News Room

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Senior Services of America (SSA) announced today that it will soon start construction on a new state-of-the-art Memory Care Community on the corner of Harbour Pointe Boulevard and Harbour Reach Drive in Mukilteo, WA. Please click here to read the article.

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Birchview Memory Care's Virtual Dementia tour program was featured on King 5 News.
Please click here to watch the clip and read the article.

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16 Things I Would Want If I Got Dementia - A heartfelt wish list from a dementia care worker, written by Broadmore at Lakemont Farms' Memory Care Director, Rachael Wonderlin, was featured by PBS Next Avenue. Please click here to read the article.

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Broadmore at Lakemont Farms resident, Sam Migliorini, was featured in South Fayette Connection as a member of South Fayette’s original police force. Please click here to read the article.

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Young music students perform at Broadmore at Lakemont Farms. Please click here to read the article.

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Broadmore Senior Living residents performed Christmas carols for their loved ones on Dec. 17, and surprised the audience with visits from Frosty the Snowman, Santa's elves and Santa Claus himself. Please click here to read the article.

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Broadmore Senior Living and Ava Crum's Old Colony Real Estate group honored 17 veterans who live at the Broadmore community on Wednesday, Nov. 11. Please click here to read the article.

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Broadmore at Lakemont Farms residents acted as extras in the Christmas-themed movie “Love the Coopers” (originally titled “Let It Snow”) that filmed at our community in February. The Summer issue of IN South Fayette magazine featured an article about our movie "role". Please click here to read the article.

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Congratulations to South Fayette High School’s STEM Team who took first place in the Governor’s STEM Competition regional finals. As part of a statewide competition to make improvements/redesign an every day item, these students decided to make a better walker. These students interviewed Broadmore residents and tested prototypes with them. To read more about the competition and their "winning" walker click here.

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January 28, 2014: The Sequoia in Olympia, WA Earns "Caring Stars 2014" Award for Service Excellence :: Praise in Consumer Reviews Puts The Sequoia in Top 1% of Assisted Living and Memory Care Communities Nationwide. The Sequoia Assisted Living Community has been selected as a "Caring Star" of 2014, as part of an annual nationwide program honoring service excellence based on consumer ratings and reviews posted on Caring.com, the leading senior care website. In reviews from families, seniors, and others concerned about assisted living and Alzheimer’s care, The Sequoia captured a 5-star consumer rating (the highest possible score), while also meeting other qualifying criteria for the honor.

"We appreciate that we’ve received such positive feedback from families about the services we offer, and we thank Caring.com for recognizing our community as a Caring Star," said Lisa Erwin, RN, Executive Director of The Sequoia Assisted Living Community. "We strive daily to deliver high-quality care for our residents, and this award helps validate our delivery on that promise."

Families across the country are increasingly seeking insights provided by online reviews to help guide important senior care decisions for their loved ones. In 2013 research conducted by Caring.com, 60% of family caregivers indicated that they used the Internet when researching senior care service providers, and two-thirds of family caregivers took to the Web after noticing signs of memory loss in a loved one. A combined 94% percent find online reviews to be trustworthy and helpful to their search for senior care providers. Only a small minority (6%) tends not to believe them.

About 400 communities -- the top 1% of assisted living communities nationwide -- achieved this recognition.

The Caring Stars 2014 award was determined from consumer ratings and reviews posted on Caring.com between December 1, 2012, and December 1, 2013. To qualify, the community had to have received all of the following:
· Three or more reviews during the time frame, at least one of which with the highest rating of five stars
· An average overall rating (across all reviews on their listing) equaling greater than 4 stars
· No unresolved negative reviews

To help these communities stand out to families searching for senior living, a special badge is featured on their listing in Caring.com’s Assisted Living or Alzheimer’s care directories and search results.

"Congratulations to The Sequoia for achieving this high praise from the residents and families they serve," said Andy Cohen, cofounder and CEO of Caring.com. "Word-of-mouth recommendations in online reviews are consistently cited among the top considerations in the search and selection process. The Caring Stars award badge signals a history of service excellence, further helping those seeking the best assisted living or Alzheimer’s care community for their loved ones." Contact: Lisa Erwin, 360-491-0491, admin@sequoia-olympia.com

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October 10, 2013: Senior Services of America Wins International Senior Living Marketing Award ::  Senior Services of America (SSA), a senior living community management company based out of Tacoma, WA has won an award in one of the most prestigious senior living awards in North America: the MOMBAs (Mature Online Marketing Business Awards). SSA won for Best Move-in Specials and Promotions for their creative holiday move-in promotion that was executed last November. The MOMBA Awards recognize the best marketing achievements by senior living communities worldwide in 10 unique categories. Nearly 200 entries were received from senior living communities from across North America, as well as South America and Asia. A panel of five expert judges narrowed the entries down to five in each category, and then four weeks of online voting by the general public selected the winners. Winners will be presented their awards during a RetirementHomes.com party and reception in Dallas, Texas, coinciding with the annual LeadingAge expo on Tuesday, October 29 from 8-10pm Dallas time

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June 10, 2013: Broadmore Senior Living at Hagerstown in the News :: Herald Mail publishes a story, featured on the front page, about Memory Cafe gathering organized by Broadmore at Hagerstown's Community Relations Director KC Ryerson. Click to view the story.

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May 16, 2013: Washington Legislature Enacts Alert System for Vulnerable People :: This year, Senior Services of America CEO Lee Field worked with the Washington Health Care Association and other stakeholders to ensure that an emergency notification system like the "Amber Alert" is available to vulnerable citizens who wander or go missing  The issue was a high priority for Lee. As a long-time provider of care and services for people stricken with Alzheimer's disease, Lee knows too well that such an alert system, which is already in place in 20 other states, has the potential to save lives.

Six in 10 people with dementia will wander. A person with Alzheimer's may not remember his or her name or address, and can become disoriented, even in familiar places. Wandering and getting lost is common among people with dementia and can happen during any stage of the disease.

According to the Alzheimer's Association, 95 percent of those who wander will be found within a quarter-mile of home. If not found within 24 hours, half will suffer serious injury or death.

This legislation was also a priority for advocates for people with developmental disabilities.

Based on Lee's work with other advocates, the Washington State Legislature passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Jeannie Darnielle of Tacoma, that creates a quick response system designed to issue and coordinate alerts following the disappearance of a vulnerable citizen.

The Washington State Patrol is now at work on creating an emergency notification system in which law enforcement agencies broadcast local, regional, or statewide public alerts for missing seniors and other individuals with cognitive impairments, including Alzheimer's disease.

Special thanks to those families and employees who advocated for this important legislation.

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May 2, 2013: Broadmore Senior Living at York in the News :: The York Daily Record publishes a story on Broadmore at York's Senior Prom 2013. Click to view the story.

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April 17, 2013: Mountain Meadows Senior Living Campus in the News :: The Leavenworth Echo publishes a story on Mountain Meadows' Senior Prom 2013. Click to view the story.

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April 10, 2013: Broadmore Senior Living at York Rated Deficiency Free in 2013 State Survey. Broadmore at York is located in York, PA.

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January 14, 2013: Three Senior Services of America Managed Communities Designated “Caring Star” of 2013 : Consumer Reviews on Caring.com Used to Determine Best Assisted Living and Alzheimer’s Care Communities in the United States :: Senior Services of America is pleased to announce that three of it's managed Communities have been named a “Caring Star” of 2013, an annual nationwide designation recognizing service excellence based on consumer ratings and reviews posted on Caring.com, the leading website for those caring for aging loved ones, with nearly two million visitors per month. In reviews from families, seniors and others concerned about assisted living and Alzheimer’s care, Broadmore Senior Living at York, Broadmore Senior Living at Lakemont Farms and Westminster Terrace Assisted Living Community have captured the highest possible rating of five stars on Caring.com, while also meeting other qualifying criteria for the honor.

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October 17, 2013: De Palma Terrace Senior Living Rated Deficiency Free in 2013 State Survey. De Palma Terrace is located in Placentia, CA.

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September 6, 2012: Tacoma-Based Senior Living Provider a Finalist in International Competition; General Public Voting Will Select Winner :: Senior Services of America, a Tacoma, Washington-based senior living chain, has been nominated as a finalist for an international senior living award presented by RetirementHomes.com, North America’s most popular online senior community directory.

The MOMBA Awards recognize the best marketing achievements by senior living communities worldwide in 10 unique categories. Senior Services of America has been nominated in four categories: Best Resident Amenities, Best Brand and Brand Management, Best Traditional Advertising, and Judge’s Choice.

Nearly 200 entries were received from senior living communities across North America, as well as South America, and Asia. Nominees were selected by a team of expert judges, and now, the general public will vote and determine the winners.

To vote for free, visit RetirementHomes.com/MOMBA, and score entries between 1 and 5 points (5 being the highest). Each person can vote once per day, until the deadline on September 28. The entry in each category with the highest score will win.

Winners will be announced soon after voting ends, and awards will be given out during the LeadingAge conference in Denver, Colorado in October.

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June 2012: Nate Oglesby RN, Mountain Meadows Executive Director Named WHCA Assisted Living Administrator of the Year :: Nate Oglesby, ED of Mountain Meadows in
Leavenworth, WA has been selected as the Assisted Living Administrator of the Year by the Washington Health Care Association. Nate has been committed to Mountain Meadows, its residents and employees for 6 years and has made it one of the top assisted living communities in Washington. We are all proud of Nate’s recognition (well deserved) and honored to work with such a devoted professional.

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March 7, 2012: Letter from Lee Field, President, Senior Services of America/Chairman, Washington Center for Assisted Living :: Earlier today, Governor Christine Gregoire signed House Bill 2056 into law. This legislation, initiated by WHCA’s Assisted Living Committee, strikes the antiquated term, “Boarding Home” from all state laws and regulations and replaces it with the more accurate and up-to-date term, “Assisted Living.” { Read Full Letter }

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March 7, 2012: After more than half a century: Governor signs bill reflecting modern changes :: No longer will Washington law refer to “boarding homes,” an outmoded term used since 1958 when the state began licensing facilities providing housing and services to more than seven residents. After more than 50 years, SHB 2056 changes the designation to “assisted living facilities.” { Read Full Article }

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February 2012: Discovery Memory Care provides care, support and advocacy :: Discovery Memory Care specializes in supporting people with memory care needs, but the center has also taken an active role in community education and fundraising efforts that go toward finding a cure for Alzheimer’s, a disease that affects more than 6 million people nationwide.

Discovery Memory Care was the top corporate fundraiser for the 2010 and 2011 Walk to End Alzheimer’s held in Bremerton. And this year the North Olympic Peninsula was awarded a walk site by the Alzheimer’s Association. It will be held in Sequim Sept. 29. The business will host a silent auction and spaghetti feed on May 19 to raise money prior to the walk. All funds for the feed, auction and walk will go to the Alzheimer’s Association for research. { Read Full Article }

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November 11, 2011: Broadmore Senior Living at York :: Veterans share their war memories. Handprints of more than 100 seniors formed stripes on an American flag. When the paint dried, the flag was hung as a 9/11 memorial. Today, it will be folded into a care package and sent to U.S. soldiers overseas. { Read Full Article }

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November 11, 2011: Remnant Yuchi Nation members and residents of Broadmore Senior Living at Bristol perform a friendship dance in celebration of Native American Heritave Month. Members of the Indian group introduced Broadmore to a rich variety of Native American lore during the visit. (Source: Bristol Herald Courier) { Photo 1 | Photo 2 | Photo 3 | Photo 4 | Photo 5 }

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October 24, 2011: Bud Phillips Presents "Ghost Stories" at Broadmore Senior Living. Bud Phillips, Bristol’s popular historian, is a regular on the speaking circuit in the Twin-Cities.  Throughout the week he speaks to civic groups, church gatherings and reunions on the history of his adopted home. With the approach of Halloween Phillips is speaking about ghostly sightings in Bristol. Phillips will be presenting some of these stories and other haunting selections on Monday October 31, 2 p.m. at Broadmore Senior Living in Bristol Tennessee. The hour-long session will be followed by refreshments and a book signing of his popular histories.  { Read Full Article }

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August 15, 2011: Anna Zwergel celebrated her 100th birthday on Sunday at Broadmore Senior Living at Lakemont Farms in South Fayette. Friends and family, some from as far away as Arizona, came out to Broadmore to celebrate with food and cupcakes. { Read Full Article }

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August 14, 2011: Friends and family came out for a carnival at Broadmore at Lakemont Farms, complete with games, prizes, fair food and a petting zoo. { Read Full Article }

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July 30, 2011: Broadmore at Johnson City residents Frances Brown and Ruth Brown Vineyard, 86-year-old twins featured in News and Neighbor newspaper. Read their fascinating story on page 8! { Read Full Article }

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July 6, 2011: Mountain Meadows Assisted Living Community announced today that it closed and funded a $5.5M loan and will break ground July 21, 2011 on a new expansion project which will more than double the size and capacity of the community. { Read Full Article }

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June 30, 2011: Randy Detweiler, program coordinator for People Able to Lend Support, a volunteer organization through Highmark, got a group of quilters from St. Thomas More’s Quilt Club to donate their creations to the residents of Broadmore Assisted Living at Lakemont Farms in South Fayette. { Read Full Article }

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Press Release June 30, 2011:
Media Contact: Nate Oglesby  (509) 548-4076

Mountain Meadows Senior Community announces HUD loan funding and ground breaking for new expansion!

Leavenworth, WA:  Mountain Meadows Assisted Living Community announced today that it closed and funded a $5.5M loan and will break ground July 21, 2011 on a new expansion project which will more than double the size and capacity of the community.  

The expansion, at a total estimated cost in excess of five million dollars, will add 23,544 square feet including 24 assisted living apartments, which consists of 11 double occupied memory care units (22 memory care beds), 13 studio and one bedroom units, and 6 free standing duplex retirement/assisted living cottages, resulting in a total of 69 units/beds for the campus.  This will allow Mountain Meadows to serve a larger population of Private Pay and Medicaid Residents including those living independently to those with memory loss and cognitive impairments.

The building permits have already been issued, so construction will start immediately.  The cottages will be completed before the main building and the overall project is expected to be completed early next spring.

The expansion project has been in the planning and design stage for more than three years.  Changes in the financial markets that occurred in 2008 slowed the process and led to the need for HUD-backed financing.   The lender for the project is CWCapital LLC, a leading, national lender to the commercial, multifamily and senior housing industries.

“It has been a long and winding road to reach this point with our project.  It will have been worth the journey and a testimony to the tenacity shown by our board and management to see this dream come true,” stated Jon Wheeler, CPA, and President of the Board of Mountain Meadows when he announced the good news to members of the board.  

Other well known supporters of the project include; Rob Eaton -The Mayor of Leavenworth, Mark Judy - The CEO of Cascade Medical Center, Linda Evans-Parlette - State Senator, State Representative, Mike Armstrong and Keith Goehner, Chelan County Commission Chairman.

The developer of the project is Marathon Development, based in Bellevue, Washington.  Marathon’s President Ted Johnson stated “While it has taken longer than expected to reach this point, the project’s construction timing now benefits from low interest rates and attractive material prices coupled with strong demand for units of this type.”  Johnson’s firm specializes in the development of assisted living and senior housing options, especially those with a non-profit sponsor.   The contractor for the project is Spokane based KOP Construction.  Mountain Meadows has been managed by Senior Services of America since 2003.  Senior Services owns and manages 23 assisted living communities in eight states.   

Mountain Meadows is a qualified non-profit 501(c)(3) assisted living community providing private apartments, meals, transportation, social activities and personal care for residents and families of all economic levels in the Upper Wenatchee Valley.  

To see photos of the Community, please visit www.mountainmeadowsassistedliving.com or visit the Community at 320 Park Avenue E., in Leavenworth, WA.

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May 20, 2011: Our own Kay Adkins, Executive Director at Broadmore Senior Living at Johnson City in Johnson City, Tennessee was named Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) "2011 Champion for Seniors" for exemplary professional service and commitment to seniors. In part, the award notification to Kay signed by Richard Grimes, President and CEO for ALFA, reads “Receiving this recognition is a testament to your superior level of commitment to your community, the seniors whose lives you touch everyday, and the senior living industry as a whole. Thank you for your dedication to excellence.”  We couldn’t have said it any better ourselves!

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May 7, 2011: Octogenarians Mark Hardisty, 87 and Theo Openshaw, 85 of Santa Maria Terrace in Santa Maria, California tied the knot surrounded by family and friends. Article written about their story in the Santa Maria Times. { Read Full Article }

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March 28, 2011: East Coast community, Broadmore Senior Living at Lakemont Farms in Bridgeville, Pennsylvania has been named the gold winner for the 2011 Trib Total Media Reader's Choice Regional Awards for Assisted Living Facility.