Guarantee of Care For Life?

Guarantee of Care For Life?

Guarantee of Care for LifeMany senior living communities say, “We will take care of you for the rest of your life.”  Really?  What if a senior legitimately runs out of his or her resources?  Can they still stay for life?  Is it a marketing spiel or a real guarantee?  What promise is really written in the resident’s contract?  Do they offer at least three levels of care including skilled nursing?

Senior living communities can talk about a “fund” to help residents or a “Good Samaritan Fund.”  My own mom was lucky enough to benefit from this type of fund.  I never dreamed in a million years that my mom would live in a higher level of care like assisted living for so many years (seven to be exact).  In the middle of those seven years, my mom ran out of her resources.  She has social security, an annuity, a pension and a savings account.  Her savings account depleted down to $2,000.

Thank goodness my mom’s Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) had a Good Sam Fund that was developed out of generous donations.  The little known fact was that only 10 seniors could benefit from the fund at any given time.  My mom was number 10.  I never knew if there was a resident whose number was 11 or higher that never received financial help.

Now, I know about two CCRC’s in CA that offer a Guarantee of Care for life.  It is straight up and clearly written in the contracts at Freedom Village in Lake Forest and The Village in Hemet.

An attorney compared CCRC contracts in Orange County and determined that all were not equal in the guarantee of care for life.  Some are straight up and others offer, “A guarantee of care for life,” but add three extra words following this statement in the contract… those three extra words are, “At our option.”

“At our option,” sounds a lot like a Good Sam Fund that has a limited amount of resident users.  What do you think?

Please share your successes, failures or comment below to join the conversation and interact with other senior living professionals on what is currently being effective to increase occupancy on a nationwide basis.

Diane Twohy Masson is the author of “Senior Housing Marketing – How to Increase Your Occupancy and Stay Full,” available at Amazon.com with a 5-star rating.  The book is required reading at George Mason University as a part of its marketing curriculum.  Within this book, the author developed a sales & marketing method with 12 keys to help senior living providers increase their occupancy.   Masson developed this expertise as a marketing consultant, sought-after blogger for senior housing and a regional marketing director of continuing care retirement communities in several markets.  She has also been a corporate director of sales and a mystery shopper for independent living, assisted living, memory care and skilled care nursing communities in multiple states.  Currently, Masson is setting move-in records as the regional marketing director of two debt-free Continuing Care Retirement Communities in Southern California – Freedom Village in Lake Forest and The Village in Hemet, California.  Interestingly, this career started when she was looking for a place for her own mom and helped her loved one transition through three levels of care.

 

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Feeling Critiqued Versus Evaluated in Senior Living?

Feeling Critiqued Versus Evaluated in Senior Living?

Do They Feel Harshly Criticized?

Do They Feel Harshly Criticized?

“Critique” and “evaluate” are two simple words but often misconstrued by the receiver.

In a recent team meeting, one department head described how one of her staff cries every time she tries to critique her.  This makes it very difficult for this supervisor to work with her employee.  The senior living team brainstormed together.  Another department head said that it really should be called “evaluating performance” of the staff member and not critiquing.

It is the responsibility of supervisors in senior living communities to continually evaluate his or her residents and document everything (particularly in skilled nursing care, assisted living and memory care).  It sounds so simple, yet when a supervisor starts evaluating the caregiver providing the care to the resident…it can be misinterpreted as harsh criticism.

Hopefully, supervisors continually critique themselves and try to improve their own coaching skills.  How is a supervisor approaching an employee to administer an evaluation or yearly review?  Everyone has different personalities and some supervisor’s direct approach can be confrontational to another personality type.  Our marketing team just read, “How to Win Friends and Influence People,” by Dale Carnegie.  It is an excellent book on how to interact with other employees.  Evaluations should be capitalized on as a teaching opportunity, so the evaluated employee can continually improve.

Can you share how you evaluate your senior living employees?  How do you handle an employee who reacts negatively and turns the performance improvement plan into a personal attack on them?

Please share your successes, failures or comment below to join the conversation and interact with other senior living professionals on what is currently being effective to increase occupancy on a nationwide basis.

Diane Twohy Masson is the author of “Senior Housing Marketing – How to Increase Your Occupancy and Stay Full,” available at Amazon.com with a 5-star rating.  The book is required reading at George Mason University as a part of its marketing curriculum.  Within this book, the author developed a sales & marketing method with 12 keys to help senior living providers increase their occupancy.   Masson developed this expertise as a marketing consultant, sought-after blogger for senior housing and a regional marketing director of continuing care retirement communities in several markets.  She has also been a corporate director of sales and a mystery shopper for independent living, assisted living, memory care and skilled care nursing communities in multiple states.  Currently, Masson is setting move-in records as the regional marketing director of two debt-free Continuing Care Retirement Communities in Southern California – Freedom Village in Lake Forest and The Village in Hemet, California.  Interestingly, this career started when she was looking for a place for her own mom and helped her loved one transition through three levels of care.

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Showing Un-Renovated Apartments?  Bad Idea!!!!!

Showing Un-Renovated Apartments? Bad Idea!!!!!

Un-Renovated Senior Living Apartments This picture is worth a thousand words.  What is the state of your available apartments?  On a recent trip to Oregon, the best place in town had this in the tub.  I wanted to throw up.  Really?  Yet, I have seen this and worse when mystery shopping senior living communities.

Your maintenance team is overworked and they don’t have time to do apartment renovations.  So many senior residents are moving out…maintenance can’t keep up.  So senior living sales people have to show apartments that are not clean or renovated.  Is this fine at your retirement community?  Non-renovated apartments have sold that way before, right?

Wrong?!!!  This is a poor long-term strategy and bad first impression to fill the building and increase occupancy.  Don’t listen to the maintenance team blues!  Here are four quick solutions if your retirement community is in this boat…

  1. Only show model apartments period.  Never ever show a disgusting apartment that someone just moved out of.  It is not available to show ever!!!!
  2. If you don’t have model apartments, make arrangements with a few residents to show their apartments.  It’s always nice to have one or two residents who say you may show their apartment anytime.
  3. Have housekeeping clean up the disgusting apartment now, before it is shown to single a person.  (I know this is double work for housekeeping, cleaning it before and after renovation.  The extra clean does help sell apartments and improves first impressions.)
  4. The fourth choice is to pay an outside company to renovate apartments at your senior living community.  I know it costs more money than doing it in-house.  Please look at it in a new way…every month that an apartment remains empty, the senior living organization loses $2,000 to $6,000 in a monthly fee.

Please give sales and marketing the tools they need to create great first impressions and sell it now.  Showing models works great for a senior just looking or thinking two or three months out.  If you want those 48-hour move-ins or two-week move-ins, then clean up the apartments that need to be sold now.  

Please share your successes, failures or comment below to join the conversation and interact with other senior living professionals on what is currently being effective to increase occupancy on a nationwide basis.

Diane Twohy Masson is the author of “Senior Housing Marketing – How to Increase Your Occupancy and Stay Full,” available at Amazon.com with a 5-star rating.  The book is required reading at George Mason University as a part of its marketing curriculum.  Within this book, the author developed a sales & marketing method with 12 keys to help senior living providers increase their occupancy.   Masson developed this expertise as a marketing consultant, sought-after blogger for senior housing and a regional marketing director of continuing care retirement communities in several markets.  She has also been a corporate director of sales and a mystery shopper for independent living, assisted living, memory care and skilled care nursing communities in multiple states.  Currently, Masson is setting move-in records as the regional marketing director of two debt-free Continuing Care Retirement Communities in Southern California – Freedom Village in Lake Forest and The Village in Hemet, California.  Interestingly, this career started when she was looking for a place for her own mom and helped her loved one transition through three levels of care.

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Senior Living Communities Are Open 365 Days A Year

Senior Living Communities Are Open 365 Days A Year

Diane and Mom

Mom and Diane

Here is a shout out to all the special senior living employees who are working on Christmas this year.  Every Boomer child who cares about his or her parent appreciates your dedication.

You may be cooking or serving the grand holiday buffet in an Independent Living Community, passing medications in an Assisted Living Community, calming anxiety in a Memory Care Community or providing 24-hour care in a Skilled Nursing – Thank You!

This Christmas, my mom is in Freedom Village Health Care Center.  When I visited her on Thanksgiving morning, I saw smiles and joy in the eyes of the skilled nursing staff.  Today, I am grateful that quality staff surrounds her and that she will be savoring her favorite coffee on Christmas morning.

Are you working on Christmas this year?  Share your community name and what you do!  Let’s spread some Christmas cheer!

Diane Twohy Masson is the author of “Senior Housing Marketing – How to Increase Your Occupancy and Stay Full,” available at Amazon.com with a 5-star rating.  The book is required reading at George Mason University as a part of its marketing curriculum.  Within this book, the author developed a sales & marketing method with 12 keys to help senior living providers increase their occupancy.   Masson developed this expertise as a marketing consultant, sought-after blogger for senior housing and a regional marketing director of continuing care retirement communities in several markets.  She has also been a corporate director of sales and a mystery shopper for independent living, assisted living, memory care and skilled care nursing communities in multiple states.  Most recently Masson was recruited to consult for two debt-free Continuing Care Retirement Communities in Southern California – Freedom Village in Lake Forest and The Village in Hemet, California.  Interestingly, this career started when she was looking for a place for her own mom and helped her loved one transition through three levels of care.

© Marketing 2 Seniors| Diane Twohy Masson 2013 All Rights Reserved. No part of this blog post may be reproduced, copied, modified or adapted, without the prior written consent of the author, unless otherwise indicated for stand-alone materials. You may share this website and or it’s content by any of the following means: 1. Using any of the share icons at the bottom of each page. 2. Providing a back-link or the URL of the content you wish to disseminate. 3. You may quote extracts from the website with attribution to Diane Masson CASP and link http://www.marketing2seniors.net For any other mode of sharing, please contact the author Diane Masson.