How to Choose Windows for an Assisted Living Community Remodel

By: HarborView Senior Assisted Living

Remodeling an Assisted Living Community?

Thanks for joining in on our next installment of super helpful and incredibly practical design tips! Today we’re going to talk about how to pick windows that are timeless, durable, and stylish. Since windows are one of those things that are hardly ever replaced, it’s important to think carefully through your choices as they will most likely be in the space for a long time.

When would you need to replace windows?

You might need to replace windows if you’re doing an extensive remodel on an assisted living community or if there is damage to existing windows. For example, if your elder care community is in San Diego, right on the coast, there might be salt water damage to the exterior wood window trim if it’s an older property. Alternatively, if you’re designing a new build for a senior living center, you’ll also be a part of the window selection process.

Renovating an elder care property in San Diego

Anyone who has been through a remodel or renovation knows how exhausting, exciting and overwhelming it can be! While it’s a joy and privilege to have updated spaces, the decision fatigue alone can be daunting. At Bay View Assisted Living in San Diego, California (as well as at our partner locations Mesa View Senior Assisted Living and Harbor View Senior Assisted Living), we’ve worked hard to create inviting spaces for the members of our communities. Follow these tips if you want to do the same in your elder care community!


When selecting windows, you need to think about the same factors as you would any other design project: the composition, style, finish, function, and shape.

  • You’ll need to decide if you want open windows or grid windows. Grid windows have divisions on the pane. As a historical consideration, windows with grids were more traditional until the 1950s.
  • Window finishes are typically fiberglass, vinyl, aluminum, or wood. Wood, of course, tends to be the most attractive, but also has the highest price point. Fiberglass is a great option as it’s much stronger than vinyl and three times stronger than aluminum. It’s repairable, paintable and has great temperature control.
  • When considering the function of your new windows, you’re essentially asking how the windows are going to open and close. While there are a variety of ways a window can function, the most common are horizontal slider and single hung. Single hung windows open from just the bottom, while double hung windows open from the top and the bottom.
  • You can feel free to mix different types of windows as long as they are the same style and finish.

Scenic senior assisted living community in San Diego

Did you know HarborView Senior Assisted Living in San Diego is a charming, old world, historic property that’s been renovated? Find more about the floor plans of HarborView’s rooms here. When the historic property was renovated, the HarborView team aimed to preserve the rich history and elegance of the home. They simultaneously improved the layout and functionality, designing with elderly residents in mind.

Design matters!

At Bay View Assisted Living (and at our sister locations, Mesa View Senior Assisted Living and Harbor View Senior Assisted Living) we care about the physical environment that surrounds the members of our elder care communities. Research shows that aesthetics have a genuine impact on joy (check out the book Joyful: The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness by Ingrid Fetell Lee to learn more about this). We work hard to maintain beautiful and calming spaces for our residents.

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