A center for healthy living (CHL) is a new building typology that supports seniors through all eight dimensions of wellness. A CHL may be one program in a single building, or a collection of programs/services and spaces. This white paper explains the forces driving the development of CHLs and shares key findings from a comprehensive design research study conducted by our in-house team. The paper also looks to the future, exploring how CHLs might evolve. Several key concepts for the “CHL of Tomorrow” are described, along with four potential models for how these ideas may be expressed in future designs.
While "Centers for Healthy Living" was produced and edited under the guidance of the firm's Senior Living design leaders, the white paper and the research study findings on which it's largely based have particular relevance in related design fields including healthcare, hospitality, higher education, and mixed-use urban design. New and innovative care models for CHLs of the future will rely on design leadership across multiple sectors, resulting in communities that meet and exceed the needs of all people, not just seniors.