‘Ambidextrous’ Approach Drives Innovation in Senior Living

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August 20th, 2015

Senior living organizations that are staying ahead of the curve today have a unique challenge: they not only have to serve a changing demographic, but they also have to adapt to a changing landscape for doing business. That landscape comes with traditional considerations such as technology, but in the case of senior housing organizations, it [Read More]

How Innovative Senior Living Designs Are Rewriting Old Rules

Country Kitchen 2
August 13th, 2015

Many senior living providers are incorporating universal design into their communities—whether from the ground up, or as part of renovations and repositioning of existing properties. Largely they are saying goodbye to institutional and traditional “nursing home” elements. The progression makes sense: It allows for communities to better adapt to changing wants and needs of residents [Read More]

Escargot to Chair Chi: Providers Adapt for Memory Care Needs

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July 29th, 2015

Catering to the different stages of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia poses a series of challenges for caretakers, as loss of memory and motor skills becomes more profound with time. In fact, Alzheimer’s is the only disease among the top 10 causes of death in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured [Read More]

Modular Construction: The Best-Kept Secret in Senior Living Development

July 26th, 2015

Modular construction may not have a stellar reputation for creating durable and appealing structures, but that could be changing, thanks to successful projects in senior living and other sectors. In fact, modular buildings are revolutionizing the way some senior housing providers approach the development process from start to finish—driving costs down while creating more appealing spaces than [Read More]

Universities Partner With CCRCs for Future of Aging Care

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July 21st, 2015

While the senior living industry has long operated successful communities to provide care for the aging population, the industry as a whole has lacked a comprehensive approach to research around aging, and improving care through that research. All that might be changing, if recent initiatives are any indication. Various academic and other institutions are making strides [Read More]

Assisted Living Provider Champions Health Care Partnership Model

June 18th, 2015

“Health care partnership” has become a catch phrase of late in senior living, as providers seek ways to align their missions with local organizations that provide health care to senior living residents. Many are talking about the potential offered by Accountable Care Organizations, or ACOs, the first of which are showing success, according to measures [Read More]

CCRC Transforms End-of-Life Care with Innovative Space

Central Baptist Village CR1
June 7th, 2015

Death. It can be an uncomfortable topic in long-term care, but new innovations are enhancing how senior living providers cater to residents at the end of life. One nonprofit continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Norridge, Ill. offers the Chrysalis Room (pictured above), a dedicated space to celebrate and honor the end-of-life experience. Created in collaboration [Read More]

Tiny Spaces, Huge Potential: Micro-Design Comes to Senior Living

Colorful Apartment Building
June 1st, 2015

As the micro-house movement continues to gain popularity as a cost-effective and low maintenance style of living, it may only be a matter of time before the design trend hits senior housing. This brand of smaller design has primarily attracted younger adults, particularly Millennials (18- to 34-year-olds, according to Pew Research Center) seeking affordable urban [Read More]

Senior Living Providers Score with Kid-Centric Programs

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May 26th, 2015

Senior living has long implemented features to attract residents’ family and friends to communities, such as with bistros, salons and exotic animals, but the latest in visitor programming puts kids at its core. One such provider is The Woodlands, Texas-based Avanti Senior Living, which created a new family-oriented program that will commence when the assisted [Read More]

Texas CCRC Becomes Test Bed for New-Age Senior Living Tech

Smart Care - Living Room
May 18th, 2015

Technologies that can measure, track and transmit data to gauge how residents’ personal health affects things like their overall physical appearance, sleeping habits, walking patterns and vital signs are becoming ever more prevalent in senior living communities for their use in not only keeping older adults healthy, but keeping them out of the hospital. It’s [Read More]