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First Look: See Inside The Barrington of Carmel

New photos show the interior of the Indianapolis area’s newest continuing care retirement community. Sponsored by Senior Quality Lifestyles Corporation, The Barrington of Carmel remains on schedule to open late this year. It will include 134 independent living apartments, seven catered living units, 56 assisted living units, 26 memory support suites and 48 skilled nursing beds.

See the interior photos (as well as recent aerials) in the gallery below.

Learn more about The Barrington of Carmel.

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CONCORDIA: SUPPORTING THE FAMILY OF FOUR OKLAHOMA STORM VICTIMS

The storms that swept through the Oklahoma City area May 31 affected the family of an employee at Concordia Life Care Community. Yolanda Santos, 34, and her three children (ages 5, 7 and 9) were killed by floodwaters while seeking cover. Concordia is working to raise funds to support the family. According to Pastor Harold Kamman:

“If you would like to help, please make your check payable to ‘Concordia Life Care Community’ and write ‘In Memory of Santos family’ in the memo field. Donations can be mailed to: Concordia, 7707 W Britton Rd, OKC, 73132. You will receive a thank you letter for tax purposes and donations will go directly to help with the family’s funeral expenses. Thanks for providing comfort and support during such a difficult time.”

Visit Concordia’s website.

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GREYSTONE’S STUART JACKSON DISCUSSES HOSPITALITY AND BRANDING

Is your community paving the way? Or falling behind? AG Architecture addresses these questions in a new blog post. Greystone’s Stuart Jackson is quoted in the hospitality and branding sections. Here’s an excerpt of Stuart discussing hospitality:

“The modern CCRC will always be rooted in meeting the physical, health and financial security needs of older adults. The CCRCs that separate themselves from the competition will be those that embrace a full hospitality culture. The CCRCs that integrate hospitality through every level of care within the community will undoubtedly achieve excellence as they respond to newer generations of residents who seek personalized service and demand satisfaction.”

Click here to read the entire post.

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HEALTH CARE CORNER: PREPARE FOR THE CHANGES AHEAD

I attended the 2013 Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) conference last month and sat in on a number of informative presentations. One dealt with a predicted paradigm shift for assisted living and memory support programs. Dr. Peter Rabins, MD, MPH of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and co-author of The 36 Hour Day, led the presentation.

Dr. Rabins pointed out that many of today’s senior living organizations serve residents living with dementia through specialty dedicated environments and/or programs suited to their unique individual needs. He predicts that over the next five to 10 years, however, the demographics in senior living will undergo a remarkable series of changes. The paradigm will shift and people with mild cognitive impairment and dementia will become the majority of those living in senior living settings.

Statistics show that 20 percent of the U.S. population will be 65 and older by 2030. With advances in medicine, medical technology and social and environmental conditions, people are living longer, doubling the number of 85-year-olds and tripling the number of 100-year-olds living in the U.S. With the population growing at such a rapid pace, so too will the number of new and existing cases of Alzheimer’s disease.

How can you prepare for the operational challenges that emerge when residents living with dementia, or who have undetected early signs of dementia, outnumber residents with normal cognition? Dr. Rabins explored this shift and how to prepare physical environments, programming, marketing and admission criteria. He also outlined steps executive directors and senior living organizations can take to better manage the changes to come.

Things to remember about managing care beyond diagnosis:

  1. Focus on function NOT memory
  2. Behavioral/psychiatric symptoms of dementia increase likelihood of placement
  3. Medical co-morbidity increases complexity geometrically
  4. Family expectations are increasing
  5. Non-cognitive impaired residents are an increasing minority
  6. Pressure to NOT use medications to treat behavioral/psychiatric symptoms


Things to remember about humanizing dementia:

 

  1. Frame the diagnosis for the family and resident in an accepting manner
  2. Identify strengths and weaknesses in the rehab approach
  3. Avoid infantilizing
  4. Discuss the disease with the person


In order to be prepared we must take advantage of opportunities to:

 

  • Display great leadership
  • Imbue a culture
  • Model the expected behavior
  • Review successes and failures

— Mindy Cheek, Senior Manager, Marketing Services

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CONSTRUCTION UNDERWAY ON HEALTH CENTER EXPANSION AT EL CASTILLO

The site is clear and utilities are now being installed for expansion at El Castillo Retirement Residences, a CCRC in Santa Fe, N.M. El Castillo’s expansion will include seven new assisted living apartments, 11 new memory support units and space for 12 new private skilled nursing beds. Fourteen existing semi-private nursing beds will be converted into seven private beds. The project is scheduled for completion in late 2013 or early 2014. Greystone is serving as development consultant.

See photos of construction at El Castillo in the gallery below. Learn more about El Castillo.

REPOSITIONING AT SAN JOAQUIN GARDENS NEARING COMPLETION

A new commons building at The Terraces at San Joaquin Gardens has achieved substantial completion. This new commons building, The Valencia, is part of a $120 million repositioning project at The Terraces. Ownership is currently moving into the Valencia and installing furniture while working toward full licensure. The Terraces is a CCRC sponsored by American Baptist Homes of the West. It is located in Fresno, Calif. Greystone is serving as development consultant.

See photos of construction at The Terraces in the gallery below. Learn more about San Joaquin Gardens.

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KAGS NEWS: ARBOR OAKS THE PERFECT SOLUTION FOR BCS SENIORS

Bryan-College Station’s KAGS News recently visited Arbor Oaks at Crestview to report on senior living in Brazos County. KAGS reporter Jenny Walsh interviewed Bill and Mary Lay, who have lived in the BCS area since 1971. According to the Lays, Arbor Oaks allows them to stay close to their children, grandchildren and the community that they’ve grown to love.

Watch the KAGS report in the video player below. Learn more about Arbor Oaks at Crestview.

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GREYSTONE’S HR TASK FORCE CO-HOSTS MERIT UNIVERSITY

Greystone’s Human Resource Task Force partnered with Merit Resources to co-host the 12th Annual Merit University, held May 8 and 9 in Des Moines, Iowa. Fourteen guests representing 11 continuing care retirement communities participated in this year’s event. Sessions addressed employment law, training and leadership development programs, HR best practices, the eBenefits system and more.

See photos from the 12th Annual Merit University in the gallery below.

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BUSINESS MANAGERS FROM 14 COMMUNITIES VISIT GREYSTONE

Business office managers representing 14 continuing care retirement communities visited Las Colinas this April for the Annual Business Office Manager Conference. The conference included guest speakers, breakout sessions, networking opportunities and more.

See photos from the 2013 Business Office Manager Conference in the gallery below.