Schemmer’s Shane Larsen, AIA, NCARB, Principal, Senior Living Market Leader, was quoted in the July 24, 2020 issue of the Midlands Business Journal. The article, "Changes lie ahead for assisted living facilities," focused on adjustments that need to be made in the wake of the global pandemic while also maintaining the sense of community at senior living facilities.
The Future of Assisted Living Facilities
The article examines how seniors in assisted living communities are considered to be in the high-risk category for COVID-19. Looking towards the future for facilities like these, they want to be sure they're keeping residents safe while still allowing for social interaction.
Larsen said communities will be pushing to separate themselves from other locations by marketing even higher standards of safety, while still promising community.
"The Midwest continues to show a demand for both traditional assisted living and memory care assisted living, which will push the management of COVID-19 onto the owners and staff."
He added that several clients have asked to explore the use of antimicrobial finishes and equipment.
"This doesn't mean a 'clinical appearance,' as many manufacturers have been providing this option for years in health care facilities, restaurants, and schools. This focus will likely push for a wider range of colors, patterns, and material offerings."
To read the entire article, please see the July 24, 2020 issue of the Midlands Business Journal. The article can be found on page 21.
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