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As Pandemic Enters ‘New Moment,’ Financial and Workforce Challenges Remain Top Advocacy Priorities

April 19, 2022

In a recent joint address to Congress, President Biden declared a “new moment in the fight against COVID-19,” and proposed a four-part plan to support a return to normalcy. The White House plan focuses on: (1) vaccines and treatments; (2) preparing for new variants; (3) ending shutdowns at schools and businesses; and (4) international vaccination…

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For Assistance and Prevention, Take a Look at These Best Friends

April 19, 2022

In 2021, service dogs were part of a pilot program at Benton House Senior Living that involved educating the dogs to sniff out people who might be COVID-positive. The program was a success and gained lots of attention, including an Argentum Best of the Best award. But some see this as just the beginning of…

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Waltonwood Warms Hearts with Random Acts of Kindness

April 19, 2022

In what was a chilly month for most communities, Waltonwood Senior Living set a goal to warm hearts: Leaders, associates, and residents alike were invited to celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day, Feb. 17, throughout the month. In Rochester Hills, Mich., Waltonwood University executive director Jonathan Hills cleared snow from staff members’ cars before they…

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Senior Living Leaders in Culinary Services Share Ideas on Supply, Workforce, and Future Trends in Dining

March 16, 2022

Leaders from senior living providers and dining industry partners shared their ideas and tips for dealing with pandemic-related challenges with Argentum. Above, Merrill Gardens’ chef’s service at the counter sparks greater enjoyment and interaction. SIMPLE AND SOPHISTICATED “We continue to focus on the center of the plate, putting high quality entrees out that offer a…

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Indoor Microfarms Help Green Up Menus for Seniors

March 13, 2022

By Sara Wildberger Babylon Micro-Farms didn’t intend to have senior living communities as a major customer for its indoor systems to grow greens, herbs, and flowers for fresh additions to menus. But the company’s remote management technology turned out to be especially well-suited for senior living during the pandemic—and like many other product and service…

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New Designs in Senior Living Dining Offer Greater Options

March 13, 2022

Hoosier Village has added a bistro, a cafe, and a fast-casual dining spot in addition to its dining room. By Cynthia Bombach The past two years have brought seemingly endless changes that affect the way senior living communities design their dining options–opening new venues, switching from dine-in to takeout and back again, and trying to…

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Senior Dining Supply Chain and Procurement Challenges Met with Flexibility and New Approaches

March 13, 2022

By Sara Wildberger Throughout the pandemic, senior living culinary services have faced factors that make the food and dining business tough: inflation, competition, and scarce supplies due to continuing supply chain and procurement woes–but have kept quality a top priority. Yet culinary and dining services in all regions and levels managed to turn lemons into…

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Robot ‘Waiters’ at Senior Living Dining Services Proving Helpful

March 13, 2022

By Tom Gresham When Lenbrook, a senior living community in Atlanta, partnered with Morrison Living to introduce a robot to provide support to dining services staff as part of a beta test, the community—naturally—named the robot “Lenny.” And Lenny the Robot immediately attracted attention from residents. “There was so much interest in seeing this little…

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Multicultural Foodservice and Hospitality Alliance Sets a Diverse ‘Dinner Table of Opportunity’

March 13, 2022

By Sara Wildberger The Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance (mfha.net) is an educational nonprofit and affiliate of the National Restaurant Association. The organization celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2021. Its charge is to make the business case for diversity and inclusion in food service and hospitality and to advocate for career opportunities for people of…

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Senior Living Leadership, Workforce Surveyed Share Thoughts on What Works for Retention

March 13, 2022

Sponsored Content By Mark Woodka, CEO, OnShift Alignment between senior living leadership and workforce is essential to building a positive work culture. With that in mind, OnShift surveyed thousands of post-acute care and senior living leaders and employees to understand their workforce challenges, priorities, and perspectives. And, although the industry is facing major staffing challenges,…

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Obesity and Aging: All Science, More Treatment, No Bias

March 13, 2022

By Sara Wildberger Dr. Fatima Cody Stanford, who shares thoughts and findings on obesity and aging here, is one of the first fellowship trained obesity medicine physician-scientists and educators. She is unique in the world–not only for her depth and breadth of training but for her dedication to increasing knowledge about and treating obesity. She…

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Food Safety and COVID-19—Views and Updates from Servsafe

March 13, 2022

By Sara Wildberger The National Restaurant Association’s ServSafe™ program, widely respected in the foodservice industry as the leader in training and certification, issued food safety and COVID-19 guidance and has continued to update its programs. Argentum is the only senior living industry association providing discounts to members for this required training. Through the pandemic, as…

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