Contact with nature is known to have significant positive effects on older adult health. When choosing a new assisted living home, it is important to look at the environment of the home. Whether in a smaller or larger assisted living community, identify the residents’ connection to nature.
Does the community have easy access to the outdoors? Are the outdoor areas maintained in such a way that they are inviting and safe? Does the landscaping reflect visually interesting aspects of nature and with varied colors and textures?
Bird feeders, flowers, plants, and different seating options offer residents a way to connect with their outdoor world.