Planning Outdoor Common Areas for Senior Cohousing
Outdoor common areas for seniors need
to be carefully planned for the future as well as for today. Even if the
wooden path below is suitable for today, it will not work in the future
for some elder residents.
Outdoor Common areas must be planned around the following factors:
1. Future Needs Outdoor common areas for seniors need careful planning so that they will be useful today and in the future. For example, the wooden plank path to the right might be suitable for all residents today. In the future, though, as some residents become more frail and some begin to use walkers and wheelchairs, this particular path would not be suitable.
2. Precipitation How much and what kind of moisture falls from the sky, where that moisture goes, and how long is stays will be great determining factors in what outdoor areas are planned for senior cohousing. Areas that have large and persistent snowfalls will have much different outdoor areas from the sunbelt. Ditto for rainfall, flooding, and wetlands.
3. Temperature Hot periods need ceiling fans and cold periods need fires. Is your area mostly cold or mostly hot? Spend your money where it counts.
4. Sunshine and Shade Hot areas of the country need shade--maybe even all year long. Colder areas need sunshine to make the outdoors habitable over more of the winter.
5. Insects Mosquitoes and other bugs are problematic in many areas of the country. That makes a screened enclosure valuable for outdoor living.
6. Pavement To pave or not to pave, that is the question.
7. Water Water is very nice for an outdoor area. Even a small reflective pond is welcomed. A swimming pool is not necessary but it is also nice.
8. Meditation and Quiet Time A quiet and shaded outdoor meditation area will serve hot areas well whereas senior cohousing residents in a cooler part of the country might prefer a sunny area.
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