Hospitality Innovations Cross Over to Senior Living at Cornell

February 29th, 2016

Innovative providers increasingly are bridging the worlds of senior housing and hospitality, whether it’s a Ritz-Carlton approach to employee engagement or Four Seasons-style services. The recently inaugurated Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures (CIHF) is yet another sign that the worlds of hospitality and senior living are melding, and the Institute stands to make the campus in Ithaca, [Read More]

How Entrepreneurs Are Helping ‘Behemoth’ Brookdale Stay Nimble

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February 22nd, 2016

The nation’s largest senior living provider knows it can’t let its size slow it down. So, Brookdale Senior Living (NYSE: BKD) began its Entrepreneur in Residence program to help it stay on top of new opportunities within the senior living industry. “It’s how we fight against being a behemoth,” Andrew Smith, director of innovation and [Read More]

Dentists Go Mobile for Senior Living

February 18th, 2016

Between heart issues, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and more, there are plenty of health-related ailments to manage when it comes to residents in senior living. In such a crowded playing field, seniors’ oral hygiene can fall to the wayside. Transportation to and from dentist offices, for one, proves problematic for senior living residents, as the task typically [Read More]

Why Senior Housing is Welcoming Residents of All Ages

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January 31st, 2016

Senior living no longer means living with only seniors. At least, that’s what some housing providers across the industry are starting to realize. From grandparents who take care of children to college students and babies spending most of their time in retirement communities, family dynamics have changed and the senior housing industry is keeping pace. [Read More]

Ritz-Carlton Approach Gives ABHOW an ‘Advantage’

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January 25th, 2016

Plenty of senior housing operators say they strive to offer a “Ritz-Carlton” level of customer service. One California-based senior living provider with that same goal went out and nabbed an executive with Ritz-Carlton ties to make that happen. And the provider says it worked. American Baptist Homes of the West (ABHOW), a nonprofit that currently [Read More]

‘Shark Tank’ Bets Big on Senior Living Residents

January 7th, 2016

How do you tug the heartstrings of the iron-willed business tycoons on ABC’s entrepreneur competition show “Shark Tank”? Turns out a senior living knitting group will do the trick. Ten years ago, designer Sarah Oliver began knitting handbags as gifts for friends and family, but when demand for her product took off, she enlisted the [Read More]

Senior Living Takes On Burning Man

December 28th, 2015

Picture this: Tens of thousands of people from around the world gathered in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert as part of a pop-up community for a week during the annual Burning Man festival, an event geared toward art, self-expression and independence. Now, imagine a camp brimming with people age 80 and older within this temporary metropolis, [Read More]

How ‘Pre-Acute’ Care Is Giving One Provider An Edge

December 14th, 2015

Many senior living providers are growing their post-acute rehabilitation services, but one innovative nonprofit is going big on what it calls “pre-acute”—and believes that success in this realm could give it a dramatic competitive edge. “We want to allow seniors to stay home for life, not have to escalate to a higher level of care,” [Read More]

Senior Housing Goes Digital: Is Video Content the Next Big Thing?

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December 6th, 2015

Senior housing has a content problem. A quick search of the term “assisted living” in YouTube’s search bar turns up a long library of video content produced by senior living communities, associations and marketing groups, with everything from community tours and resident documentaries to training videos popping up in the results. However, much of this [Read More]

From Boeing to Brookdale: How Checklists Are Remaking Senior Living

November 29th, 2015

The nation’s largest senior living provider has been able to cut costs and improve resident wellness by implementing a seemingly simple innovation that the aviation industry pioneered … 80 years ago. That year was 1935. The place was Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio, where a new type of aircraft, the Boeing Model 299, was taking [Read More]