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Alexandria, Va. – Argentum’s Board of Directors has voted to establish the new Senior Living Standards Commission, which is charged with developing and maintaining voluntary standards for senior living. The Commission will be comprised of volunteer subject matter experts and other stakeholders having an interest in senior living.

“By establishing this new commission, Argentum is expanding on its Senior Living IQ initiative focused on supporting the ongoing investment in quality of life for residents of senior living communities,” said Argentum vice president of quality improvement John Schulte. “Professional standards promote a culture of continual improvement and will help senior living providers serve residents and their families.”

Sheela Stevens, Atria Senior Living vice president of special projects, has been named chair of this new Argentum commission and will work closely on the initiative with Argentum’s Schulte.

“It’s an exciting time for the Industry to come together and ‘raise the bar’ for quality initiatives, standards, and strategies,” Stevens said.

The Standards Commission will develop and promote the adoption of standards related to key issues of importance to seniors and the senior living industry, including emergency preparedness, memory care, medication management, and other aspects of resident safety. Argentum’s quality improvement program is underwritten by HCP and Willis Towers Watson.

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Argentum is the leading national association exclusively dedicated to supporting companies operating professionally managed, resident-centered senior living communities and the older adults and families they serve. Argentum member companies operate senior living communities offering assisted living, independent living, continuing care, and memory care services to older adults and their families. Argentum’s work is driven by its membership. For more information about joining Argentum in its mission to raise the bar of excellence in senior living, please visit Since 1990, Argentum has advocated for choice, independence, dignity, and quality of life for all older adults. Learn more at


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