Most Read: Brookdale to Renovate 150 Former Emeritus Communities

In case you missed them… here are the top headlines grabbing Senior Housing News readers’ attention this week.

Brookdale Banks on Renovating 150 Emeritus Communities in 2015—With detailed fourth quarter performance results forthcoming, Brookdale gave some indication by revising down its outlook for the coming year. The company has experienced a slight downturn in occupancy across some of its former Emeritus communities, and expects to renovate about 150 of those properties in 2015.

Best of 2014 Independent Living Design: Bringing The Outside World In—Many independent living communities are working to engage the community at large through shared clinics, university partnerships and amenities that serve both residents and nonresidents. Shaker Pointe at Carondelet, in Watervliet, N.Y. does it all, and garnered the title for best of independent living design in SHN’s 2014 design and architecture awards.


4 Ways Memory Care Design Is Missing the Mark—Memory care has made strides in recent years in an evolution toward caring for those who suffer from symptoms that are often a mystery. Yet there are still many points on which memory care providers do not agree. Experts weighed in on 4 areas where the jury is still out on memory care design solutions.

2014 Was A $17 Billion Year For Senior Housing—While mergers and acquisition activity surged to near-records last year, the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing and Care (NIC) took a full tally this week, finding that total dollars invested in 2014 amounted to $17 billion.

How One CCRC Is Reinventing Itself After 50 Years—Many CCRCs today face the challenge of having opened their doors decades ago, during a different time for senior living. SHN spoke with Orange County, Calif.-based Rowntree Gardens CEO Randy Brown to learn how his CCRC is reinventing itself from a name change and rebranding to physical facelift.


Written by Elizabeth Ecker

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