Specialty Retirement Communities: Made to Order

senior couples bikingWhat will your community look like 5 or 10 years from now? It’s becoming more apparent that one size does not fit all. This article in The New York Times, Finding Communities That Connect and Nurture the Like-Minded by Abby Ellindec outlines many of the exciting transformations communities are making to attract new residents and keep existing residents engaged and happy. Programs are built that reflect the life and interests consumers had before joining the community.  Not only does this pertain to hobbies, interests and general lifestyle choices but also to the dining experience. Imagine how your culture might shift as the aging services market continues to evolve.

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About Cindy Heilman

Cindy is the founder and owner of Kind Dining®, which she began in 2006. She’s traveled across the country and Canada working with and training senior living communities that want to create an exceptional dining experience for their residents and staff. In addition, she certifies select professionals in her Kind Dining® philosophy and provides tools, now in an eLearning format, that make learning stick and help people put insights into action. As a result of her work, clients often share their staff has a new sense of purpose, get along better and keep their focus and energy on what matters most. In fact, she wrote a book, Hospitality for Boomers on how to attract residents and keep good team members. In her free time, she enjoys walking Oregon trails and cheering on her favorite soccer teams, the Portland Thorns and Timbers.

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