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7 Time Management Techniques for Executive Directors

May 21, 2018

You never know what you’re going to get. It’s the blessing and the curse of being an executive director. The best laid plans may change when you walk in the door and find out an emerging situation needs your attention, or your staff needs help resolving a crisis. Executive directors have a lot of demands…

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Reducing the Learning Curve for New Employees

May 21, 2018

It’s hard to overstate the value of a solid onboarding process. Industry watchers say the high turnover rate in senior living tracks directly back to the hiring process, especially those early days in which a new worker gets familiar with the senior living environment. Those who fail to click with the culture tend to jump…

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What Defines a Senior Living Hero?

May 15, 2018

Presenting the 2018 Argentum Hero and Senior Living Community Leadership Award Winners The annual Argentum Hero Awards and Senior Living Community Leadership Award recognize individuals who are ideal representatives of the hundreds of thousands of people serving across senior living and who showcase the highest levels of excellence, caring, and dedication. They are recognized each…

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Recognizing the Industry’s Best of the Best

May 14, 2018

Keeping residents and staff fully engaged can be an ongoing challenge in any senior living community. The best providers create initiatives to foster this key component of individual and community well-being. Four outstanding programs to increase resident and employee engagement have been selected as Argentum’s 2018 Best of the Best Award winners. A filmmaking activity…

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Five Best Practices to Reduce the Risk of Employee Incidents

February 23, 2018

Safety first. There’s a reason why this mantra is common in workplaces nationwide. Employee injuries and incidents are a major concern for all types of businesses, cutting into productivity, reducing profits, and sometimes even resulting in expensive lawsuits. Add to that the human toll of workers whose personal lives are disrupted by on-the-job incidents. Senior…

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Crafting a Strategic Plan Before Disaster Strikes

February 22, 2018

As a brutal cold snap battered the East Coast in December 2017, Jon Tagatz was reminded of another especially cold season four years ago, when he saw his community get swamped, literally. As executive director of The Heritage at Brentwood in Brentwood, Tenn., an LCS community, he had the helm when freezing temperatures burst 30…

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Riding to Fund Alzheimer’s Research, Patient Care, and Support

February 15, 2018

How does an owner of a senior living company, who’s a fan of the University of Tennessee’s Lady Vols basketball team and admirer of their coach, Pat Summitt, work to support the fight against Alzheimer’s? Joshua Crisp, founder, president, and CEO of Solinity, based in Knoxville, Tenn., didn’t have to search long to find his…

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Entertainment Copyright and Licensing: What You Need to Know

February 15, 2018

Playing a movie or music in your community is popular with residents and offers the added benefit of encouraging social interaction. But are you aware of when it’s considered a public performance and a license is required? More than a few communities find the answer to that question when they receive a letter stating they’re…

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Serving and Being Served

January 11, 2018

When he began caring for his own mother, HRA’s Tim Smick experienced the other side of senior living. Few senior living executives have the good fortune to be both a customer and a provider. “It’s an incredible vantage point,” says Tim Smick. “You get to see both sides. You get to see what’s important to…

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Tech Trends Aim to Address Aging’s Grand Challenges

January 9, 2018

Senior living executives who attended the Aging2.0 alliance’s 2017 OPTIMIZE tech conference in San Francisco, Calif. in November caught a glimpse of the future—and Senior Living Executive can report that it looks more like “Star Trek” than “Bladerunner.” That means that we’re not likely to have humanoid butlers replacing senior living staff, but rather technologies…

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An Executive Director’s Keys to Navigating a Successful Community Renovation

January 2, 2018

Renovating a senior living community while it is presently occupied is a little like trying to replace the wing on an airplane in flight. Maybe it’s possible, but it sure isn’t easy. There’s dust and noise, and sometimes the contractor shuts off the water. Residents may have to shift rooms. Common areas get blocked. Staffing…

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Contemporary Designs Take Senior Living to the Next Level

January 2, 2018

Forget the stereotypes of what a retirement community should look like. This year’s Argentum Senior Living by Design winners showcase best-in-class contemporary architecture, featuring open layouts, large windows, light-filled interiors, natural finishes, clean lines, and comfortable spaces. The designs take their cues from the surrounding neighborhoods and landscapes. Views connect the inside to the outside,…

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