Designing Senior Living Communities That Encourage Longer, More Frequent Visits

OZ Architecture was recently selected by Rocky Mountain Senior Housing to lead design services for its new 89,000 square foot senior living community in Golden, Colo. The community design will prominently feature amenities aimed at encouraging visitors of all ages to come more often and stay longer, something that studies have shown plays a key role in residents’ happiness and sense of well-being.

While the primary goal of any senior living community is to elevate the daily living experience of residents, one of the most important secondary goals should be to help resident’s guests have an enjoyable time there too. Doing so promotes more frequent and lengthier visits with loved ones, which ultimately benefits residents.

Awareness of the need to foster opportunities for more and extended social interaction for guests of all ages has led OZ’s Senior Living team to guide clients away from the hospital-like design and atmosphere of past senior living communities and towards more hospitality-oriented environments. By providing unique, well-appointed spaces that attract and accommodate multigenerational family members, communities can recreate the feelings of enjoyment and togetherness often experienced on family vacations and become a place where visitors are able to relax, get away and – most importantly – connect with their loved ones in a welcoming environment.

To that end, OZ Architecture’s plans for Golden Lodge Assisted Living incorporate gathering places for friends and family of all ages, including a video game lounge for teens and a play room for younger children. The community will also feature a bistro and wine bar that will create a relaxed, adults-only social area for both guests and residents to enjoy.

Golden Lodge will be configured into two facilities – a 65,000 square foot, four-story, assisted living community with 75 studio and one-bedroom units; and a 24,000 square foot, single-story memory care community with 36 studio units. Exterior finishes will be reminiscent of a mountain lodge in keeping with the atmosphere of the foothills of Golden and will include stone, pitched roofs, mountain log accents and traditional lap siding. Landscaped outdoor areas will be designed to encourage taking walks and offer scenic views of North Table Mountain and the city of Golden. A four season greenhouse will allow residents to grow their own fresh vegetables and fruit and take part in hobby gardening.

Developing spaces and amenities in senior living communities that encourage family members to spend more time there with their loved ones is something OZ’s Senior Living design team is particularly passionate about because it’s one of the best ways to help residents flourish in the next phase of their lives.