The new Atria Signature Residence could be the new standard for senior housing. It offers both independent and assisted living, modern design, smart tech, numerous amenities, and communal spaces designed with preventing the spread of contagions in mind.
Senior housing is in trouble
Senior housing is in trouble in many parts of the country. This is in part thanks to the coronavirus, which caused economic trouble across the board, and in part because of the way New York Governor Andrew Cuomo handled nursing home procedures. Under Cuomo's directives, New York experienced one of the highest (or maybe the highest) cases of coronavirus-related nursing home deaths in the country. And the entirety of the United States was watching.
Single-site senior home providers are the most distressed, but large operators are feeling the pain as well, facing bond defaults due to COVID-19 worsening "already-precarious financial positions," reports Senior Housing News. Something needs to change for senior housing to be a viable option.
Could moves like Atria's help save senior housing?
California has been a trendsetter in many areas for decades, and Atria Signature Residence's Newport Beach location is no exception. This senior housing company has rethought and redesigned living for senior adults.
Here's what the Newport Beach facility is doing to attract seniors to senior housing once again.
Innovative design with safety measures
Atria Newport Beach at first glance looks and feels more like a luxury hotel than a senior living facility, with a welcoming lobby, well-thought-out communal spaces, and plenty of outdoor access. COVID-19 safety initiatives include ongoing testing, strict safety protocols, and contact tracing. Residents also receive top priority for the COVID-19 vaccine.
Through technology, Atria Newport Beach has elevated the quality of life for residents. All units have the Atria Smart Home System that includes a smart thermostat, automated window shades, and smart lighting. Residents can control all that using their TV.
New technology helps staff as well. Wearable tech, like a smart watch, comes with fall detection, two-way communication between staff and residents, and keyless entry if residents can't get to the door.
This well-thought-out facility features 30,000 square feet of indoor amenities that include a bar with an outdoor terrace, dining room, fitness center, yoga studio, movie theater, library, game room, salon and spa, and a coffee bistro. And resident rooms are not hotel-sized; they're studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments with kitchenettes, full-sized refrigerators, and a bidet.
Designed to prevent the spread of contagions, 77,000 square feet of open space gives residents the room needed to spread out. The design lets residents live more safely and in elegance.
The Millionacres bottom line
The senior housing industry took a hit during the coronavirus. Changing the way business is done and how people are housed, like what's being done at Atria Newport Beach, might be a model for other senior living facilities. Starting at $6,500 a month for a studio apartment, Atria Newport Beach isn't cheap. But, then again, this is Newport Beach.