The Future Face of Retirement?

There was a time when the word “retirement home” conjured up images of ready meals in plastic trays and endless games of bingo on a dreary Saturday afternoon but this is rapidly becoming a thing of the past.

With the population ageing, technological advances showing no sign of slowing and changes in our expectations of what constitutes a reasonable standard of living, retirement homes of the future will soon be unrecognisable.

Communal Space at New Manor, Salisbury

Bespoke Upholstery & Joinery by HF Contracts

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In 2016, ‘The Times’ and ‘The Guardian’ ran features on the future face of retirement living, in particular focusing on this new kind of luxury retirement village and we are now seeing these predictions come to fruition, gaining momentum at an impressive rate.

 

Even the finest details are being considered, just take this example of a bespoke dining chair for the Bistro area at New Manor Salisbury.

Certainly not what you imagine when someone says “care home chair”.

Deep mustard velvet extenuates the fluted details in this bespoke tub chair.  Developed and manufactured in-house at HF.

Deep mustard velvet extenuates the fluted details in this bespoke tub chair.

Developed and manufactured in-house at HF.

Towards the end of 2018 Property Week reported on the importance of us working towards a higher tech, higher standard of retirement living and care facility for the new ‘older generations’.

As part of our collaborative process with Birmingham City University our in house “Designs for Living” range is doing just that.

With posture supporting chairs designed with pressure relief foams, now undergoing development of integrated optional tech – Tablet/IPAD holders, USB Charging ports and the like.

Designs for Living Collection, HF Contracts in collaboration with Birmingham City University

Designs for Living Collection, HF Contracts in collaboration with Birmingham City University

Bespoke Fabrics on our ‘Cello’ chairs, protected design.  Hf Contracts in collaboration with Birmingham City University

Bespoke Fabrics on our ‘Cello’ chairs, protected design.

Hf Contracts in collaboration with Birmingham City University

Residents in these new properties will expect to dine in style.

With farm to table meals being prepared in quality cafes, restaurants & bistros on site at these luxury retirement villages.

Our recent project in Keel House, Poole, is an excellent example of this.

The Bistro serves residents and visitors, boasting a fresh seaside feel with some beautiful contrasting fabrics.

Keel House Retirement Apartments, Poole, Dorset

Bespoke manufacture & install by HF Contracts.

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The ‘Office for National Statistics’ have reported that in 1997 around 1 in 6 people were over 65, today that statistic is 1 in 5 and it is expected to be as many as 1 in 4 by 2037. This will increase even more rapidly post 2041 when the baby boomers generation of the 60’s have progressed into retirement age.

With this in mind it is clear that this area of the commercial sector is on an upward trajectory perhaps plugging the gap as we see a decline in High Street Retail projects?

But that is discussion point for another day.