Category: Podcast

Want Your Community’s Residents to Love Every Meal Every Day? Have Your Dining Staff Enhance Their Skills through the Senior Dining Association

When the room is full of top chefs, who could resist a culinary showdown? How about 3, including a mixology contest? No one – that’s what Harris Ader is willing to bet. He’s the founder of the Senior Dining Association, a professional development group that went from 0 to 420 members in just under 2 years. Listen to our podcast interview and discover the benefits this organization is bringing to dining/hospitality staff and our industry.
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Want Your Community’s Residents to Love Every Meal Every Day? Have Your Dining Staff Enhance Their Skills through the Senior Dining Association

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When the room is full of top chefs, who could resist a culinary showdown? How about 3, including a mixology contest? No one – that’s what Harris Ader is willing to bet. He’s the founder of the Senior Dining Association, a professional development group that went from 0 to 420 members in just under 2 years. Listen to our podcast interview and discover the benefits this organization is bringing to dining/hospitality staff and our industry.

The Green House Project: So Much More Than A House of a Different Color!

Senior Director Susan Ryan details The Green House Project’s ambitious 2.0 Initiative to return control, dignity, and a sense of well being to nursing home residents, families, and staff while maintaining high-quality and personalized care. She also describes their proven financially viable and sustainable small homes concept that is deinstitutionalizing and destigmatizing skilled nursing facilities.
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The Green House Project: So Much More Than A House of a Different Color!

Download the audioSenior Director Susan Ryan details The Green House Project’s ambitious 2.0 Initiative to return control, dignity, and a sense of well being to nursing home residents, families, and staff while maintaining high-quality and personalized care. She also describes their proven financially viable and sustainable small homes concept that is deinstitutionalizing and destigmatizing skilled nursing facilities.

Not Much Happens Without Resident Involvement in Kendal Communities

At nonprofit, Quaker-based Kendal communities (www.kendal.org), residents are extensively involved in operations and programming. As a reflection of Quaker values, residents are encouraged to design their own lifestyle, share a sense of community, and collaborate respecting one another as equals. Our guest, Larry Elveru, director of communications and public relations, points out that residents have a seat on the community boards of directors, develop and lead activities programming, and create ties with nearby colleges and universities. Listen as Larry describes just a few of their resident-initiated endeavors.
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Not Much Happens Without Resident Involvement in Kendal Communities

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At nonprofit, Quaker-based Kendal communities (www.kendal.org), residents are extensively involved in operations and programming. As a reflection of Quaker values, residents are encouraged to design their own lifestyle, share a sense of community, and collaborate respecting one another as equals. Our guest, Larry Elveru, director of communications and public relations, points out that residents have a seat on the community boards of directors, develop and lead activities programming, and create ties with nearby colleges and universities. Listen as Larry describes just a few of their resident-initiated endeavors.

Caring.com Partners with U. S. News and World Report to Create a Massive Online Assisted Living Directory


 
Seniors and their families searching the internet for support and guidance about assisted living communities are likely to find search results from a partnership between U. S. News and World Report and Caring.com. The two entities have compiled a digital directory of community-specific data, as well as reviews for nearly 9,000, assisted living communities nationwide. US News Reporter Ruben Castaneda shares some insights about the transition from home to senior living. And Ben Jackowitz describes partnership and assets shared by the two companies, including thousands of authentic consumers reviews drawn from Caring.com, a Senior Living Foresight partner and comprehensive resource for individuals looking for senior living and for providers looking to fill their communities. Additionally, for tips on decorating assisted living space in ways that can ease a transition, check out Ruben’s article here: https://health.usnews.com/best-assisted-living/slideshows/decorating-tips-for-assisted-living.

Caring.com Partners with U. S. News and World Report to Create a Massive Online Assisted Living Directory

Seniors and their families searching the internet for support and guidance about assisted living communities are likely to find search results from a partnership between U. S. News and World Report and Caring.com. The two entities have compiled a digital directory of community-specific data as well as reviews for nearly 9,000 assisted living communities nationwide. US News Reporter Ruben Castaneda shares some insights about the transition from home to senior living. And Ben Jackowitz describes partnership and assets shared by the two companies, including thousands of authentic consumers reviews drawn from Caring.com, a Senior Living Foresight partner and comprehensive resource for individuals looking for senior living and for providers looking to fill their communities. Additionally, for tips on decorating assisted living space in ways that can ease a transition, check out Ruben’s article here: https://health.usnews.com/best-assisted-living/slideshows/decorating-tips-for-assisted-living.
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Get Back to Basics with Operations — Could It Be That Simple?

With 25 years’ experience in senior living under his belt, operations expert and consultant Andrew Badoud believes it’s time to get back to basics — building better relationships. He says if you do the right thing, build trust and relationships with your customer and their families, and keep staff engaged that great things can happen. Listen in for a lot more takeaways when Podcast Producer and Co-Host Pam McDonald interviews her friend and former colleague. For more information about new development a

Everyone Wins! Foster Kids in Senior Living

Rosemary Ramsey took her senior living background in a surprising direction, when she founded The Victory Lap, an intergenerational program that benefits both senior living communities and youth about to age out of foster care. She has piloted a program in Nashville, Tennessee, that gives 18- to 21-year-old foster youth a chance to avoid the worst challenges of leaving the foster care system — homelessness, unemployment, and a lack of connection to caring adults. Listen to Steve Moran’s interview with he

A Senior Living “Comm-University”: A Marketing Coup and A Win-Win-Win-Win for All Involved

The “Comm-University” at Pacifica Senior Living in Healdsburg, California, is a program that exemplifies competitive differentiation at its best. It enables the community to forego conventional marketing yet sustain 100% occupancy with a waiting list. But even more than that, it enhances residents’ sense of purpose and joy, connects children in meaningful ways with elders, solidifies relationships with residents’ families, and is a source of pride for management and staff. Listen as program coordina

A 6-Bed Affordable Senior Living Model that Makes A Profit?

Given that so many seniors can’t afford the average $2,000 to $5,000 per month cost of traditional senior living, Senior Housing Forum — The Podcast seeks to feature as many successful models as we find. In this episode, Garden Spot Communities’ CEO Steve Lindsey describes how they put together their affordable senior co-living home in New Holland, Pennsylvania. Visit https://www.gardenspotvillage.org/ for more information.

Sing-alongs with a Twist Bring Residents Greater Engagement and Quality of Life

Listen in and discover how Songs by Heart — a twist on sing-along programs — enhances resident engagement and quality of life. Podcast Producer and Co-Host Pam McDonald interviews Jenny Cook, a board-certified music therapist with the Songs by Heart Foundation, to learn how the program works and benefits residents as well as their families. Pam then interviews Annette DeCamp, Program Manager for The Kenwood by Senior Star in Cincinnati, Ohio, where Song by Heart is a big part of the activities they offe

Episode 8 – Ode to Joy

The gauntlet has been thrown down: senior living operators have been challenged to maximize their residents’ opportunities for joy — especially given its immense value and benefits. In this episode, SHF Publisher Steve Moran interviews Ingrid Fetell Lee, researcher, designer, and author of JOYFUL: The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness. Listen in and discover what joy contributes to individual happiness as well as how to create it, especially through environmental surro

Episode 7 – Taking Exceptional Resident Photos

Tom Sanders is a professional photographer and filmmaker with over 15 years’ experience who focuses on capturing portraits of elder — grabbing our attention and suggesting a wealth of experience in their eyes. Tom has two coffee table, photo-essay books published, one spotlighting World War II veterans, the other, Vietnam Veterans. Here he shares some tips for getting the best photos of your residents. You can see his work at www.tomsandersphotos.com.

Episode 6 – Accountability, Part II

In Part 2 of this episode, we continue our conversation about accountability with culture guru Denise Boudreau-Scott, found and president of Drive. Here she relates a personal story that exemplified how a positive company culture works. And, she describes her secret dream for senior living’s future in which it embodies its values. For more information, contact Denise at denise@cultureoutcomes.com.

Episode 6 – Accountability, Part I

In Part 1 of this episode Podcast Cohost Pam McDonald and Denise Boudreau-Scott discuss accountability – why it matters in senior living, what it looks like, and how to achieve it by creating positive company culture. Denise is founder and president of Drive, a consulting and coaching firm that assist senior living and healthcare organizations to create favorable business outcomes through powerful culture. For more information, contact Denise at denise@cultureoutc

Episode 5 – Life Stories in Dementia Care

Dementia care expert Nancy Schier-Anzelmo reveals a “recipe” for providing exceptional care to those in senior living with Alzheimer’s or other dementia. Nancy is a gerontologist, college instructor, highly sought speaker, and principal in the consulting firm, Alzheimer’s Care Associates, LLC. Contact her at nsa@alzcareassociates.com

Episode 4, Part II

In this episode, we continue our interview with senior living sales superstar Paul Peck, who shares his best recommendations for improving occupancy. Here he details the how-to for calculating the numbers needed to reach sales goals, as well as spotlights the metrics to track to keep the sales team focused and motivated.

Episode 4, Part I

In this interview, presented in 2 parts, sales leader Paul Peck details his method for getting to 90% occupancy and beyond. A regional sales director with Pacifica Senior Living and over 15 years’ experience, Paul has guided numerous communities to achieving and sustaining 100% occupancy. In Part 1, he shares his secret sauce – empowering the Executive Director to head the sales team.

Episode 3

Episode 3: More often these days we hear that ours is an industry ripe for disruption. This episode presents two interviews we hope inform your thinking about changes you may want to make in what you offer to attract and serve Boomers and succeeding generations. For more information about our speakers, visit https://chipconley.com/modern-elder-academy and https://alzcareassociates.com.

Episode 2

Episode 2: Get lots of info and some practical tips for using social media for marketing your community from Tech Writer Susan Saldibar in our “Best Practices for Best Results” segment. Check out her Facebook page, Susan Saldibar Marketing Services. Free up more of your time by detoxing from your Smartphone; learn how in “Hacks for EDs”. Ready to pull the trigger on your own mentorship program to take your burgeoning leaders to new levels. Steve Moran explains how in “To the C-Suite”. And, our sponsor Touch

Episode 1

Episode 1:”Best Practices for Best Results” features Wendy D’Alessandro who discusses making the most of PR in senior living. She’s a writer and thought leader on the Senior Housing Forum team with over 18 years’ experience. www.lynnpr.com
“Hacks for EDs” warns against focusing on busyness at the expense of results.
And, in “A Deeper Dive”, we take another look at a story posted on the Forum in May 2018. Cassie McDonagh, Regional Life Enrich

Senior Housing Forum – The Podcast Launching Soon

Senior Housing Forum, the industry blog you read daily, is proud to announce our podcast will debut on Wednesday, January 16. Our podcast will be co-hosted by Steve Moran and Pam McDonald.

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