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Senior Housing Provider, Ecumen, Offers Insight for Developing Behavioral Alzheimer’s Programs

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

New whitepaper looks at developing senior housing for behavioral Alzheimer’s and dementia care

Shoreview, MN April 14, 2009 — http://www.ecumen.org – Senior housing and services provider Ecumen has released a new whitepaper to help others develop senior housing for those living with the challenges of behavioral  Alzheimer’s and dementia.

“10 Tips from Ecumen for Developing a Successful Behavioral Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Program for Senior Housing” is currently available for complimentary download by visiting The Library of Successful Aging on the Ecumen website.  It was written by Ecumen team members Debbie Manthey, Director of Operations, and Janelle Meyers, Ecumen Housing Manager.

“Increasingly, senior housing professionals are seeing a subset of Alzheimer’s, when the affected person develops substantial and challenging behaviors,” write Manthey and Meyers in the whitepaper. “Many senior housing providers are forced to keep these residents heavily medicated or discharge them to a mental health hospital unit. At Ecumen, we sought to develop a better way to serve people experiencing such behaviors.”

Senior Housing and Services Leader Ecumen Highlights 10 Things Changing in an Aging America

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

Ecumen leader Kathryn Roberts highlights innovation opportunities in rapidly aging societyMinneapolis, MN April 2, 2009 — http://www.ecumen.org – Senior housing and services provider Ecumen sees the aging of America as an opportunity for substantial innovation in our country.  Ecumen CEO Kathryn Roberts highlights 10 emerging changes in a new blog post entitled “10 Things Ecumen Sees Changing in an Aging America.”  Readers are invited to share what changes they see or want to see in an aging America.Businesses and organizations who fail to innovate for America’s new demographic reality, risk failure,  People over 50 currently represent 43 percent of all U.S. households and by 2020, the senior population in American will number 115 million.  As Roberts explains, this rapidly aging demographic will not be one that stands for being warehoused in an institution or for living in a community that does not provide products and services in line with their wants and needs.Among things changing in an aging America are:•    Portable Personal Empowerment Technology: “Portable Personal Empowerment Technology” will become a major marketplace driven by America’s seniors who desire to be connected, empowered, and living as independently and fully no matter their life stage.  It will create new opportunities for senior service providers to combine high-tech and high-touch and serve people with challenges, such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.•    Neighborhood Villages: Multi-generational neighborhood-based “villages,” will increasingly take shape as people desire to live fully at every age in their own homes and communities.  Such villages include Beacon Hill Village in Boston and Mill City Commons in Minneapolis.  Ecumen is a consultant to the Mill City Commons community.•    Collaborative Senior Housing:  The financing of long-term care will significantly change with more people paying a larger portion of their services.  The Government simply can’t afford to be the largest payer for such services.“Aging is truly all about living,” says Roberts as she concludes her post by offering an ‘adios to ageism’  “This holds true even at the very end of life.”“10 Things Ecumen Sees Changing in an Aging America” may be found by visiting the Changing Aging blog on the Ecumen website.About Ecumen:Ecumen (www.ecumen.org) is based in Shoreview, Minn., and is one of the largest non-profit senior housing, services and senior housing development companies in the United States. The name Ecumen comes from the word ecumenical, which in turn is derived from the Greek word for home: “Oikos.” Ecumen’s mission is to create “home” for older adults wherever they choose to live. Ecumen is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and has 4,000 team members. Ecumen writes about news and ideas that are shaping the future of aging services at its Changing Aging blog: http://www.ecumen.org/changing-aging/.###

Ecumen Helping Churches Realize Senior Housing Opportunities in an Aging America

Monday, February 9th, 2009

Lutheran senior housing partnership provides model for expanding ministries and revenues Sandpoint, Idaho  (February 10, 2009) — http://www.ecumen.org – Churches, such as First Lutheran Church in Sandpoint, Idaho, and their senior housing development partner Ecumen, see aging as an opportunity to help people live better and expand ministries.  The two recently collaborated on Luther Park at Sandpoint, a new senior housing community that opened in December 2008.“We saw a greater purpose for the vacant land adjacent to our church than simply selling it to the highest bidder,” said Pastor Olson.  “We wanted to build upon the Great Commandment of loving your neighbor as yourself and the Great Commission of spreading Jesus’ word and work.  That led to our congregational vision of creating this community that will keep seniors vitally engaged in our church, will nurture multi-generational relationships, and will help us realize new revenue streams that will support and help us to expand our ministry.”Ecumen, affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and one of the country’s largest non-profit senior housing, services and development companies, led development of Luther Park of Sandpoint and now manages it for First Lutheran Church, which owns Luther Park.In addition to being physically connected to the church, Luther Park of Sandpoint provides a range of housing and service options from independent living to assisted living and specialized memory care all at one location, lessening the need for a person to move when he or she needs more services. With Ecumen’s catered living service, residents purchase services a la carte as they want or need them rather than purchasing one-size-fits-all packages.“For churches that own vacant land, senior housing can be a very rewarding use of that space,” said Steve Ordahl, senior vice president of business development at Ecumen.  “Quality senior housing greatly expands a sense of community by fostering purpose and service to others, and it can bring new members into the church and its ministry.”“Our society for too long has shelved seniors,” said Pastor Olson.  “We wanted nothing to do with that.  Luther Park at Sandpoint honors the wisdom and experience of elders while emphasizing aging is all about living.”Luther Park features Great Western lodge-style architecture on three floors.  It abounds with local touches, such as a grand fireplace featuring area stone, timber archways, and branding irons from area ranches incorporated into the stair railings.  Luther Park has 60 one- and two-bedroom apartments.  It features yoga, massage, art classes, and, of course, church services are just a short jaunt through the interconnected walkway to First Lutheran Church.  Luther Park also features a memory care neighborhood featuring 27 apartments.Luther Park, like other Ecumen communities, features QuietCare technology from GE Heathcare.  Ecumen was one of the country’s first senior housing and service providers to use the proactive technology that helps identify small health conditions early and helps people maintain independence.“Our focus in creating this community is to empower people and give them as much control as possible over their choices, even when they need more assistive services,”  said Ordahl.  “Aging is all about living, and churches can be a wonderful partner in ensuring that is the case for many more people in the U.S.”About EcumenEcumen (www.ecumen.org) is based in Shoreview, Minn., and is one of the largest non-profit senior housing companies in the United States. The name Ecumen comes from the word ecumenical, which in turn is derived from the Greek word for home: “Oikos.” Ecumen works to create “home” for older adults wherever they choose to live. Ecumen is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and has 4,000 team members.###

Green Senior Housing Community for North Country Health Services in Minnesota to Be Developed by Ecumen

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

New senior housing development could become one of country’s few LEED-Certified CommunitiesSHOREVIEW, MN, June 17, 2008 — http://www.ecumen.org – Aging services provider Ecumen, one of the country’s largest non-profit senior housing companies, is developing a green senior housing for North Country Health services in Bemidji, Minn.  It is seeking to be one of the country’s few LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) senior housing developments.The $20 million senior housing development, to be owned by North Country Health Services and developed by Ecumen, is being built using environmentally friendly or “green” features and methods.  For example, underground parking will lessen impervious surface space and reduce water use, lighting features will prevent light and energy waste, and many construction materials will be harvested locally. North Country Health Services and Ecumen plan to submit the project for third-party LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the United States Green Building Council.“Three words stood out as we began to shape this project – mission, vibrancy and sustainability,” said Jim Hanko, president and CEO of North Country Health Services.  “The new housing will complement our mission of assuring a lifetime continuum of quality healthcare services, it will be a vibrant community that allows people to live in Bemidji for a lifetime, and it will help sustain natural resources that we all share.”“This project fully embraces a philosophy that aging is all about living,” said Sandy Bensen, North Country Health Services’ (NCHS) vice president of senior and community living services.  “This will be a community that promotes healthy, successful aging and that honors and celebrates a person’s life to its very end.”Slated for a late-summer groundbreaking, the senior housing development will include independent living apartments, assisted living apartments, and memory care apartments.  The link to the NCHS mission is most evident with the “aging in place” concept where older adults can move in not needing any services and as they age, assisted living services are brought to them when they need them and on an ala carte basis.  All living spaces will link to Neilson Place, the North Country Health Services skilled nursing care center that opened in 2004.  The project is anticipated to open in the fall of 2009.When completed, the Anne Street site will have more than 148,000 square feet of livable space in two buildings.  Eighty catered living apartment homes, which feature independent living and assisted living, will have underground parking.  The one-story memory care building will have 27 studio apartments.Other features will include a library and media center, grand fireplace lounge, commercial kitchen and dining room, two guest motel-like suites, a hair salon and barber shop, community room, fitness room, and outdoor patios and walking paths.“We’re extremely proud to be working with North Country Health Services and helping make this shared vision become a reality,” said Steve Ordahl, senior vice president of business development for Ecumen. About North Country Health ServicesNorth Country Health Services (www.nchs.com) is a community-owned, not-for-profit health system comprised of North Country Regional Hospital, Neilson Place, Baker Park, Bemidji Medical Equipment, and the North Country Health Services Foundation. About EcumenEcumen (www.ecumen.org) is based in Shoreview, Minn., and is one of the largest non-profit senior housing, services and development companies in the United States.  The name Ecumen comes from the word ecumenical, which in turn is derived from the Greek word for home:  “Oikos.”  Ecumen’s mission is to create “home” for older adults wherever they choose to live.  Ecumen is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and has 4,000 team members.  Ecumen writes about news and ideas that are shaping the future of aging services at its Changing Aging blog: http://www.ecumen.org/changing-aging/###

Senior Housing Management Selection Tips Provided by Aging Services Provider Ecumen

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

Latest whitepaper divulges 10 questions designed to ensure senior housing providers partner with the right management partnersSHOREVIEW, MN – May 8, 2008– http://www.ecumen.org – Aging services provider Ecumen, one of America’s largest non-profit senior housing companies, is helping senior housing owners, who are thinking of hiring a management firm, with the release of its latest whitepaper designed to help create the best possible partnerships.The latest whitepaper from premier senior housing provider Ecumen titled “10 Questions to Ask When Selecting a Senior Housing, Nursing Home or CCRC Management Company”, shares Ecumen’s deep industry knowledge and insights geared towards helping senior housing owners choose the right management partner.Ecumen’s latest whitepaper drives to help guide senior housing providers live up to and crate a home where elder adults will want to live rather than have to live there. Much of the advice offered in this latest whitepaper will help owners ask the right questions when it comes to selecting the right management partner.The full version of this press release can be found on the Changing Aging Blog.

New Senior Housing Development by Ecumen and Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Brings Catered Living to Idaho

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

Senior housing, fully integrated with a suite of onsite assisted living services, to support independent living and serve as a model for other churches and communities. Sandpoint, ID (PRWEB) November 15, 2007 — http://www.ecumen.org – Aging services provider Ecumen, one of the country’s largest non-profit senior housing companies, has collaborated with First Lutheran Church of Sandpoint and other Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) partners to break ground on Idaho’s first catered living senior housing development in Sandpoint, Idaho. Luther Park at Sandpoint will be physically connected to First Lutheran Church of Sandpoint and will open in November of 2008.Catered living communities by Ecumen integrate senior housing focused on independent living with a suite of on site assisted living services. The catered living design focuses on promoting successful aging by enabling seniors to stay as independent as possible in a community they love even when they need assisted living services or memory care.The senior housing development Luther Park is a multi-dimensional collaboration of Ecumen and its partners within the ELCA. First Lutheran Church of Sandpoint is the owner while Ecumen will develop and manage. The development’s primary lender is the Mission Investment Fund of the ELCA, with additional financing being provided by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.”It is a wonderful example of collaboration, in the best sense of the word,” states First Lutheran Pastor Dave Olson. “This new housing option is a tremendous opportunity to enhance intergenerational relationships, nurture lifelong learning, provide spiritual nourishment and deliver health services that help people live as fully and as independently as possible.”The catered living model has helped to ensure pre-leasing of nearly three-fourths of Luther Park’s residences. The model includes spacious one- and two-bedroom apartments, added to other amenities such as a grand fireplace gathering area, library and media center, community meeting rooms, a salon and barber shop and outdoor walking paths.”Catered senior living is a product that our customers enjoy for a number of reasons,” states Dana Wollschlager, director of real estate development for Ecumen. “It allows people to right size their home and not spend time and money on home upkeep. It creates a vital neighborhood and it engages people socially while providing peace of mind for our customers via health care services on site.””Luther Park is designed around the ideal of building a community and making Sandpoint a great place to grow and grow old,” continues Pastor Olson.Ecumen, based in Shoreview, Minnesota, is one of the country’s largest non-profit senior housing, services and development companies. Ecumen’s “Changing Aging” blog can be found at www.ecumen.org/changing-aging/.About EcumenEcumen (www.ecumen.org) is based in Shoreview, Minn., and is one of the largest non-profit senior housing companies in the United States. The name Ecumen comes from the word ecumenical, which in turn is derived from the Greek word for home: “Oikos.” Ecumen works to create “home” for older adults wherever they choose to live. Ecumen is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and has 4,000 team members.###

Senior Housing Development Tips Developed by Aging Services Provider Ecumen

Friday, September 21st, 2007

Tips developed via Ecumen’s real world experience provide organizations developing senior housing a strategic path towards achieving their development goals.Shoreview, MN (PRWEB) September 21, 2007 — http://www.ecumen.org — Aging services provider Ecumen, Minnesota’s largest non-profit senior housing company, is helping firms or individuals who are considering taking on a senior housing development project to think through key initial steps before they make an investment decision. The non-profit has released a new whitepaper featuring key development tips.Senior Housing Development Tips: Key Things to Consider Before Entering Into The Senior Housing Market was written on Ecumen’s behalf by journalist Frank Jossi. In it, Jossi articulates the dramatic need for more senior housing in many communities while underscoring necessary steps toward creating a successful community.The whitepaper is based on Ecumen’s experience acquired through their own senior housing development projects with partners Pope Associates Inc., a leading architectural firm, and Adolfson & Peterson Construction. Together, they have worked on a number of senior housing developments, including The Villages of North Branch in North Branch, MN, and they will break ground on September 30 on Luther Park of Sandpoint in Sandpoint, ID, which will create a unique “catered living” community managed by Ecumen that combines independent living and assisted living services and which is physically connected to First Lutheran Church of Sandpoint.”With the emergence of the Age Wave, a lot of people want to develop senior housing, but to be successful for the people you serve and the larger community, there really has to be thoughtful due diligence on the front end,” says Dana Wollschlager, Ecumen’s director of real estate development. “We’ve created these tips to help people do that pre-work before they make a major investment.”Ecumen is seeing many new types of partners who see synergies and opportunities through senior housing development to create more vital, livable communities, including churches, health centers, hospitals and colleges.”There are many new venues to create housing that underscores successful aging, but as the white paper points out, the old adage of ‘build it and they will come’ holds little relevance in the field of senior housing development,” says Wollschlager. “A better adage is to ‘study the area’s demographics, evaluate the quantity and quality of the competition, plan ahead for community connectivity, and then you are putting yourself in a much better position to succeed.’ It might not roll off the tongue quite as easily, but it does provide critical strategic direction.”About EcumenEcumen (www.ecumen.org) is based in Shoreview, Minn., and is one of the largest non-profit senior housing companies in the United States. The name Ecumen comes from the word ecumenical, which in turn is derived from the Greek word for home: “Oikos.” Ecumen works to create “home” for older adults wherever they choose to live. Ecumen is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and has 4,000 team members. Ecumen writes about news and ideas that are shaping the future of aging services at its Changing Aging blog: http://www.ecumen.org/changing-aging/ EcumenEric Schubertericschubert@ecumen.org# # #

Aging Services Provider Ecumen Honored as One of Minnesota's Best Places to Work

Wednesday, September 5th, 2007

Third straight bestowment for Ecumen, named as one of the state’s top ten large companies by Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. Shoreview, MN (PRWeb) September 5, 2007 — http://www.ecumen.org – Aging services provider Ecumen, Minnesota’s largest non-profit senior housing company, has yet again received the sought after tribute of being named by its employees as one of the best places in the state to work.The award, presented by Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, was based on anonymous team member surveys. Ecumen team members all contributed to the glowing results, from areas of focus ranging from elder care, senior housing and housing development.”More than 200 companies vied for this award, and we are again honored and thrilled to be recognized,” said Ecumen’s CEO and president Kathryn Roberts.The survey sought ratings on several topics such as work environment, embrace of innovations and new ideas and opportunity for personal growth and development.Specific highlights in the article included Ecumen’s employee-run Innovation Station and Ecumen’s Family Helping Family initiative, providing interest-free loans to employees facing household and family emergencies. In 2006, more than $175,000 was granted for a number of events from house fires to paying for funerals. Many employees donate to this fund through payroll deduction.Over 4000 Ecumen team members contributed to the results of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.About EcumenEcumen (www.ecumen.org) is based in Shoreview, Minn., and is one of the largest non-profit senior housing companies in the United States. The name Ecumen comes from the word ecumenical, which in turn is derived from the Greek word for home: “Oikos.” Ecumen works to create “home” for older adults wherever they choose to live. Ecumen is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and has 4,000 team members.###

Successful Aging in the United States is Tied to Livable Communities, Declares Aging Services Provider Ecumen

Friday, August 24th, 2007

The age wave presents new community planning and development opportunities for American cities Shoreview, MN (PRWEB) August 24, 2007 — http://www.ecumen.org – Aging services provider Ecumen, Minnesota’s largest non-profit senior housing company, is encouraging cities to embrace strategies of creating livable communities for all ages as the United States faces an unprecedented demographic shift.Kathryn Roberts, Ecumen’s CEO & president, described this strategy in her editorial piece “The Age Wave, Successful Aging and Liveable Communities” published August 10th in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. It looks at how the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul need to prepare for a much older population.”The Twin Cities area, like other communities nationwide, has an unprecedented opportunity to create communities that promote successful aging,” states Roberts.Where the challenge, and opportunity, lies in the age wave, as articulated by Minnesota state demographer Tom Gillaspy, is that our population is aging in record numbers.”These things usually creep along at the speed of a glacier,” states Gillaspy. “Not so with aging. In demographic terms, this is a tsunami.”Solutions must take into account that there is far more at stake than simple logistics of infrastructure. To ensure success, vibrant communities that support the notion of creating home wherever one chooses to live must be developed in fairly rapid fashion.Members of the Silent Generation and Baby Boom Generation represent the most educated, technologically connected, discerning group of seniors our nation has ever seen. Many communities nationwide, including the Twin Cities metro, are unprepared for what this group will desire as they age.”This demographic does not want to age in isolation,” continues Roberts. “They want to be near family and friends, easy-access transportation, health care, learning, exercise, shopping, worship places and other gathering hubs that feed the mind, body and soul.”Communities such as Atlanta are beginning to develop solutions. In response to their age wave, the city’s regional commission has formed Aging Atlanta, with more than 50 public, private and nonprofit partners. It has surveyed metro Atlantans 55 and older to see how they view aging and how they plan to live.Atlanta is an example of a community that is embracing aging and planning ahead, but here is still a great deal of work to do in preparing nationally for the aging of America.”Aging is not partisan,” concludes Roberts. “We all do it. And if we do this right, we should all benefit from it.”About EcumenEcumen (www.ecumen.org) is based in Shoreview, Minn., and is one of the largest non-profit senior housing companies in the United States. In addition to owning senior housing communities, it provides senior housing management and senior housing development services for others. The name Ecumen comes from the word ecumenical, which in turn is derived from the Greek word for home: “Oikos.” Ecumen works to create “home” for older adults wherever they choose to live. Ecumen is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and has 4,000 team members. Ecumen’s “Changing Aging” blog is located at http://www.ecumen.org/changing-aging/.###

New Senior Housing Developed by Aging Services Provider Ecumen in North Branch, MN, Shows How Communities Can Ready for the Age Wave

Tuesday, August 7th, 2007

The Villages of North Branch transforms traditional nursing home into a community people are proud to call home. Shoreview, MN (PRWEB) August 7, 2007 — Aging services provider Ecumen (http://www.ecumen.org), Minnesota’s largest non-profit senior housing company, is working to transform long-term care with the opening of the senior living community, The Villages of North Branch in North Branch, Minn. The new senior housing community is an example of how communities can meet growing assisted living and care needs.The Villages of North Branch, a $22 million development, replaces a 1950s-style county-operated nursing home and departs from the traditional nursing home model. Institutional hallways are replaced by small neighborhoods and it features technology to help seniors live as independently as possible. The Villages of North Branch is senior housing that is designed to be an integral part of the larger community, with its café, chapel and meeting rooms open for use by community groups.”Aging is all about living, even at the very end of life,” said Leah Killian-Smith, who is the Ecumen leader at The Villages of North Branch. “We’re eliminating the institutionalism and isolation that assisted living can sometimes be known for, by connecting people to each other and promoting vital, successful aging.”The new Ecumen community is wired with QuietCare sensor technology that can help Villages team members spot small health problems before they grow larger and inhibit independence. CareTracker technology eliminates paper recordkeeping and allows team members to spend more time with residents. The Villages also is fully wired for high-speed internet.”In the previous nursing home, we operated by sets of rules that took the spontaneity out of life,” said Killian-Smith. “Five glasses of fluid and a handful of pills for breakfast isn’t normal. Two eggs sunny side up with bacon and hash browns, a glass of juice with no meds because they have them before eating is much more normal. Now people get up when they want and eat when they want. That sounds so simple, but in so many assisted living communities it’s not. It’s time for that to change in America.”About EcumenEcumen (www.ecumen.org) is based in Shoreview, Minn., and is one of the largest non-profit senior housing companies in the United States. The name Ecumen comes from the word ecumenical, which in turn is derived from the Greek word for home: “Oikos.” Ecumen works to create “home” for older adults wherever they choose to live. Ecumen is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and has 4,000 team members. Ecumen’s “Changing Aging” blog is located at http://www.ecumen.org/changing-aging/.###

 
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