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Photos: See Repositioning Results at The Terraces at Los Altos

The end of a long-term repositioning project at ABHOW’s The Terraces at Los Altos has arrived, and the final results are spectacular. The three-phase project’s construction first started in the summer of 2012 when ABHOW chose to move forward with revitalization plans at one of its oldest communities.

The first phase of repositioning included new memory support and skilled nursing units. A second phase added assisted living and commons areas. And a third phase created 87 independent living units, more commons areas and a parking garage at the campus in Los Altos, Calif.

The campus now features a total of 105 independent living units, 30 assisted living units, 16 memory support suites and 30 skilled nursing beds. The repositioning kept the community’s buildings small by intention in order to reflect the location of the campus within a large-yet-intimate residential area.

The impact of repositioning at The Terraces at Los Altos was evident even before the project’s completion. It earned recognition as the Best Repositioning of 2015, according to Senior Housing News. Now that the project is fully complete, The Terraces at Los Altos will move forward as one of California’s premier Life Plan Communities.

Greystone served as development consultant throughout repositioning at The Terraces at Los Altos. See photos of the completed community in the gallery below. Learn more about The Terraces at Los Altos.

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Video: 10 Ideas From The Greystone Event 2016

The Greystone Event 2016 featured speakers from across the senior living industry sharing messages relevant and helpful to today’s providers. We pulled out some of the ideas shared at this year’s Event and edited them into a brief highlight video.

See the highlights using the video player below:

 

  1. The Senior Living Landscape is Shifting (Mark Andrews, Greystone)
  2. We Must Change the Perception of Senior Living (John Spooner, Greystone)
  3. Demand is Skyrocketing Across Levels of Care (Stuart Jackson, Greystone)
  4. Non-Profits Must Accelerate Their Pace (Mary Munoz, Ziegler and Diane Hood, Mary’s Woods at Marylhurst)
  5. Mission Drives Affiliation (John Cochrane, Cornerstone Affiliates)
  6. Strength, Balance and Proximity Make Affiliation Work (Randy Stamper, ABHOW)
  7. Serving the Middle Market Requires Discipline (Bud Green, Greystone)
  8. Design Supports Culture (Sue Plasterr, Greystone)
  9. Celebrate With Prospects (Mary Jane Fitts, Greystone)
  10. We’re in This Together (Diane Hood, Mary’s Woods at Marylhurst)

 

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Video: 10 Insights From The Greystone Event 2015

One of the best aspects of The Greystone Event is the impressive and diverse group of speakers who volunteer their time to discuss the senior living industry. This year’s group of speakers included CEOs of multi-site organizations, bankers who work in the capital markets, architects, actuaries, attorneys — and even Larry Minnix, president and CEO of LeadingAge.

We’ve done our best to compress hours of presentations and panel discussions into a brief highlight video. This video (embedded below) shares 10 Insights:

  1. Define Success: Mark Andrews of Greystone introduces a discussion on leadership strategies by describing the importance of defining success.
  2. Learn From the Best: Michael Gallagher is the president and CEO of AvMed, parent company to SantaFe Senior Living. He went to executives at Disney to learn about how they pursue service excellence.
  3. Grow to Secure Market Share: Gary Marsh, who leads Masonic Homes of Kentucky, sees growth as an organizational value. He believes that growth is needed to secure his organization’s position as a leader in the Louisville market.
  4. Let Market and Financials Drive Planning: Sloan Bentley discusses how she brought a new approach to master planning when she joined Lifespace Communities.
  5. Exceed Expectations: John Spooner of Greystone describes the next generation of CCRC residents and the standards against which they will evaluate senior living communities.
  6. Get Into the Concierge Business: LeadingAge’s Larry Minnix says that senior living organizations must become a friendly, helpful, responsive source of information and assistance in order to find future success.
  7. Merging Makes Financial Sense: ABHOW’s Dave Ferguson talks about the motivation behind the merger between his organization and be.group.
  8. Create a Sense of Discovery: Rocky Berg of Three: Living Architecture says that a community’s design can help choreograph predetermined moments of spontaneous experience.
  9. Surround Yourself With Experts: Dave Fields of RBC Capital Markets recommends involving professionals who can provide valuable advice as you pursue growth opportunities.
  10. Prepare for Overwhelming Demographics: Brad Paulis of CCRC Actuaries puts numbers behind conventional wisdom, sharing statistics that demonstrate just how strong the demand for high-quality senior living will be in the coming years.

See these speakers in action by using the video player below.

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Photos: Follow-Up From The Greystone Event

Each summer, The Greystone Event welcomes senior living professionals from organizations and locations around the country to Texas for three days of networking and education sessions that share best practices and industry trends.

This year’s Event kicked off with a special presentation by Dave Ferguson on the recent merger between American Baptist Homes of the West and be.group. The merger between these two non-profit senior living providers formed a new entity with nearly $1.5 billion in assets and $360 million in annual revenue. Together they serve 9,800 residents and employ 3,700 staff members at 83 total communities.

The behind-the-scenes look at this merger set the perfect tone for the rest of the education sessions, which covered other important topics, including:

  • Leadership strategies
  • The economic downturn’s current impact on capital markets
  • Executing strategic change
  • Resident expectations and the Fair Housing Act
  • Innovation in design and development
  • Finding success with healthcare brands
  • The science behind sales
  • Service quality excellence

Optimizing market share served as the theme throughout the presentations, further highlighted by an address from LeadingAge CEO Larry Minnix. As always, The Event served as a valuable mid-year opportunity to look at our industry and our individual organizations — and to consider how we can collectively take advantage of the opportunities ahead.

See photos from The Greystone Event 2015 in the gallery below. Stay tuned in August for video highlights and more content from these three days in Texas.

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