The Role Fitness Amenities Are Playing in Senior Living Communities
The last of the Baby Boomer generation will be eligible to transition into senior living communities by 2020. With fewer than four years to go, commercial developers are already working on building additional facilities across the U.S., complete with deluxe senior living amenities. Senior living today is not like it was one or two decades ago. There are now three tiers of care available: independent living, assisted living and full-time hospice assistance. While they may not sound transitional, there are quite a few differences between each of them. For example, independent living allows older adults to live in their own apartment-style home, often backed onto an adjourning golf course. These homes typically have access to a grand recreation center with plenty of entertainment and activities. Those who just turned 55 have plenty of time to enjoy all the amenities independent senior communities have to offer before needing traditional senior living care. Being active and getting involved in recreational activities is important to these senior newbies. In fact, there’s been a shift in how senior living is labeled. Most seniors think of it more as “continued life planning,” indicating that they are looking for opportunities and communities that promote being active well into their retirement years. Colorado Springs is one of many cities seeing the largest development of senior living communities. This year alone, there are 800 living units across 10 different facilities in construction in Colorado Springs alone. Nationally, independent living facilities are a widely growing trend that we can expect to continue for many years to come. That is why it’s important for senior community developers to establish a relationship with an experienced commercial exercise equipment installer. When a contractor or builder has plans for a community, they’re focused on the big picture: completing the building and making sure everything is up to code. Vendors, however, focus on the little details that bring the whole facility together. From consulting with golf course designers to hiring a commercial fitness equipment installer, making connections with experts in niche industries will pay off when it comes to providing the perfect home for senior tenants. Advanced Exercise is a premier installer of many commercial exercise equipment brands ranging from LifeFitness, HAMMER STRENGTH®, Lifecycle, Cybex®, Nexersys™, SciFit®, and much more. We can help independent living communities attract and retain residents through custom-designed fitness solutions. For example, we may recommend creating a fitness center with low-impact fitness circuit training equipment, as this is ideal for seniors in this age group. Another way to increase registration rates is to update the fitness area layout and create group-friendly circuit zones or group strength training areas. This allows a group of seniors to work out at the same time by targeting different muscle groups. SciFit® is one of the leading manufacturers of disability-friendly exercise equipment, or recumbent stations. We can select, install and train your facility managers on all commercial recumbent bikes, rowing machines and resistance pulley training equipment. With the many options available in the fitness industry today, it won’t be long until there are waiting lists to live in these 55-plus communities. It’s time to evaluate whether your independent living community’s fitness center needs a makeover. Fitness is truly a great way to help seniors stay young at heart and healthy in body. If your facility needs help to welcome the next batch of baby boomers, get in touch with one of our representatives! We have fitness experts across the U.S. that live right in your community. We can professionally assess your space and provide a variety of senior fitness options that work with your budget and space needs. Request your hassle-free consultation to update your senior living fitness amenities today!