CCRC

PORTLAND, Ore. — Terwilliger Plaza, a single-site, nonprofit continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Portland, has completed a $105 million expansion. The new building, named Parkview, rises 10 stories and offers 127 independent living units. It represents the largest building constructed to Passive House sustainability standards on the West Coast, according to the developers. The 370,000-square-foot structure is connected to the main campus via a steel skybridge. Terwilliger Plaza can now house up to 550 residents. LRS Architects worked in collaboration with Walsh Construction Co., engineering firm PAE, and Terwilliger …

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PLYMOUTH, MINN. — Kraus-Anderson has begun a $41.5 million expansion of Trillium Woods, an independent retirement community in Plymouth, a western suburb of Minneapolis.  Trillium Woods is a continuing care retirement community (CCRCC) that provides wellness services and levels of senior healthcare, including memory care, skilled nursing and rehabilitation.  The 160,321-square-foot, five-story expansion calls for 18 assisted living units, 16 memory care units, 52 independent living units and 67 underground parking spaces.  Construction is slated for completion in fall 2025. Pope Design Group was the architect.

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SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. — CareTrust REIT Inc. (NYSE:CTRE), a San Clemente owner and developer of skilled nursing, seniors housing and other healthcare-related properties, has acquired three continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) located in Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego counties.  The portfolio totals 475 assisted living, skilled nursing and memory care beds/units. Bayshire Senior Communities, an existing CareTrust tenant based in Southern California, has taken over management of all three properties. The highest profile property of the three is Torrey Pines Senior Living in San Diego. CareTrust paid $32.3 million …

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ST. LOUIS and MIDDLETOWN, Pa. — Lutheran Senior Services (LSS), a faith-based, nonprofit operator based in St. Louis, has agreed to merge with Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries, a Middletown-based nonprofit operator. The agreement will bring Diakon’s senior living operations and four life plan communities under LSS management and form the 12th largest nonprofit seniors housing organization in the country, according to the two companies. The combined entity will features nearly $350 million in annual revenues across 12 life plan communities, one assisted living community and nine affordable seniors housing communities, as …

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DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. — Lifespace has completed a $112 million expansion project at Oak Trace, a seniors housing community in Downers Grove, approximately 20 miles west of Chicago. The new building completed as the third and final phase of the project features 140 new luxury independent living apartments; a state-of-the-art fitness and aquatic center; a performing arts center; multiple restaurant-style dining venues; a salon and spa; and an upscale style coffee shop. The first phase of the renovation and expansion project, completed in 2019, was the creation of Oak Trace’s …

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ALLENTOWN, Pa. — Riverton Enhanced Senior Living, a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Allentown, has named Jennifer Simmers as its new executive director.  Prior to her appointment, Simmers served as executive director of Oxford Crossings, a personal care community in Langhorne. With more than a decade of experience, she is a licensed physical therapist assistant and previously held a range of positions with Phoebe Ministries, including director of rehabilitation and personal care home administrator at the nonprofit’s Richland property.

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GIG HARBOR, Wash. — Emerald Communities, a nonprofit operator with two continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) in Washington, has appointed Chris Lucero as the new executive director at Heron’s Key in Gig Harbor, just across the Puget Sound from Tacoma. Lucero has more than 17 years of experience in the senior living industry. He holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of New Mexico. As executive director, Lucero will oversee the management, planning, organization, leadership, evaluation and control in all departments of Heron’s Key.

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DALLAS — Edgemere, a continuing care retirement community in North Dallas, has promoted Teresa Bates to executive director.  Bates brings more than 25 years of senior living experience to the community. She started with Edgemere in 2002 and assisted with the opening of its health center. She held several positions within the community for 17 years before returning in 2022 as the associate executive director. As executive director at Edgemere, Bates oversees the daily operations of the community across all departments and team members.

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Patricia Toledo Technology Expectations EHRs

Consumer expectations of technology are evolving due to a generational shift. Today’s senior living and long-term care residents and their family members are becoming increasingly tech-savvy. Their adeptness with digital solutions continues to grow with new technology. Residents and their families’ use of these tools is expanding rapidly to include staying updated on health and activities, tracking medication, managing important documentation and overseeing finances. Electronic health records (EHRs) can assist in centralizing this information and can conform to the latest customer needs. Residents and their loved ones expect easy access …

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GARFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio — EBSC Lending has provided a $51.8 million loan for the expansion of a senior living and skilled nursing community located in Garfield Heights, a suburb of Cleveland.  The 294,083 square-foot project will add a four-story independent and assisted living building featuring 86 units. The expansion also includes a two-story skilled nursing building and a two-story health center with a physical and occupational therapy gym and memory care suites. Construction began in June 2021, and the new expanded spaces are slated to open in January 2025. The …

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