Must-Read News: Senior Care Innovation Center Announces Grand Opening

Happy Monday, Senior Housing News readers!

Hopefully your weekend was a great one.

The Thrive Innovation Center, a “thematic experience center” where consumers can try out innovative technology for aging seniors, is set to officially open in Louisville, Kentucky, on October 19. 

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The Thrive Center was created through a public-private partnership between the Commonwealth of Kentucky and Louisville Metro, along with companies such as CDW Healthcare, Ergotron, Intel, Samsung, Lenovo and HP/Aruba, and health care stakeholders like Signature HealthCare and Kindred Healthcare (NYSE: KND).

“When Signature HealthCARE moved to the post-acute capital of the world, we dreamed of a collaborative place where everyone could engage the consumers, host the conversation, and drive collective change and envision a new future,” Signature HealthCare President and CEO Joe Steier said in a recent press release.

Meanwhile, here are our top stories from last week: 

HumanGood plans, among other things, to “reinvent the concept of the CCRC,” President and CEO John Cochrane told Senior Housing News. The process will involve consumer research, pilot programs and—yes—likely abandoning the “one-size-fits-all” mentality that CCRCs have relied on for so long.

A relatively new professional certification program for assisted living executive directors has what it takes to become a nationwide industry standard, leaders throughout the sector say. In fact, some providers are already going as far as considering making it mandatory.

Brookdale Senior Living (NYSE: BKD) improved sustainability company-wide while lowering costs and boosting resident and staff quality of life, through an ambitious technology implementation meant to slash energy usage and costs.

Quality Care Properties (NYSE: QCP)—the real estate investment trust that spun off from HCP Inc. (NYSE: HCP) last year—has started the legal process for transferring its many HCR ManorCare skilled nursing, assisted living, and memory care properties into the control of an independent receiver.

Six Brookdale Senior Living residents did their best Mark Cuban and Barbara Corcoran impressions during a special event at the Health:Further conference in Nashville.

Written by Mary Kate Nelson

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