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Donna Mae Scheib

The Most Important Amenities in Assisted Living Communities

Posted by Donna Mae Scheib on July 15, 2016

The Most Important Amenities in Assisted Living Communities

Explore the top amenities residents look for in independent and assisted living communities.

For seniors who are having more and more difficulty keeping up with everyday activities like running errands, meal preparation, medication management, and showering, entering an assisted living facility might be an ideal solution. Assisted living facilities provide seniors with the support they need while allowing them to remain as independent as possible.

In the assisted living industry, the “if you build it, they will come” mentality doesn’t work. Today’s seniors know what they want in an assisted living community. They seek well-located and well-operated facilities with high-quality amenities. Having unique and distinctive amenities that set your assisted living community apart is a must.

For example, if your facility is located near an urban core or shopping mall with a wellness center, cafes, and restaurants nearby, adding a walking trail or sidewalk that connects your facility to those amenities can be beneficial. If your area lacks such amenities, you may want to add a retail space, café, courtyard, or rooftop terrace to your facility. Having natural features, like woodlands, gardens, and fields, can also help attract residents who are nature lovers. The site will practically sell itself.

Common Areas Where Residents Can Enjoy Hobbies

Many senior living communities are now adding common spaces where residents can pursue their hobbies. For example, there are arts and crafts rooms, game rooms, reading rooms, and woodshops. Common areas are designed to bring residents together and help fight boredom.

Social and Recreational Activities

Senior living communities make it a point to keep residents as engaged and active as possible. Social and recreational activities keep seniors’ bodies moving and their minds nimble. Popular activities in assisted living communities include the following:

  • Social gatherings
  • Spiritual programming
  • Exercise and fitness activities
  • Arts and crafts
  • Professional entertainment

Social and recreational activities can make a major, positive difference in the lives of residents at assisted living facilities.


Research has continually shown that having pets is beneficial to your health. Pets help you feel more relaxed and connected, and can even help lower your blood pressure. Some senior living facilities have their own live-in pets to engage with residents and keep them company. Many also allow seniors to bring their own pets so that they can keep their treasured four-legged companions in their lives.

Beauty Salon

Some assisted living facilities to offer full-service beauty salons on-site. One of the primary benefits of having a salon on-site is that residents don’t have to travel far away in order to receive salon treatments. Residents can visit the beauty salon at their convenience to get their hair shampooed, cut, and styled, or enjoy a manicure and pedicure. Beauty salon treatments allow residents to get pampered for a day and lift their spirits.

Join Our Residential Care Directory

Over the last few years, the assisted living industry has grown. This means that there is increased competition in many markets and a greater need for communities to stand out from the competition. Today, it’s important to effectively market your facility online and promote your services and amenities. Senior Living Link is a residential care directory that helps prospective residents find the right senior living facility for their needs. Join our directory today to start promoting your facility to your target audience!

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