Technology, Interior Design and Senior Living
When it comes to Senior Living interior design trends, more and more designers are incorporating Senior Living technology solutions into their projects to ensure communities are ready for the future of care. From electronics and video surveillance to nurse call and wander management technology, there are a variety of products and solutions to consider as you design the space. Here are a few of our best tips for incorporating technology in interior design.
Technology and Resident Room Design
Resident rooms are technology hotspots for both caregivers and residents. Take into account the necessary clinical technology as well as any personal electronics the resident may bring. Keep these tips in mind to help you design tech-savvy resident rooms:
- Motion-sensing floor lighting can help prevent falls in the middle of the night by illuminating walking paths.
- Make it easy to conceal technology with charging stations in drawers and cabinets. Place pop-up outlets in desks or countertops, or choose furnishings with built-in USB ports.
- Use mirrors with LED lighting that can offer a range of lighting styles, like strong, bright light during the day and softer light at night.
- Larger televisions are trending – choose 49″ – 55″, high-definition, wall-mounted options to display in-house TV channels and other resident engagement content.
Incorporating Technology into Your Lobby Design
Since all prospective residents and visitors walk through the lobby, these spaces provide a great opportunity for the community to showcase its commitment to Senior Living technology solutions. Consider these tips as you design high-impact lobbies:
- Because lobbies require a wide array of technology, ensure you closely align with all parties to successfully coordinate the equipment.
- Make digital signage pop by adding architectural detailing around monitors.
- Determine how visible the security cameras should be. Some communities find comfort in seeing them, while others feel cameras are invasive.
- Create a welcoming lobby by hiding security monitors and computers and adding a tablet at the welcome station for guest sign-in.
- If the lobby is two stories, use electronic-controlled window coverings to easily block the sun.
Incorporating hospitality-inspired electronic ordering systems into dining spaces can help promote greater resident independence.
Tech-savvy furniture with built-in USB ports allows residents to easily charge personal electronics.
Outfit multipurpose rooms with tech-friendly furniture, like this tub chair that features a tablet arm and built-in USB ports.
Large, high-definition TVs and electronic window coverings can help create immersive theater rooms.
Lobbies are technology hotspots and can include motion sensors, electronic door access control, security cameras and electronic-controlled window coverings.
Multipurpose Room Design
Because a multipurpose room serves so many functions, it’s key to equip it with technology that helps staff facilitate whatever each day has in store. Sitting down with the operator and staff to better understand their programming needs can help you make sure technology is seamlessly incorporated into the design process from day one. Here are tips for tech-friendly multipurpose rooms:
- Since newer furniture can feature built-in power outlets, ensure your furniture layout will accommodate electric and bandwidth connectivity.
- During construction, keep the outlet location as flexible as possible until after the millwork is complete so outlets don’t interfere.
- Include flexible technology that’s easy to hide away depending on the use of the space. Add portable furniture, wireless mics, drop-down screens and other technology that can facilitate special events or local speakers.
- If the multipurpose room has an exterior spillover area, make sure the WiFi signal reaches that space as well. Solid furniture, like a cabana, can be equipped with WiFi boosters.
Theater Room Interior Design
Outfitting theater rooms with the latest technology can help guarantee these destinations spaces remain popular among residents. Follow these tips for immersive theaters:
- Create a dynamic experience by adding a popcorn machine, projector, appropriate lighting, electronic curtains in front of the screen and speakers in the walls with architectural detailing to hide them.
- Consider the viewing angle that best suits the shape of the room. Seniors’ eyesight is more limited, especially peripheral vision, so the room layout will need to support more direct sight lines.
- Include electronic room darkening shades if there are windows in the theater.
- Install an assisted hearing system for seniors who are hard of hearing.
Tech-Savvy Senior Living
Using these tips will help ensure the community is ready for the future of Senior Living. Technology can often be overlooked, underbudgeted or left to the last minute, but considering technology early in the Senior Living interior design process will help the entire project go smoothly. If you’re interested in exploring Senior Living technology solutions for your design, check out our recently updated Innovation and Technology Center, or contact us to learn more.