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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!

Oak Cottage of Santa Barbara staff, residents get first doses of COVID-19 vaccine

Celebratory balloons adorned the outside of the facility at 1820 De la Vina St. as Oak Cottage residents and employees received their first shots of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine on Friday.

“Our residents and our staff are champions,” Executive Director Andrea Katz said. “We have gotten this far, and now we will be able to persevere through COVID as we have been.”

Oak Cottage partnered with CVS Omnicare to vaccinate its residents and approximately 20 staff members, including Goleta resident Carlos Rodezno, who works as a cook at the facility. He said he was happy to receive his COVID-19 vaccine.

Read more about Oak Cottage’s vaccine day from Noozhawk.com: Oak Cottage of Santa Barbara Celebrates as Staff, Residents Get First Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine

Integral Senior Living names new regional director of sales and marketing

Integral Senior Living (ISL) has named Sherry Spacek to the role of regional director of sales and marketing and announced three other appointments at a community in California.

As regional director of sales and marketing, Spacek is tasked with overseeing sales and marketing efforts for several ISL communities. She has more than 15 years of senior care experience, and most recently worked as regional vice president of operations and marketing for Northstar Senior Living.

Media coverage:
McKnight’s Senior Living: People in the News, Jan. 26
Senior Housing News: Movers & Shakers

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