Can Resort Style Amenities Increase Occupancy?

resort.pngSenior living communities have had to make adaptations for the new wave of baby boomers choosing where to live out their retirements today.  Now, seniors are looking for a community that is less nursing home and more cruise ship on land.  Retirement is an event to celebrate and a time of enjoyment, and seniors are looking for communities that embrace the challenge of providing a vacation destination living experience.  If increasing occupancy in your community is on your to-do list, take a look at some of the ways resort style amenities can help.

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Is Your Senior Living Community Ready for the Baby Boomers?

photo-memory-grandma.jpegBaby boomers are a big deal, and always have been.  They’ve been influencing businesses their whole lives based on the sheer size of the their group.  They are used to having their interests and needs catered to.  The expectation of quality doesn’t stop when they retire.  These days, baby boomers are looking for resort style living after retirement.  The days of squeaking by with just the basics in a senior living community are over.  Is your community ready for the challenge of enticing the next generation of seniors to your doors?

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What Technologies Are Important To Today’s Senior Citizens?

typewriter-1.pngIt is rare to meet someone that doesn’t have a cell phone or use the internet daily.  We’ve grown to depend on technology to keep us connected to each other and the world around us.  Senior citizens today are no different than the rest, although they may bring their own specific set of challenges to the table with regards to using technology to their best advantage.  Seniors have seen technology evolve from black and white television screens to tablets made specifically for toddlers.  A lot of new and exciting technology is available, but they didn’t grow up with a smartphone in their pocket.  So, what technologies are important to seniors today, and what does that mean for senior living communities?

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4 Things to Consider in the Opex vs Capex Debate

Today’s seniors are using technology more than ever, and it is up to the communities that serve them to provide the innovations necessary to keep pace with the changing times.  How each community pays for the modernization of their technological services when it becomes time to upgrade senior living technology can vary depending on the individual circumstances and unique needs of the facility.  For most communities, technology needs are taken care of by funds allocated from either their capital expenses (capex) or their operational expenses (opex).  And when a community’s IT needs are handled by a Managed Services company, there can be some differences in how those services present in the budget.  

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What is Telemedicine, and Will Your Community Be Ready For It?

Telemedicine is a quickly growing industry around the world.  Simply put, it is the practice of providing healthcare at a distance via telecommunication.  It began as a way to connect patients that live in rural areas with health care they would not ordinarily be able to receive because of their geographic locations.  As with all things technology related it has evolved over time, increasing in popularity as people begin to discover the convenience of “seeing” a health care professional without leaving their homes.

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How Important is Customer Service to Senior Living Communities?

Internet and cable companies are the 2 most hated industries in the country, and yet we rely on their products every day.  Their services have become essential to our lives, but their customer service typically leaves a lot to be desired.  So, how does that affect senior living communities?  Simple. A large number of seniors are still adapting to our changing technology.  They grew up in a world that is completely different than the one we’re in today, so it is no surprise that they can be more easily confused when dealing with a technology company. 

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What Are Managed Services, and Are They Right for Your Community?

Managed services are becoming buzzwords these days, and not without cause.  The trend for using managed services for technology needs has been steadily rising.  There are plenty of reasons for a senior living community to make the switch to managed services as opposed to the old way of doing things.  Managed services are all about convenience and cost effectivieness, and here’s a short list of reasons why they are right for your community.

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3 Senior Technologies That Actually Add Value and Appeal to Your Community

New and exciting technology is always emerging, even in the senior living industry.  That’s why it is important to take note and use upgrades to your advantage.  With so many options to choose from, it can be hard decide where a technology boost would be of the most benefit.  With that in mind, we’ve created a list of 3 senior living technologies that can actually add value and appeal to your community.

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Telephone Services for Senior Living Communities: 3 Questions to Answer Now

Cell phones are everywhere and you can find a smart phone in practically everyone’s hands.  Some families have even gone so far as to drop their land lines because each member of the household would rather use their own cell phone than share a common line and number.  Senior citizens are no different – embracing the technology and freedom that comes with having a phone that can go everywhere they do. That doesn’t mean they are turning their backs on landlines.  Senior living communities are still expected to be connected to good old fashioned phone service.  If your community is responsible for your residents’ telephone service, then here is a list of 4 questions you should be prepared to answer NOW.

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5 Things That Drive Residents Away from Senior Living Communities

We’ve talked a lot about what can bring residents in to a senior living facility, but nobody likes to talk about what might be driving potential residents away.  We’ve taken the time to examine some common reasons seniors may lose interest in one senior living community over another in their target living area, and found some common concerns  Here are 5 things to look out for to ensure that you aren’t inadverdently pushing a sale elsewhere. 

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