Honoring Seniors the Lenity Way

As we enjoy the endless sugar cookies, sparkling lights and priceless time with family–our hearts are also with the seniors living in the buildings we design this holiday season.

There is no equivalent to being surrounded by family in the comfort of our own home. There are no rivals to the nostalgia of signature family dishes passed down from generations of grandmothers–enjoyed once around the holiday table, and then again as a midnight snack (aka the additional “sliver” of pumpkin pie that we all know is really a hearty slice!). It’s hard to imagine a day where our family customs may be exchanged, at least in part, for the reassurance of safety and prompt access to medical care. Yet, that is the case for thousands of seniors whose celebration of the holidays has evolved in tandem with their transition into retirement living and senior care communities.

Our hope is that seniors are able to stay independent and in the comfort of their own home as long as possible–whether it’s at the address where they’ve raised a family or that of a retirement community which supports their current lifestyle and needs.

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As seniors’ needs begin to shift towards a higher level of care, our buildings are designed to support them every step of the way. And while they may not be the same walls their children’s heights are scrawled on, they are walls thoughtfully designed to provide a comfortable extension of home. They are walls that represent so much more than the materials they are comprised of. To seniors and their families, the senior living communities we design represent peace of mind, quality of life, friendship and laughter.

“Home wasn’t a set house, or a single town on a map. It was wherever the people who loved you were, whenever you were together. Not a place, but a moment, and then another, building on each other like bricks to create a solid shelter that you take with you for your entire life, wherever you may go.”

Sarah Dessen, Author

The word “Lenity” means the quality of being mild or gentle towards others. We strive to live up to our name by creating spaces where seniors feel loved, supported and safe. We create spaces where the transition to community life is gentle and changes to seniors’ independence are as mild as possible. Honoring seniors in the best way we know how–through the gifts of our team–is the Lenity Way.

As the Lenity Architecture team closes out this year and begins a new one, we’re grateful for the people who give our work special meaning and significance. We are thankful for our amazing clients, the building managers and staff whose caring knows no bounds, and the remarkable individuals who live within the walls we help build.

Thank you, and happy holidays from the Lenity Architecture family.

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