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How to Launch a Successful Senior Living Construction Project

Frame of senior living construction project.

Tips for building a senior living facility

Facility construction, remodeling or additions are perhaps among the largest projects senior living community leadership will undertake during their tenure. It is most certainly an exciting time, but launching a successful senior living construction project takes months of planning, even before a contract is awarded. It also takes open and honest communication among all the stakeholders.

If you are considering a senior living construction project in your future, we’ve developed a list of things you should consider to minimize roadblocks to its success:

  1. Conduct thorough market research
  2. Clearly define your goals and objectives
  3. Seek out references
  4. Choose a design/build firm that is well-versed in building senior living facilities
  5. Make sure the contract is clear and detailed, including the complete project costs, like potential fees and up-charges
  6. Ensure the lines of communication stay open

Below, we go into detail on each of these steps for those remodeling, adding on to or building a senior living facility.

1. Conduct thorough market research

Before you know what to build and how big to build—or even if you should build—you need to understand the market. A thorough market research study gives you the data you need to determine if you’ll be able to maintain occupancy rates now and into the future, based on your area’s age and income demographics, your competition and the size of the facility you want to build.

A market study also can help you decide what types of care are and will be most needed, including memory care or skilled nursing services, as well as the programming you’ll offer. All of these considerations should be included in the planning and design of your facility.

This is also the time to fully understand any laws or regulations that may affect your project’s success. These could include everything from the dozens of states that require Certificates of Need to municipal building codes.

Our blog, “Taking Your Senior Living Facility from Concept to Completion” provides a detailed outline of what to consider in your research and how we can help.

2. Clearly define your goals and objectives

Too often, many of us think in tactical terms: what needs to get done and when. We often fail to consider—and communicate—the ultimate goals of our organizations. You not only have to ask yourself what it was that sparked the decision for a senior living construction project, but also what you want to achieve for your organization in the future. Even a desire to attract more and higher quality staff could be in part answered by considering their needs as part of the building project.

3. Seek references

Once you’ve pared your list of design/build candidates, ask for references that share similarities with your project. Call clients to ask:

  • Details about the project type and scope. Ask about their goals for the project and whether they were met.
  • Was the contract clear and easy to understand? Were there any surprises during the construction process?
  • Was the project completed on time and on budget? If not, ask for details as to why.
  • Did you enjoy working with the team?
  • Were they easy to communicate with? Did they answer questions promptly?
  • Did the project turn out as you expected? Were the terms of the contract fulfilled? Did the building meet all codes?
  • Would you hire them again?

4. Choose a design/build firm that is well-versed in building senior living facilities

Not every construction firm has specific expertise in how to build an assisted living facility or other senior living community. The needs of seniors—and your caregiving staff—are unique. An experienced firm will understand how you deliver care and how a facility can help provide the best quality of life for your residents. For example, certain architectural design features and floor plans will help you deliver memory care in the best possible way, a level of care that may not be achieved through cookie-cutter designs.

5. Make sure the contract is clear and detailed

Before you sign the contract, make sure you understand it in its entirety. It should define the scope of work and provide a detailed schedule from project start to occupancy as well as a list of all costs. This is the time to ensure the firm you chose is transparent with all costs, including fees and ancillary charges. You may want a lawyer who specializes in building construction to review the contract.

6. Keep the lines of communication open

Good communication starts with your first introduction to the firm. But, once the project is underway, it’s imperative to keep the lines of communication among all the stakeholders. You’ll need to determine how often to communicate with your board and what to tell them (see our recent board of directors management blog for tips). You should feel comfortable asking questions of the firm’s project team and expect prompt responses. Misunderstandings or poor communication on the part of any one of the stakeholders could unnecessarily delay the project.

Consider CLS for your senior living construction project

At Community Living Solutions, we have a wealth of knowledge and expertise in planning, designing and building senior living communities. It’s all we do. We pride ourselves on competitively bidding every project to ensure costs are kept in check, and we provide 100 percent financial transparency.

If you are considering remodeling, adding on to or building a senior living facility, contact us or call (920) 969-9344 for a free consultation.

Senior Living Construction Project Officially Kicks Off in Iowa

Keystone Care Center Groundbreaking, Keystone, Iowa

Keystone Nursing Care Center to expand

Community Living Solutions officially broke ground May 15, 2018, on a 12,350-square-foot expansion at Keystone Nursing Care Center in Keystone, Iowa.

The 45-bed nursing home is adding 10 beds dedicated to providing short-term rehabilitation care. The one-story addition also will include four private rooms for long-term skilled nursing care, an inpatient/outpatient therapy center and a 400-square-foot commercial kitchen. CLS also will complete other building renovations as well as renovations to Keystone’s two parking lots and courtyard.

“The facility addition will allow short-term rehabilitation patients in need of specialized therapy to receive the best care in a comfortable, private environment,” said Aaron Klug, CLS architectural production manager. “We’re expanding the therapy center to be three times its current size and providing a separate, private entrance for outpatient therapy, offering a more efficient space for staff and patients.”

Keystone Nursing Care Center, in operation since 1973, also serves residents in its assisted living complex and independent living apartments.

Trust CLS’ specialized knowledge in Iowa

Not only do we specialize in senior living construction, we also understand the specific requirements for building in Iowa. For example, as part of our senior living design/build process, we will help facilitate a Certificate of Need. To learn more about how we will be your trusted partner in your building or remodeling project, call us at 515-478-3544.

CLS Breaks Ground on Senior Living Construction Project

Clark County Rehabilitation & Living Center set for expansion

Community Living Solutions and the Clark County Rehabilitation & Living Center in Owen, Wis., kicked off their senior living construction project May 11, 2018, with an official groundbreaking. The facility, which provides rehabilitative, skilled nursing and CBRF care, is expanding on the site of its current campus.

A homelike senior living design

The new 23,570-square-foot, single-story addition will directly connect to the existing main entrance. This will require a new main entryway to be developed, which will feature a drive-under canopy to make drop-offs and pick-ups easier, especially during inclement weather.

The building promises to attract new patients and residents with:

  • A brand new physical therapy gym
  • 16 private rooms with private bathrooms for short-term rehabilitation care
  • 16 private rooms and bathrooms for long-term care

The new building is designed with a household approach, providing residents with the best care in a setting that will remind them of home. The design features:

  • Household living rooms
  • Activity dens
  • Intimate dining room settings
  • Private dining options
  • A country kitchen

“Our goal in designing the Clark County Rehabilitation & Living Center expansion is to provide current and future residents with a comfortable space in which to lead active, healthy lives,” said Aaron Klug, CLS architectural production manager. “This senior living design will help make the Clark County Rehabilitation & Living Center more marketable, attracting rehabilitation patients and residents in need of care for many years to come.”

In addition to offering, short-term rehabilitation, assisted living and long-term care, the Clark County Rehabilitation & Living Center also specializes in memory care, geriatric psychiatric care and care for the intellectually disabled. It has served Clark County since 1922.

Consider CLS for your next project

If you are considering expanding your current site or building a new assisted living or long-term facility, please contact Community Living Solutions. Our senior living construction experts take the time to listen to your needs. For a complimentary introductory meeting, call us at 920-969-9344.