Keeping Up With the Growth of Assisted Living Facilities

Blog 41 Assisted LivingBy Brian Binke

American Baby Boomers are retiring in record numbers and are often looking to simplify their living arrangements. With the number of Americans over 65 years expected to (more than) double to 88.5 million by 2050, it’s easy to see that assisted living construction will be in high demand. Even though a significant portion of the aging population prefers to remain in their own homes, there are also those who need more specialized living arrangements that are typically provided by senior living communities, nursing homes or assisted living facilities.

But, there are also those seniors who just wish to downsize from their current homes and opt for something a little more flexible. For instance, homes with step-less entries, lower shower thresholds and wider doorways are just a few of the common features associated with senior living construction.

There are also resort-style facilities with features and amenities such as social areas, game room, bar and lounge, movie theater, and a senior-equipped fitness and wellness center. Some even have an outdoor heated pool and professional beauty salon and spa with an onsite barber shop.

Recent Multifamily/Senior Living Projects
The demand for assisted living construction is evident by the number of developers breaking ground on new facilities and renovating many of the existing buildings. Some recent announcements include:

  • Developer Castle & Cooke broke ground Thursday on the 576-acre, 3,500-unit $2 billion residential mixed-use Koa Ridge project in Oahu, Hawaii, according to KITV Island News. The project is expected to take 10 years to complete, but the first homes will be available in 2019. The project's residential component will offer up single-family, multifamily and senior housing options, with approximately 1,000 of the total units affordable.
  • Civitas Senior Living announced the acquisition of two senior living communities in Harlingen with the closing of an agreement to purchase Brookdale Harlingen and Brookdale Plaza Harlingen, both in Texas. Both communities underwent renovations in 2016 and were renamed Valley View Senior Living. Renovations include improvements to the common areas and the addition of new and innovative living spaces for the residents. The assisted and independent living communities include 58 apartments, 65 assisted living units and 36 units for memory care.
  • Discovery Village at the Forum expanded with a brand-new independent living community, consisting of 176 apartment homes, scheduled to open fall 2017.

Skilled Labor Crisis
The demand for these projects will need to be met with a larger construction labor force. That’s why it’s important to put into place measures to solve the long-term construction labor shortage (labor crisis) by:

  • Promoting and increasing enrollments at trade schools.
  • Raising awareness concerning the demand for skilled labor in the construction industry.
  • Informing the next generation that they can be trained for a career instead of a part-time job at a fast food restaurant.
  • Taking a proactive approach by sponsoring scholarships, training programs, etc. to solve the skilled labor crisis. 

Brian Binke is the founder and CEO of The Birmingham Group (TBG). TBG is a globally recognized executive search and consulting firm, specializing in the construction arena. Over the past 22 years, he has established himself as one of construction recruiting’s most respected leaders. He has won numerous awards for his industry innovation and was recognized as the No. 1 revenue producing manager for the largest recruitment network of more than 800 independent firms worldwide. You can reach him directly at bbinke@thebirmgroup.com.

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