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Strategic Student & Senior Housing Trust Breaks Ground on Expansion of Senior Housing Community in Portland, Ore.

PORTLAND, Ore. – (Oct. 24, 2018) – Strategic Student & Senior Housing Trust, Inc. (SSSHT), a public, non-traded real estate investment trust sponsored by SmartStop Asset Management, LLC (SmartStop), announced today that SSSHT has broken ground on an expansion of Courtyard at Mt. Tabor, a continuum of care senior housing community in Portland, Oregon, that will add a free-standing, approximately 16,000-square-foot, 23-unit memory care building to the community.

Purchased by Strategic Student & Senior Housing Trust in August 2018, Courtyard at Mt. Tabor currently offers 286 units of independent living, assisted living and memory care.

“We are excited to break ground on this new project, which will not only expand the memory care services provided at Courtyard at Mt. Tabor, but is also expected to enhance the value of the investment for Strategic Student & Senior Housing Trust,” said John Strockis, chief investment officer. “The expansion also marks the first ground-breaking project for SmartStop Asset Management and its affiliates in the senior housing space, an emerging asset class that our firm first entered into in February 2018.”

SSSHT hosted a ground-breaking ceremony on October 22, which was attended by: R&H Construction, Ankrom Moisan Architects, Simon Investments, Integral Senior Living, Courtyard at Mt. Tabor, Oregon Health Care Association and Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisors.

Located at 6125 and 6323 SE Division St., Courtyard at Mt. Tabor is currently 96 percent occupied and 100 percent private pay. Situated on 7.1 acres of land in the Mt. Tabor submarket of Portland, the community was constructed between 1992 and 2009.

Courtyard at Mt. Tabor is a full-service retirement community that offers extensive dining service options, wellness care and activities, transportation, personal care and support services, housekeeping, and a 24-hour front desk staff. The property received the Caring Stars award in 2015 and 2016, a program that honors the best senior living communities in the United States based on consumer reviews.

Integral Senior Living, a premier senior living operator that manages independent, assisted living and memory care properties throughout 18 states, manages the property on a day-to-day basis on behalf of SSSHT.

“We’re so proud of the work our team has done to make this addition to our dynamic community a reality,” said Collette Gray, CEO/COO for ISL. “With the building of additional memory care living accommodations, we strive to continue establishing great relationships in Portland and provide jobs in the area. We’re also excited to be able to expand our partnership with SmartStop.”

SSSHT owns a portfolio of four senior housing communities and two student housing communities acquired for an aggregate contract purchase price of approximately $275 million.

About Strategic Student & Senior Housing Trust, Inc. (SSSHT)

SSSHT is a public, non-traded REIT that focuses on the acquisition of income-producing, Class “A” student housing and senior housing communities. SSSHT owns two student housing properties and four senior housing properties. For more information regarding SSSHT, please visit https://strategicreit.com/site/sssht.

About SmartStop Asset Management, LLC (SmartStop)

SmartStop is a diversified real estate company focused on self storage, student housing and senior housing assets. The company has approximately $1.7 billion of real estate assets under management, including 124 self storage facilities located throughout the United States and Toronto, Canada, comprised of approximately 78,500 units and 9.1 million rentable square feet. SmartStop’s real estate portfolio also includes five student housing communities with approximately 2,800 beds and 1.1 million square feet of space, as well as four senior housing communities with approximately 650 beds and 500,000 rentable square feet of space. SmartStop is the sponsor of four public non-traded REITs: Strategic Storage Trust IV, Inc., Strategic Storage Trust II, Inc., and Strategic Storage Growth Trust, Inc., all focused on self storage assets, and Strategic Student & Senior Housing Trust, Inc., focused on student and senior housing assets. SmartStop is also a national sponsor of Section 1031 exchange offerings using the Delaware statutory trust structure. Additional information regarding SmartStop is available at www.SAM.com and more information regarding SmartStop® Self Storage in the United States and Canada is available at www.smartstopselfstorage.com.

Knowing When To Make the Move to a Senior Living Community

The decision to move into a senior living community can be a difficult and, oftentimes, a stressful proposition. For many, the decision to become a resident, or to have a loved one move into a community, is an emotional experience that requires a delicate balance of compassion and resolve.

There are some signs that may help you make the decision for a loved one, including if they are having difficulty with basic tasks, are experiencing more frequent injuries – like increased episodes of falling – if they see significant weight loss, or if they seem to be leaning toward isolation and loneliness. These are just some signs, not all, and ultimately the decision to transition to a senior living community is based on a unique set of factors for each person.

If you’re still wondering whether senior living is right for you or a loved one, our ISL communities are here to help you every step of the way.

We encourage those who are just beginning the process of looking into senior living to take a tour and ask very specific questions about the community when they call or visit. We know it may feel overwhelming at first, but asking a lot of questions is the best way to figure out whether a community is right for you or your loved one.

Some sample questions include:

  • What type of care do you provide, such as Independent, Assisted Living and Memory Care?
  • What additional services are available if the needs of a resident change?
  • Are all services included in the monthly fee? If not, what and how much are additional services?
  • Do you have care staff around 24/7?
  • Do you have experience with Alzheimer’s? Parkinson’s? Diabetes? (or the specific diagnosis of you or your loved one)

For those living with dementia or Alzheimer’s, the loved ones who are making the decision to move to a senior living community need to have the comfort and assurance that the community they are moving to is a place of personalized care and professional service. Having a highly trained staff is crucial.

Knowing when the time is right to make the transition is different for everyone. At ISL, we are always ready to help any family through this period, and each of our communities is designed to ensure an inspiring and fulfilling quality of life for our residents, no matter what level of care they need.

The associates at our ISL communities would love to answer all your questions. Gives us a call or come take a tour. We’ll give you all the time you need to see that our communities are a great place to call home! You can visit our Communities page to find the community closest to you.

INTEGRAL SENIOR LIVING PROMOTES KRISTEN CURRAN-BROOKHAM TO NEW CORPORATE SUPPORT POSITION

CARLSBAD, Calif. (Sept. 4, 2018)Integral Senior Living (ISL), a premier senior living management company, has promoted Kristen Curran-Brookham to director of Resident Programming, a newly created corporate support position.

In her new role, Curran-Brookham will oversee the implementation of ISL’s signature programs, including Vibrant Life®, Elevate culinary and Generations memory care, in all communities.

“Kristen has been a valuable asset for us for years, and when ISL created this new position, it was an easy decision to charge her to fill it,” said Collette Valentine-Gray, Integral Senior Living’s CEO and COO. “Kristen’s experience in the field and her passion for quality care will ensure that all of our communities continue to be the premier communities they are today, while continuing to work toward ever-higher standards.”

Curran-Brookham has over 10 years of experience in the senior living community industry, and has been with ISL since 2012. Her previous roles at ISL include serving as executive director, regional director of Sales and Marketing, and regional director of Resident Care.

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.

 

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September Is Healthy Aging® Month

September is Healthy Aging® Month and a terrific reminder that maintaining an active, healthy lifestyle is important to our quality of life as we age. At ISL, one of our main priorities is making sure our residents are living an active lifestyle because we know keeping the calendar filled with engaging activities can keep everyone feeling and looking great!

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.

Healthy Aging® lists some tips that can help you and your loved ones live a healthier life – both physically and mentally. Here are five to help you get started:

  1. Don’t act your age, or at least what you think your current age should act like.
  2. Be positive in your conversations and your actions every day.
  3. How’s your smile? Research shows people who smile more often are happier!
  4. Start walking, not only for your health, but also to see neighbors and friends. Walking can be a social activity, not just exercise!
  5. Make this month the time to set up your annual physical and other health screenings if you haven’t already.

Following these simple tips can make improvements in your overall health. Plus, they can be fun!

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!

Vibrant Life® and Getting Residents Outdoors

At all of our communities, we believe getting our residents outside to take in the beautiful surroundings and planning adventures everyone can participate in are important for our residents’ well-being. Whether it’s hikes, aerobic exercise or simply a trip to a lovely garden, we are always designing outdoor activities that activate both the mind and the body!

ISL’s signature Vibrant Life® program fuels these adventures. The program is dedicated to organizing the perfect activities to enrich the lives of our residents. Vibrant Life® makes the health of our residents a priority by promoting a happy and meaningful lifestyle with abundant opportunities to connect with one another at each of our ISL communities.

The program consists of seven core components to nurture the well-being of our ISL residents.

  1. Be Inspired
  2. Be Well
  3. Be Challenged
  4. Be Adventurous
  5. Be Family
  6. Be Social
  7. Be Connected

These components work together in creating communities filled with healthy living and fun, with plenty of activities that get ISL residents outside, active and enjoying nature.

At ISL, we place the well-being of our residents at the top of everything we do. It’s why we have such passion for care and why we created a program that focuses on our residents’ living their most vibrant lives. We want our residents to be embracing all that life has to offer!

Please visit our Communities page to find the community closest to you. We can’t wait to meet you and show you how our communities can be your new home!

INTEGRAL SENIOR LIVING ANNOUNCES MANAGEMENT OF SAVANNA HOUSE COMMUNITY

CARLSBAD, Calif. (June 1, 2018) – Integral Senior Living has been named the management  company for Savanna House Assisted Living and Memory Care, a premier senior living community located at 1415 North San Benito Drive in Gilbert, Ariz.

Savanna House features 74 assisted living and 42 memory care residences with private bedrooms and bathrooms, as well as beautiful areas for socializing, dining and entertaining. The community features high-quality amenities and engaging community activities for residents and their family members.

“We are proud to welcome the wonderful Savanna House community to our management portfolio,” said Collette Valentine-Gray, Integral Senior Living’s CEO and COO. “As do all ISL communities, Savanna House will showcase our passion for personalized care and commitment to providing an active and vibrant lifestyle for residents.”

The community offers modern supportive living for seniors, with a special emphasis on Memory Care. Savanna House has three distinct memory care neighborhoods, each catering to residents who are living with different stages of Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Savanna House provides residents with the comfort, beauty and well-being of a private residence with personalized services. ISL will bring its Vibrant Life® and Generations Memory Care programs to give residents an even higher quality of life.

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.

The Importance of Independent Living

July is here, and that means one of the best holidays of the year is coming up. Independence Day is a summertime institution, with cookouts, family time and fireworks always making for a memorable and fun holiday! July 4 is a time to celebrate what makes our country great, as well as honor those who have served and sacrificed to make it so.

With Independence Day right around the corner, what better time to talk about the importance we place on independent living for our residents?

At ISL communities, high-quality, independent living is key to creating a place where residents and their family members feel at home. We make each of our communities a desirable location for those seeking independent living by providing our residents an amenity-rich environment.

We know that comfort is a huge factor when deciding on a community. That’s why our independent living accommodations have beautiful, well-appointed and comfortable rooms for our residents. We ensure that our services promote relaxed, carefree living, whether that’s by providing our residents with fine-dining experiences and luxury common areas, or having quality transportation ready for any activities happening outside a community.

ISL also provides our assisted living and memory care residents with services and amenities to help enrich their lives. Our communities have highly trained staff, safe rooms, and calendars filled with engaging activities that keep the mind engaged and allow everyone to participate at a level they desire. No matter what kind of care you or your loved ones need, we have a loving community and compassionate staff that fit your needs.

Take a look at our “communities” page to find a location near you. We’d love to welcome you for a visit and show you one of our amazing communities!

Everyone here at ISL would like to wish you a safe and happy Independence Day.

Having a Fun and Safe Summer

Summer is almost here! It’s time to get outside and enjoy everything that your community and nature have to offer. Whether that means going on a nice hike, exercising outside or simply relaxing by the pool, summer is all about taking in some sun and good weather. ISL’s Vibrant Life® program takes full advantage of the summer months by incorporating tons of fun outdoor experiences for residents.

 

However, summer’s hot temperatures can be potentially dangerous. Excessive exposure to heat can result in dizziness, sickness and even more serious conditions. By taking the steps below, you and your loved ones can stay out of harm’s way and still revel in all of summer’s goodness.

 

  • Always check the heat index
    • The heat index is basically how hot you feel on a given day. It factors in the amount of humidity in the air, which affects how easily your body can cool itself. Always check weather websites or your local TV and radio weather reports during the summer.
  • Don’t overdo it
    • If it’s particularly hot outside, don’t do anything over-the-top. Stay inside or relax in the shade. No need to exercise too hard or do something overly adventurous that could cause harm.
  • AC is your friend
    • There’s nothing wrong with cranking up the air conditioning! ISL communities all have quality, air-conditioned rooms and areas. If you’re outside your community, you can always seek out places with good AC, like malls and movie theaters.
  • Stay inside in the midday
    • Temperatures tend to peak in the early afternoon hours, so it’s advisable to stay indoors during these times. If possible, plan on running your errands or exercising outside before or after these hours.
  • Liquids, liquids, liquids
    • Staying hydrated is key to battling the summer heat. Always drink plenty of water or juice, and remember that alcohol and caffeinated drinks can often result in even more dehydration.
  • Dress for the occasion
    • What you wear is important too! Make sure you are outfitted with light, free-flowing and light-colored clothes. Hats and sunscreen should always be part of your outdoor accessories, too.

Now it’s time to get back to having fun in the sun!

Senior Citizens and the Opioid Crisis

The opioid epidemic is a serious health crisis for our country, and senior citizens are not immune to what’s happening. Every day, more than 90 Americans die of an opioid overdose. This includes overdoses on illegal heroin as well as the abuse of prescription pain relievers like hydrocodone, oxycodone, oxymorphone, morphine, codeine, fentanyl and others.

A recent analysis from Stanford University found that seniors covered by Medicare have “among the highest and most rapidly growing prevalence of opioid use disorder.” The report found that more than six out of every 1,000 Medicare patients are diagnosed with an opioid disorder, compared to one of every 1,000 patients covered by commercial insurance plans.

Unfortunately, abuse of opioids isn’t the only way seniors are contributing to the crisis. Many have become what is known as an “accidental drug dealer.” These are seniors whose prescribed medication is stolen or periodically taken from their homes. Sadly, many times this is done by friends and family members who have access to their medicine cabinets. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 26 percent of people who abuse opioids get them from a friend or relative.

So what can you do about it?

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, getting immediate professional help is crucial to not falling victim to further abuse or even to an overdose. Treatment options that are available include:

In order to safeguard any prescription pain reliever you use from theft, we advise you to follow these rules:

  • Store your medications in a secure location like a home lock box.
  • Count your pills regularly so you’ll know if a pill is missing.
  • Never share your medications with anyone.
  • Dispose of unused medications.

There are many drop off locations around the country to securely get rid of unused or expired medications. Visit the Drug Enforcement Agency’s Controlled Substance Public Disposal locator to find the one nearest you.

ISL to Oversee Operations for Travanse Living Communities

Integral Senior Living, one of the nation’s leading providers of management services for senior living communities, has been selected to oversee operations at Travanse Living’s three properties. The Travanse Living communities are located in Grayslake, Ill., Wheaton, Ill., and Olathe, Kan.

“The alignment of values and beliefs between ISL and Travanse Living will make this transition and relationship successful and beneficial for both parties,” said Collette Valentine-Gray, Integral Senior Living’s CEO and COO. “Travanse Living is looking forward to providing the level of quality care and lifestyle services that we believe our residents deserve.”

With the addition of the Travanse Living communities to its portfolio, ISL has expanded its umbrella of high-quality care to over 18 states. “This is a perfect fit for us, and we look forward to being part of these communities,” Valentine-Gray said.

The managerial change was effective Jan. 2. Ownership remains the same with CA Ventures located in Chicago, Ill.

The Travanse Living communities pride themselves on providing a vibrant lifestyle along with an elevated dining program, as well as upgraded apartment suites for residents to enjoy. The communities focus on providing individualized care through their programming in assisted living and memory care.

About ISL

Integral Senior Living (ISL), headquartered in Carlsbad, Calif., manages a progressive selection of more than 85 senior residences to meet the growing needs of today’s aging population. It manages independent, assisted living and memory care properties in more than 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.

About CA Ventures

Headquartered in Chicago, Ill., CA Ventures is a real estate investment, development and management firm focused exclusively on creating and maximizing real estate investment value. Founded in 2004, CA Ventures is the parent company of CA Student Living, CA Office, CA Residential, CA Hospitality, CA International, CA Asset Services and CA Senior Living, which specializes in delivering affordable luxury communities in desirable locations for residents to live independently and receive quality personal care.