“We like being on the leading edge of social trends, science and technology to meet the lifestyles of older adults. They are constantly evolving and we strive to be at the forefront of changes to best support individuals’
A goal of the study and project is to identify a new life stage of older adults and build a living environment to suit their needs. Current service models for senior living communities across the country typically categorize seniors in three areas, generally referred to as: Independent Living, Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing. Enhanced Independent Living is being identified as falling between the first two levels — Independent and Assisted. The UF team is utilizing multiple research methods to determine the needs of this emerging group of older adults.
The project will allow UF students to gain valuable knowledge and experience in a real-world setting. “This is an opportunity to provide enhanced teaching, learning and research opportunities to UF students and faculty,” says Nichole Campbell, Ph.D., LEED-Green Associate, University of Florida Department of Interior Design.
“For us, it’s a chance to further enhance the lives of members at The Village and take the amenities and services we provide to a whole new level—literally,”
This coming fall, the UF team will develop a design program and schematic designs for the construction project to renovate a wing at The Village. The redevelopment project for the new Enhanced Independent Living at The Village is expected to begin in 2013. Approximately one year after its completion, the post-occupancy evaluation study begins to assess the project’s success. The budget for the UF research and design project is approximately $70,000, with the majority of it funded by grants. Overall construction and development costs at The Village will be determined once the design plans are in place.
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About The Village
The Village is North Florida’s premier rental retirement community. For more than 25 years, it has provided maintenance-
About SantaFe Senior Living
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