Making the Move to a Retirement Community : A Complete Guide to Making an Informed Decision

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A complete family guide to making an informed decision regarding retirement communities and senior living options. Written by a 30-year veteran operations expert in Senior Housing and author. Learn about the different types of facilities, how they are priced, and how to choose which one is right for your situation. More

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About Benjamin Pearce

Benjamin Pearce is an expert in the senior living industry and dementia related care. He has three decades of experience working with 200 communities in 33 states encompassing over $850 million in annual revenue. Pearce has extensive experience as a published author of several books and as a public speaker for caregivers and supervisors. His book, Senior Living Communities: Operations management and marketing for assisted living, congregate and continuing care retirement communities was first published in 1998, and a second edition in 2007 by John Hopkins University Press is now the go-to handbook for effective senior residential facilities. It has also been converted into an online classroom for the certification of assisted living administrators in several states. He has also written many articles on senior living for publications such as Provider, Contemporary Long Term Care and Assisted Living Success. Pearce also serves as an expert witness for assisted living and skilled nursing litigation.
In addition, Pearce shares his expertise as an adjunct professor for Johns Hopkins University and New York University, while teaching a variety of courses about the elderly, dementia and customer service for continuing education online that is approved in all fifty states.
Currently President of Senior Living Management, Mr. Pearce provides management and consulting services for the senior living industry including skilled nursing, assisted living, memory care, independent living and active adult retirement communities. Formerly Senior Vice President, Senior Housing of Genesis Health Ventures Inc., Mr. Pearce was responsible for the planning, implementing, and directing all facets of operations and marketing for 25 new and 43 existing projects totaling $240 million in annual revenue. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President of Operations for A•D•S Senior Housing, which was acquired by Genesis Health Ventures in October of 1997. Prior to that he was Vice President of Operations for Classic Residence by Hyatt, during his tenure there he was able to triple the number of move-ins per month while cutting the average cost per move-in in half.
Pearce has received a number of awards including the Contemporary Long Term Care Order of Excellence in 1990, 1991 and 1994. The Contemporary Long Term Care Order of Excellence is awarded to recognize outstanding operators and is an elite fraternity whose members have been judged by their peers to be the nation’s best. Nominees are judged in three categories: resident services, business management, and facility design. Within these categories facilities are evaluated on quality, innovation, and cost effectiveness.

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Review by: Karen Doll on March 28, 2013 :
The ebook "Making the Move to a Retirement Community" is an excellent resource for anyone who is personally considering this option or is the loved one of an elderly family member who needs detailed information on what is available and the obstacles you may encounter.

As a nurse practitioner nearing retirement age, as well as the caretaker for elderly parents, I find this book extremely informative as it guides you step-by-step in the process of selecting the best type of retirement living according to your needs.

I learned that retirement living does not necessarily have to mean assisted-living. I was not aware of the broad range of facilities available, from independent living communities featuring all inclusive meals and activities with home health services that can provide a cushion of care if you need it, to assisted living arrangements and continuing care.

My own parents have lived in the same house for years, and I now see the safety and isolation issues they are facing that can impact their health. Despite their years, they are not ready for assisted living, and I am happy to have learned about the availability of alternative living arrangements so they can enjoy a safer, more social lifestyle without the burden of meal preparation and home maintenance.

The author presents his information in clear concise language and covers all the basics one needs to know to make an informed decision as to how best to handle the transition with the ultimate goal of maintaining independent living for as long as possible.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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