Merrill Gardens Acquires Blue Harbor, Names Gall as President

Merrill Gardens is nearly doubling its size through the acquisition of Blue Harbor Senior Living, and is welcoming back a familiar face to lead the combined entity. Merrill Gardens has acquired Blue Harbor — a senior living management company — from private equity firm Fortress Investment Group for an undisclosed price, the Seattle-based senior living […]

Merrill Gardens President Eskenazy To Step Down

About five years after joining Merrill Gardens as president, David Eskenazy is preparing to step down from that role and exit the senior living provider. He will pursue other professional opportunities and spend more time with family, he told Senior Housing News. For about four years, he has been on a plane every week to […]

Old Psych Hospitals Are Becoming Vibrant Mixed-Use Sites with Senior Living

As developers seek to adapt offices, hotels, schools and commercial buildings into senior housing projects, one unlikely property type holds newfound appeal: former psychiatric hospitals. Across the U.S., a handful of senior living providers have opened or are building communities in mixed-use sites that once held asylums or similar institutions. Examples include Cordia at Grand […]

Senior Living Heeds Lessons from a Decade of RIDEA

Publicly traded and private real estate investment trusts are entering into RIDEA structures with senior housing operators at a level not seen for at least three years. This reflects that REITs have a better understanding of how RIDEA works, after an initial flurry of activity a decade ago, and they are more selective with their […]

Changemakers: David Eskenazy, President of Merrill Gardens

David Eskenazy has earned the status of senior living changemaker by being a pioneer in data-driven operations, helping lead early forays into the Chinese market and keeping the spirit of innovation alive at a provider known for taking risks. After four years as CFO and President at Seattle-based Aegis Living, Eskenazy became President of Seattle-based […]

Senior Living Must Scrap Old Playbooks as Change Sweeps Industry

Senior living is in a period of tremendous change and upheaval. Providers must accept this and get creative if they are to survive and thrive, five senior living executives said this week at the Argentum conference in San Antonio. “I think the common theme is change — change in how we operate, change in technology, […]

Argentum Unveils Apprenticeship for Senior Living Caregivers, Nursing Assistants

Senior living industry association Argentum on Tuesday announced new efforts to recruit, retain, and measure the senior living workforce. At the forefront of those efforts is an apprenticeship for nursing assistants and caregivers in senior living, which the organization is collaborating on with a steering group that includes industry stakeholders Brookdale Senior Living (NYSE: BKD), […]

Senior Living Providers Target Better Blend of Hospitality, Health Care

In recent years, senior living providers have debated whether a health care model or a hospitality focus makes more sense for the future — but this debate is shifting. Providers must inevitably offer more health care, yet they must do so without compromising the fundamental value propositions of the industry, which is rooted in a […]