truly about utilizing our strengths to create a senior living community that offers an unsurpassed standard of living to its residents. Our team is proud to be part of the development that brings this new option for residents with Alzheimer's, dementia and other types of memory challenges to the Gainesville...

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The Douglas Company Announces The Completion Of A New Senior Living Community In Sylvania, Ohio

The Douglas Company, an award-winning Toledo, Ohio based general contractor specializing in multi-family, senior living, and mixed-use construction projects, announces the completion of a new senior living community in Sylvania, Ohio. Charter Senior Living at Oak Openings is a 48,882 square-foot community, developed by EBS Sylvania, LLC, delivers a combination of 52 assisted living and memory care suites for residents. The $8.6 million project was designed by M+A Architects and brings a new and modern standard in senior living to Sylvania and Toledo area residents. The one-story, contemporary community features first-class amenities, including full-service kitchen, billiards room, bistro, fitness room, salon, spa room, living rooms, activity areas, as well as, exterior courtyards and patios. "Our team is excited to be part of the project team of this new senior living community that will provide a new option in assisted living and memory care to the residents in our hometown," stated Alex Koch,...

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Not Your Father’s Senior Living Community

As the baby boomer generation begins turning 70, senior living providers will have tremendous opportunities.  At the same time, they will face the challenge of reinventing their business and providing innovative solutions to meet the needs and demands of this new generation. Today’s seniors are looking for options that deliver the comforts and amenities of home.  This trend is changing the design and construction of senior living communities.  Designers are incorporating more residential design elements and finishes into new buildings, resulting in vibrant and comfortable spaces that are very inviting for residents.  The buildings being designed and constructed today are not your father’s senior living facility. By involving a general contractor very early in the planning process, working collaboratively with the design team, an owner can understand costs, lead times and constructability of various design components, and have the ability to make timely decisions.  The general contractor can also provide potential alternative options...

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The Douglas Company Celebrates the Completion of Construction with Owners Confluent Development and Harbor Retirement Associates

The Douglas Company, an award-winning Toledo, Ohio based general contractor specializing in senior living, multi-family and mixed-use construction projects celebrates the completion of construction with owners Confluent Development and Harbor Retirement Associates at the grand opening of HarborChase of Beavercreek Senior Living Community in Beavercreek, Ohio. This $21.5 million community, designed by Eppstein Uhen Architects, brings a new modern standard in senior housing to the Dayton area residents. The 123,000 square-foot luxury retirement community consists of 64 assisted living and 46 memory care apartments in a mix of studio, one- and two-bedroom options. The two-story contemporary community features first-class amenities including a bistro, bar, large dining rooms, multiple serving kitchens, multiple activity areas, salon and pedicure, wellness center, two enclosed courtyards, putting green, outdoor fireplace and seating area, exterior fountains, and several private balconies. "We are enthusiastic in announcing the completion of construction on this beautiful luxury senior living community that provides...

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Your Life Senior Living Memory Care Community Construction Completed

The Douglas Company, General Contractor, is excited to announce completion on the construction of Your Life Senior Living, a new Memory Care Community located in Stuart, Florida. Your Life Senior Living Memory Care Community is a 60,217 square foot, $12.6 million community constructed in four sections, each with its own theme, ensuring that every neighborhood has an individualized, homelike quality. The interior has a bright, open layout with many elegant finishes. Amenities include activity rooms for arts and crafts, and therapy classes, a salon and spa, theater room, putting green, and an interior courtyard that is beautifully landscaped with butterfly gardens and a rock waterfall. The Douglas Company collaborated with Olson Land Partners and architect, Leo A. Daly, to provide this state-of-the-art community that offers 74 residential rooms and is designed to promote safe and abundant living for area residents with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. "We celebrate the completion of this Olson...

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$21 Million Luxury Assisted Living and Memory Care Community in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

The Douglas Company, General Contractor, announces the completion of Symphony at the Waterways, a $21 million luxury assisted living and memory care community located on 1.3 acres of land on the Intracoastal Waterway at 3001 East Oakland Park Boulevard in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The 105,000 square-foot assisted living and memory care community features 84 assisted living apartments and 20 memory care apartments. Symphony at the Waterways features beautiful common areas that offer residents vast outdoor lounge areas, rooftop patios, and a courtyard/pier. Assisted living residents and memory care residents will also benefit from a secure memory care terrace. Amenities also include an elegant dining room, a bistro for cocktail dining, library, fitness center, an 8th-floor sky dining lounge allowing for stunning views of the surrounding water, a salon and spa and a surround-sound theater with raised auditorium seating and a 90" screen. Developed by CCH-GD Fort Lauderdale Realty, this state-of-the-art, eight-story luxurious...

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Construction Begins on Seventh Project with Owner Kaplan Development Group

The Douglas Company, General Contractor, celebrates the start of construction on its seventh project with owner Kaplan Development Group. The $13.3 million All American of Kingston will be a 58,000 square-foot, assisted living and memory care community located in Kingston, New Hampshire. "We are excited to be building this great senior living development that features senior assisted living and memory care. Having built multiple All American communities, we understand how the client's vision embodies a true senior living campus," said Landon Kessler, Project Manager of The Douglas Company. The 58 unit assisted living and memory care community was designed by EGA Architects and boasts spacious studios and two-bedroom companion suites for residents, as well as, a gorgeous state-of-the-art memory care wing specifically dedicated to caring and providing a secure home-like environment for residents with Alzheimer's and memory disorders. Community amenities will include a double-sided fireplace, salon, beauty parlor, bistro, media room, interior...

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The Douglas Company Announces Completion of Stonecrest of Rochester Hills Senior Living Community

The Douglas Company, General Contractor, has completed construction of the new Stonecrest of Rochester Hills Senior Living Community in Rochester Hills, Michigan. Stonecrest of Rochester Hills marks The Douglas Company's second senior living project completion with owner and developer, NorthPoint Development. "Stonecrest of Rochester Hills is a beautiful complement to the area, and we are proud to have been part of this project team," said Preston Knecht, Project Coordinator of The Douglas Company. The upscale 78,342 square foot assisted living and memory care community, is comprised of 87 private apartments; including a single-story, 32-unit memory care building in addition to a two-story assisted living building offering a total of 55 assisted living one and two bedroom suites. This $15 million upscale, elegant community features a variety of amenities for seniors; including an arts and crafts room, beauty salon, movie theater, cyber cafe, and exercise room. The exterior layout consists of an outdoor...

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YourLife / Clarity Pointe Specialized Memory Care Community

The Douglas Company, General Contractor, is excited to announce completion on the construction of Clarity Pointe Specialized Memory Care Community in Tallahassee, Florida. Clarity Pointe Specialized Memory Care Community is a 59,694 sq. foot $11.2 million community, specializing in treating those with Alzheimer's and other memory impairments. The Douglas Company worked with Olson Land Partners and architect, Leo A. Daly, to provide an engaging, tranquil community. The 74 unit, Clarity Pointe-Tallahassee community is constructed in four sections, each with its own theme, ensuring that every neighborhood has an individualized, homelike quality. The interior has a bright, open layout with many elegant finishes. Amenities include activity rooms for arts and crafts, and therapy classes, a salon and spa, theater room, putting green, and an interior courtyard that is beautifully landscaped with butterfly gardens and a rock waterfall. "We are proud to have been part of the project team to bring the vision of this...

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The Douglas Company, General Contractor, Announces the Completion of the Beach House Assisted Living and Memory Care Community

The Douglas Company, General Contractor, has announced it has completed the construction of the Beach House Assisted Living and Memory Care community at Wiregrass Ranch in Wesley Chapel, Florida. Beach House Assisted Living and Memory Care is a 96,000 sq. ft. assisted living and memory care community just outside of Tampa in Wesley Chapel, Florida. This $14.65 million project was completed in November 2017, making it the second project completed for Prevarian Senior Living, and among many with the architect, Architectural Concepts, Inc. The two-story facility offers 100 units, all of which take into consideration the comfort and safety needs of the potential residents. The community has many resort-like amenities with an open and sun-lit style layout in the Wiregrass Ranch area that offers shopping and restaurants nearby in a dynamic neighborhood atmosphere. The three landscaped courtyards promise plenty of time for relaxing in the beautiful Florida sunshine. There are endless opportunities...

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Better, Not Bigger

There is a large need in the senior housing market to develop and build affordable communities. The current economy mandates, due to higher interest rates and high construction costs, the need to design and develop senior facilities that produce better, not bigger, designs. The best senior community operators are looking at downsizing all of their new senior properties to respond to the current market conditions and to increase competition in most markets. As many young Americans are attracted to micro-units, so too will seniors. The key to having an affordable design that will compete in the market is controlling the square footage of the living units, and the common space, while still providing top tier amenities. The Douglas Company is working on developing a prototype design for an assisted living and memory care communities that controls the square footage of the entire building footprint, but still provides a design that feels like...

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