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Capstone at Station Camp, an 88-unit senior living community, will break ground June 7

Integral Senior Living and Hunt Midwest will hold a groundbreaking ceremony at 9 a.m. on June 7 for The Capstone at Station Camp, an 88-unit, 76,000-square-foot senior living community in Gallatin.

Managed by Integral Senior Living, the community will offer the group’s enriching trademark programs: Vibrant Life®, Generations Memory Care and Elevate® dining. The Capstone at Station Camp will also incorporate elements from the surrounding area’s architecture, with red brick and neutrally colored stucco, outdoor terraces and balconies, gardens bordered by brick columns and wrought iron fencing, and ample windows to allow natural light. Amenities will include a great room, formal dining room, fitness center, bistro lounge, sunroom, walking trails, gazebo and dog park.

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Integral Senior Living and Hunt Midwest Break Ground on the Capstone at Station Camp

GALLATIN, TN–Integral Senior Living (ISL) and Hunt Midwest have broken ground on The Capstone at Station Camp, an assisted living and memory care community, on a 6-acre site in Gallatin, about 30 miles northeast of Nashville. The 76,000-square-foot senior housing development will offer one- and two-bedroom suites providing accommodations for up to 114 residents with 56 assisted living units and 32 memory care units.

“The Greater Nashville area is filled with vibrancy and is a place people want to live, and The Capstone at Station Camp will match that spirit,” said Collette Gray, CEO/COO for ISL. “As we break ground on this community, we are eager to bring ISL’s excellent care to future residents.”

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Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month – prevention

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, and during this month especially we want to show support for the millions of people worldwide struggling with Alzheimer’s or dementia and the caregivers who provide care and meaningful connections for them every day.

Throughout our communities, our Generations Memory Care program is designed to provide the highest quality of care to each of our residents based on an individual approach designed specifically for them. We know firsthand how difficult it is to deal with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, and although there is no conclusive research on prevention, there are certain lifestyle choices that promote a healthy body and mind that can help prevent Alzheimer’s and other related diseases. Here are some changes you can start implementing today!

  1. Keep your heart healthy – Research suggests that there is a connection between cardiovascular conditions and your brain, with conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol increasing your risk of developing Alzheimer’s. Maintain a healthy heart by incorporating cardio exercises and a heart-friendly diet, including plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats and fish.
  2. Grab your friends and family – As humans, we crave social interaction, and our brain does too! Having regular face-to-face interaction with people who care about you and staying socially engaged may help protect you against Alzheimer’s and dementia. There are many ways to meet others and make new friendships! Try volunteering, taking a group class, getting to know your neighbors or even joining a club.
  3. Exercise your brain – The brain is just like a muscle – if you don’t challenge it regularly, it will get weaker. Continuing to learn new things and engaging your brain as you get older is one of the most effective ways at preventing Alzheimer’s or dementia. Look for activities that require communication, interaction and organization, and practice them every day. Some great ideas are studying a new language, learning to paint or sew, practicing memorization, and playing strategy games or brain teasers. You can even choose to improve an existing skill, like getting better at golf or learning a new song on an instrument you already know.

Our Generations Memory Care program aims to maintain a sense of home for your loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia, making sure that he or she receives the highest level of comfort and care. Read more about what sets our innovative program apart!

102-year-old Olathe Senior Fulfilling Lifelong Dream of Riding Kansas Belle Train

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. — At the age of 102-years-old, Olathe resident Lula Powell has seen and done a lot during her lifetime. Now that she’s in hospice care, she’s checking one more thing off her bucket list.

On Sunday Powell took a step back in time.

Surrounded by family, Powell fulfilled a lifelong dream of riding the Kansas Belle train.

“I can’t believe it. It’s just amazing. It’s the most wonderful thing I could’ve done,” Powell said.

Travanse Living partnered with Crossroads Hospice to make this happen. This wasn’t just a gift for Powell, but for her family as well.

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Staying Active

No matter your age, staying active and healthy is one of the most important aspects of your life. Keeping an active lifestyle has a variety of physical benefits, like lowering your risk of heart disease and stroke, and improving your strength and balance to prevent injuries. The best part about exercise is that it also has a huge impact on your mental health!

Staying active not only helps improve your mood, but helps improve your ability to think and make decisions. Our Vibrant Life program focuses on a well-rounded approach to healthy living specifically tailored to each of our residents, combining all types of activities for our residents to choose from.

We want to share some of our favorite fitness tips for seniors that can be adapted to all levels of fitness.

  1. Find your niche – The best way to get motivated to exercise is to find an activity you like, and these can be even better if you do them with friends. Set up a weekly walk with your friends to combine a workout with a social activity, or sign up for a class to make new friends!
  2. Find your groove – Cardio activities are great both for your mood and, you guessed it, for your heart. Cardio also helps you feel less fatigued throughout your day. Walking, swimming, aerobics and cycling are all great activities to choose from.
  3. Find your strength – Strength training helps prevent loss of bone mass and improves balance, both very important as you get older. It’s important to listen to your body in these types of exercises, so don’t be afraid to use your own body weight instead of exercise equipment if you have no experience with strength training! Be sure to talk with your doctor or a trainer to find the exercises that are right for you.
  4. Find your flex – Working on your flexibility can help improve your range of motion for daily activities, so it’s important to include some flexibility and balance exercises. Try yoga, stretching exercises or dancing to stay limber!
  5. Find your moment – At the end of the day, just making small changes to get moving will make a big difference. You can pick a farther parking spot to get a few more steps in, go for a hike with family or play with your grandchildren to help get your body moving and healthy. Find the activity you enjoy the most, and go with it!

Our Vibrant Life program throughout our communities helps our residents stay active by offering a wide variety of different activities for all fitness levels. With so many types of activities and exercises to choose from, it’s easy for our residents to stay active while having fun. If you want to learn more about how we help our residents reach their fitness goals through Vibrant Life and our fitness centers, visit our Facebook page or website. We’d love to help you start your health journey!

INTEGRAL SENIOR LIVING TO PROVIDE MANAGEMENT FOR NEW BUCKHEAD 18-STORY LUXURY SENIOR HOUSING TOWER

Integral Senior Living, a premier senior living community management company, has been selected to manage the proposed 18-story luxury senior living tower in Buckhead, Ga. Named Heartis Buckhead, the 213-unit, 278,000-square-foot building will bring exceptional care and state-of-the-art services to the residents of Buckhead and across all of Georgia.

“Being chosen to manage such a beautiful development in the heart of Georgia is a terrific opportunity for us,” said Collette Gray, Integral Senior Living’s CEO and COO. “We are eager to pair our award-winning programs and services with the vibrant senior community of Buckhead. It is truly a win-win.”

By joining the ISL family, Heartis Buckhead will have access to the full suite of programs that ISL has refined from years of offering the utmost levels of care for its seniors. The Vibrant Life®, Generations Memory Care and Elevate® dining programs will be included to ensure the residents in the community live exciting, fulfilled lives.

Heartis Buckhead is still in the permitting phase, but has a projected opening date of 2021. 

About Integral Senior Living

Integral Senior Living (ISL), headquartered in Carlsbad, Calif., manages a progressive selection of senior residences to meet the growing needs of today’s aging population. It manages independent, assisted living and memory care properties throughout 18 states. Ranked among the nation’s largest senior living providers, according to Senior Living Executive, ISL is founded on a care philosophy that fosters dignity and respect for residents and promotes their independence and individuality. The dedicated associates at each community are trained tomaintain the highest standards of senior care services. For more information about ISL, visit Integral Senior Living’s website, blog and Facebook page.

About Heartis
Launched in 2013, Heartis® is an award-winning senior living brand. Heartis uses thorough analytics and strong marketing to bring a unique product to market. With over 2,000 beds, Heartis is rapidly expanding across the U.S. with its mission of helping seniors live life to the fullest. To learn more, visit www.heartis.com.

About Caddis

Caddis® is a national real estate development, management and investment firm focused exclusively on health care real estate. The firm is composed of experienced real estate professionals across various disciplines who provide clients with expertise in development, acquisition, financing, construction management, leasing, tenant representation, property management and accounting. Since its inception, Caddis has developed or acquired over 4 million square feet of medical assets valued in excess of $1 billion. In its annual Construction and Design Survey, Modern Healthcare magazine recognized Caddis as the ninth-largest development company in the United States. For more information about Caddis, please visit www.caddis.com.

How To Find the Senior Living Community That’s Right for You

As we or our loved ones age, it becomes time to start thinking about living arrangements and what’s best for each individual. In a previous blog post, we talked about how to know when it’s the right time to move into a senior living community. But what do you look for once you decide it’s time? There are many factors that make this a very personal decision for each person, but here is a list of some of the most important things you should consider.

Assistance with daily living is possibly the main factor that will affect your decision. What are your specific needs right now, and what necessities can you anticipate for the future? Do you need an assisted living community with someone to help out with tasks like cooking, transportation or other day-to-day things, or do you need someone who can provide special care for residents with dementia or Alzheimer’s-related diseases? It’s important that the community you choose has the caregivers on staff who are right for you.

Some questions to ask are …

  • Do you have experience with Alzheimer’s? Parkinson’s? Diabetes? (or the specific diagnosis of your loved one)
  • Do you have a nurse on staff 24/7? An in-house physician?
  • How many associates are working during the night shift?

Your senior living community will become your new home, so you need to make sure that the community offers activities that match your interests and pace. Are you looking for a gym or fitness center? Is there a regular schedule of events and activities you would like? It’s also important to consider necessities like availability of barber shops or salons, or whether the community is pet-friendly. Make sure your community’s recreation programs are perfect for you!

Some questions to ask are …

  • Do you have transportation to doctor’s appointments?
  • Do you have any outdoor space and an activities calendar?
  • May I meet another family with a loved one at the community?

A trickier part of the search for the right senior living community is the budget aspect. It’s important to sit down with a trusted individual and take a look at the finances. Compare the monthly bills you may be paying now to any monthly fees the community may have. There are many financial factors to consider when making this move, so don’t be afraid to ask questions, and don’t feel pressured to say yes if you’re not ready.

Some questions to ask are …

  • What is the monthly cost per apartment type?
  • What are your billing and payment policies?
  • Are all services included in the monthly fee? If not, what and how much are additional services?

Most importantly, whether you’re looking for yourself or for a loved one, don’t do it alone! Be sure to ask any friends or family members for their feedback, especially if there are some who have already gone through this process. Making the move to a senior living community is a big decision, and it’s important for everyone involved to be able to voice their opinions and concerns.

If you’re ready to start your journey of moving into a senior living community, or if you’re just getting started and want to get an idea of what to expect, schedule a tour at any of our communities across the country. Our highly trained care associates will be able to show you every aspect of our communities, including the available living options, our exciting Vibrant Life activities and our healthy Elevate dining program. Visit our Facebook page or website to get a glimpse into a day in the life of our wonderful residents!

INTEGRAL SENIOR LIVING ANNOUNCES MANAGEMENT OF NEW COMMUNITY IN ATASCOCITA, TEXAS

Independent, Assisted Living and Memory Care Residences Open in August 2020 

CARLSBAD, Calif. (March 26, 2019)Integral Senior Living has been selected to provide management services for Fountainwood at Lake Houston, a 200,000-square-foot senior living community in Atascocita, Texas. The community is owned by a partnership between MedCore Partners of Dallas–Fort Worth and Houston-based The National Realty Group (TNRG).

The community, which broke ground in February, will offer 98 independent living residences, 68 assisted living apartments and 24 memory care suites, as well as the full spectrum of programs that have made ISL a national leader in premier senior care. It is slated to open in August 2020.

“Expanding our vibrant senior living community portfolio to include Fountainwood was an easy choice to make,” said Collette Gray, Integral Senior Living’s CEO and COO. “By combining our tested, state-of-the-art programs with a brand-new community in northeast Houston, we will continue to bring our expert level of care to the people in our lives who need it most.”

The new community will have full access to ISL’s programs that have been enriching the lives of seniors across the country for decades. The Vibrant Life®, Generations Memory Care and Elevate® dining programs ensure that ISL’s residents receive not only the highest levels of care, but the fulfilling and exciting lives that they deserve.

About Integral Senior Living

Integral Senior Living (ISL), headquartered in Carlsbad, Calif., manages a progressive selection of senior residences to meet the growing needs of today’s aging population. It manages independent, assisted living and memory care properties throughout 18 states. Ranked among the nation’s largest senior living providers, according to Senior Living Executive, ISL is founded on a care philosophy that fosters dignity and respect for residents and promotes their independence and individuality. The dedicated associates at each community are trained to maintain the highest standards of senior care services. For more information about ISL, visit Integral Senior Living’s website, blog and Facebook page

MedCore Partners, LLC

MedCore Partners is a Dallas-based real estate firm that is dedicated entirely to serving the health care industry. In-house capabilities include brokerage advisory services, development, construction management, finance and investments, and health care research and analytics.

In 2016, MedCore launched its senior living division with the objective of developing full-service senior living communities in strategic markets across the country. The MedCore Partners Senior Living team has more than 80 years’ combined experience in health care development, construction and operations leadership. MedCore currently owns five senior living properties in Texas, Arizona and Utah and has four other Texas-based properties under development.

Integral Senior Living announces management of four new communities

CARLSBAD, Calif. (Mar. 06, 2019) Integral Senior Living, a premier senior living community management company, has announced it has assumed management of four senior living communities in Tennessee and Texas:

 

 

All four communities will remain under their current ownership, New Senior Investment Group.

 

“We are delighted to add these vibrant communities to our expanding management portfolio,” said Collette Gray, Integral Senior Living’s CEO and COO. “Each addition offers a new opportunity for ISL to expand its premier community management style to seniors across the country to give them the personalized care and active lifestyle they deserve.”

 

By joining the ISL family, all four communities will have access to the full suite of programs that ISL has refined from years of offering the utmost levels of care for its seniors. The Vibrant Life®, Generations Memory Care and Elevate® dining programs it offers will be added to its new communities to enhance the experience expected of an ISL community.

 

ISL’s management of all four communities will be in effect March 1.

 

About Integral Senior Living

Integral Senior Living (ISL), headquartered in Carlsbad, Calif., manages a progressive selection of senior residences to meet the growing needs of today’s aging population. It manages independent, assisted living and memory care properties throughout 22 states. Ranked among the nation’s 20 largest senior living providers by American Seniors Housing Association, ISL is founded on a care philosophy that fosters dignity and respect for residents and promotes their independence and individuality. The dedicated associates at each community are trained to maintain the highest standards of senior care services. For more information about ISL, visit Integral Senior Living’s website, blog and Facebook page.

National Nutrition Month – Healthy eating tips

It seems that every week there is a new diet trend experts are urging us to follow, and with so many options, it’s hard to know what the right way to eat is. We believe there is no one correct approach to nutrition and that everyone’s journey is different, but since March is National Nutrition Month, we’ve compiled our favorite healthy eating tips that will help you make small but significant changes in your lifestyle.

  1. Forget strict diets – A main reason we give up on eating healthy is that we choose to adopt a rigid, boring diet that we get sick of right away. Instead of doing this, focus on eating more healthy foods that you actually enjoy, and mix them into your weekly grocery run.
  2. Eat more fish – Seafood is a great way to add proteins, minerals and vitamins into your diet in an easy way, so it’s important to try to eat fish at least once a week. Oily fish in particular help prevent heart disease, so pick up some salmon, mackerel, trout or tuna!
  3. Cut saturated fats – We’re all familiar with the term “saturated fats,” but do you know where they are found? Try to eat less of foods like cakes, hard cheese and cream, and when choosing cuts of meat, opt for the leaner cuts and slice off any visible fat. Saturated fats increase your risk of heart disease, so it’s important to avoid them as much as you can.
  4. Don’t skip breakfast – Some people think not eating breakfast will lead to losing weight, but skipping this meal only makes you hungrier later in the day. Research shows that people who eat breakfast regularly are less likely to be overweight, so use this meal as an opportunity to get your daily serving of fruits!
  5. Don’t go hungry – You might be tempted to think that, by having fewer meals a day, you’ll lose more weight; but this isn’t necessarily true. Going hungry for long stretches of time just causes you to overeat when you finally make it to your next meal. Instead, plan for those moments of hunger by having healthy snacks around, like almonds, granola bars or apples.

At each and every one of our Integral Senior Living communities, we are dedicated to making sure our residents are making healthy choices every day. Our Elevate dining program allows our residents to enjoy tasty, nutritious meals. Visit our Facebook page or website to learn more about all of ISL’s signature programs.