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Coming Together

The senior living industry will continue to be defined by increasing partnerships as owners, operators and providers strive for better ways to enhance their residents’ experience and improve their health, differentiate themselves from others, and sustain, strengthen and potentially expand their missions. Assisted living communities are already developing partnerships with …

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Building Momentum

Despite increasing construction costs, contractors reporting widespread labor shortages, senior housing occupancy rates dropping and various industry data predicting a slow-down in construction, senior living organizations across the country are reporting plenty of activity in the form of expansions, renovations, openings, new construction and acquisitions. Dominion Senior Living continues to …

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Cruising To Better Results In Senior Living

As competition continues to heat up with net additions to inventory outpacing absorption of units and occupancy rates for senior housing properties dropping in the second quarter of 2017, senior living providers might take some pointers from the cruise industry. According to a number of senior living executives, cruise companies …

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Getting In Tune With The Residents

Some savvy senior living organizations are pioneering new programs that bring top college music students into their communities to live and perform, enriching the lives of everyone. San Antonio-based Franklin Companies began offering its Musician-in-Residence program this spring at its Franklin Park Sonterra and Franklin Park Alamo Heights locations featuring …

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How To Execute An Executive Succession Plan

As many as 50 percent of nonprofit leaders are expected to leave their positions within the next five years. Only one-third of organizations have a succession plan, and even fewer have an executive director transition plan, according to an August 2016 BoardEffect story quoting BoardSource statistics. In just one nonprofit …

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Extolling The Benefits Of EHRs

There’s no question technology is playing a more active role in senior care today, and electronic health records (EHR) are just one of the differentiators coming into play as seniors and their families evaluate communities and job candidates choose employers. Yet, studies show less than 20 percent of assisted living …

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Retention of staff improves care, reduces costs

Some savvy senior living organizations are boosting employee retention rates with better hiring practices, improved onboarding and orientation programs, concentration on culture initiatives, peer mentoring, training programs at all levels and unique benefits. “The good news is that Gallup research tells us that the millennial generation coming into the workforce …

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Recruiting For Senior Living Requires Creativity

With a Silver Tsunami heading its way, the senior living industry is grappling with a labor supply that can’t keep up with the ongoing surge in demand. The industry will need an estimated 1.2 million additional employees by 2025, according to Argentum’s 2016 “Getting to 2025: A Senior Living Roadmap.” …

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Getting With The Program In Memory Care

As the incidences of Alzheimer’s disease continue to climb, the senior living profession is responding with new programs, pilot studies, construction and renovations for those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. For example, Senior Lifestyle Corporation‘s Essence aromatherapy program last week received an Argentum “Best of the Best” award, which recognizes …

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Enhancing The Indoor Environment For Wellness

As the green building movement shifts toward the opportunity to create buildings that intentionally promote health and wellness, a pilot version of the WELL Building Standard for retirement communities focused on resident health and wellness is underway in Boulder, CO—a city with tough environmental standards typically ranking high on national …

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