Changemaker Series

“Often I’ve found that change comes at the most unexpected times, but I believe that’s what makes our work so meaningful.” Those words come from LCS President and CEO Joel Nelson, a member of this year’s Changemakers class. The annual Changemakers series recognizes bold, strategic leadership in senior living. With leaders like Nelson interviewed by Senior Housing News (SHN) throughout the series, you get an inside look at how industry pioneers are sparking change. Yardi is proud to sponsor Changemakers for the fourth consecutive year. Introducing Joel Nelson Joel Nelson’s career at LCS — a Yardi client and one of the nation’s largest senior living organizations — has been full of change. From starting the company’s real estate business to now operating over 130 communities in the LCS Family of Companies, Nelson is skilled at navigating challenges and developing solutions. In his SHN interview, Nelson shares how being prepared for change is critical, and discusses which changes he believes are vital for the industry’s future. Keep reading for a highlight. SHN: Thinking back on your career in senior living, what are some of the changes you’re especially proud of leading? Nelson: I’ve had the good fortune to be in the industry for the last 36 years, and there have been many changes in LCS and the senior living industry during that time. The one I’m most proud of is when I was given the opportunity to start our real estate company back in 2010. It was transformational for the company and who we are, and it has driven even more changes as a result. There’s a lot to be proud of in this industry, which is why I stuck around for so long. I’ve been on multiple association boards, and for the last couple...

Protect Your Communities

Calling all senior living operators: are you requiring renters insurance in your communities? And not just any renters insurance — trustworthy, comprehensive packages that give residents great coverage at an affordable price. And of course, packages that protect your communities under a broad range of circumstances. You may already know the importance of requiring renters insurance, but perhaps you haven’t made the switch to an all-inclusive solution. Or maybe you’re still weighing the benefits of steering your communities in that direction.   Either way, we have some exciting news to share. Thanks to the dedication of team Yardi, ResidentShield — a proven risk management solution — is now available for senior living. Whether you’re an existing Yardi client or someone new to our single connected solution, we’re eager to show you how ResidentShield can protect your communities, boost resident satisfaction and more. So if you’re still unsure how something like ResidentShield can work for you, just keep reading. Introducing ResidentShield for senior living What exactly is ResidentShield? At baseline, ResidentShield offers reliable risk management plans that provide coverage to residents and protect owner assets from resident-caused loss. You can say farewell to out-of-pocket expenses and time-consuming insurance claims. With ResidentShield, the heavy lifting is done for you, and you, your community, its owners and all residents reap some pretty fantastic benefits. How it works ResidentShield offers flexible combinations to meet your needs. Whichever route you take with this integrated solution, residents access simplified renters insurance — and your communities receive maximum protection. ResidentShield enables: Comprehensive protection — safeguard your assets with ResidentShield Master Policy Program, backed by the most experienced underwriters in the industry.Reliable coverage — reach and maintain 100% compliance via ResidentShield Protection Plan, with automated tracking built into Voyager Senior Housing.Satisfied residents — provide a quick and easy claims service through ResidentShield renters insurance. No residents are denied coverage. Eligible operators can even earn revenue for assisting with program implementation and administration. That means you can cover your communities and keep residents happy, all while improving your bottom line. Benefits for senior enrollees When you choose ResidentShield, senior enrollees can:   Tap into an electronic protection programAccess discounts up to 20%Receive thorough coverageGet timely estimates for valuable assets Contact us ResidentShield is now part of the Yardi Senior Living Suite for senior living providers. Ready to learn more? We invite you to read our ResidentShield brochure. To get in touch with our team about ResidentShield, simply fill out this form. We look forward to...

Commonwealth Senior Living

73 percent of employees at Commonwealth Senior Living say it’s a great place to work compared to 57 percent of employees at a typical U.S.-based company. That’s according to a survey made possible by Great Place To Work, and it’s exactly why this senior living provider earned a place on the 2022 Great Place To Work list. Great Place To Work makes it easy to survey employees, uncover actionable insights and get recognized for exceptional company culture. Across industries, earning a place on the list means employees report a positive work experience — and a true appreciation for their employer and company as a whole. From our team here at Yardi, congratulations to Commonwealth Senior Living for earning a place on the 2022 list! Commonwealth named 2022 Great Place To Work Creating an environment in which employees feel respected and empowered is no easy task. And when it comes to senior living, employers need to treat employees in a way that positions them — and empowers them — to provide excellent resident care. Earning a spot on the 2022 Great Place To Work list, Commonwealth embodies what it means to maintain a great workplace. Drawing from the administered survey, Commonwealth employees reported the following: 89 percent feel their work has special meaning: this is not “just a job”84 percent feel they make a difference at the company82 percent feel a sense of pride when looking at what the company accomplishes82 percent say when you join the company, you’re made to feel welcome80 percent feel people at the company are given a sense of responsibility Great Place To Work also draws top words from employee comments within the survey, which included things like love, care, team and family for Commonwealth. Read more about what makes Commonwealth employees love what they do. Learn about Commonwealth Senior Living Flipping the organizational chart upside down, Commonwealth firmly believes that all home office and regional management positions exist to support the services that are being provided at their communities. Ultimately, the people who are providing the care to residents are the most important asset to the company. Commonwealth has roughly 1,722 employees based throughout the U.S and offers services in independent living, assisted living and memory care. Explore what makes Commonwealth different. This provider’s success with Yardi In order to serve residents with excellence and provide the best care possible, Commonwealth draws help from the Yardi Senior Living Suite. From RentCafe Senior CRM, to Yardi EHR to Yardi eMAR, Yardi’s integrated tools give Commonwealth employees everything needed to devote their efforts to improving residents’ lives. Learn about Yardi’s single connected solution for senior living. We couldn’t be happier to share Commonwealth’s Great Place To Work certification — and congratulate them for their amazing company culture. Be sure to read more about Commonwealth and their efforts in senior...

Changemakers Series

Now in its fourth consecutive year, the Changemakers series showcases forward-thinking leadership in senior living. But not just any leaders earn the honor. The Changemakers title is reserved for those who drive positive change across the industry — and who pursue innovative strategies along the way.  It’s empowering to see how each honoree is transforming the industry as we know it. That’s made possible through in-depth interviews conducted by Senior Housing News (SHN) and sponsored by Yardi. And lucky for you, the first batch of interviews is live. That includes one from Tana Gall, president of Merrill Gardens, a family-owned company and Yardi client. Her story is one you don’t want to miss. Meet Tana Gall From decades of experience in senior living, Changemaker Tana Gall is skilled at problem solving. That comes from her initiative to take risks and forge new paths, which Gall has done throughout her career. Now as president of Merrill Gardens, she has an important perspective on what it takes to spearhead change. In her interview, Gall tells SHN about her bold but calculated risk-taking approach, plus she shares lessons learned from her 27 years in the industry. Keep reading for a highlight.   SHN: Thinking back on your career in senior living, what are some of the changes you’re especially proud of leading? Gall: In the early 2000s, I was able to work with a group on changing our industry messaging. For my first few years in the industry, a lot of the same words were used to describe what we did — respect, integrity, independence. They were generic and didn’t capture what the industry represented, so we took a leap. During my time at Leisure Care, I worked with a very creative group of people to roll...

Changemakers Series

Remember Changemakers — the annual series recognizing pioneers in senior living? It’s a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the innovation, drive and commitment circling the industry, and honor the leaders behind it all. We’re pleased to announce the 2022 series has officially begun. Proudly sponsored by Yardi for the fourth year in a row, the Senior Housing News (SHN) Changemakers series will showcase some of the most dynamic leadership senior living has to offer. Released in batches over the next several months, this year’s interviews will feature never-before-seen insights from visionaries across the industry. In that spirit, meet our first Changemaker: Tom Grape. About Tom Grape As founder, chairman and CEO of Benchmark Senior Living, a dedicated Yardi client, Grape is well versed in spearheading change. Having founded the company in 1997, he embodies what it means to shape senior living as we know it. In his interview with SHN, Grape details how he’s led Benchmark through change to attract a more complex consumer, his mission to increase diversity at the leadership level and more. Here’s a snapshot: SHN: What changes have you driven at Benchmark or in the industry that you’re especially proud of? Grape: I’ve been in the industry for a long time, and I’m proud of having been, at least in the assisted living side, there from the ground up. I was one of the founding members of, then ALFA, now Argentum, and was a chair many years ago. I founded the Massachusetts chapter, helping write legislation in Massachusetts and as a founder of the Connecticut chapter, I take pride in being one of the early folks. Benchmark was an early champion of promoting positive culture, and we are still defined by that characteristic today. The Boston Globe has named us in their “Top Places to Work” list each of the 14 years they’ve had it. We’re the only company to accomplish that in their large company category, and I’m so proud of that. We’re continuing to be a strong proponent of culture. Care, in general, is something on which we’ve worked hard to differentiate ourselves from others. And we’ve become a pioneer in capital over time. We were the first one to bring opportunity fund capital and international capital to the sector, and we were one of the first RIDEA deals. SHN: How do you think about timing so that a company like Benchmark can innovate without getting so far ahead that a new idea is just too new? Grape: The best way to drive change is to do it in increments. We’ll start with a pilot, depending on what kind of change it is, to test it, tinker with it and work out some of the kinks. If it’s not being well-received but you think the execution is OK, then maybe you’re doing it too soon. I would try to avoid too many broad-scale changes at once without having done some form of test or early introduction. SHN: If you could change one thing about the senior living industry, what would it be? Grape: I’d love the senior living industry to find a way to have our product/service received in a more universally positive fashion. Our product is a real gift to the people we serve and yet, it is not always received as such. It’s not always delivered as such. If we can have it delivered, received and portrayed more consistently it would be a great advance for the industry. Read Tom Grape’s entire interview To read the rest of Tom Grape’s conversation with SHN, check out the full interview. To learn how Yardi solutions help providers like Benchmark drive positive change, explore our Senior Living Suite infographic or product...

Ready to network?

Argentum is well known for their advocacy efforts in senior living. From influencing policy decisions to informing the public about pressing issues, they’re always working to better the lives of older adults.   This makes their annual conference a can’t-be-missed opportunity. The event gathers thousands of senior living professionals, operators, owners, executives and community leaders to discuss the future of senior living. And this year, you can connect with team Yardi at booth 805. Ready to network at the Argentum Senior Living Executive Conference? We’ll see you May 16-18 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Come to booth 805 There’s no denying the importance of technology in today’s senior living landscape. Integrated, comprehensive solutions like the Yardi Senior Living Suite have the tools needed to unify operations, increase move-ins and enhance resident care. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Our single connected solution has undergone some powerful enhancements lately, and each improvement was built to power your communities like never before. With that in mind, we invite you to meet team Yardi at booth 805 come Argentum 2022! We’ll answer any questions you have, whether it be on the Senior Living Suite as a whole, or individual tools like RentCafe Senior CRM and Yardi EHR. We can’t wait to show you what’s new with each product — and demonstrate how everything connects on a single platform. Want to get something on the books in advance? Schedule time to meet with us at Argentum. Start exploring our single connected solution Eager to learn more about Yardi before Argentum? Check out our newest infographic to see how our software evolves — with functionality like electronic signatures — to help operators succeed. We walk you through every step of our electronic leasing process, and offer testimonies...

Celebrate NSNCW 2022

It’s National Skilled Nursing Care Week (NSNCW)! Established by the American Health Care Association (ACHA) in 1967, this week-long observance recognizes the essential role of skilled nursing care centers in caring for America’s seniors and disabled population.    Skilled nursing care centers across the country are hosting events to mark the occasion, which runs through May 14. And this year’s theme — Creating and Nurturing Connections — is especially inspiring.   We’re here to share the meaning behind NSNCW and offer some ideas to celebrate. We hope you’ll join us in recognizing skilled nursing care centers, and their staff members, for all that they do to improve residents’ lives.   All about NSNCW Skilled nursing care centers and their staff are no stranger to dedication. They continuously strive to provide high-level care for their residents, no matter the circumstance. And we’ve seen just how committed they are throughout the last two years of the pandemic. They’ve worked to provide exceptional care without fail, protecting residents around the clock during periods of limited visitation and social distancing. Staff members became family members and friends when residents needed social connection more than ever. It’s why this year’s theme, developed by ACHA, is perfectly fitting. The focus of this year’s NSNCW is simple: celebrate the essential role that skilled nursing care centers and staff play in creating and nurturing connections for their residents. Learn more about the role of skilled nursing care centers and staff, as well as details on NSNCW 2022. ​How to celebrate Don’t miss your chance to celebrate NSNCW! Drawn from ACHA’s 2022 planning guide, we have a list of activities designed to help residents staff and families create new connections — and nurture existing ones. Working together, we encourage you to create and...

Senior Living Suite

Senior living is an ever-changing industry. It’s important for software solutions to adapt, grow and advance to meet providers’ needs as they shift. That’s our approach here at Yardi — our team constantly works to gather client feedback and enhance tools in the Yardi Senior Living Suite. From adding new features to improving usability, we bundle everything into a fresh release for our senior living clients to enjoy. And you guessed it, we’re sharing the latest release with you today, packed with exciting new functionality. Keep reading for a look at what’s new in 7.16, including enhancements to Yardi Voyager Senior Housing, RentCafe Senior Living, EHR and eMAR.   Voyager Senior Housing Voyager Senior Housing, our comprehensive financial accounting tool, received multiple enhancements. Access a new reapply payments option, track payer type history and more. Assign maintenance tasks thanks to an updated unit make ready feature, plus utilize an editable service charge rate option and new import ETLs. Watch the overview video RentCafe Senior CRM Enjoy various new features in RentCafe Senior CRM, our mobile-friendly sales and marketing platform. Explore a new lead manager dashboard, lease signing updates and detailed move-in data based on physical or financial dates. Enjoy the ability to create bulk activities for a prospect — and see automatic updates to move-in, lead and tour goals based on occupancy budgets. Copy setup information with ease when adding a new community to your portfolio.  Watch the overview video EHR Our full-service electronic health record solution, Yardi EHR, is equipped with fresh functionality. Tap into a late entry feature in the wounds dashboard, as well as strikethrough functionality in both the wounds and behaviors dashboards. Schedules can now be defaulted like care plan actions for wound progress checks, and assessments can now be...

New Case Study

How can senior living providers use business intelligence (BI) tools to elevate their communities? We have the answer for you, and it comes in the form of a brand-new case study. We sat down with Michael Schefter, chief financial officer at Cascadia Senior Living to learn how Yardi Senior IQ has changed the company’s day-to-day processes for the better. From streamlined operations to saved time — Cascadia is reaping the benefits of a single connected BI solution.   Here’s a quick snapshot of the case study, which covers exactly how Senior IQ helps Cascadia prosper. An introduction to Cascadia Senior Living  Cascadia Senior Living & Development is devoted to their residents. Founded in 2013 and based in the Pacific Northwest, Cascadia manages over 13 senior housing properties with a focus on independent living, assisted living, memory care and respite care. Cascadia believes it takes a group effort — residents, their families, their friends and the Cascadia staff — to create vibrant communities. Most importantly, they’re always striving to better their communities. With help from technology, Cascadia drills into individual communities to uncover specific details — finding new ways to improve residents’ quality of life. The challenge with siloed solutions & jeopardized data Before adopting a single connected solution, Cascadia was manually pulling data from disparate sources. Finance, accounting and operations teams were devoting hours to extracting raw data each month, searching for specific metrics, making calculations and transposing data into graphs and slide decks. Digging for specific answers was part of the job — but it wasn’t an efficient use of time. With rapidly expanding communities and a larger pool of metrics, time wasn’t the only issue. Data integrity became a primary concern. Cascadia faced increased discrepancies, manual errors and ultimately, jeopardized data. They...

Senior Living Events

There’s no shortage of senior living events this year — but which are worth attending? How should providers fill their calendar for the remainder of 2022? While there are many trade shows packed with valuable takeaways, we’re here to share a few recommendations. These events offer opportunities to connect with experts, discover emerging solutions and ultimately, explore the future of the industry. You’ll find team Yardi in attendance at each, ready to greet you and answer questions about our senior living management software. Keep reading for a roundup of upcoming events to put on your radar. FALA Annual Conference & Tradeshow Happy 30 year anniversary to the Florida Assisted Living Association (FALA)! With decades of industry success, FALA’s Annual Conference & Tradeshow is a fantastic setting to learn tips for navigating an ever-changing industry. Whether you’re eager to network with other professionals, receive updates about the latest industry trends or connect with vendors who can help you deliver better care, this year’s conference has it all. You’ll find team Yardi at booth 423. We’ll show you how our single connected solution helps providers streamline operations and deliver excellent care. Schedule time to connect with us at the conference. Event details: Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Orlando, Florida May 31-June 2, 2022 CALA Spring Conference & Trade Show Join over 900 providers and top decision makers at the 2022 CALA Spring Conference & Trade Show, including CEOs, CFOs, COOs, executive directors, clinical staff, marketing professionals and more. You’ll tap into a wealth of resources and learn what’s driving the senior living industry forward. Be sure to meet our team at booth 52 where we’ll discuss how the Yardi Senior Living Suite works to empower staff, automate workflows and enhance resident satisfaction. Visit this page to schedule...

Find Senior Living Solutions

When you’re searching for products and services online, it can be challenging to sift through so much information. This holds true for senior living decision makers looking for trusted, industry-specific solutions for their business. We know just what to share — the Argentum Senior Living Supplier Directory. It’s a great resource for finding the right companies, products and more. Best of all, each listing offers a spot for clients and customers to leave reviews, giving you an inside look at how a particular solution is serving others.   Here’s a run down of how it works: About the Argentum Senior Living Supplier Directory The Argentum Senior Living Supplier Directory lists an array of businesses from different categories. From hospitality, to marketing, to technology and more, Argentum offers a little bit of everything — all catered to senior living. You can find helpful products and services for your community in one centralized place. With the Argentum Senior Living Supplier Directory, you’re equipped to: Search — directory searches reveal a network of highly-qualified, industry-specific suppliers. You can eliminate extraneous results and find new suppliers quickly and efficiently.Research — you’ll gain a wealth of information provided by industry experts. From product pages, to free white papers to press release downloads, there’s no shortage of resources to explore.Connect — Argentum connects you to the latest industry news and information. There’s even an option to sign up for expanded directory access, opening the door to more resources and the weekly Argentum Senior Living Supplier Directory Business Chatter e-newsletter. Yardi wants your feedback! You’ll find Yardi featured under multiple categories in the Argentum Senior Living Supplier Directory. So if you’re loving Yardi solutions, we invite you to leave us a review! Not only does it show us how you’re succeeding with our senior living software, it also helps others in their directory search. Leave Yardi a review here or scan the QR code below. In addition to our product descriptions, you’ll find Yardi-specific resources like white papers and press releases.    We hope you find value in the Argentum Senior Living Supplier Directory, packed with resources specific to senior living. And if you have any questions on products in the Yardi Senior Living Suite, be sure to reach out to...

Yardi Care Apps

Ready to explore our Yardi EHR mobile apps? Each app — Care Stream and EHR Assessments — has undergone a fresh round of enhancements built to help senior living staff succeed. Keep reading to learn about the latest functionality in both apps: New functionality & expanded compatibility in Care Stream Thanks to Care Stream’s 1.29 update and release, senior care staff can now utilize a simplified task workflow. Shown as either their resident or task summary view, the enhanced workflow displays upcoming tasks using clear, pre-configured icons — all crafted to help staff streamline daily responsibilities and deliver better care. When caregivers enter the task summary view, they’ll see a resident photo, an icon related to a particular task and a color-coded icon representing the level of assistance needed. So if a resident is due for a bath that day, caregivers will see a bath icon in conjunction with a green icon representing minimal assistance, a yellow icon for moderate assistance or a red icon indicating extensive assistance. This means staff members see exactly how to care for each resident — and how much assistance is needed — at a glance. For staff with vision impairments or non-English speakers, these icons are especially beneficial. In addition to viewing their entire task list, staff can also use the icons to filter by individual task for added convenience and time savings. And that’s not all — the Care Stream app also received a compatibility update. Windows 10 users can now download Care Stream directly to their laptop or tablet, rather than utilizing the desktop version. This allows more staff, across varying communities, to utilize the app and access its benefits. Ready to see more? Be sure to download the Yardi EHR Care Stream app on the...

Tap Into Clinical Data...

When it comes to viewing clinical data, senior living providers need a solution that paints the full picture. How many resident falls occurred during a particular shift this week? What percentage of residents are vaccinated against COVID-19? Thanks to the latest Senior IQ update — 1.18 to be exact — these answers are available at the click of a button.   That’s right, this business intelligence solution now draws clinical data directly from Yardi EHR and presents it in brand-new dashboards. You can track clinical trends, identify residents at risk, pinpoint problems and improve protocols — all from a single platform. No more digging for answers or making best guesses. With Senior IQ, you’re enabled to make smarter, faster decisions based on actionable information. Ready to see more? Let’s get right to it. See below for a highlight of the new dashboards and enhancements in Senior IQ: Analyze resident falls Courtesy of the new clinical falls dashboard, Senior IQ clients now have access to detailed fall metrics. Here you’ll see fall rates by month, check whether repeat falls are occurring, view falls categorized by time of day and more. With clear, valuable information presented in the dashboard, you’re equipped to tie falls back to staffing, identify protocol problems and ultimately uncover what’s jeopardizing resident safety. And these detailed fall reports help you develop action plans to prevent future incidents. Streamline reporting   Ready to simplify your reporting process? With Senior IQ, you’ll tap into insightful data that’s automatically updated from the previous day. Each dashboard’s data points were carefully selected by Yardi’s clinical and compliance team to help you track quality measures and performance metrics. Track vaccinations We know the importance of vaccination tracking, especially in communities today. Luckily, the new clinical vaccination dashboard...

ASCHA Trade Show

Looking for your next senior living event? We’ve got you covered. The annual ASCHA Convention & Trade Show is coming up on April 11-13 and it’s a great opportunity to connect with colleagues, discuss industry trends and see what’s new with Yardi solutions.   Keep reading to see the event details. ASCHA Trade Show set for April The ASCHA Convention & Trade Show is bound to be an interactive event. This year, ASCHA is gathering 400 senior and community housing organization leaders to discuss strategies for the industry’s future. You can check out the full event agenda for more information, but know that discussions will focus on taking the housing sector to The Next Level. And ASCHA is offering fun, strategic sessions for you to join forces with trailblazers from all levels and places. Get ready to network, view insightful presentations, enter giveaways and more. ASCHA 2022 will take place on April 11-13 at the WinSport in Alberta, Calgary. And if you’re unfamiliar with ASCHA, the Alberta Seniors & Community Housing Association, here’s a quick introduction: ASCHA advocates on behalf of its members who provide housing options for Albertans. They’re a member-driven association acting as a center of excellence for education, best practices and member resources — all to assist seniors and community housing operators. Over 100 member organizations serve approximately 60,000 Albertans in seniors and community housing settings. Note that to attend ASCHA 2022, proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours is required. Find Yardi at Booth 7 Each year, we get excited to see the lineup of senior living events and the opportunities they provide. And ASCHA 2022 is one we’re looking forward to! You can find Paul Alexa-Janzen, our senior account executive in senior living and product...

Clearwater at Riverpark

We love seeing our senior living clients earn recognition for their amazing communities, thoughtful amenities and dedication to residents. And we’ve got a special shoutout for Yardi client Clearwater Living, whose Riverpark community just earned an impressive accolade. Congrats to Clearwater at Riverpark for being named a Showcase Community by Sodexo! Clearwater at Riverpark named Showcase Community Clearwater at Riverpark, a luxury independent senior living community in Oxnard, California offers abundant opportunities for an active and fulfilling lifestyle. And among their resort-style amenities is exceptional culinary experiences created by the community’s professional chef. That amenity certainly hasn’t gone unnoticed, as Clearwater at Riverpark was recently named a Showcase Community by Sodexo, a global food service management company. The community was selected out of 600 senior living communities who partner with Sodexo — and is one of two California communities to receive the honor. “Our Riverpark team strives to go above and beyond to deliver on Clearwater’s philosophy of Empowered Living through impactful emotional, physical and social experiences in a stimulating and comfortable environment,” said Danielle Morgan, president & chief operating officer at Clearwater Living. “We are honored to have been recognized by Sodexo for our joint commitment to provide delightful culinary experiences that feed both body and soul.” Each honoree community, including Clearwater at Riverpark, was chosen based on dining services, building services, safety, third party quality surveys, regulatory standards and more. About Sodexo Sodexo North America is part of a global Fortune 500 company. They’re a leading provider of integrated food, facilities management and other services that enhance organizational performance, contribute to local communities and improve quality of life for millions of customers. About Clearwater Living Clearwater Living provides living experiences that celebrate individual relevance, from residents and their families to the company’s family of associates. At Clearwater, every community includes cutting-edge technologies and care practices that work to improve residents’ lives. And trust us, Clearwater at Riverpark is an exceptional example of Clearwater’s values. The state-of-the-art community defines a new age of senior living where residents receive the best care while accessing best-in-class amenities. It’s a pleasure to spotlight Clearwater’s success and recognition as a Showcase Community. We’re empowered from supporting clients like Clearwater with our senior living management software, connected on a single platform. From Yardi EHR to Senior IQ, Yardi tools help communities like Clearwater at Riverpark thrive. Read more on Clearwater at Riverpark. And if you’re looking for another read here on The Balance Sheet, check out this post on team Yardi’s tour of Clearwater at Riverpark a few years...

Brightview’s Botanist...

Looking for tips to help your indoor plants thrive? It’s a good thing that Dr. Joan Gottlieb, a resident at Brightview Commons, has years of expertise and knowledge to share.   We’re loving Joan’s feature on Brightview’s blog, which dives into her botanist journey, top tips for keeping indoor plants alive and more. We hope Joan’s story and ideas make your day a little brighter — and help you channel your inner botanist. A passion for plants: Brightview’s resident botanist From earning her undergraduate degree in biology to completing her Ph.D. thesis on plant hormones, Brightview resident Dr. Joan Gottlieb has always loved botany. After finishing school herself, Joan went on to teach science and biology courses, plus she led botany seminars for advanced students. But Joan didn’t stop there. She also traveled the world as part of botany field study programs visiting New Zealand, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands, Hawaii, Trinidad and Tobago to study the local flora. Outside of the classroom and her travels, Joan kept her passion alive by housing over 180 ferns in her home garden. “I’ve had a wonderful life with this passion of mine,” said Joan. “It’s taken me around the world, makes me happy to be indoors and I can write about them. I’m happy to have that. You only live once, and you want to do something that pleases you, has some youthfulness and makes the world a better place.” Now residing at Brightview Commons, Joan continues her passion by caring for her own plants, working on the community’s garden and teaching classes to fellow residents. Start your own garden with Joan’s tips Inspired to start your own indoor garden — or revitalize the plants you have now? Look no further! Joan shares four...

LCS Recognized In

If you’ve kept up with the Senior Housing News Architecture & Design Awards, you may have seen this spotlight on Life Care Services (LCS), a Yardi senior living client. In any case, we’re sharing a snapshot below and extending a big congratulations to LCS.    Keep reading to learn how LCS channeled forward-thinking design to create a one-of-a-kind community. The SHN Architecture & Design Awards The SHN Architecture & Design Awards, an annual series, provides a chance to recognize cutting-edge design, excellence and innovation in senior living. Among this year’s winners is Life Care Services, a senior living operator offering assisted living, independent living, skilled nursing and memory care options. LCS earns best independent living design of 2021 While LCS operates fantastic communities nationwide, their Sagewood life plan community in Phoenix, Arizona earned them the SHN accolade. Since the community’s opening in 2010, LCS has focused on providing resort-style living — and they’ve recently taken that approach to the next level.    Their latest expansion includes a 101-unit independent living building equipped with an underground parking garage, game rooms, an art studio, a cafe, three unique dining venues and an 18-hole golf putting course with real grass. To no surprise, the expansion is almost fully occupied today, which shows just how much residents love the design and amenities. And it explains why LCS earned a spot in the SHN Architecture & Design Awards, honored for best independent living design of 2021. There’s much more to cover, so we invite you to read the full SHN coverage featuring LCS’ Sagewood community. More on LCS For Life Care Services, an exceptional lifestyle is not created by one moment, meal or gesture. It’s defined by an unwavering promise to quality and unmatched commitment to enriching experiences for...

Connect with Yardi

It’s nearly time for this year’s NIC conference, an important gathering of operator, investor and health care decision makers. If you’re ready to explore the latest trends and data in senior living — while discovering new models of care — the NIC Spring Conference is the place for you. The conference will take place in person on March 23-25 in Dallas, Texas. We look forward to seeing you there! Connect with Yardi Team Yardi can’t wait to speak with you at NIC 2022. We’ll be available to chat about the Yardi Senior Living Suite, our integrated software solution built for the unique needs of operators like you.   And since the conference is data-focused, we’ll show you how our business intelligence solution offers metrics that matter for your business. Senior IQ presents actionable information in attractive, sharable dashboards to help your teams work smarter. Plus, we’ll explore how this uniquely-designed tool allows operators to gauge performance using industry comparison data from NIC. That’s right — Senior IQ uses anonymized NIC MAP data from nearby providers to present benchmarks like occupancy, average rent and more. Ready to schedule time to connect? You can fill out this form to meet us at NIC 2022. We’re also pleased to sponsor NIC Café at the conference, where attendees access complimentary, all-day service of breakfast, lunch and snacks. More info on NIC 2022 The National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC) supports access for America’s seniors by providing data, analytics and connections that bring together investors and providers. This mission is the foundation of the 2022 NIC Spring Conference.   NIC 2022 offers an opportunity for all attendees to build strategic partnerships and discover new models of community. Don’t miss your chance to connect with forward-thinking leaders...

Fil Southerland

Yardi Director of Health Care Solutions Fil Southerland has been appointed to the Health Information Technology Advisory Committee (HITAC). The Comptroller General of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office announced the appointment of Southerland, along with 6 other members, to serve a 3-year term.   Southerland brings extensive experience and perspective to the HITAC, where he’ll be a strong advocate for implementing health information technology in senior living. Members in other health care industries that were recently appointed include Hans Buitendijk, Steven Eichner, Rajesh Godavarthi, Hung Luu, Aaron Neinstein and Eliel Oliveira. The HITAC was established in 2016 under the 21st Century Cures Act. The committee provides recommendations to the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology on policies, standards, implementation specifications and certification criteria. Specifically, relating to the implementation of health information technology that advances the electronic use of health information. “I’m  honored to serve on the Health Information Technology Advisory Committee,” said Fil Southerland, director of health care solutions at Yardi. “The opportunity gives myself, and my fellow appointees, a platform to discuss pressing issues and advise the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology accordingly. I’m pleased to bring my experience to advocate for the electronic access, exchange and use of health information in the LTPAC industry.” Fil Southerland has been involved with the LTPAC industry for over 15 years, and currently serves as director of health care solutions at Yardi, where he leads initiatives in electronic health care records and interoperability. Prior to his time at Yardi, Fil served as Founder and CTO of ALMSA, Inc., a nationally recognized cloud-based electronic health provider in the assisted living industry. With expertise in health information technology, digital privacy, LTPAC policy and interoperability initiatives, Fil is passionate about using technology...

Meet the Athletes

We’re always searching for inspiring stories in senior living. And today’s story, brought to us by Yardi client Sagora Senior Living, is one you don’t want to miss. We’re here to spotlight Sagora’s blog series — Breaking Boundaries: Meet the Athletes of Sagora Senior Living — which recognizes resident athletes in Sagora communities. And while the series was inspired by the 2021 Summer Olympics, with the 2022 Winter Olympics in full swing, there’s no better time to feature these distinguished seniors. Breaking Boundaries: Meet the Athletes of Sagora Senior Living In an effort to help their residents shine, Sagora kickstarted a spirited blog series last summer. Each post follows a different resident and their exercise-related accomplishments. And while some residents are retired coaches or athletes, some simply found a passion for exercise within Sagora communities. Walking with Kay Meet Kay, a resident from Bristol Park at Cypress, a Sagora community in Texas. Kay’s blog post focuses on her inspirational journey: walking on her own. Since having a stroke over two years ago, Kay hasn’t been able to walk without assistance.   After a conversation with the community’s lifestyle director, voicing her dream of walking again, Kay began a specialized exercise program. With the right equipment, Kay started reaching new personal records each day. And she’s no stranger to dedication. Her mantra is, “I believed I could, so I did!” Photos and videos were shared with Kay’s family, as well as on the community’s Facebook page. Ready to feel inspired? Watch Kay’s progress.   Coached by Arlene Say hello to Arlene, who resides at Sagora’s Ansel Park community in California. This exercise guru was a competitive badminton player and winner of the Arizona singles, doubles and mixed doubles tournaments. From there, Arlene went on to...