Juniper Village at Spicewood Summit Earns Certificate of Excellence for Wound Management

AUSTIN, TX—Juniper Village at Spicewood Summit has been certified by Vohra Wound Physicians as a Center of Excellence for Wound Management. Only 10% of Vohra’s skilled nursing facility partners have qualified for this annual certification. Juniper Village places a top priority on healing and rehabilitating residents, and with its specialized wound management program, it can accept residents with chronic or complex wounds.

“It’s hard enough to treat and heal wounds in the elderly in a normal environment, but throw in a pandemic like COVID and it’s even more challenging. I’m so proud of the wellness team at Juniper Village at Spicewood Summit for achieving the Vohra Excellence for Wound Management award,” expressed Daniel Nixon, regional director of wellness for Juniper Communities.

Ann Rojo, LVN, wound care specialist for Juniper Village, spearheaded the certification process. “Partnering with Vohra Wound Physicians, we bring physician-led bedside wound care to our skilled nursing residents,” said Rojo. “This—coupled with our Connect4Life program that features on-site services such as therapy, pharmacy and primary care—leads to better outcomes and a quicker return to home for many.”

Juniper Communities’ Connect4Life program is overseen by a dedicated medical concierge who coordinates services on- and off-site, meaning families don’t need to worry about the details of their loved one’s care. Connect4Life also leads to better outcomes—an independent study confirmed that Juniper Village residents have lower re-hospitalization rates compared to residents of other senior living communities.

“Our partnership with Vohra has resulted in a wonderful level of healing for our residents. Their knowledge and expertise have been great at helping our clinical teams as well. We are very proud of Juniper Village at Spicewood Summit’s certification and their work to make the community a Center of Excellence for Wound Management,” said Casey Tiffany, regional director of operations for Texas.

Juniper Village at Spicewood Summit provides professional care and support for 94 assisted living residents, and it has 46 skilled nursing beds for short- and long-term rehabilitation and care. Located at 4401 Spicewood Springs Rd., the community is situated in the Northwest Hills section of Austin, among great parks and rolling hills, and it offers wonderful amenities to its residents.

The Springs Living Senior Executive Director Receives 2022 Leadership Excellence Award

MCMINNVILLE, OR—Earlier this week, Meaghan Walkup, senior executive director for The Springs at Anna Maria in Medford, OR, was recognized with the Leadership Excellence Award by the Oregon Health Care Association (OHCA) at its annual convention in Portland, OR. Every year, OHCA honors long-term care professionals in the state who demonstrate a commitment to quality care through their dedication to residents, staff and the long-term care/community-based care profession.

“I have the opportunity to work with many intelligent, hard-working individuals, but Meaghan stands out because she exhibits an unparalleled commitment to thoughtful collaboration and quality service,” said Regional Director of Operations Nicole Jemming of The Springs Living. “Her leadership truly creates a sense of family to her team, which creates meaningful relationships among residents and team members. These authentic, caring relationships make for a strong community.”

Walkup has led The Springs at Anna Maria as executive director for 12 years. She started at the community 17 years ago, and has served in several positions—including health care administration—before moving up to her current position. Last year, she was promoted to the role of senior executive director to share her best practices with other Springs communities.

Under Walkup’s leadership, The Springs at Anna Maria has contributed to the greater Medford community by supporting local organizations like Food & Friends, Children’s Miracle Network, The Arc of Jackson County, Medford and Ashland Senior Centers, Providence Foundation through the Festival of Trees and the Alzheimer’s Association through the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

“Receiving this award is such an honor, and I believe more than anything, it represents the commitment of our entire staff and community; no one person stands alone when serving others,” Walkup said. “We have this amazing opportunity to make a difference for people every day, and we do it together.”

$61M Construction Loan Secured for Suburban Dallas Seniors Housing Development

SEATTLE, WA—JLL Capital Markets announced earlier this week that it has arranged $61 million in construction financing for the development of The Preserve at Spring Creek, a 230-unit assisted living, memory care and independent living community in Garland, TX, which is a suburb of Dallas.

JLL worked on behalf of the joint venture sponsors—JAMP Enterprises LLC and Frontier Management LLC—to secure the 15-year, five-year IO, 75% LTC, floating-rate loan through a regional bank.

The community will be the first of its kind delivered in the sub-market that’s comprised of a 120-unit apartment-style complex, 110 two-bed, two-bath independent living cottages and 25 acres of private dedicated park space. The Preserve at Spring Creek will feature interconnected walking paths that grant access to a selection of on-site community amenities, including a clubhouse, theater/chapel, salon, bistro, arts and craft room, billiards room, fitness centers, a mindful studio, numerous dining venues and multiple gathering spaces.

The country club-style facility will be located on 35.5 acres at 2055 Arapaho Rd., offering direct access to the 23.5 acre Spring Creek Nature Preserve. The property is within five miles of nearly 100 unique health care offerings, including Methodist Richardson and Garland Health Center. Furthermore, The Preserve at Spring Creek is roughly four miles from Firewheel Town Center and six miles from downtown Plano, which offers a variety of restaurants, performing galleries, event venues and unique shops. There are also six golf courses and two lakes, Lake Ray Hubbard and Lavon Lake, in the area.

Although the sub-market surrounding the property site is developing rapidly, the seniors housing competitive supply in the area is notably old, with an average age of over 16 years old. With continued rapid 75+ population growth and no other additions to the market, the unmet private pay needs are projected to increase to as many as 449 independent living units, 384 assisted living beds and 179 memory care beds by 2026. The Preserve at Spring Creek will further benefit from the area’s affluent demographic, with the median household income 16% higher than statewide averages.

Artis Senior Living Celebrates a Milestone of Success

MCLEAN, VA—A little more than 10 years ago, a group of leaders with tenured experience in senior living, health care and development established an ambitious and purposeful plan to create a more comfortable, happier and better life for seniors and families dealing with dementia and memory challenges. After months of planning, research and support from the Bainum family, Artis Senior Living was founded in September 2012.

“We had a passion and a mission to really make a difference with the memory care support of seniors,” said Don Feltman, president and CEO of Artis Senior Living. “We have never wavered, and never will, from our fundamental belief that delivering exceptional care is unique to each human being. We create individually designed care programs that prioritize compassion and commitment to each resident’s comfort and unique needs. We call it The Artis Way.”

Artis’ development began with the purchase of an old car dealership in north Chicago, and quickly blossomed into 27 operating communities in 11 states throughout the upper midwest and east coast.

“Our plan wouldn’t have been possible without the experience, support and dedication of the Bainum family,” said Feltman. “It was their proven reputation, combined with our vision, that engineered the affectionate, high-quality care experience we provide to our residents and their families.”

The late Stewart Bainum Sr. opened his first state-of-the-art nursing center in 1960. He then went on to create and operate a variety of successful senior living and health care residences, including independent living, assisted living, memory care and nursing care communities.

Today, Artis Senior Living has more than 1,000 dedicated professionals serving more than 1,000 residents across its 27 communities. Recent accreditations and honors include the following:

  • 2021 National Customer Service Award from the National Research Corporation (NRC)—an “Outstanding Experience” designation awarded to organizations by the customers they serve
  • 2021 Great Place to Work-Certified company
  • 2022 Fortune Best Workplaces in Aging Services

“Artis Senior Living will always be about the person and the people,” said Feltman. “We hire and train the best health care and operational professionals in the industry—those who are passionate about making a difference in the lives of seniors and the families we serve. As we remain true to those principles by creating comfort and a better life, there’s no doubt we’ll be around for another 10, 20 or 50 years.”

Lenbrook Names Three New Members to Board of Directors

ATLANTA, GA—Lenbrook, Atlanta’s premier in-town community for engaged senior living for almost 40 years, has named three new members to its board of directors: Sarah Batts, Huanbiao Mo, Ph.D., and Philip Searles.

“Sarah Batts, Dr. Mo and Philip Searles bring excellent experience and knowledge about health care and senior living to our board,” said Chris Keysor, president and CEO of Lenbrook. “We welcome them to the board and look forward to their guidance as we work to ensure Lenbrook continues as the best in-town community for engaged senior living.”

Batts is senior vice president for the Office of Advancement and executive director of the Shepherd Center Foundation. She is responsible for all brand, strategic partnership, professional education, injury prevention, community relations, fundraising and volunteer endeavors at the foundation. Before joining the Shepherd Center, Batts enjoyed an eight-year tenure with Piedmont Healthcare Foundation. She graduated from The University of the South and received a Master of Business Administration degree from Loyola University.

Mo is dean of the Byrdine F. Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions at Georgia State University. Mo has advanced the college’s well-earned reputation for excellence in preparing the next generation of health professionals and scholars to enter the health care field. He holds a Ph.D. in nutritional sciences from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, a Master of Science degree from the Chinese Academy of Science and a Bachelor of Science degree from Fudan University in Shanghai, China.

Philip Searles is president of the Beverly J. Searles Foundation. He is knowledgeable about various financing options, including HUD 232/232 Lean, tax credit deals and the use of government agencies—such as the Veterans Administration to help provide housing for homeless veterans. He also knows how to develop retirement communities for seniors on fixed incomes. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Alabama.

Ryan Companies and Aegis Living to Bring New Senior Living Community to the Ballard Neighborhood of Seattle

SEATTLE, WA—Ryan Companies US, Inc. (a national commercial real estate solutions provider) is working with Aegis Living, a leader in assisted living and memory care, to build its newest senior living community in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. The project broke ground in March 2022 and is anticipated to open in early 2024. The community will fill a critical need, as the 75 and older community is expected to grow nearly 25% in King County between now and 2027, according to the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI).

“We are honored to help bring a comfortable space to residents and their families that will help fulfill an important demand for senior housing in the Seattle area,” said Dan Bergstein, Northwest region vice president of construction at Ryan Companies. “This community will provide residents with top-notch living options nestled in the neighborhood of Ballard, just minutes away from the waterfront.”

Located on Market Street, the building is on one of Ballard’s most frequented streets and will offer residents opportunities to enjoy nearby parks and restaurants. The five-level senior assisted living and memory care community will be approximately 75,000 square feet and house 92 resident apartments, with an array of amenities such as dining facilities, a movie theater, activity rooms, a wellness suite, a community rooftop space and more. The building will also incorporate business offices and one level of underground parking. The thoughtfully-designed community will blend a distinctly northwest style with Nordic heritage to reflect Ballard’s deep Scandinavian roots.

“Aegis Living prides itself in designing communities that reflect the values and history of the neighborhoods where they reside,” said Brian Palmore, senior vice president of development at Aegis Living. “We couldn’t be more excited to bring a unique building and community asset to the Ballard neighborhood to meet the growing demand for exceptional senior living and care.”

The property will be Aegis’s second senior living community in northwest Seattle, and their 22nd in Washington state.

Faith Burns Named Executive Director of The Springs at Butte

BUTTE, MT—Faith Burns has been appointed the executive director of The Springs at Butte in Butte, Montana. In this role, Burns is responsible for all aspects of community operations, serving nearly 100 Butte families. As executive director, she reports to Regional Operations Director Nicole Jemming.

“Faith is a natural fit for The Springs Living, as she shares our passion for providing quality care,” said Brenda Connelly, president of The Springs Living. “Her ability to manage a team and streamline business operations, in addition to exhibiting a contagious zest for life, makes her a well-rounded leader for this community.”

A lifelong Montanan, Burns most recently served as chief financial officer at Senior Solutions Home Care & Hospice in Butte. There, she oversaw budget preparation and accounting information systems, including transitioning the entire organization to more efficient and productive electronic-based systems. Burns also managed human resources and administration in this role, leading organizational decisions, compliance efforts, business operations and conflict management and resolution.

Burns started her career in the insurance industry before moving to hospice and home health. Burns has a bachelor’s degree in business from Montana Technological University, where she was a member of the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society.

Social Savvy Seniors Program at La Posada Helps Residents Navigate the Ever-Changing World of Technology

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL—La Posada, a Kisco Senior Living community in Palm Beach Gardens, has recently implemented tech-focused programming in partnership with a local technology organization, Social Savvy Seniors, to empower La Posada residents to utilize and better understand the rapidly evolving technology and social media that shapes our world today.

As tools and technologies continue to advance, many seniors feel left behind and overwhelmed by the growing list of programs, apps and websites now utilized in everyday life. For this reason, La Posada has partnered with Tiffany DiPanni, who founded Social Savvy Seniors in 2017, to inspire seniors to enhance their quality of life through technology with guided lessons, presentations and one-on-one sessions that educate attendees on the benefits and conveniences that technology can provide.

“Growing up, I spent a lot of time around my grandmother and her friends, which led me to notice that many seniors lacked important personal connections to their families because they weren’t using social media platforms or had difficulties trying to send texts or emails,” said DiPanni. “In a digital age, we take these conveniences for granted, but many older generations grew up without modern technology and are missing out on the immense benefits technology can provide for them.”

For six months, Social Savvy Seniors has conducted a multi-part series at La Posada, consisting of presentations and discussions surrounding online security, social media platforms, personal devices, fraud and more. Since beginning the program, La Posada residents have vastly improved their tech-savvy skills, enabling them to manage prescriptions, use online banking, avoid scams, video chat with family and even shop online independently.

One such individual, Chuck Sawicki, is a passionate advocate for the Social Savvy Seniors program and has received one-on-one training from DiPanni to help with his business. Through Social Savvy Senior’s Business for Boomers program, Sawicki has been able to perfect his presentations, promptly answer emails and master his personal devices to conduct business efficiently for his volunteer responsibilities in the Palm Beach County SCORE chapter.

“I see Tiffany as a mentor,” noted Sawicki. “Many of us seniors are intimidated by the rapid pace technology is growing, but she is patient and encourages us to work with technology rather than against it.”

On top of guided lessons and customized programs, the partnership between La Posada and Social Savvy Seniors has granted residents the ability to further enjoy modern amenities provided at the community, such as voice command devices and Touchtown, La Posada’s mobile community-connection app.

“Social Savvy Seniors has given our residents confidence when using technology and social media,” said Rick Minichino, wellness director at La Posada. “It doesn’t just make daily tasks more convenient; it allows our residents to stay connected with their families and encourages them to fully engage in life at the community.”

Eclipse Senior Living Launches New Video Series to Help Families Discuss Senior Living Options

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. – After a year of extraordinary challenges, Eclipse Senior Living is launching a new video series that highlights stories and the benefits of senior living communities told by actual residents and their families. In the series, titled “Why Senior Living,” the residents and their families, as well as the Eclipse Senior Living leadership team, share their experiences living, visiting (both virtually and in-person) and flourishing in senior communities before and during the pandemic.

The “Why Senior Living” series features short videos that tackle many of the issues that families and caregivers face every day — and in the COVID-19 crisis. The videos provide unscripted accounts about creating a new home in a senior living community and what residents and their families can expect. The topics covered in the series include:

Safety
Socialization
Independence
Peace of mind for adult children of residents
Levels of care
Value
Navigating the process as a caregiver

“There’s no doubt that this year has been tough and we are proud of how our communities and residents came together in the face of unimaginable circumstances,” said Jamison Gosselin, chief marketing officer of Eclipse Senior Living. “Ultimately, we wanted to create these videos to tell our story and how we support families and help them find the best possible care for an aging parent or loved one.”

The “Why Senior Living” series is live and available to view by visiting Elmcroft.com/whyseniorliving and embarkseniorliving.com/whyseniorliving.

About Eclipse Senior Living
Eclipse Senior Living is a national manager of distinctive Independent, Assisted Living and Memory Care communities across the United States, including the brands Elmcroft™ and Embark™. The Eclipse Senior Living portfolio includes over 100 communities in more than 25 states. To learn more about Eclipse Senior Living, visit: eclipseseniorliving.com

Dr. Naveed

Canterbury Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center Launches CKD Management Program

RICHMOND, Va.— Canterbury Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center has launched a Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Management Program under the direction of Sajid Naveed, MD, MRCP, medical director. Located at 1776 Cambridge Drive in Richmond, the 190-bed skilled nursing facility provides post-hospital care, short-term rehab and long-term residential care.

Canterbury’s new CKD management program provides specialized care and services to patients with CKD and related diagnoses, aiming to preserve kidney function and prevent further decline through a balance of treatment and education. This includes protocols to reduce symptoms, decrease disability, increase quality of life and promote independence. 

In addition to consults with Dr. Naveed and other board-certified specialists, Canterbury’s CKD program features diabetic management, health coaching and dietary education, on-site pulmonary rounding, and routine medical management of associated co-morbidities, among other services and therapies. On-site hemodialysis will be available soon.

“Canterbury continues to expand its range of specialty offerings, introducing programs like this to meet area healthcare needs,” noted Nikki Gachot, regional director of market development at Marquis Health Consulting Services, which supports Canterbury. “Dr. Naveed is working closely the facility’s dedicated care team, focusing on the often-complex needs of those with chronic kidney disease to ensure the best possible outcome for each patient.”

Canterbury is committed to serving as a healthcare resource for area residents. Together with Marquis, it has established a resource library of physician-curated content, addressing many topics of interest for families of patients and the larger community. The library and more information on the skilled nursing facility can be found at canterburyrehab.com.

Based in Brick, N.J., Marquis Health Consulting Services is a highly skilled and vision-driven nursing home consulting company currently supporting Mid-Atlantic and New England facilities totaling nearly 4,500 skilled nursing and assisted living beds.