With the end of the year in sight, one Arizona developer has predicted a number of trends that will shape the future of senior living in Arizona in 2019 from independent-living programs reigning supreme to all-inclusive residency plans.

Once meant to provide basic necessities and nursing care for aging adults, today senior-living communities are shifting gears to cater to those looking for a more hospitality-focused experience with personalized care, suite-like accommodations and social gathering spaces. Experts estimate that the Baby Boomer generation will bring a 75-percent increase of people over the age of 65 needing senior care to nearly 2.3 million by 2030, according to LeisureCare.com.

A locally owned and family operated company, The Statesman Group first entered the senior-housing sector 20 years ago with the opening of The Manor Village in Scottsdale. Now preparing to break ground on a state-of-the-art, $50-million facility in Desert Ridge, Statesman is using its expertise to lead the way for senior-housing communities in Arizona.

Here’s what Alana Mann, president and owner of The Statesman Group, says to look out for in the next year:

Trend #1: Independent Living Reigns Supreme

When transitioning from their own home to senior housing, aging adults still want to maintain an independent lifestyle. To adjust to these expectations, senior-living communities will put a heightened focus on private accommodations complete with kitchens and living spaces so seniors can still enjoy the comforts of their home, while also having access to on-site care when needed.

Trend #2: All-inclusive Residency Plans

As senior-living communities offer health and wellness activities for residents to enjoy, seniors are less likely to participate if there is a hidden fee. That’s why, communities are packaging all of their services from meal plans and housekeeping to weekly classes and off-site outings into an all-inclusive offering tailored to every interest and ability.

Trend #3: Resort-style Amenities

Many adults entering senior housing are still enjoying the retired life and looking for resort-style communities where they can relax, stay up-to-date on current trends and mingle with other residents. Bringing a more resort-like feel to the mix, communities will offer a robust lineup of amenities like pools with a spa, computer rooms with internet, arts and crafts spaces, lush patios with garden areas, fitness centers and more.

Trend #4: Chef-Driven Dining

Consider cafeteria-style dining a thing of the past as senior-living communities make chef-driven cuisine in a restaurant setting the star. At The Manor Village at Scottsdale, many meals are prepared using local, farm-fresh ingredients, under the helm of Executive Chef Craig Milbourn. Residents and family members can also choose their breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks off of a different pre-fixe menu each day.

Trend #5: Proximity to Dining and Healthcare

As incoming residents seek greater cultural connections and integrated living, developers will build communities in areas close to dining, shopping, top-notch medical care and major freeways so families can visit. Statesman’s Manor Village at Desert Ridge will be located across the street from dining and shopping at High Street and adjacent to Desert Ridge Marketplace. The community will also be located just one-mile away from world-class care at Mayo Clinic, recently announcing a $648- million expansion that will nearly double the size of the Phoenix campus.

With 12 award-wining communities across the U.S. and Canada, Statesman is unique in the industry as they design, develop, build and manage all of its Manor Village Life Centers. In honor of its 20th anniversary, Statesman will be hosting a celebration at The Manor Village at Scottsdale on Thursday, Oct. 25 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Guests will enjoy light bites and refreshments, live entertainment and can tour the one- and two-bedroom Manor Suites. The Manor Village of Scottsdale is located at 9160 E. Desert Cove Ave in Scottsdale.

To register for The Manor Village Desert Ridge or The Manor Village at Scottsdale, visit http://www.themanorvillageusa.com/ or call (480) 767-7646.