As the Baby Boomer generation gets older, there is going to be more need for health care services, including senior nursing care. While we’re not sure what the future holds, we can make some predictions here on how seniors will be living next year and beyond. It’s not surprising that nursing care options are changing in response to changing demographics and with new technology people are living longer, which means increasingly evolving and complex needs. With all of these things considered, what will be the overall trend for nursing and senior care living in Canada?
- Eco-Friendly Senior Living.
With increasing awareness of climate change, more housing and infrastructure projects are being built to be environmentally friendly. While there may be an initial investment in building up green communities and homes that are LEED-certified, eco-friendly appliances, building and lighting can save seniors money in the long run and are much better for the environment.
- More Amenities In Senior Care Living
Seniors will live longer in a variety of senior care living options. This means the facilities will have to expand the range of services they offer to include more amenities for residents so they will enjoy their time more and have a better quality of life. Seniors will have more access to movie theatres, swimming pools, and games rooms, for example.
- More Multigenerational Housing Options
Active seniors who don’t want to move into a senior care center or a nursing home will be able to look at other options for an independent lifestyle. One possibility is multigenerational housing. This is not a new idea, but at the moment most housing is built for conventional single-family units. The idea is a family can combine their resources and move into a place that’s built to house both young families and older adults.
- More senior-friendly neighbourhoods
Many active retirees and seniors want to continue living or working close to a commercial district or city center. There are also many limited-mobility seniors who still want to access the amenities of a thriving downtown. These are both good reasons why community planners want to be senior-friendly, whether it’s creating senior housing in existing downtown hubs or considering the needs of older adults in planning new neighbourhoods in the future.
- Senior Co-Housing
Senior co-housing is away active older adults can gain the benefits of community living but on a smaller scale. Co-housing is more like living on a commune or a co-op, where residents have independent homes but also benefit from shared spaces like gardens and recreation facilities. There are generally some housekeeping duties or shared meals, paid through monthly dues, and residents have a say in community decisions. This trend has been growing over the past decade.
- The Rise Of Technology In Senior Care.
There are plenty of options already out there that promise to improve the health and quality of life for seniors. At the moment, smart homes and computer systems can keep track of medications and vital signs to help seniors. Virtual reality and other machines are already improving seniors’ quality of life and will probably be a much bigger component of nursing care. New technology like personalized robots, better mobility vehicles are just around the corner and will continue to revolutionize senior care as we know it.