Senior living communities are no longer relegated to end-chapter, institutional facilities. Instead, retirement communities are evolving into active communities with vibrant atmospheres, numerous activities, and continued care amenities.
Senior living interior designers play a crucial role in creating innovative and supportive environments that no longer lack color but instead embrace it, while also using safe yet contemporary furnishings.
While many companies provide a few stellar options in healthcare furniture, Beaufurn offers the comprehensive Healthcare Collection, including lounge and dining collections as well as casegoods.
“The Senior Living Collection by Beaufurn offers a full senior living complement for a whole facility concept,” says owner Bill Bongaerts.
Senior Living Design Evolves
“The design space for senior living is now more competitive,” Bill continues. “Designers now create little vignettes, more contemporary, more inviting and hopeful.”
Beaufurn senior living furniture designs enable these communities to shed misconceptions about institutional care. It’s no longer “look your age,” but rather “look your attitude.”
The uncommon, rejuvenated furniture designs in the Healthcare Collection by Beaufurn appeal to baby boomers who expect modern, active, social environments in their retirement years.
Bill says seniors today are more design-minded.
“Depending on the survey, there are between 67 million to 77 million baby boomers in the country,” adds Dave Williams, Eastern Regional VP of Sales for Beaufurn. These seniors want retirement communities that offer attractive amenities, convenience, and modern designs in upscale facilities.
“Our products are the fulfillment of design advice,” Dave adds. “We use design themes to determine furniture designs.”
Beaufurn works with several designers around the country who provide insight and analysis of the senior living design industry. This insight helps Beaufurn create forward-thinking products that provide better customer experiences.
Color Palettes Offers Comfort
More people now desire to live in large, continuing care retirement center (CCRC), Dave explains. Beginning at age 65, they want to move in with like-minded peers, with resort amenities in a community that has the option to then move to assisted care, skilled nursing, or memory care if needed.
Designers use color palettes to help senior living communities furnish their dining halls and living areas with chairs and tables that also serve as “signals” to its residents. For example, certain fabric colors will be dedicated for use on chairs on the second floor, while another color scheme will be dedicated to the first floor. A particular casegood might be used at all elevator units.
These “patterns” of furniture products offer logistic clues to residents and a latent sense of comfort produced by the familiarity of their use.
Healthcare Furniture Designs
The Senior Living Collection by Beaufurn is a line of furnishings expressly made for healthcare and assisted living facilities. It includes lounges, recliners, dining chairs, and more that not only provide beautifully designed furnishes but also comfortable, durable, and easy-to-clean furniture products.
Today’s furniture must be designed to meet the quality standards and requirements of senior living and continuing care communities. The Senior Living Collection includes seating made with antimicrobial, iClean™ fabrics, and tables made with materials that help deter the spread of pathogens.
Adjustable and removable seats allow for easy cleaning so facility staff can de-sanitize quickly and repeatedly. Also, many of our chairs and armchairs are designed with extended arms to allow for added support and mobility. Seats are proportioned with senior comfort in mind.
Senior Safety with Style
While furniture designed for seniors needs to meet special safety and durability requirements, Beaufurn doesn’t believe senior living communities need to sacrifice style.
The Senior Living Collection elevates aesthetics, purposefully striving to design for contemporary, international clients who wish to create a welcoming, less “hospital-like” environment in continuing care retirement centers.
The population is moving away from institutional, conventional furniture and moving toward contemporary, luxury furniture products that are practical yet aesthetically pleasing.
“These new spaces are created for senior living and not just for retirement,” Bill adds. And because the Senior Living Collection by Beaufurn offers so many furniture products, it can offer as many products as needed in one facility, which not only offers the convenience of one vendor but can also help with the bottom line.