Luxury retirement homes are a fairly new phenomenon, their popularity attributed to the desires or sheer numbers of the boomer generation.
Canada may be poised for a seniors’ retirement home construction boom to accommodate the number of aging baby boomers, and like most of the things the big wave of post-war babies has done, they will change things.
Boomers will likely look for more of the comforts of their modern homes, with as much independence as they can muster.
One developer looking to double up on the number of units he operates in Quebec said at least $3 billion a year would be spent across the country to build and upgrade retirement facilities.
“It’s not about waiting to die,” Luc Maurice says when describing what seniors are looking for in today’s retirement homes.
His Le Groupe Maurice is known for working to create unique residences for the retirees of Quebec with their specific needs in mind.
Trends show that future seniors will not only live longer, they’ll also be healthier and they will value their freedom and autonomy. They’ll have fewer children than today’s seniors, maybe no children at all.
Not all will be looking for extreme luxury but they will want modern kitchens and plenty of optional services geared toward independent living.
These include wireless connections in common areas with pools, gyms, green spaces and lifelong learning opportunities.
Calgary’s Journey Club and similar facilities springing up all over North America are targeting boomers’ desires.
Another plus for the Journey Club is its location, says executive director, Alain Boileaux.
Rather than being tucked away in a residential area, Journey Club is connected to the nerve centre of Westman Village, according to Boileaux.
The multi-generational village is self-contained; people that live here don’t necessarily have to leave the village.
“A land-locked cruise ship,” is how Boileaux describes Journey Club. Spacious one and two bedroom suites are totally self-contained with full kitchens and laundry facilities.
At the same time, residents can have the tasks of housekeeping and laundry done for them while they enjoy a myriad of activities.
As well, a licensed practical nurse is available around the clock.