Transform Podcast #28: Lori Alford of Avanti Senior Living

Avanti COO Lori Alford strove to be an unflappable leader when Covid-19 first struck. But her approach changed as the pandemic taught her valuable leadership lessons. By embracing transparency and authenticity Alford was able to bolster the culture during a tough time for the provider, based in The Woodlands, Texas. Avanti is now seeing its […]

Avanti COO: Covid-19 Taught Me To Be a More Authentic Leader

When crisis comes, it can be tempting for leaders to play the role of an all-knowing, unflappable battlefield general. But a little humility and transparency can go a long way, too. Just ask Lori Alford, COO of Avanti Senior Living. When the Covid-19 pandemic hit The Woodlands, Texas-based senior living provider, her first instinct was […]

Covid-19 Tests Senior Living Providers’ Creativity In Resident Engagement

Many senior living activities programs ground to a halt when the Covid-19 pandemic forced residents to self-isolate in their rooms starting in March. But in the time since, providers across the country have come up with a range of ways to keep residents entertained and engaged — an effort that becomes increasingly important as the […]

Transactions & Financings: Senior Living Communities’ $35M CCRC Acquisition; Sunrise Acquires New Jersey Site

Senior Living Communities acquires South Carolina CCRC Senior Living Communities acquired Wildewood Downs, a 248-unit continuing care retirement community in Columbia, South Carolina, for $35 million. The community will be operated by a SLC affiliate. The acquisition was financed by a $32.7 million loan from National Health Investors (NYSE: NHI), and includes capital expenses for renovations. The loan will have a […]

Movers & Shakers: Harbor Retirement Associates’ New CEO

SHN’s Movers & Shakers Column is sponsored by the SHN Job Board. To look for assisted living jobs for yourself or a friend, visit https://jobs.seniorhousingnews.com. If you’re an employer, post your senior living jobs with us and attract the industry’s best-read professionals today. Have hiring/staffing announcements? Send them to editor@seniorhousingnews.com  Smick Transitions to Chairman of HRA, […]

In the Pipeline: Senior Housing Construction Projects (1/26/17)

Construction: Planned Groundbreaking for $120 Million Senior High-Rise Planned Come April, construction will begin on a $120 million senior community, Ventana, near NorthPark Center in Dallas, Texas. The project will consist of two 12-story towers developed by Buckner Senior Living. The community, which has been in the planning stages since 2014, will contain almost 200 units […]

Movers & Shakers: Lancaster Pollard’s New Bankers

Lancaster Pollard Adds 2 Bankers to Philadelphia Office Lancaster Pollard, a financial services firm that helps health care, senior living and housing providers with financial advice and financing solutions, added Miles Kingston and Tony Ruberg to its Philadelphia office. Kingston and Ruberg will be providing seniors housing and health care clients with a full range […]

How Avanti is Building a Brand with Its First Community

Even before Avanti Senior Living welcomed its first resident, the Texas-based operator attracted industry attention due to the experience and background of its leaders, the scope of its development pipeline, and its ambition to be innovative in areas ranging from design to marketing to technology. About six months ago, the company opened its first community, […]

Why Senior Living is About to Accelerate EHR Adoption

Tech-savvy senior living providers, including some of the largest national chains, have been adopting electronic health records in growing numbers. The drive to wire-up assisted living and similar communities with EHRs may soon gain even more momentum thanks to two recently announced initiatives. While government funding to subsidize the cost of EHRs has been available […]