How to Design a Robust Dining Program

Active adult communities can increase wellness and foster community with a holistic approach to food. By Jami Mohlenkamp The 96 million Americans over age 55 are fundamentally changing the expectations for active adult communities. Baby boomers are demanding something more…

Seniors Housing Needs Long-Term Tax Care

Follow these steps to stop excessive property tax assessments. By J. Kieran Jennings In a nation that has faced a host of new challenges since the pandemic began, the seniors housing sector has carried one of the heaviest burdens. COVID-19-related…

Become a Champion for Both Residents and Workers

Operators must transform approaches to the workforce shortage and accommodate the next generation of seniors. By Taylor Mokris From profitability to safety, seniors housing continues to be a story of post-pandemic resiliency. But as all industries enter the so-called “new…

The SHB Interview: Joel Nelson, President, CEO, LCS

From trainee to executive director to CEO, Nelson guides one of the industry’s largest companies. By Jeff Shaw While Joel Nelson may be the definition of a “lifer” with LCS —  starting as a trainee with the company in 1986…

Broker Q&A: Transactions Surge Back to Life

A panel of top brokers discusses the state of M&A activity. Roundtable participants Jay M. Wagner, Vice Chairman, Senior Housing Capital Markets, Cushman & Wakefield Brooks Minford, Director, Berkadia Senior Housing & Healthcare Adam Heavenrich, Managing Director, Heavenrich & Company Brooks Blackmon, Senior Director, Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate…

Question of the Month: Interest Rates

How has the rise in interest rates in 2022 affected lender and borrower strategies in the seniors housing space? Costs flow downhill By Don Pelgrim CEO Wilshire Finance Partners The rise of interest rates has affected lenders and borrowers, specifically…

New Demands are Impacting Design of Life Plan Communities

By Steven Leone and Richard C. Quinn, Spiezle Architectural Group Over the past several years, design trends have painted an interesting picture for future life plan communities that stray from what we have seen for decades. Life plan communities (previously…

Visible Culture Creates an Engaged Workforce

Five key drivers hold the solution to many labor challenges. By Jennifer Sodo Our industry is in an unprecedented time of staff shortages, stress and burnout. A recent OnShift survey of senior living workers indicated that 90 percent of leadership…

Question of the Month: Inflation’s Impact

What impact is inflation having on seniors housing and how are operators and owners adjusting? Give residents more options By Chuck Hastings Chief Financial Officer Juniper Communities With wages, food, utilities and other costs still rising, we at Juniper have…

Five Successful Strategies for Boosting Seniors Housing Occupancy

By Gregory F. Hagood, Senior Managing Director, and Mary Missbach Dressler, Managing Director, SOLIC Capital Partners The senior living sector was among the hardest hit industries of the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID resulted in the double whammy of a rapid drop…

Infill Seniors Housing Can Give Seniors What They Want, Need

By Ben Seager, Principal, KTGY American poet and author Maya Angelou said, “Mostly, what I have learned so far about aging, despite the creakiness of one’s bones and cragginess of one’s once-silken skin, is this: Do it. By all means,…

Use Technology, Design to Achieve Senior Living Goals

By Christian Buesing, director of operations – technology solutions, Direct Supply Technology needs to serve a purpose. In my personal life I am slow to implement new technology into my routine until I know for sure it will serve me…

A Mid-Year Look at Seniors Housing Finance

By Russell Phillips, Regions Bank As a real estate asset class serving the nation’s elderly population, the seniors housing sector was faced with serious challenges during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Residents and staff of senior living facilities faced…

How Biophilic Design Impacts Living Well

Giving residents a front-row seat to nature has a positive effect on their lives.  By Amy Cheever Throughout history and across cultures, architects have drawn inspiration from nature to emulate a sense of well-being, serenity and connection within their finished…

Question of the Month: Time to Invest?

How do you know whether to keep your powder dry or jump back into the investment/development markets? Buying, but not building Rick Shamberg Managing Director Scarp Ridge Capital Partners Our firm has taken a bullish approach to the acquisition market…

Senior Care Needs a Business Model Overhaul

The need for change goes far beyond wages and staffing ratios. By Nate Hamme, Ceca Foundation In his State of the Union address on March 1, President Joe Biden announced new reforms intended to improve resident safety in nursing homes.…

How Senior Living Facilities Can Be More Inclusive

Developing LGBTQ-affirming housing, implementing protections and advocating at the federal level can help serve this growing demographic. By Michael Adams, SAGE Due to lifetimes of discrimination, LGBTQ+ elders face unique challenges that have only begun to be addressed by communities…

Lender Q&A: All About the Operator

As lenders look for safe, secure deals in a turbulent environment, strong partnerships are a larger consideration than geography, age or care type. By Jeff Shaw In times of trouble, we look to the people we trust. That’s certainly the…

Question of the Month: Consumer Preferences

Compare and contrast consumer preferences today versus 10 years ago. What’s changed? Opportunities for innovation By Mitch Brown Principal Senior Housing Consulting For well over a decade, our industry has wrestled with the relevance of independent living within the seniors…