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Senior Living Industry Leaders Launch New Joint Venture

CARLSBAD, CA–-Integral Senior Living, a premier provider of senior living management services, and NorthStar Healthcare Income, Inc., (NHI) have launched a joint venture called Solstice Senior Living to provide management and support services to 32 NHI-owned independent living communities.

Each community will be rebranded under the Solstice Senior Living umbrella, with Integral Senior Living (ISL) providing its industry-leading management expertise and NHI maintaining business and real estate ownership of each property.

“Solstice residents will benefit from a combination of tested management expertise and community-specific services,” said Collette Valentine-Gray, CEO/COO of ISL and Solstice. “We want to provide a day-to-day-living experience that embraces what our residents love about their local culture, and to better serve those residents by equipping community associates with proven management and operations approaches.”

Gerald “Gerry” Jackson has been named senior vice president of Solstice. Jackson has more than 30 years of experience in senior living, assisted living and behavioral health, including leadership roles in training, operations, and program and staff development.

“Solstice will create value for our residents by optimizing operations and programming, with the goal of taking our resident’s experience to a new level,” Jackson said.

Activity and culinary offerings are widely recognized as key factors in seniors’ selection of an independent living community, and Solstice’s goal of enhancing these services exemplifies the venture’s ability to combine management best practices with purposeful resident engagement to support community utilization and retention.

Each Solstice community will feature ISL’s trademark Vibrant Life™ activity program as well as a newly developed culinary program, Elevate. Vibrant Life focuses on seven core components, ranging from inspiration and wellness to adventure and community connections. The program promotes joyful experiences, meaningful endeavors, and abundant opportunities to connect residents with family, friends and the local community.

Elevate will provide Solstice residents with flexible and changing culinary options. The new program will be complemented by monthly “Food for Thought” meetings, which have proven successful at other ISL communities in engaging residents in culinary and menu-related decisions.