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Living a Vibrant Life® While Staying Safe

As you all know, all of our communities have been taking extra precautions to ensure that COVID-19 does not enter our communities. While this does mean that we have put protocols into place such as social distancing and limiting visitors, it doesn’t mean that we’ve stopped having fun with our residents! 

Our Vibrant Life® program is meant to enhance and enrich our residents’ lives through seven core components: be inspired, be well, be challenged, be adventurous, be family, be social and be connected. Some of these components typically look a little different than they have in recent months, but we are proud of the work our associates are doing to help our residents live vibrant lives. 

Here are just a few of the things our wonderful communities have been up to while still following recommendations from the CDC and local health departments: 

  • Writing letters to their family members
  • Watching movies together and holding book clubs – sitting six feet apart, of course!
  • Playing bingo while maintaining social distancing (pictured)
  • Delivering delicious, home-style meals to residents in their apartments  
  • Enjoying happy hour – a glass of wine helps, right?

We’re lucky to have so many supportive families asking how they can keep in touch with their loved ones. We’ve been encouraging them to “visit” via FaceTime, Skype, phone calls, cards and letters. These items may seem small, but they mean the world to our residents!

We’d also like to thank our families who are doing their part to keep the virus out of our communities by not visiting their loved ones. We know this is really hard, but it’s what’s best for our residents.

Our amazing associates and residents are rolling with the punches as we all navigate through the uncertainty that has come along with COVID-19. We will continue to work together, as a family, to ensure the safety and well-being of our residents. Get the latest updates about COVID-19 here: https://isl-updates.com/updates/

Opening a senior living facility during a pandemic

When it comes to opening a new senior living community amid the uncertainty of COVID-19, flexibility and web-based tours are a must, according to operators who have done so.

“We faced several new challenges with the pandemic that we hadn’t when opening other communities in our portfolio,” said Jeffery Smith, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Integral Senior Living. The operator has opened three new communities since the pandemic began, including a 62-unit luxury assisted living and memory care community this month in Knoxville, TN.

Read the full story from McKnight’s Senior Living: Operators combat the challenges of opening a senior living facility during pandemic

Phoenix couple married at Mariposa Point so grandmother could attend

Originally unable to attend her granddaughter’s wedding due to the ongoing pandemic, Joyce Flaherty had a front-row view thanks to her senior living community, Mariposa Point at Algodón Center.

The community arranged for the wedding ceremony of Jen Schroeder, Flaherty’s granddaughter, and Felipe Eniguez to be held in its scenic courtyard. Out of an abundance of caution for both the residents and wedding-goers, Flaherty was seated inside and took in the ceremony through glass windows.

“I should probably cry because it means just the world to me that my granddaughter is such a loving person marrying a really special gentleman,” said Flaherty. “And I know that they’re going to be happy.”

News coverage:
Newsbreak.com: Despite COVID-19, woman finds way to get grandma to her Phoenix wedding

AZFamily: Despite COVID-19, woman finds way to get grandma to her Phoenix wedding

Phoenix couple gets married at retirement center so grandmother could safely attend

12News.com: A Phoenix grandmother couldn’t attend her granddaughter’s wedding, so they came to her instead

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.