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DENVER — Onelife Senior Living, a Denver-based developer and operator, and Ally Senior Living, a Texas-based operator, have merged. The combined company manages 19 communities across eight states and will retain Onelife Senior Living’s name and branding. The companies began merger conversations in 2023 and the deal closed this month. Terms of the transaction were not announced. Dan Williams, previously CEO of Ally Senior Living, and Zack Falk, previously CEO of Onelife, will lead the combined company. Executive team members from both companies will fill roles in the newly established …

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NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — Clearwater Living, a Newport Beach-based operator, has expanded Jill Zimmerman’s role with the company, giving her new responsibilities as director of resident engagement and wellbeing. Zimmerman will continue to develop the company’s Empowered Living program and oversee the Clearbrook Memory Support neighborhoods. Zimmerman is a certified grief coach that joined Clearwater Living in 2019 as the lifestyle director for Clearwater at Sonoma Hills. She was promoted to director of Empowered Living in 2021 to help train, mentor and inspire the lifestyle teams across all Clearwater communities, …

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LOS ANGELES — If a seniors housing operator is going to survive and thrive in the future, treating front-line staff well is going to be the key to that success. That’s according to a discussion at France Media’s InterFace Seniors Housing West conference, held Feb. 1 at the Omni Los Angeles. The panel, titled “The Power Panel: CEOs Discuss the State of the Industry,” featured Sean Kelly, CEO, Front Porch; Traci Taylor-Roberts, president, Sodalis Senior Living; Chris Belford, CEO, Sinceri Senior Living; and Isaac Scott, principal, Anthem Memory Care. Michael …

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WOODSTOCK, Ga. — Distinctive Living has assumed management of Bellevue Village at Woodstock and Bellevue Village at Neese Road, two communities located in Woodstock, a northern suburb of Atlanta. Bellevue Village at Woodstock offers assisted living and memory care, and Bellevue Village at Neese Road offers personal care and memory care.

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LOS ANGELES — There have been plenty of challenges facing seniors housing in recent years, whether dealing with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, rising interest rates, rapid inflation or natural disasters. But while those all reflect outside influences and specific timeframes, one challenge is a constant: recruiting and retaining quality staff. “We all know all roads lead back to operations and operators at the end of the day — that’s what it’s all about,” said Dan Baker, director at JLL Capital Markets. “Labor and staffing are the biggest challenges …

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By Jim Oliver, co-founder, Natural Home Solutions LLC Hurricane Lee, Tropical Storm Ophelia and torrential rainfall across the country last autumn season have put more homes, apartments and living facilities at risk for leaking and flooding. Water-saturated structures are prime breeding grounds for mold, but there are ways to prevent, detect and remove it before it becomes a serious issue. For the seniors housing market, taking a proactive approach to mold may be a matter of life and death. As we age, our weakened immune system makes it more difficult to fight …

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WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Highmark Senior Living, a Hubbell Realty Co. affiliate, has taken over management of a portfolio of Edencrest senior living communities throughout Iowa. Edencrest communities offer studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units. Highmark Senior Living manages six communities with more than 290 residents and roughly 235 employees throughout Iowa. Edencrest communities include: Edencrest at Beaverdale, Edencrest at Green Meadows, Edencrest at The Legacy, Edencrest at Riverwoods, Edencrest at Siena Hills, Edencrest at Timberline, and Edencrest at Tuscany.

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MONUMENT, Colo. — WellAge has named Lauren Hart as executive director of Jackson Creek Senior Living in Monument. Hart’s career journey includes roles as a business office manager in memory care and assisted living, advancing to human resources director at a skilled nursing facility, and subsequently serving as associate executive director at a Brookdale Senior Living community. Hart received an undergraduate degree in human resource management and an MBA in business administration from the University of Phoenix, graduating in 2022.

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By Kenneth Gibson and Lindsay Potter Ask executive directors of senior living communities across the country about their biggest challenges and virtually all of them will mention building and retaining strong teams.  A community’s staff is the foundation of our ability to serve residents and their loved ones with the care and compassion that they deserve. Without an effective team, senior living communities won’t reach their potential and could even become mired in dysfunction.  When we were honored to be named the top senior living executive directors in our respective …

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By Holly Koch, Director of Marketing Strategy, SmartBug Media If you are in the senior living industry, you’ve noticed a surge in tech-savviness among seniors and their families. The journey to finding the perfect senior living community unfolds online, often starting by doing research on communities and reading reviews to narrow down options.  Recognizing this digital shift, incorporating a reputation management strategy into your digital marketing playbook isn’t optional any longer — it’s a vital component of a thriving community. The shift in senior living marketing strategies Seniors today are more …

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