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The aging of Boomers in America will bring a double whammy on the market since they are not only seniors who are healthier and probably will live independently longer, but they also come in much greater numbers! The task of providing senior housing for these active adults may be a big challenge for both the building and real estate markets in the next few years.
The New Niche in Senior Housing for Active Adults
There seems to be a niche market arising from the maturing of the Boomers. It reflects the need for housing which is designed for active adults. Although they don’t need assisted living or other more extended services, they may benefit from some accommodations like accessibility, walk in showers, etc. Since seniors are staying healthy longer, there seems to be a longer period of time between retirement and diving into more costly retirement homes which offer more options including assisted living.
The numbers of these active older adults looking for senior living residences is growing quickly as Boomers age. Retirement communities and senior living properties are scrounging to meet the need for active adult housing. Active senior living is the evolving picture for newly retired people as many continue to work and others slow down gradually but continue living an active and independent lifestyle.
The Mansions in the Forest Provide Senior Living Option
Billed as 5-star luxury retirement homes, The Mansions in the Forest fit the new niche facing the senior citizen housing market. The fact that they maintain a waiting list attests to the need for this type of senior retirement living. This community, managed by Western Rim Property Services, was built with consideration for the environment and energy conservation. They have similar properties all over the United States.
The Mansions are set in a forest located in Conroe, Texas, but near The Woodlands and Spring, about a half hour’s drive north of Houston. This means they are accessible to The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, a Center for Performing Arts, The Woodlands Waterway, The Woodlands Mall area, and fine golf courses. They are also less than an hour’s drive from Houston. This gives these senior luxury apartments the best of both urban and natural environments. This senior retirement community is part of a larger gated master-planned community nestled in the Piney Woods.
Artistic and architectural touches include arches, high 9 foot ceilings, porcelain tile entrances, crown molding, and custom mini-blinds. Amenities include club privileges, hair and nail salon, library, billiards area, computer center with high speed internet, arts crafts center as well as several fitness areas even including water programs. The halls are spacious and the general environment is quite pleasant. Floor plans range from 441 square feet to over 1600.
There may be a need for walk-in showers to enhance accessibility and higher toilets as standard practice although it is understood these can be provided. It is not known what the provision is for evacuation from upper stories, although the elevators are fine for most purposes.
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Senior Living Community Privileges at The Mansions in the Forest
Social events may be as simple as board and table games or organized trips. The Activities Director insures that social events, which appeal to a variety of interests, are readily available. Nature lovers especially enjoy the border with W. C. Jones State Forest. Meal service is optional with special monthly free meals in the dining hall. Each apartment has a fully equipped kitchen, and is wired for cable and internet.
There is a private club for residents, a spa, sauna, coffee bar, tennis, basketball court, jogging/walking path connecting to the state park trails. Family and friends often join these older adults for social activities including theater as well as parties and celebrations of various types. For those who can afford the extras, there are a number of upgrades available for the “Presidential” guests, including the best views and housekeeping services.
Lower Cost an Advantage of Active Adult Housing Like The Mansions in the Forest
Living expenses in this type of active adult community run lower than many traditional retirement communities. This may be because this niche market is addressed only to active seniors looking for independent senior living. Since the need for affordable yet excellent senior living options is increasing with the maturing of the Boomer population, there will probably be more such senior living residences on the horizon.
A number of healthy older adults are choosing this type of retirement community as a preferred compromise between the upkeep of single family homes and traditional retirement communities which provide a variety of options including assisted living, etc.
Safety Features for Active Senior Living at The Mansions in the Forest
A 24-hour alarm and panic button is in the bath and master bedroom. Keyless deadbolts are also provided. Also, since it is a senior living community and the Conroe and Woodlands area has several hospitals and medical facilities, help is only a phone call away when needed. For residents of that general area who wish to be close to friends and family, this is a viable alternative to staying in the home.
The new niche in senior housing for active adults created by the Boomer generation is being addressed by The Mansions in the Forest in Montgomery County, Texas. The Mansions in the Forest provide luxurious senior living options for active adults nestled near a state forest. There are a number of privileges and amenities available in addition to safety features. This type of active adult living may be driven by getting more for their money as the lower cost causes some older adults to consider these luxury apartments.
Source: A visit to The Mansions in the Forest on July 9, 2010, along with an extended tour.