Active Senior Couple Moving to a CCRC…Learn Why!

After extensive research studying Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC’s), learn why an active senior couple is moving to a Continuing Care Retirement Community in Orange County.  It is called Freedom Village.  Regional Marketing Director Diane Masson explains wait lists, the path to residency and shares a surprise for Karen.

Diane Masson has helped thousands of seniors make educated decisions by planning ahead and gives great tips for adult children whose parents are in crisis mode.  “Your Senior Housing Options,” has a 5-star rating on Amazon.com.  This book can answer all your questions and empower you to help any struggling senior.  Knowledge is power and this book gives a comprehensive overview of all senior housing options.

How Do You Unfreeze a Frozen Senior?

How Do You Unfreeze a Frozen Senior?

Unfreezing a Frozen Senior

After a senior has been diagnosed with a progressive disease such as macular degeneration of the eyes, the onset of blindness, dementia, brain tumor, stroke, cancer, etc. – one of two things can happen:

  1. The senior gets their affairs in order and prepares for someone to care for them when they no longer can.
  2. They go into denial.

As a senior’s disease progresses they may come and tour at your community or mine.  It is very difficult to know that this senior may be in an unsafe situation in his or her home.  I think it affects each of us who are caring professionals in the senior housing industry.  Yet, the senior refuses to bring in help to their home or move to retirement or assisted living community.  It becomes even harder when the adult children are extremely worried.  They may be begging you to talk his or her parent into moving into your senior living community.

I believe the biggest reason this type of senior does nothing is because they are only living in the moment instead of recognizing the potential hazards of their health deteriorating further.

What can we do to unfreeze seniors who may be at risk?

  • Ask great questions
  • Find out why they decided to tour your community today
  • Inquire about what is most important for them
  • Help them recognize they have a challenge
  • Try to have them vocalize their plan for when they can no longer take care of themselves
  • Educate them on potential future outcomes

As a professional senior living expert, who has the best interests of the senior at heart, what have you said or done to help unfreeze a senior?

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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Are You Breaking Records in Senior Living?

Are You Breaking Records in Senior Living?

Honor Roll for Senior Living Sales PeopleMy teams just concluded a senior living marketing retreat in Southern California.  It was a time to step out of their fast-paced selling lives to be nurtured and valued.  It was a celebration of breaking records.  One Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) had the most move-ins since 2001 and another CCRC had the most move-ins since 2005.  Wow!!!

The top four CCRC sales people were highlighted in an honor roll.  Each of these people hit their personal move-in goals three quarters in row.  The top sales person had 10 CCRC move-ins this last quarter alone.  They each spoke about the secret to his or hers success.  There were a variety of humble answers, which included: nurturing client relationships over years, persistence, good events continually drawing in new prospective senior residents, increasing the number of repeat tours, studying sales techniques to improve their craft, the housing market improving and the on-going sale training provided.

The retreat included: celebrating accomplishing quarterly goals, sales training, best practices discussions, our weekly book review of “How to Win Friends and Influence People,” personal time management to increase database calls and a wonderful breakfast and lunch.  The sales people loved having an opportunity to hear best practices and sales experiences from their cohorts at another community.

What are you doing to honor your sale people and celebrate success?  It is tough having to accept constant rejection on a day-to-day basis.  This is what makes senior living sales people extraordinary.  Give a shout out to your sales people through this blog and send them a copy.  Tell them they are special today.

Please share your success, 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.  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.
Stop Multitasking and Increase Sales in Senior Living

Stop Multitasking and Increase Sales in Senior Living

Stop Multitasking and Increase Sales in Senior LivingAre you juggling these 10 things all at the same time in your assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing care or Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC)?

  1. The phone is ringing with a new inquiry
  2. There is a new walk-in in the lobby
  3. Scheduled tours are arriving
  4. Going to a meeting requested by your Executive Director or Director of Marketing
  5. Working with maintenance to make sure the apartment is renovated properly
  6. Finishing the paperwork for a new move-in
  7. Calling the doctor to have them send back a medical report for a new move in
  8. Touring a family member of an upcoming move-in
  9. Residents coming in the office to ask questions
  10. Preparing for the next event

What is not on this list? What about calling or following-up with anyone in your database? I know…you don’t have time. But you do have time…

Did you know it takes 25 to 40 percent longer to get a job done when you are multitasking? Yes!! So how do you become more efficient? Work on one task at a time. Shut the door to your office for one hour and just make calls in the morning. If you do this everyday, you can make about 15 calls a day.

Two things will happen if you take the time to increase your calls:

  1. Your sales will increase, because you will be proactively marketing versus reactively waiting for every customer to call you back.
  2. Your occupancy will rise, because the percentage of senior prospects who select an apartment on the first tour are low. The average person touring assisted living needs to see it three times and CCRC sales can take three to six visits.

Focus on one task at a time and become more effective and efficient – EVERYTIME.

Please share your success, 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 best-selling 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.
How Homework Can Improve A Senior Living Sales Person’s Performance

How Homework Can Improve A Senior Living Sales Person’s Performance

Senior Housing MarketingAre you doing a senior housing sales book review each week?  If not, you should be.  If a sales person is not growing then they are moving backward.  Sales people can get in rut and become complacent.  They can claim that the lack of sales is from the economy or houses not selling.  Well, I am telling you that none of that matters.  It’s the attitude of the senior living sales person, which determines the sales growth.

Book reviews do several things:  First it creates collaboration among colleagues on a new topic.  Plus it has a sales person revisit their own techniques to see if there is room for improvement.  A new word or sentence said at the right time during a tour can spur a prospective senior resident to say yes to a move instead of thinking about it.  Thirdly, the stronger performers can help teach the new or weaker team members.

Now, let’s talk about the homework.  When a sales person is working at a million miles an hour pace, they don’t have time to be introspective about anything.  They barely have time to eat lunch.  Homework – happens at home – where he or she is away from the busy work place and they have time to absorb new material.  Reflection on positive outcomes for work – at home – can help a sales person become more effective.

Senior living sales people want to perform well.  Help them by offering a weekly book review – one chapter of homework a week…

Please comment 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 for sale at Amazon.com.  Masson’s book will be required reading at George Mason University in the Fall as part of the marketing curriculum.  She is currently consulting with Seniors For Living and two debt-free Continuing Care Retirement Communities in Southern California – Freedom Village in Lake Forest and The Village in Hemet, California. Connection and partnership opportunities: Email: diane@marketing2seniors.net