Emergency preparedness. Culture. Workforce challenges. Occupancy. The changing nature of senior living.

Those are some of the topics we are covering in our new Newsmakers Podcast series. We tap into the thought leadership of senior living experts to help you make sure your communities are places where older adults want to live and where people want to come to work to serve them.

Already posted are these conversations:

  • Stan Szpytek, who is president of Fire and Life Safety Inc. and a consultant to associations and companies in the long-term care industry, talks about the importance of emergency preparedness plans, how planning by assisted living providers differs from planning by skilled nursing operators, and why emotional recovery needs to be taken seriously.
  • Denise Boudreau-Scott, president of Drive, discusses the difference between culture and engagement, how senior living providers can foster a culture that people want to be a part of and that enables them to compete with other employers, and how culture can affect occupancy.

Coming soon is an interview with Barbara Speedling, a quality of life specialist, who will share how senior living providers can create positive living environments for residents, what baby boomers will expect from senior living, and factors to consider when remodeling or constructing communities.

Those discussions were recorded live at the American Health Care Association / National Center for Assisted Living Convention & Expo in the Washington, DC, area. In the range of eight to 10 minutes each, these podcasts continue the McKnight’s tradition of providing concise, informative pieces to help you, a busy professional, be successful and make a difference.

We’ll be recording more episodes for you next week at the LeadingAge Annual Meeting + Expo in Atlanta — and then more after that.

Look for them in our free Daily Briefing e-newsletter, on our website and on our social media feeds.

Please listen and let us know what you think. Who would you like to hear from in the future? Do you have thought leadership to share? Let me know at [email protected].

Thanks for reading, and thanks in advance for listening.