Senior Dining Association Conference & Expo set for March

The first Senior Dining Association Conference & Expo will be March 17 to 20 in Charlotte, NC.

Sessions will cover the latest in senior dining food, design, menus, technology and training.

Keynote speakers will include author, educator and businessman Dale Henry;  professional performer Jen Slaw; Leading to Change CEO Eric Rowles; and investor and entrepreneur Katie Davis.

More information is available at https://seniordining.wildapricot.org/Conference.

American Senior Communities teams up with travel agency to create dementia-friendly cruise

American Senior Communities has teamed up with Elite Cruises and Vacations of Chicago, a certified special needs travel agency, to sponsor the agency’s February cruise vacation for people with diagnoses of dementia and other cognitive issues.

ASC is sharing the opportunity of the cruise, slated for Feb. 19 to 26, with its memory care assisted living residents in 13 of its 94 properties, as well as their family members.

“We are so pleased to partner with Elite Cruises and Vacations to make our memory care family members aware of this potential to vacation once again with their loved ones living with dementia diagnoses,” said Melanie Perry, director of ASC’s memory care support services. “We are hoping that many will be able to avail themselves of this service and to able to experience a time of joy and adventure together “

The cruise will leave Fort Lauderdale, FL, for a trip to the Eastern Caribbean Islands. Kathy Shoaf, RN, owner of the travel agency, will be on board, as will a mobility specialist, pharmacist, dentist and a specialized geriatric activity coordinator. Hollard American employs a licensed physician on each cruise.

Elite also tailors cruises for people with heart conditions, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Parkinson’s and other diseases. The events include educational and supportive presentations, respite sessions for caregivers, social activities, and senior Zumba.

Acts Retirement-Life Communities affiliates with Integrace

West Point, PA-based Acts Retirement-Life Communities has entered into an agreement to affiliate with Integrace and assume management and operation of its four senior living communities located throughout Maryland. Both are not-for-profit companies.

The affiliation is expected to close May 1, at which time Integrace and its current entities will become affiliated with Acts.

The four affected Integrace communities are Bayleigh Chase in Easton, Buckingham’s Choice in Adamstown, Fairhaven in Sykesville and Copper Ridge in Sykesville, along with The Integrace Institute. The communities are home to a total of approximately 1,080 residents and provide a continuum of services including independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing, short-term rehabilitation and specialized programming for Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and other types of neurocognitive disorders.

Acts currently has 23 communities in nine states serving approximately 10,000 residents and employing almost 7,000 people. The affiliation will expand the company’s presence in Maryland, where it already operates Heron Point of Chestertown.

Wolff Co. plans ‘senior resident experience’ company

The Wolff Co., a Scottsdale, AZ-based developer, has announced plans to start a “senior living resident experience” company in the spring. The new, yet-to-be-named company will assume management for all of the Wolff Co.’s independent living communities.

The Wolff Co. said the new company will not be a traditional property management company.

“Our guiding force will be the joy our residents experience through the emotional connections created between each other and our team members,” said Niki Leondakis, president of the new organization. “Their sense of belonging to our communities, combined with inspired environments and programming, are all designed for our residents to embrace their independence.”

Through the transition, the Wolff Co. will maintain its partnership with its current property management company, Clearwater Living. Both companies will continue working together to develop new senior campuses, with Clearwater’s assisted living and memory care communities completing the continuum of care. The Wolff Co. also will continue its longstanding partnership with Sodexo, which will continue to provide dining, wellness and hospitality services at all locations.

Active leasing is taking place at eight Wolff communities, and another 10 communities are on the horizon.

Douglas Wilson Companies launches new brand of senior living communities

Douglas Wilson Companies has opened Sienna at Otay Ranch, a $32 million project in Chula Vista, CA, that is the company’s first in a new series of senior housing communities planned for the West over the next 10 years.

The 111-unit, two-story building has 85 apartments for assisted living and 26 units for memory care. In a joint venture, Milestone Retirement Communities is managing the property.

The community offers studio, one- and two-bedroom floor plans from 500 to 800 square feet, with monthly rents from $3,800 to $5,500, including meals and housekeeping. Services available through Sienna’s wellness center include geriatric care, optometry, dentistry, podiatry, rheumatology, lab services and a regularly scheduled onsite nurse practitioner.

Douglas Wilson has been in the real estate business for approximately 30 years.

Ohio Masonic Homes refreshes corporate branding, launches new website

Springfield, OH-based Ohio Masonic Home has refreshed its corporate branding with a new logo and newly designed website. The nonprofit was founded in 1892.

“We are a progressive organization, and rebranding will allow us to strategically improve our competitive position in each of our markets and tackle the assumption that we are closed to the public,” Ohio Masonic Home CEO Scott Buchanan said. “These branding changes will also allow us to grow both internally and externally, deliver exceptional experiences to our community members, provide more job opportunities, and fulfill the mission of the organization.”

Ohio Masonic Homes offers independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing and memory care at its three communities: Western Reserve Masonic Community in Medina, OH; Springfield Masonic Community in Springfield, OH; and Browning Masonic Community in Waterville, OH.

Each community incorporates the new corporate logo with its existing name, along with the tagline “Where Lifestyle Sparks New Beginnings.” Previously, each entity had a separate logo.

The color palette features traditional Masonic blue, with the colors green and orange designed to project, life, energy, warmth and happiness. The exposed roots of the tree honor the Masonic Fraternity signifying the organization’s deep rooting in Masonic values.

Ohio Masonic Home’s mission statement now reads “We are the living expression of our Masonic Values – We serve as the trusted partner to help people age respectfully.”

Springpoint Senior Living launches CCaH, Springpoint Choice

Wall Township, NJ-based Springpoint Senior Living has launched Springpoint Choice, a continuing care at home membership program for healthy adults aged 55 and older who want to maintain their independence at home with a plan for future long-term care.

Springpoint Choice membership includes a full spectrum of senior care solutions — home care services, assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing and rehabilitation. Personal care navigators will help members access senior care solutions if and when their healthcare needs change. Membership also includes a direct connection to the activities, wellness programs and other amenities offered across all eight Springpoint Senior Living continuing care retirement communities.

In 2017, Springpoint affiliated with Cadbury Senior Lifestyles at Home, an established CCaH program that has been operating in Cherry Hill, NJ, and Lewes, DE. With the launch of Springpoint Choice, Cadbury at Home will become part of the new program and will operate under the new Springpoint Choice name. Current members will have access to the services and programs offered at all eight Springpoint Senior Living affiliate communities in New Jersey and Delaware.

Springpoint Choice is in the process of establishing an office in Plainsboro, NJ, to serve seniors in the central New Jersey area. Springpoint Choice will continue to maintain offices in Cherry Hill, New Jersey and Lewes, Delaware. To learn more about Springpoint Choice, including plan options and benefits of membership, visit the website at springpointchoice.org or call 866-778-3255.

Masterpiece Living designates four new Centers for Successful Aging

Masterpiece Living has designated four new Centers for Successful Aging: The Barrington of Carmel (SQLC; Carmel, IN), Beacon Hill (a Lifespace Community; Lombard, IL), Friendship Village of South Hills (a Lifespace Community; Upper St. Clair, PA) and Peconic Landing (Greenport, NY). The four new centers join 17 others.

The CSA designation is meant to distinguish the best successful aging organizations in the country. Recipients implement data-supported best practices designed to benefit older adults and team members while promoting a lifestyle of growth, social connections, purpose and resilience.

Masterpiece Living is a multi-specialty group that partners with more than 80 organizations nationwide.

Campo Felice expands into assisted living

Campo Felice, an independent living community in Fort Myers, FL, is expanding its all-inclusive active adult campus.

The new phase, called Riverfront Assisted Living and Memory Care, is scheduled to break ground later this year. The eight-story building will 129,000 square feet of residences —92 private assisted living residences and 32 private memory care apartments — and medical offices. The community will offer activities and entertainment, concierge and transportation services, onsite nursing, pharmacy services and medical facilities.

Campo Felice opened in fall 2017 and currently has 323 one- and two-bedroom apartments with monthly rents starting at $1,995.

Kendal on Hudson partners with Pace University

Kendal on Hudson, a continuing care retirement community in Sleepy Hollow, NY, is entering into a formal partnership with Pace University. The reciprocal partnership will allow residents to attend classes and events on Pace campuses and will give students opportunities to explore careers, meet mentors and more.

The CCRC residents will have access to one class per semester as well as athletic events and discounted admission to performances at Pace’s Schimmel Center in New York City. Kendal also will have access to some of Pace’s New York City spaces for offsite marketing events.

In return, Pace students will receive mentoring from residents and staff, career exploration and internship opportunities.

Partnership discussions began in April 2018 when residents contacted Pace University President Marvin Krislov. Through an initial partnership, the community precepted interns from Pace’s Health Policy and Advocacy Program, as well as nursing students from the Lienhard School of Nursing in Pace’s College of Health Professions.

“This partnership is a testament to our resident-driven lifestyle,” Kendal on Hudson CEO Jim Antonucci said. “Our residents are the ones who spearheaded this initiative, and their hard work and dedication have paid off.”

Website created for Alabama providers

Don and Cindy Moore have started Senioridy.com, a website for consumers looking for home care, affordable housing, independent living, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing options in Alabama, according to cbs42.com.

Consumers who use the site contract providers directly and do not work through a third party, according to the website. No registration is needed unless users want to create custom lists.

Providers can sign up to create their own listings, which will be approved by website staff. Basic listings have no cost.