How to Choose a Senior Community

The Senior Housing Industry Chaos Continues

Perhaps you’ve read some recently published articles regarding the financial woes at publicly traded Brookdale Senior Living, or perhaps you have a senior housing community near your home whose name has changed multiple times over the past few years. The current chaotic state of senior housing seems contrary to the news stories and articles about how America is aging. America is aging – we are all aging -- but we aren’t old enough, yet, to meet the current supply of senior housing in greater Milwaukee.

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Senior Living: An Environment of Love and Kindness

When you think of senior communities, what’s the mental picture that first comes to mind? Is it an elderly person who needs care, or nursing staff? Maybe you picture the bus taking residents shopping. Recently I’ve spent some concentrated time in one of the Laureate Group communities. Here are some of the amazing things I’ve experienced firsthand.....

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Waiting Lists: A Great Tool in the Planning Process

Waiting lists can be a great tool to use as you consider a future move to a senior community. But it’s important to understand what to look for and how to use them to your advantage.

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National Nurses Week: Celebrating Our Caregivers

National Nurses Week (May 6-12) is a special time for us to show our appreciation to our entire nursing staff. Each day, they quietly go about providing top quality care for our residents. We use this event to call more attention to all they do and their dedication to the profession. We try to give them the recognition they deserve.

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How to Pick a Senior Community for Your Loved One: My Friends Were On the Wrong Track

Recently I took calls from three different friends, each one trying to decide which senior community would be the best match for their respective mothers. They had brochures, they had taken tours, had asked lots of questions. When I asked each of them to tell me about the communities, what they liked, what was important, I was surprised how fast our discussions turned to real estate. They all started talking about the size of the apartment and the amenities, the common spaces, and even the finish on the kitchen cabinets. I had to stay “stop!”

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In Looking at Senior Living, Where Do I Start?

Whether looking for senior living services for a parent or themselves, I often hear the question “where do I begin?” This is an understandable reaction. Today there are so many options to explore that it can get overwhelming. By doing a little bit of homework up front, you can simplify the process and make the experience much more positive.

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