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2020 Best of the Best Awards: The Stories Behind the Honorees

August 3, 2020

  The Argentum Best of the Best Awards recognize innovative programs, products, and services that solve a challenge, advance excellence, and improve the future of senior living.  

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2020 Hero Awards: The Stories Behind the Honorees

August 3, 2020

The Argentum Hero Awards, presented by Benchmark, recognize ideal representatives of people serving in the senior living field. Nominated by regional/company executives and executive directors, these individuals to show the highest levels of excellence, caring, and dedication. A special category, Hero Award for Leadership in the Face of a Natural Disaster, was introduced in 2018…

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Real Change Can Start Right Now, One Micro-Moment at a Time

August 3, 2020

Every day, formal and informal leaders do ordinary things that have an impact on others—simple human acts such as listening, perspective-taking, kindness, curiosity, and decision-making. I call this everyday leadership. We all have a profound capacity to act like healthy people, ones who take responsibility for our impact on the world. In particular, I focus…

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HAEP: Creating a Win-Win Strategy For Senior Living Apprenticeship

August 3, 2020

Bringing more than 7,000 apprentices into key occupations in senior living is an ambitious goal—and, with the right partners and program design, an achievable one. With the help of a nearly $6 million, four-year grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, awarded following a national competitive process, Argentum has launched the Healthcare Apprenticeship Expansion Program…

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Our Workers Are Stressed. How Can We Help Them?

August 3, 2020

Over the past 14 years, William Mills, MD, now the senior vice president of medical affairs at BrightSpring Health Services, has been on more than 20,000 senior living visits. During that time, he has observed communities contending with a variety of severe circumstances affecting residents and staff. But he’s never witnessed one like the COVID-19…

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Navigating New Distances

August 3, 2020

Masks and gowns. “Cover, clean, and distance.” Virtual job fairs. “Heroes Work Here” signs. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought enormous changes to senior living workplaces and workers. Managing the ongoing crisis now and into the future will require providers to rethink their approaches to recruitment and retention. “This as an unprecedented time in both the…

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Surviving and Thriving Through Change

June 19, 2020

The only thing certain is change—and senior living is no exception. The industry has been rapidly shifting throughout its growth. Extraordinary, creative restructurings and new strategies have risen as enthusiastic responses to a multitude of resident choices and changes. Integrating new technologies; bringing in new activities, programs, and food; making rapid discoveries about health, human…

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The Effort to Get Heroes The Protection They Need

June 18, 2020

During the COVID-19 pandemic, senior living providers have experienced grief, collaborated in heroic efforts, and been challenged continually to ensure safety and health for all in their communities. Two significant difficulties are navigating the often confusing and conflicting guidance issued by regulators and finding urgently needed additional critical care equipment, protective gear, and testing supplies…

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Providers and Partners Fulfill Their Missions, Far and Wide

June 18, 2020

“There will be some new heroes before this is all over,” wrote Michel Augsburger, chairman and CEO at Chancellor Health Care, LLC. He’s correct. There are too many heroes to name, even as of early May, when this is being written. Even on a normal day, people in this industry go above and beyond. During…

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Changing Perceptions About Aging Means Changing the Words We Use

June 18, 2020

Carol Burnett once said: “Words, once they are printed, have a life of their own.” Words matter. Words label and define us. In the same way that none of us would expect to hear “old folks’ home” used today, so too do we hope to retire outdated expressions that no longer define the work we…

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The Boom in Plant-Based Diets Brings Healthy Creativity to Menus

April 9, 2020

The revolution is here–the veg revolution, that is. Plant-forward eating styles are changing the way residents and communities think about food. “Plant-forward is an eating style focused on plant-based dishes like produce, whole grains, and legumes, but it’s not limited to that,” said Dana Fillmore, registered dietitian and marketing manager at Gordon Food Service. For…

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Why We Talk About Food When We Eat, and Other Mysteries Explained

April 9, 2020

It’s a great experience to have a single taste of a favorite food bring us back to another time and place. For writer and historian Nadia Berenstein, such phenomena are a life’s work. She has a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in history and sociology of science with a concentration on flavor. The James…

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