Designing Dining Rooms for Senior Living

A Senior Living Facility Has Unique Dining Room Requirements.

“The residents, especially those with ambulatory and diminished faculty or mobility issues, must feel comfortable and safe when using the furniture,” observes Leah Bauer, Allied Member ASID, Associate IIDA, associate and senior interior designer in the Omaha office of Leo A Daly.

Amy Sickeler IIDA, AAHID, LEED AP BD+C LEED AP, design principal and principal in the Atlanta office of Perkins+Will agrees, “As we age, it becomes more difficult to get up and down, our arms and skin become more fragile, so we need smooth or padded chair arms. We don’t want sharp or cold chair arms, and even fabric can be rough on skin, so I use natural wood with a durable finish.”

Senior Living facilities have unique dining room requirements. Choosing the best tables and chairs for a senior living dining area is daunting. 

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Importance of Replacing Outdated Senior Living Furniture

It is important to use commercial-grade products in senior living communities as they will have a much longer life cycle and are rated for this specific environment. Senior living facilities must prioritize the safety and well-being of their residents, and updating outdated furniture is a crucial part of that responsibility. Outdated furniture and furniture not designed for this specific population can pose significant health and safety risks, including falls, splinters, bruises, and more significant bodily harm.

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