RDG in the Media: What’s Driving New Bar and Lounge Designs in Senior Living?

April 11, 2024
Interior Design Senior Living Interiors

Environments for Aging Magazine features an article by RDG Senior Partner and Interior Designer Kelley Hoffman, NCIDQ, about how hospitality-focused design can foster a sense of belonging and social connection.

Senior living communities have been shifting away from traditional models in favor of more modern, hospitality-focused, community-centric spaces prioritizing resident health and well-being. The evolution of a more modern design integrates the importance of social interaction and a sense of belonging in a way that is reshaping the senior living industry. 

Communities are now looking to prioritize social locations such as bars and lounges, says Hoffman. In the past, these social spaces were located in inconspicuous parts of the community or hidden behind closed doors; today, they claim prime spots in central, easily accessible locations. 

Hoffman notes that recognizing the diverse physical needs and limitations within assisted living and independent living communities, designers must thoughtfully choose the height of these design features. Understanding who will be patronizing the venue can help guide decisions on furnishings in these spaces.

Well-designed bars and social areas encourage social connections, celebrate the spirit of community and support residents' well-being. This shift in senior living design provides environments rich in opportunities for residents to enjoy a rewarding lifestyle.

Click here to read Hoffman’s full article in Environments for Aging Magazine about the social benefits of bars and lounges in senior living communities.

Written by Erin Van Zee, Communications Director