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Memory Care: Predictive Tech Makes Strides

April 26, 2022

Most resident-monitoring technologies have features that are well-suited for memory care communities, but their overall system is more appropriate for residents without cognitive impairments. Dedicated memory care monitoring systems help to bridge that gap. “The need is so big, and the needs are so different,” says George Netscher, founder and CEO of SafelyYou. SafelyYou is…

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Housekeeping and Environmental Services: The Heroes of Disaster Preparedness

April 19, 2022

Environmental services and housekeeping have found themselves on the front lines of the pandemic. “During these current times, these two critical departments are shining for the world to see,” says Donald F. Breneman, vice president of risk management and business operations, Juniper Communities. With that attention has come a changing perception of the fields and…

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‘Basic Maintenance’ Becomes a Complex and Critical Tool in Preparedness

April 19, 2022

Among the many impacts that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on senior living communities has been an intensified focus on the crucial importance of maintenance to creating and sustaining a clean, safe environment. As Marc Manna, vice president of facilities maintenance for Pegasus Senior Living, says, an emphasis on maintenance should be a constant, but…

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Predictive Technologies Can Help Prevent Adverse Incidents

April 19, 2022

We don’t need a crystal ball to see into the future. An array of predictive technologies can help communities manage issues ranging from medication supplies to COVID outbreaks and falls. These solutions collect and transmit information in seconds to administration, associates, residents, and families, so preventative action can be taken. Some of these technologies, especially…

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Getting a Good Education in Expecting the Unexpected

April 19, 2022

From the time we are schoolchildren, the notion that we need to be prepared for any emergency has been instilled in us, to help us think through possible problems and have a plan to tackle them if a worst-case scenario actually happened. You can see this principle in action in senior living communities, which are…

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Fitness for Every Body Becomes the New Prevention Priority

April 19, 2022

Physical fitness is a primary component of successful aging: Older adults who maintain mobility, strength, and a healthy weight can prevent or delay many health conditions and be prepared for what life brings their way. And it’s much better—and easier—to maintain health in the first place than try to regain it after the fact. Health-conscious…

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All Ages and Abilities Can Help Disaster Preparedness Teams

April 19, 2022

Disaster citizen science has spiked in participation in the past several years, yet many still don’t know what it is. It puts together two needs and activities to advance knowledge and better preparedness: citizen science is data collection and addressing problems through participation by residents of an area or community, and disaster citizen science applies…

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Lessons and Benefits from a Year Leading the JEDI Program

April 19, 2022

As the evidence of racial injustice— the killing of George Floyd by a police officer and other similar slayings, attacks on Asian-American seniors, and the racial and identity disparities in COVID-19 cases and deaths—increasingly gained attention and outcry, many organizations pledged to increase their knowledge and action against bias and inequities. Argentum was one of…

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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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