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Integral Senior Living CEO shares her 2021 forecast with Senior Housing News

Collette Gray, President and CEO, Integral Senior Living:
While the Covid-19 pandemic certainly rattled the senior living industry in 2020, we feel our Integral Senior Living and Solstice Senior Living communities really stepped up to provide incredible service for our residents.

We asked so much of our associates in making them pivot overnight in how they keep residents engaged, entertained, and connected to family and friends and even how we went about serving them meals safely. Our first priority when the pandemic hit was to be transparent with our residents, their families, and the ISL and SSL associates, and keep the virus out of our communities. We wanted everyone to know exactly where we stood with confirmed cases and protocols that changed as often as needed to keep everyone protected. Our regular communication and town hall meetings really allowed people the chance to have their questions and concerns heard, and we valued all of the input.

ISL and SSL are very optimistic about 2021. While the virus is still going strong, we are celebrating that Shavano Park Senior Living in Texas was the first ISL community to receive their vaccines, on December 28. We have many more around the country that have received dates of their vaccine clinics in the immediate future. Our focus right now is educating our residents and associates about the importance of getting vaccinated. The vaccine will allow our communities the flexibility to slowly return to normal and, more importantly, help slow the spread within senior living communities.

While slowing the spread of Covid-19 is a key focus, we are also looking forward to new opportunities in 2021. We have opened 4 communities during the pandemic and have another 8 opening before June 2021. In addition, we’ve transitioned several new communities into the ISL portfolio, so business continues to flourish, and we work with an incredible group of owners that are committed to the senior living space. We have adopted many topnotch safety technologies to make our communities as clean as possible, including Safe Family Lounges that separate indoor and outdoor environments; Health ENTRY Portals that utilize UV light at entrances; electrostatic handheld sprayers; Accushield screening devices; needlepoint bipolar ionization for air purification; and microbicidal paint.

Read the full article below.

Senior Housing News: Executive Forecast 2021: A Rare Chance For Senior Living Reinvention

Our favorite resolutions for 2021

We can’t believe it’s already January again! With 2020 behind us, we’re excited for the opportunity to plan for the future and set new personal goals for 2021. Setting resolutions can be a wonderful way for seniors and their loved ones to inspire changes that will provide a better quality of life. If you can’t decide what you want to make your resolution for the year, we’ve provided a few of our favorites below.

Eat Healthy
Thanks to our Elevate® dining program, our culinary service associates ensure that our residents have high-quality, freshly prepared meals each day. Our customized menus are also tailored to the needs of the residents we serve. By enhancing the presentation of menu selections to accommodate dexterity challenges and modified diets, we promote dignity and independence in each dining experience. If your loved one is part of one of our communities, make your resolution to eat
freshly prepared options like your loved one does!

Be Active
Staying active is critical for every person, no matter their age. Make a concerted effort to exercise daily.
Going for a walk and participating in yoga or water aerobics are all great ways to stay limber, strengthen bones and muscles, and improve your balance, posture and mood. In our communities, residents are offered fun daily activities to ensure that they stay active and live a vibrant life.

Stay Cautious
Although we’ve entered into a new year, we’re still facing the challenges that COVID-19 has brought.
Continue to follow the CDC and locally set guidelines for your area, and wear your mask! We’re counting on you to help us ensure that our residents stay safe. Learn more about what we’re doing to keep our
residents protected here: isl-updates.com
We hope everyone makes at least one resolution for 2021 that will result in a positive change in their life. Happy New Year from all of us at Integral Senior Living!

COVID-19 Vaccine Has Arrived at ISL!

To our ISL family of Residents, Associates, and their Families ~

I hope you all enjoyed the holidays and found a way to relax, eat some good food and spend time with loved ones (even if it was virtually).  I know that COVID-19 has brought so many challenges this year, and no doubt affected how you celebrated the past couple of weeks. I wanted to share some positive news with you that shows there is definitely light at the end of the tunnel in fighting this virus.

Shavano Park Senior Living in Texas is officially the first ISL community to receive the vaccine! The photo below is of Julie McCarty, the community’s Executive Director, receiving her dose.

We are so excited to be in the first phase of vaccine distribution for our residents and associates. Our incredible support Team worked around the clock to enroll our communities in the program with CVS or Walgreens to ensure the vaccine will be available to our associates and residents at on-site clinics conducted in our community. We expect even more clinics to be scheduled in the coming weeks, and we will be sure to reach out as soon as we have confirmed dates.  

I want to take this time to encourage all residents and associates to get the FDA-authorized vaccine when your community is eligible. Learn more about the rigorous testing the vaccines have undergone on the CDC’s website here: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/8-things.html

This news certainly provides some much-needed hope as we head into 2021!

News coverage:

https://www.ksat.com/news/local/2020/12/30/long-term-care-facilities-in-san-antonio-getting-pfizer-vaccine/

Integral Senior Living Announces Regional Sales and Marketing Director, New Leaders

Integral Senior Living (ISL) has named Tim Kidder as its regional director of sales and marketing.

In his new role, Kidder will oversee sales and marketing efforts for several ISL communities. Kidder previously worked as vice president of marketing and communications for Holiday Retirement. Overall, he has nearly 20 years of experience working in marketing and sales positions.

The company also announced new leaders at three of its senior living communities:

–Spring Cypress, an assisted living and memory care in Cypress, Texas, has named Katie Nutt as its director of sales and marketing. Nutt has five years of health care marketing experience.

–Alexander IV Senior Living, an assisted living and memory care set to open in Macon, Georgia, in 2021, has named Rachel Garner as its director of sales and marketing. She previously worked as community relations director for a Thrive Senior Living community.

–Cloverland Park, a senior living community slated to open in Brentwood, Tennessee in 2021, has named Brent Brewer and Laura Ehlert as its executive director and director of sales and marketing, respectively.

Media coverage: Movers and Shakers, Dec. 15, Senior Housing News

Integral Senior Living names Tim Kidder regional director of sales, marketing

Tim Kidder was named regional director of sales and marketing for Carlsbad, CA-based Integral Senior Living.

Kidder has nearly 20 years of experience working in marketing and sales positions, spending many of those years in the senior living and health industry. In his most recent position as a vice president of marketing and communications for Holiday Retirement, Kidder was responsible for customer acquisition, developing sales material and lead generation at 261 senior living communities in 43 states.

In his new position, Kidder will oversee the sales and marketing efforts of several of Integral Senior Living’s communities, which include independent living, assisted living and memory care.

Media coverage: People in the news, Dec. 15, McKnight’s Senior Living

Coming Soon: Sooner Station at University North Park

Sooner Station, a senior living community coming soon to University North Park in Norman, Oklahoma, will offer residents an unparalleled senior living experience with a vibrant social events calendar and programming, elevated residential amenities and dining options, and care services for those interested in either independent living or assisted living, and for those in need of memory care specializations.

Learn more about Sooner Station by visiting https://soonerstation.com/.

Help spruce up your loved one’s senior living space for the holidays

Now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s time to turn our minds to decking the halls and enjoying all that winter brings us. Of course, we all know there will be some things that look a little different this year. At our communities, associates are dedicated to ensuring that our residents have the tools they need to embrace both familiar and new holiday traditions, and have the best holiday season possible. 

One thing you can do to make sure your loved one is able to get into the holiday spirit is to help them decorate their apartment! Here are a few ways your loved one can spruce up their space to add some festive cheer: 

  • Set up a small artificial tree. These mini-evergreens are sure to bring big smiles to the faces of residents – especially if they’re adorned with ornaments and mementos from their past. 
  • Hang up a few stockings – on the mantle, if you have one, or even just on the counter! We don’t want Santa to be left without a place to put smaller presents for your loved one when he passes through. 
  • Utilize the window space to hang a wreath, drape some glowing LED lights or stick on some holiday-themed removable decals! 
  • Decorate doorways with garland, or even mistletoe! 
  • Send supplies for your loved one to make a new ornament for their tree. They’ll love a thoughtful gift like that, and have an opportunity to engage in a creative outlet. 
  • Swap out the knick-knacks that typically lie on your dresser, counter or even your table for festive options. Create a Christmas-themed town, set out Santa and his reindeer, or replace them with holiday photos of loved ones! 

It’s so important to find new ways to lift our spirits during the holidays this year. And what better way to do that than to transform your loved one’s living space into a festive holiday area? Their room can become a warm, cozy and inviting living space throughout the season with just a few easy changes. 

Integral Senior Living names new regional director of sales, marketing

Shelley Speer has been named regional director of sales and marketing at Carlsbad, CA-based Integral Senior Living.

Speer comes to ISL with more than 20 years of experience in the senior living industry, with many of those years in management or marketing positions. In her most recent position as a regional manager for the Northwest and North California region at A Place for Mom, she was responsible for talent development, coaching and managing a sales team of 19 advisers.

In her new position, Speer will oversee the sales and marketing efforts for several of ISL’s communities, which include independent and assisted living and memory care.

Speer has an associate’s degree in nursing and a bachelor’s degree in political science. She first entered the senior living industry in 1992.

Media coverage: People in the news, Nov. 3, McKnight’s Senior Living