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Integral Senior Living announces promotions

CARLSBAD, Calif. (Nov. 7, 2019) – Integral Senior Living, a premier senior living community management company, announced new promotions within its leadership team:
• Jeffery Smith has been promoted to ISL’s Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing.
• Allison Singler has been promoted to ISL’s Regional Vice President of Sales & Marketing.
• Cathy Battles has been promoted to Regional Vice President of Human Resources.
• Erin Rohrbacher has been promoted to Senior Regional Human Resources Director.
“These promotions are a direct result of the hard work and passion each of these associates bring to the ISL family and to the expertise they showcase in their respective fields,” said Collette Gray, CEO/COO of ISL. “We are so grateful for this amazing team. With leadership like this, we are able to continue providing the highest standard of care for our residents.”
ISL provides opportunities for growth and career opportunities for its employees. The experience and leadership qualities of these associates will contribute to ISL’s mission of developing and sustaining senior living communities that create value for residents, employees and owners.
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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.

Thanksgiving Celebrations

Thanksgiving is a special time spent giving thanks with friends and family. When you have a
loved one who is in a senior living community, the holiday can be become more challenging. If
you are in charge of organizing the festivities, it is important to make sure that you go about your
usual traditions as much as possible. One way to do this is through your Thanksgiving meal.

The ISL signature Elevate program transforms the dining experience into a culinary celebration
that inspires the engagement of our residents, families and friends. We create dishes inspired by
residents’ cherished recipes and time-honored traditions, which allows the rest of the community
a glimpse into their cherished culinary memories. The Elevate program allows residents to
engage in creating new memories based on lifelong experiences created around the dinner table.

Is your loved one facing dietary restrictions? Do they have trouble cutting certain foods? You
may need to alter your Thanksgiving menu to accommodate his/her needs. These are questions
the chefs at our community consider every day. We make sure to provide nutritious meals that
are tailored to the needs of the residents we serve, despite their dexterity challenges and modified
diets.

From all of us at ISL, we want to wish you and your family and friends a safe Thanksgiving!
Tune in to our Facebook page, as we will be posting all the fun Thanksgiving celebrations at our
wonderful communities all over the country. We encourage you to gather and celebrate all of
life’s gifts this November.

Integral Senior Living CEO featured on ‘Transform’ podcast

Integral Senior Living CEO/COO Collette Gray was recently featured on Senior Housing News’ Transform podcast. Gray discussed her background in the industry, several recent ISL initiatives and how Integral Senior Living approaches recruiting.

Read the Senior Housing News recap below:

Senior Housing News: After Big Changes, Integral Senior Living Pursues ‘Initiative-Free Year’

Listen to the full interview below:

Five tips for avoiding the flu

October is the beginning of the much-dreaded flu season. At Integral Senior Living, we want to make sure our residents and their families are living their healthiest lives, which is why we are sharing a few tips and tricks on flu prevention.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between 9.2 million and 35.6 million cases of flu arise each year in the United States.

The flu is a highly contagious respiratory illness that is caused by influenza types A and B viruses. Flu activity often begins in October and can last until as late as May. It is important to take preventive steps to minimize your exposure, build up your immunity and reduce your risk of infection.

See the list below for our top five tips for staying clear of the flu!

  • Get a flu shot – While seasonal flu shots do not protect against all strains of the virus, the vaccine does trigger antibodies to develop in the body which then provide protection against that specific virus strain.
  • Stay home when you are sick – If you are feeling under the weather, is it better to stay home and regain your strength. The bacteria and viruses that can be found at your office, school, etc. can actually worsen your symptoms.
  • Cover your mouth and nose – Find yourself coughing and sneezing constantly? Use a tissue or the corner of your elbow to cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing. This will not only prevent those around you from getting sick, but also help by keeping your hands clean.
  • Wash your hands regularly – Use soap and warm water when available. An alcohol-based hand sanitizer will also do the job.
  • Maintain your immune system – Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, try to get between seven and nine hours of sleep, and exercise regularly.

Want to know more about our communities and our outstanding level of care? Visit our Facebook page to get a glimpse into the daily lives of our residents, then visit our Communities page to find the community closest to you.

We look forward to meeting you and helping everyone live a healthy life!

Healthy Aging Month – Tips on staying healthy as we get older

September is Healthy Aging Month and the perfect time to start practicing habits with positive health benefits!

At Integral Senior Living, we pride ourselves on creating an environment for our residents to age happily and healthily. We are always creating opportunities for our residents to get active and stay engaged through our Vibrant Life program.
Nevertheless, healthy aging is about more than just staying active. If you aren’t practicing good, healthy habits, this month is the perfect time to start! It’s never too late to make positive changes. See our list below for healthy habits you can start today for a healthier tomorrow!

1. Eat a healthy, balanced diet – This is an easy one! Adding more fruits, leafy greens like spinach and kale, and omega-3-rich fish like salmon, tuna and halibut into your diet can have remarkable health benefits. Not only do these foods contribute to better overall health, they also can directly benefit eye health. Our Elevate dining program helps residents maintain a healthy diet with an enhanced culinary experience, integrating fresh cooking and our residents’ favorite home-style meals.

2. Get enough sleep – Your mind cherishes sleep the same way your body cherishes food. The amount of sleep you get each night becomes more important the older you become. Older adults should aim to get seven to eight hours of asleep a night. Developing a regular bedtime can make falling asleep easier. Lack of sleep can cause depression, irritability, increased fall risk and memory problems.

3. Get active, be active, stay vibrant – Strive for at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day! Regular exercise tends to lead to notable health benefits and may delay or improve symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. ISL residents achieve this through our signature Vibrant Life program designed to enhance and enrich each day through personal schedules based on their interests, preferences, routines and abilities.

4. Wear sunglasses and a brimmed hat when outdoors – Protecting your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet rays when you are outdoors is vital for your eye health. Choose sunglasses that block 99 to 100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B radiation.

5. Cultivate relationships – Meeting new people and forming a connection with them can have a positive impact, not only on life experiences, but also on mental health! Staying socially engaged has been shown to keep the mind active. Additionally, it’s important to have a support system and social network you can rely on each day.

These simple tips can have a positive influence on aging for both physical and mental health. For more tips on ways to make the most out of Healthy Aging Month, check out Healthy Aging!

If you would like to see firsthand what our ISL communities are all about, we’d love to show you around! Please visit our Communities page to find the community closest to you.

We look forward to meeting you and helping everyone live a healthy, active lifestyle!

Summer Safety Tips

At ISL, we love encouraging our residents to stay active and get outside, but we always make sure they’re doing it safely. Our residents are like family to us, and our care professionals are there with them every day to make sure they’re happy and well taken care of, whether our residents are independent living, assisted living or Generations Memory Care residents.

Warmer weather means cookouts, picnics, festivals, gardening and lots of other outdoor activities. While these may seem harmless, spending time in the heat can be especially dangerous for seniors. In fact, according to the EPA, people age 65-plus are several times more likely to suffer from heat-related cardiovascular disease than the general population. However, this doesn’t mean you should hide indoors. We’re here to give you some tips to make sure you have a safe and enjoyable summer!

  1. Stay hydrated – Did you know seniors are more prone to dehydration? Compared to when they were younger, seniors aren’t able to retain as much water, and their sense of thirst gets less precise. Make sure you’re constantly drinking water when you’re out in the sun, and try to avoid dehydrating drinks like alcohol and coffee.
  2. Avoid the sun in peak hours – Depending on where you live, the sun is strongest from about 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., so try to limit your sun exposure during these hours. Aside from its being the hottest part of the day, the UV index is higher than usual during these times, which increases your risk of getting a sunburn.
  3. Apply SPF – On that note, make sure to wear sunscreen every day, even if you won’t be in the sun for very long. Look for sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB rays, and reapply frequently. Remember to also protect your eyes from sun damage by wearing sunglasses!
  4. Know the signs – It’s important to know when the heat is making you sick. Heat stroke symptoms include high body temperature, dizziness, headache, confusion and nausea. If you’re feeling any of these symptoms, move to a cool, shady place and call 911 immediately.
  5. Keep the bugs off – Seniors are more susceptible to West Nile virus, so if you’re in a place with a lot of mosquitos, especially at night, be sure to protect yourself with bug spray to reduce your risk of getting bitten by a mosquito carrying this virus.

Want to know more about our communities and our outstanding level of care? Visit our Facebook page  to get a glimpse into the daily lives of our residents, then visit our Communities page to find the community closest to you.

Integral Senior Living Expands in Seattle with Emerald City Senior Living

SEATTLE–Integral Senior Living (ISL), a premier senior living community management company, is continuing to expand its presence in the Seattle area, adding Emerald City Senior Living to its list of state-of-the-art communities. ISL will bring its trademark Vibrant Life®, Generations Memory Care and Elevate® dining programs to Emerald City Senior Living, the third ISL community in the Greater Seattle area.

“We are honored that the people of Seattle continue to turn to ISL for excellence in senior living, and we are delighted to bring our trademark programs and high-quality care to the residents at Emerald City,” said Collette Gray, CEO/COO for ISL.

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INTEGRAL SENIOR LIVING EXPANDS IN SEATTLE WITH EMERALD CITY SENIOR LIVING

SEATTLE (June 25, 2019)Integral Senior Living (ISL), a premier senior living community management company, is continuing to expand its presence in the Seattle area, adding Emerald City Senior Living to its list of state-of-the-art communities. ISL will bring its trademark Vibrant Life®, Generations Memory Care and Elevate® dining programs to Emerald City Senior Living, the third ISL community in the Greater Seattle area.

“We are honored that the people of Seattle continue to turn to ISL for excellence in senior living, and we are delighted to bring our trademark programs and high-quality care to the residents at Emerald City,” said Collette Gray, CEO/COO for ISL.

Nestled between Lake Washington and Green Lake in northern Seattle at 9001 Lake City Way, Emerald City Senior Living is one of the finest assisted living and memory care communities in the region. Formerly Maple Leaf Senior Living, the community recently welcomed Pam Dill as their new Executive Director and underwent a complete renovation, sparking a name change to Emerald City Senior Living. The community features studio, one- and two-bedroom apartment homes, as well as top-of-the-line amenities including an activity room, a beauty salon and spa, restaurant-style dining, a club room, a fireplace, a fitness center, a library, a living room, a media room, an outside patio, a private dining room, and more.

For leasing inquiries or additional information, visit emeraldcityseniorliving.com.

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.

Emerald City New Management

Our community, Emerald City Senior Living, is nestled between Lake Washington and Green Lake in northern Seattle and is one of the finest assisted living and memory care communities in the region. Formerly Maple Leaf Senior Living, our community is now managed by Integral Senior Living (ISL), a premier senior living community management company. ISL will bring its trademark Vibrant Life®, Generations Memory Care and Elevate® dining programs to Emerald City Senior Living, the third ISL community in the Greater Seattle area.

Along with new management, we also welcomed Pam Dill as our new executive director and underwent a complete renovation, sparking the name change to Emerald City Senior Living.

At Emerald City, our residents deserve personalized care that fits their individual needs, whether assisted living, memory care or respite care. Our community is full of opportunities for residents to live an exciting, adventurous, social and luxurious lifestyle with top-of-the-line amenities and services to accommodate individual lifestyles. Emerald City is focused on helping maintain a vibrant, purposeful life and is designed to provide a lifestyle that enriches life.

Residents of our community can choose from studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments, as well as the opportunity to experience top-of-the-line amenities including multiple activity choices, salon, restaurant style dining, fireplaces, well stocked library, media space, spacious outside patio, and much more.

“We are honored that Capitol Seniors Housing and the people of Seattle continue to turn to ISL for excellence in senior living, and we are delighted to bring our trademark programs and high-quality care to the residents of Emerald City,” said Collette Gray, CEO/COO for ISL.

Hunt Midwest Plans to Build Senior Living Community in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee

The Capstone at Mt. Juliet will offer first-class assisted living and memory care support for up to 114 residents

MT. JULIET, Tenn. – June 18, 2019 – Hunt Midwest has received unanimous approval from the City Commission in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee to rezone a 5.5-acre site at 3125 N. Mt. Juliet Road where it plans to build The Capstone at Mt. Juliet, an assisted living and memory care community. The two-story, 76,000-square-foot senior housing community will offer 88 well-appointed studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites with accommodations for up to 114 residents.

Aaron Schmidt, vice president of development and construction at Hunt Midwest, has worked in collaboration with ISL Ventures, a division of Integral Senior Living (ISL), and Leading Light Development and Construction Consulting, to identify sites throughout the country in areas where the demand for senior housing is unmet.

“Mt. Juliet and the Metro Nashville area have seen incredible population growth over the last several years,” Schmidt said. “An increase of families moving into the area paired with a large number of seniors desiring to stay close to home has created an urgent need for quality senior housing. Our team is pleased to offer The Capstone at Mt. Juliet to meet the current and ongoing demand for first-class assisted living and memory care in a perfect location that gives seniors from Mt. Juliet and surrounding areas the ability to stay within their communities and close to friends and loved ones.”

Hunt Midwest has aligned with Integral Senior Living (ISL) to operate The Capstone at Mt. Juliet. “Having an accomplished operating partner is paramount to the success of our senior housing communities,” said Schmidt. “ISL has set the benchmark nationally with the superior level of care it provides to its residents. ISL’s upstanding reputation and history of sustainable property management is consistent with the values and goals set by our team at Hunt Midwest. Its knowledge and experience in the senior housing industry will make The Capstone at Mt. Juliet a stimulating and safe community for residents that is spiritually and physically fulfilling.”

The Capstone at Mt. Juliet will have all the hallmarks of ISL communities including its Elevate® dining and Vibrant Life® programs, Generations Memory Care, a dedicated area for residents with dementia and Alzheimer’s, and compassionate, highly-trained associates committed to providing personalized care.

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

The Capstone at Mt. Juliet will incorporate elements from nearby architecture, with a brick façade, outdoor terraces and balconies, gardens bordered by brick columns and wrought iron fencing, and large windows to provide plentiful levels of natural light. A variety thoughtfully-designed indoor and outdoor amenities and gathering spaces will include formal and informal dining areas, chapel, fitness center, bistro lounge, sunroom, walking trails, gazebo and dog park.

Hunt Midwest has selected PI Architects to lead the overall design of the community and Civil Site Design Group to perform land planning and civil engineering for the project.

The project team plans to complete construction and welcome new residents in 2020.

About Hunt Midwest

Hunt Midwest is a dynamic real estate development company privately held by the Lamar Hunt family. Based in Kansas City with over 50 years of development, construction and management experience, Hunt Midwest’s wide range of projects include industrial, commercial, mission critical, self-storage, residential, multifamily, senior living, mixed use and SubTropolis, the world’s largest underground business complex. Hunt Midwest is part of the Lamar Hunt family’s diverse portfolio of entities involved in real estate, sports/media, energy/resources and private equity investments. In addition to Hunt Midwest, marquee entities include the Kansas City Chiefs, Hunt Southwest, FC Dallas Soccer Club, Toyota Stadium, Chicago Bulls and United Center.

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.

For More Information: Aaron Schmidt | 816-455-2500 or ASchmidt@HuntMidwest.com Jenni Mann | 816-455-2500 or JMann@HuntMidwest.com