Editor’s Picks: Granny Pods and Chick-fil-A

This week, Senior Housing News readers learned why Trilogy Health Services strives to emulate Chick-fil-A and the reasoning behind certain Minnesota cities’ ban on “granny pods.” Readers also learned some lessons from a Senior Lifestyle Corp. vice president who started at the company as an intern.

Here in the newsroom, we were pleased to discover 103-year-old Mildred Bowers, who swears that drinking one beer a day is the key to beauty in old age.

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Trilogy Takes Leadership Development Cues from Humana, Chick-fil-A—Trilogy Health Services, the Louisville, Kentucky-based senior living and post-acute provider, has drawn inspiration—and personnel—from the likes of insurance companies, hospitality conglomerates and fast-food chains to boost its leadership development programming and strategies. For instance, Trilogy relies on the S.E.R.V.E. model from Chik-fil-A, which involves seeing the future; engaging and developing others; reinventing continuously; valuing results and relationships; and embodying the values of the company.

How an Intern-Turned-Executive is Helping Steer Senior Lifestyle Corp.—Senior living providers have a lot to learn from Justin Robins, the new executive vice president and chief administrative officer for Chicago-based owner, operator and developer Senior Lifestyle Corp. Robins started with the company while in high school as an intern with the acquisitions and development team, and has since worked his way through several departments and job titles, like financial analyst and director of hospitality. Senior Housing News sat down with Robins to learn more about his story.

Banning Grannies: Minn. Cities Weigh Impact of Granny Pods—Starting in September, granny pods will be allowed throughout Minnesota under certain requirements, except in cities that choose to ban them. Many cities are opting out of the allowance, citing unknowns around these small, singular dwellings.

Weekend Reads

Senior Citizens Aren’t Dumb for Falling Prey to Cyberscams—”My parents agreed that without a smart and communicative security department at work (in the alternate universe where I am a park ranger), they wouldn’t have any source of good information,” writes Jamie Winterton in this article published in Slate. “Since 13% of the U.S. population is 65 and over, and that percentage is growing, we can’t depend on workplace training to keep the older generations safe online.”

Want to Live to 103? Drink a Daily Beer Like Grandma Millie Does—Mildred Bowers, who turns 103 this month, drinks one beer at 4 p.m. every day while her fellow assisted living residents drink coffee or tea. The nurses at Bowers’ assisted living community checked with her doctor to see if this is all right, and he said it was. “Unless Millie routinely overturns walkers and chucks hard candies at everyone at the assisted living facility around 4:30 every afternoon, we’re counting this as good news in the case for a long, happy life with beer,” VinePair reports.

For Your Viewing Pleasure

Fox Business chats with Ventana by Buckner Executive Vice President Charlie Wilson, as well as two seniors set to move into the Ventana by Buckner senior living community in Dallas.


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