Wellness 2.0: Life Plan Communities Customize Programs to Boost Engagement

The wellness trend has taken the senior living industry by storm — but simply encouraging more healthy habits or offering one-size-fits-all wellness programs may not work. Residents carry with them certain innate behavioral traits and personalities that may affect their overall health and wellness outcomes, suggesting that providers need to think about catering their offerings […]

LCS, NHI Team Up to Buy Washington CCRC for $133 Million

LCS and National Health Investors (NYSE:NHI) have joined forces to buy a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Washington. The Des Moines, Iowa-based senior living company and the Murfreesboro, Tennessee-based real estate investment trust (REIT) on Tuesday agreed to form a new joint venture to own and operate Timber Ridge at Talus, a “Type A,” […]

Luxury Highrise CCRC The Clare Sold for Reported $105M

A high-profile continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Chicago that rebounded after financial and operational difficulties years ago has been sold for a reported $105 million. Des Moines, Iowa-based senior living company LCS and Harrison, New York-based Senior Care Development have bought private-equity firm Fundamental Advisors’ 75% stake in the 334-unit community in Chicago’s Gold […]

$150 Million Highrise Project Caps 5-Year Reinvention of Transforming Age

In 2014, Presbyterian Retirement Communities Northwest (PRCN) was a small and struggling provider with three communities in the Seattle area. Fast-forward to the present day, and the organization has rebranded as Transforming Age, serves about 10 times as many seniors, and is pursuing further innovation and expansion — including through the $150 million Olympic Tower […]

Residential Real Estate Values Complicate Life Plan Communities’ Stable Outlook

Non-profit life plan communities can expect another year of stability in 2020, but there are some factors that could complicate the landscape in the future. That’s according to a new report from Fitch Ratings, which on Wednesday released its annual outlook for U.S. not-for-profit life plan communities. As in previous years, those communities should expect […]

Buckner Opens $240M CCRC with High-Profile Partnerships, To Sell Historic Campus

Last week marked the official grand opening of Ventana by Buckner, a $240 million high-rise continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Dallas. Ventana is part of a crop of urban CCRCs rising across the country, and it stands out for the numerous partnerships that it has forged with high-profile organizations in its local market, including […]

Older Senior Housing Properties Show Strong Occupancy But Investments Needed

Conventional wisdom states that consumers are attracted to shiny new senior housing product that has flooded certain markets in recent years, putting older properties at a disadvantage and eroding their occupancy. This is not necessarily the case, as statistics show that top-performing senior housing properties tend to be between 10 and 17 years old. However, […]

Senior Living Nonprofits Quietly Collaborate In Under-the-Radar Group

Non-profit senior living providers across the U.S. have in recent years looked to mergers and affiliations as a way to gain scale and thrive in the face of industry headwinds. But some of these arrangements also come with a price: In order to join forces, at least one party needs to give up some degree […]

Engel Burman Eyes New Markets for ‘Look-Alike CCRC’ Model

The Engel Burman Group has developed a successful portfolio of senior housing on Long Island since the company entered the space in 1997. Now it wants to bring its version of the continuing care retirement community (CCRC) to new markets, and is testing out potential future treatments for dementia in its existing communities. “We haven’t […]