Sothea Cheney, mission architect and expertise supervisor with Market Sq. Architects, has been named a 2022 future chief by Senior Housing Information.
To grow to be a Future Chief, a person is nominated by their friends. The candidate have to be a high-performing worker who’s 40-years-old or youthful, a passionate employee who is aware of learn how to put imaginative and prescient into motion, and an advocate for seniors, and the dedicated professionals who guarantee their well-being.
Cheyney sat down with Senior Housing Information to speak about his profession trajectory and the ways in which he sees the business evolving, together with the necessity for extra on-site and complete scientific providers.
What drew you to this business?
I get pleasure from a variety of math and science in addition to artwork and structure which is a mix of all three of these issues.
And I didn’t like speaking to individuals as a lot as I appreciated these different issues. So, regardless of speaking with individuals typically for my job, I prefer it.
What’s your greatest lesson discovered since beginning to work on this business?
The wants of residents. Designing for senior residents is a little bit of a problem. There are elements of the design course of that I wouldn’t have considered earlier than.
This contains the operations of the constructing. How operators work and the way they should work with seniors. So I discovered learn how to make it quite a bit simpler for each the residents and the operators.
For those who may change one factor with an eye fixed towards the way forward for senior residing, what would it not be?
The thought course of. Although we’re designing for seniors, I really feel as if lots of people of their senior residing designs will restrict exercise areas for the residents — restrict them on bodily actions. I don’t assume that designers ought to restrict that in any respect.
I nonetheless play tennis with people who find themselves of their 80s. They nonetheless play tennis. They like to maneuver round. And never all seniors are the identical; some like gardening to be like art work and a few individuals wish to play golf. I feel [designers] restrict these sorts of actions.
For instance, one in all my purchasers wished a pickleball court docket as a result of a variety of seniors are beginning to choose up pickleball. I used to be very enthusiastic about that.
What do you foresee as being completely different in regards to the senior residing business looking forward to 2023?
Prioritizing wholesome motion and a relationship with nature. I feel increasingly more designers, operators, and the business are beginning to consider bodily exercise.
And I feel a variety of seniors now are extra energetic and that they’re extra acutely aware of their well being at an earlier stage within the growing old course of. So, we’re designing for lots extra bodily exercise now. Which means extra health facilities, extra swimming swimming pools, and so forth.
We’re additionally including components that incorporate nature comparable to out of doors gardening and, relying on the local weather, much more planning for indoor rising and gardening.
In a phrase, how would you describe the way forward for senior residing?