According to Senior Housing News, the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic are reshaping the senior living marketplace, with the rise of mid-size operating companies an accelerating trend. The tech-savvy Baby Boomer generation, today’s largest population, is also shaping the design of senior living facilities.
Harmony Senior Services, headquartered in South Carolina and founded in 1982, understands these demands. They serve 28 communities and over 2,500 associates serving seniors and their families with Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Memory Care services in eight states along the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern US. Harmony relies on Meyer Senior Living Studio, a nationally ranked Top 10 architecture and interior design firm, to create their sought-after facilities. Leading Edge Design Group (LEDG) collaborates with Meyer providing technology and low voltage systems design to enable the seamless integration of technology. LEDG’s Registered Communications Distribution Designers (RCDD) work with Meyer Senior Living Studio to develop a coordinated digital building design.
LEDG systems design work includes:
• Cabling and connectivity to support voice, data, wireless, nurse call, CATV, and card access systems,
• Audio Visual Systems in the theater space,
• Design requirements to support network service provider feeds to the space,
• Fiber optic backbone,
• Structured cabling design to meet the needs of the different programs,
• Power and cable pathways, including conduit and cable trays, to be provided as part of the electrical plans to support ICT infrastructure,
• And the coordination of IT network requirements to support HVAC, lighting systems, and other building systems.
“The demands for technology in Senior Living facilities will continue to grow. Physicians, therapists, occupants, and their families rely on digital innovations to improve care, wellbeing, and communications,” said Bill Moten, LEDG Smart Buildings Practice Leader.