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Provider Sees Big Potential in Reinventing the Senior Living Salon

Provider Sees Big Potential in Reinventing the Senior Living Salon

While many aspects of senior living have made recent strides, from dining services to interior design, one relative newcomer is targeting a specific aspect of senior living that many communities share, but often is not the first target for new resources: the salon. Launched in 2008 through a partnership between two co-founders — John Polatz,… Read More »

Most Shared: The Apple Watch and Senior Care, Made-to-Order CCRCs

Senior Housing News wrote them, you read them and passed them along to your friends and colleagues. Here are the most shared posts from SHN this week: How the Apple Watch Will Revolutionize Senior Care—The long-anticipated Apple Watch was unveiled this week by the tech giant. SHN takes a look at how it stacks up… Read More »

CCRCs Gather on Future Growth, Facing “In or Out” Decision

In or out. It’s a decision that for many non-profit CCRCs, has not yet had to be addressed.  But market factors over the last 10 to 20 years spanning technology changes, traditional innovation, consumer preference and financing vehicles are all leading to a turning point that many of those CCRCs today are facing.  “The continuum as… Read More »

Foodie's Guide to the NIC Conference: Where to Dine in Chicago

Foodie’s Guide to the NIC Conference: Where to Dine in Chicago

Photo via The Dawson Headed to Chicago for the 24th annual NIC National conference October 1 – 3? Want to check out the food scene while you’re there? NIC will be held at Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, in the heart of downtown—a dining destination in its own right for some of the country’s top chefs… Read More »

How Senior Living is Powering Marketing Through Dining

How Senior Living is Powering Marketing Through Dining

Marketing Matters is brought to you by Solutions Advisors and Retiring by Design. Working together, Solutions Advisors and Retiring by Design give you the analytic and creative synergy to develop unique solutions and achieve optimum results for your senior living community, providing management, operations, marketing, and sales consulting services. Along with the oft used “It’s… Read More »

Movers & Shakers—People and Positions for September, Part I

Health Care REIT Names New Board Member Major senior housing property owner Health Care REIT (NYSE: HCN) has announced the appointment of Sergio Rivera to the company’s Board of Directors. Rivera currently serves as President of the Americas for Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, and as CEO of Starwood Vacation Ownership, a wholly owned subsidiary… Read More »

How Stanford University is Revolutionizing the Aging Process

How Stanford University is Revolutionizing the Aging Process

Photo credit: Sha Yao, Academy of Art University Mobility. It’s an issue often discussed among those involved in housing and caring for people in their later years. But the issue is less prevalent among those who have yet to confront mobility issues in their own lives. Like college students. Stanford University is bridging the gap between… Read More »

Dished: The 5 Things Senior Living Needs to Be Marketing About Dining

Dished: The 5 Things Senior Living Needs to Be Marketing About Dining

“Senior living communities today are expected to offer fresh, healthy foods along with convenience.” This is the finding of a recent EcoLab survey conducted among American adults who have sought a senior living solution either for themselves, or for someone they know. And while senior living operators have recently turned a serious and new eye… Read More »

Where Sunrise Senior Living’s New CEO is Taking the Company Next

Four months after moving into a new position as Sunrise Senior Living CEO, Chris Winkle is already well underway with the company’s growth strategy. Last week, Sunrise expanded its partnership with Health Care REIT in at $257 million deal to acquire United Kingdom-based Gracewell Healthcare, with Sunrise taking over the operations of the portfolio and… Read More »

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 »