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Dished: How Five Star is Overhauling Senior Living Dining

Dished: How Five Star is Overhauling Senior Living Dining

Photos by Tania Tuluie Fifteen chefs, four 50-pound sea bass, a celebrity food personality, a ticking clock and one secret surprise ingredient. It looks, sounds and feels just like something you’d see in a Food Network studio. Close. It isn’t the Food Network, but it is a top chef challenge. The catch: all of the… Read More »

HCN, Sunrise Expand UK Partnership, Launch Development Pipeline

Health Care REIT (NYSE: HCN) announced Thursday has completed an 11-property senior housing portfolio acquisition in Southern England from Gracewell Healthcare for £153 million (USD$257 million) in cash. Separately, Sunrise Senior Living, in which HCN owns a 24% interest, has acquired Gracewell’s management company and will manage the portfolio. The companies are also partnering on… Read More »

Dished: Attracting Top Chefs to Senior Living

Dished: Attracting Top Chefs to Senior Living

Photo by Tania Tuluie With the evolution of food service in senior living, from cafeteria to full-service restaurant, comes a new attention to another important aspect of dining: Hiring. As “scoop and serve” models of the past are making way for restaurant-style dining services in senior living, providers are taking note of their hiring practices—which today… Read More »

NorthStar Realty to Acquire Griffin-American Health Care REIT II in $4 Billion Deal

After being long-rumored to have been eyeing the acquisition of Griffin-American Health Care REIT II, NorthStar Realty Finance Corp. (NYSE: NRF) said today it will acquire the REIT in a transaction valued at $4 billion.  The boards of both companies have agreed to a merger agreement under which NorthStar Realty will acquire all of the… Read More »

Most Popular Posts of the Week: “Senior” Terms Present Challenges, Brookdale Closes Merger

In case you missed them… here are the top five stories grabbing Senior Housing News readers’ attention this week:  Senior Living Faces Uphill Battle in Use of ‘Senior’ Terminology—Many marketers grapple with the typical terms to describe aging Americans. And recent NPR survey found in large part, the aging population has strong aversions to most… Read More »

Dished: Hospitality Meets Senior Living in CCRC Dining Evolution

Dished: Hospitality Meets Senior Living in CCRC Dining Evolution

Photo credit: James Kruml Not all senior living dining programs have the tall order of competing with some of the world’s most renown chefs and restauranteurs. But increasingly, that’s exactly what they are up against as new residents are younger at heart, and with stronger preferences when it comes to dining out. For Chicago’s The… Read More »

Brookdale and Emeritus Complete Merger, Eyeing “Incredible” Senior Living Scale

Two of the country’s largest senior living providers have completed the $2.8 billion merger deal that will make them the largest senior living provider in the nation.  Brookdale Senior Living (NYSE: BKD) and Emeritus Senior Living Corp. (NYSE: ESC) announced today the completion of the merger between the two companies that will create what the company… Read More »

Senior Living Faces Uphill Battle in Use of ‘Senior’ Terminology

Marketers have long grappled with the right terms to use in senior living, from the term senior itself, to a wealth of alternatives such as retiree, older adult, older American, aging population, and more.  Largely, they’re facing an uphill battle, a recent NPR survey found when it asked older listeners about the words they preferred… Read More »

Aegis Living Appoints Judy Meleliat as New Company President

Aegis Living has appointed its former Chief Marketing Officer Judy Meleliat to serve as the company’s new president, joining a handful of women C-suite leaders among the largest assisted living providers in the nation. Aegis, which ranked No. 51 of the nation’s largest senior living providers in 2014 by the Assisted Living Federation of America,… Read More »

Providers Prepare For Huge Wave of Memory Care Competition

Memory care is quickly risen what some are calling the “flavor of the year,” when it comes to new senior housing construction across the nation. While other property types have ticked up and down over the last eight years, during and following the housing crisis, memory care construction has slowly and gradually increased over time,… Read More »

Senior Living Provider Makes Home Care Cuts, Citing Turnover Woes

Across an industry landscape where many community-based senior living and care providers are adding home care services to their offerings, one East Coast provider has announced it will be doing the opposite.  Citing operational challenges involved in providing home care services, namely those associated with staffing for home care, Country Meadows Retirement Communities, which operates… Read More »