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South High Senior Living wins preservation award

It’s gone from an abandoned high school to a home for dozens of Knoxville seniors, and its developers just won an award for its transformation.

South High Senior Living was chosen for the mayor’s award for the top historic preservation project in Knoxville by Knox Heritage.

Read more about South High Senior Living’s award below:
WATE-TV (Knoxville): South High Senior Living wins preservation award

Vibrant Life® Is Gearing up for Summer

Our signature Vibrant Life® program, available at each Integral Senior Living community, is designed to keep residents entertained, active and engaged. Whether you’re a social butterfly who loves a packed daily itinerary, a craft-lover who’s content to sit and scrapbook all day, or you want to enjoy a walk with friends, we have the amenities, staff and support system to tailor every day to exactly what you or your loved one wants. We believe that the key to living well is creating an environment where every individual is celebrated and encouraged to pursue the things that bring them joy, whether that’s old hobbies or new. With summer coming quickly, we’ve put together a list of our top tips to live vibrantly, even when Mother Nature cranks up the heat.

  • Stay hydrated! If you’re outside and basking in the sun, it’s important to replenish your fluids, especially if you’re also being active.
  • Don’t forget the SPF. UV rays can be vicious even on the cloudiest summer days.
  • Consider a sunhat or visor to protect your face and eyes. A little bit of shade goes a long way!
  • Take breaks. Especially in the afternoon, brief visits to areas with air conditioning will help you stay cool.

We are excited to help every ISL resident be the best version of themselves and lead vibrant, fulfilling lives, no matter the weather. Let our team show you how. Contact the Vibrant Life® director at your community today!

Integral Senior Living names Turney Munson community integration liaison

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Turney Munson has been named community integration liaison by Integral Senior Living of Carlsbad, CA. Munson joins the team with 30 years of experience in the senior living industry.

In her new role, Munson will lead the company’s efforts to create a smooth transition process for communities joining the Integral Senior Living family. She also will support operations and sales teams in new communities across the country.

Turney has been a nursing home administrator, executive director, regional director of operations, opening specialist and project manager. She has supported the pre-opening design, development and opening processes for more than 80 senior communities across the United States and Canada.
Media coverage — McKnight’s Senior Living: People in the News, April 20

Learn how ISL elevates the senior living dining experience

We offer an enhanced culinary experience at each Integral Senior Living community with our Elevate® Dining program. Our experienced culinary teams are proud to offer an exciting menu made with the freshest ingredients in a warm and comfortable dining room, with special attention paid to the preferences and needs of each resident. Here are some of the ways we guarantee a top-notch dining experience at each and every meal:

  • Nearly everything we serve is made from scratch. Not only does this mean we have direct control over potential allergens, but our food is fresh and stays away from preservatives! 
  • Our culinary teams offer masterful attention to detail with exciting seasonal dishes and offerings based on locally sourced ingredients. There’s always something new to try!
  • Our chefs will happily recreate your favorite dishes and recipes for you to enjoy. What better way to incorporate your past into your new home!
  • From hearty homestyle meals and comfort foods to healthy dishes, our culinary offerings are sure to fuel you each day to live your most Vibrant Life® in conjunction with our exciting lifestyle program.

We are committed to creating delightful and personal dining experiences based on your tastes and creating unique, flavorful menus with an option for everyone’s palate. Our dining program takes the chores out of eating – food is supposed to be fun! Let our team take care of the shopping and food prep so you can spend more time on your hobbies and enjoy every meal without the stress.

New ISL community, La Marea Senior Living, hires five

La Marea Senior Living, an Integral Senior Living community specializing in assisted living and memory care services, has hired five professionals ahead of its grand opening later this spring.

Anthony Bawalan, LVN, is resident care director; Solana Sloat is Vibrant Life director; Natasha Avedisian is culinary service director; Sebastian Diaz is building services director, and Sylvia Spears is business office director.

Bawalan has worked in a variety of roles, including caregiver and medical technician, in his career, which has spanned more than 16 years. As resident care director, he will be responsible for creating a loving and supporting community for residents.

Sloat will be responsible for creating events and initiatives to improve resident life. Before taking on her new role, she worked as an activities assistant, resident service coordinator and memory care manager at several senior living communities. She earned an undergraduate degree in gerontology at California State University, San Marcos.

Avedisian comes to her new role with 15 years of experience and an associate degree in culinary arts from the Art Institute of California, San Diego. With experience in restaurants, catering companies and cruise lines, she will now be in charge of the community’s Elevate dining program.

Diaz, before being hired for his new position, spent 11 years in the senior living and care industry. He began as a janitor and quickly earned his way to a director position before following his passion for senior care to La Marea, with the vision of helping shape a community from its first day.

Spears possesses more than two decades’ worth of experience in senior living and care, including as an executive director. Her favorite part of the business is supporting associates to create a warm and supportive community atmosphere from the ground up.
Media coverage: McKnight’s Senior Living: People in the news, March 23

Integral Senior Living, Solstice Senior Living name Kris Morimoto VP of risk management

Kris Morimoto has been named vice president of risk management for Carlsbad, CA-based Integral Senior Living and Solstice Senior Living, a joint venture of Integral Senior Living and NorthStar Healthcare Income Inc.

In her new role, she will lead strategic initiatives to manage the group’s insurance programs to optimize coverage options. She also will develop, implement and maintain the company’s risk management program for all community and corporate locations.

Morimoto comes to the joint venture after more than eight years at Propel Insurance. She previously was vice president at Marsh Services and also worked at the Partners Group.

Media coverage:
McKnight’s Senior Living: People in the news, March 2

Ideas for safe outdoor activities this spring

Here at Integral Senior Living, we’re so excited to finally be moving toward spring. The thought of being able to spend more time outside is like a breath of fresh air!
Here are a few ideas for activities you and your family and friends can do outside this spring, while staying safe and socially distanced.

  1. Outdoor wine tasting picnic – Have each person bring a bottle of wine for the group to try. Have the host hide the bottles and pour samples for everyone, then ask guests to guess which sample came from which bottle.
  2. Art – Create a masterpiece with chalk on your sidewalk for the neighborhood to see, or bring the supplies outside to paint a beautiful picture to hang in your apartment.
  3. Charades – This game is fun indoors and outdoors. Spice it up by adding different rounds, like a round where you can only use one word, or a round where you can only make noises that aren’t words.
  4. Talent show – Put on a show and let everyone see what special hidden talents you have. Sing a song, dance, play an instrument, recite a poem or anything else you have up your sleeve!
  5. Go birdwatching – Choose a few birds that frequent the areas where you live, and make a list of the ones you want to find. You could even have a competition with your friends and try to find them all first!

Need more ideas for socially distanced activities? Give the Vibrant Life director at your or your loved one’s community a call!

Integral Senior Living names Executive Director of the Year

We recently hosted an internal awards ceremony to recognize our senior living communities for their hard work in 2020. The awards included best COVID-19 response, highest resident and associate satisfaction, and most positive online reviews. We are so proud of all of our communities, and all of them are winners in our eyes!

We would like to give a special shout- out to the winner of our Executive Director of the Year award, Andrea Katz from Oak Cottage of Santa Barbara. She went above and beyond this past year to provide a safe, welcoming and fun environment for her residents and associates. In order to thank her for her service to her community, we’re giving her a weekend trip to San Francisco!