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

Senior Living Conglomerate Names New VP Of Risk Management

CARLSBAD, Calif. (Feb. 25, 2021)Integral Senior Living (ISL), a premier provider of senior living management services, and Solstice Senior Living (SSL), a joint venture of Integral Senior Living and NorthStar Healthcare Income, Inc., has named Kris Morimoto to the position of vice president of Risk Management. Morimoto comes to ISL after more than eight years at Propel Insurance.

In her new role, Morimoto will lead strategic initiatives to manage the group’s insurance programs to optimize coverage options, in addition to developing, implementing and maintaining the company’s Risk Management Program for all community and corporate locations.

“Kris’ experience and leadership skills will make her a fantastic addition to the Integral and Solstice Senior Living family,” said Collette Gray, ISL and SSL president and CEO. “Having someone of her caliber in this position will ensure that we continue providing the very best senior living experience at all of our communities across the country.”  

Throughout her career, Morimoto has held several positions in risk management. She began her career as vice president at Marsh Services, and she recently worked at the Partners Group and then Propel Insurance. Her duties included attracting and retaining clients, while also providing risk management consulting.

About Integral Senior Living

Integral Senior Living (ISL), headquartered in Carlsbad, Calif., manages a progressive selection of over 45 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.

About Solstice Senior Living

Solstice Senior Living is a joint venture of Integral Senior Living and NorthStar Healthcare Income, Inc., created to benefit senior living community residents by combining industry-leading senior living management and best practices with community-specific social, lifestyle and culinary experiences. Solstice manages 32 communities nationally. www.solsticeseniorliving.com

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