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National Assisted Living Week Honors the Special Relationship Between Those Giving and Receiving Care

Ecumen assisted living communities join other providers around the country this week in celebration of National Assisted Living Week – a time to honor the deep connections between staff and residents. 


Opening This Summer and Now Taking Reservations: Rose Senior Living— Clinton Township, Mich., Managed by Ecumen

Ecumen’s second senior living development project in partnership with Edward Rose & Sons is well underway in Clinton Township, Mich., and is on schedule for a mid-summer 2014 opening.


Ecumen Centennial House Honored in Readers Choice Awards

Ecumen Centennial House in Apple Valley, Minn., was named “best assisted living” community in Sun Thisweek newspaper’s Readers Choice Awards.

The results were published January 24, 2014, based on a total of about 15,000 reader votes cast both from in-paper ballots and online.


An Unshaggy Dog Story Unfolds at Ecumen Lakeview Commons

Furless Fred Ecumen Lakeview Commons

Fred had hit bottom.  He was homeless and malnourished, living in a godforsaken shelter somewhere in Arkansas.  His body was covered in sores, and his teeth were falling out.  But even in this depth of despair, there was something about his spirit.

You could look through his eyes right into his beautiful soul.  And that’s what saved his life. A stranger saw who he was on the inside and rescued him from certain death.


Heritage at Irene Woods in Memphis Hosts Official Dedication

Heritage at Irene Woods, a new Ecumen-managed senior living community near Memphis, Tenn., hosted its official dedication ceremony January 10, 2014, welcoming about 100 local officials, business owners and health care professionals for tours and lunch.


Ecumen Meadows Is Part of Worthington’s 85-Year-Old Christmas Tradition

 In the late 1920s, the Worthington, Minn., community came together to make sure the poorest of the poor in Nobles County had food and gifts for Christmas.  Bushel baskets were filled with home-canned foods and delivered to the poor.  The program continued, year after year, getting bigger and better.  The bushel baskets are now shopping carts, filled with a wide range of food, clothes and toys.


Heritage at Irene Woods, an Ecumen-Managed Community, Rolls Out Its New Approach to Senior Living Near Memphis

Heritage at Irene Woods near Memphis, Tenn., recently welcomed its first independent-living residents and the assisted living and memory care units will open October 1. The senior living community, located at Forest Hill Irene Road and Bill Morris Parkway near I-385, is in the first phase of a long-term development plan that includes multi-family housing.


5 Tips for Selecting the Best Assisted Living for You by Putting on Your Frontline Reporter's Hat

Tuesday evening, PBS’s Frontline aired “Life and Death in Assisted Living.” If you haven’t watched it, please do.  I came away from it angry, horrified and saddened at the tragedy experienced by the residents and families.  The documentary also made me appreciate the many good assisted living providers who have wonderful people taking care of our seniors.