April 2024

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News and information about Gardant-managed communities winning the Great Place to Work Award, celebrating 15 years of caring for older adults, the healing power of social connections, and more!

A Great Place to Work

The Great Place to Work Institute and its senior care partner Activated Insights have certified Gardant and 50 of the assisted living and memory care communities the company manages as 2024 Great Places to Work.


The certification is based on surveying employees at Gardant and the communities Gardant manages and evaluating feedback on more than 60 elements of the employees’ experiences on the job. The elements included pride in the organization’s community impact, belief that their work makes a difference, and feeling that their work has special meaning.

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Celebrating 15 years of Caring for Older Adults

Cambridge House of Swansea, a Gardant-managed affordable assisted living community in the St. Louis Metro East area, celebrated its 15th Anniversary. Since opening, the community has served more than 770 older adults of all incomes who need some assistance to maintain their independence. Director of Maintenance Ed McCabe and Certified Nurses Aides Mandy Hawkins, Deborah Dumas, and Dameka Davis were honored for 15 years of service to Cambridge House of Swansea.

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Healing Power of Social Connections and Community

In an Advisory from the U.S. Surgeon General, our epidemic of loneliness and isolation was highlighted along with its negative impact on the health of individuals and society. The Advisory goes on to highlight the healing powers of social connections and tells us what we can do to build more connected lives and a more connected society.

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Loneliness and Physical Frailty

A new study found that loneliness increases the risk of physical frailty among older adults, which increases the risk of depression, falls and cognitive decline.

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Touching Resident’s Life for 20+ Years

Betty, an “original” resident at Brookstone Estates of Tuscola has lived at the affordable assisted living community in Illinois since 2003. She recently broke her shoulder and was away from the community for three months. Her family decided to pay to hold apartment while she was gone. The day she returned, residents and staff welcomed her back by greeting her and handing her flowers. She visited the salon at the community to get her hair done, and then wanted to be sure she was on time for BINGO. The next day her daughter called the Executive Director, crying and expressing her gratitude for the way the community welcomed her Mom back home and for the ways the community has touched her Mom’s life for the past 20+ years.

Kidney Disease: A Hidden Epidemic

An editorial posted on the Nature website asked if it is time to sound the alarm about kidney disease as it is the third fastest-growing cause of death worldwide. It is projected to become the fifth highest cause by 2040.

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Gardant Team Member Selected for National Leadership Program

Karen Franklin, Senior Regional Director of Human Resources with Gardant, has been selected to participate in the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living’s (AHCA/NCAL) Diversity Executive Leadership Program. She is one of 15 participants from across the U.S. to have been selected to participate in the DELP program, which provides participants with the tools to champion issues affecting the quality of long-term, sub-acute and assisted living care and the skills to drive change. Karen is the second Gardant team member to be selected for DELP. Stephen Woods, a Regional Director of Operations, is completing the program this year.

Drug Shortages in the U.S.

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists reports that drug shortages in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2024 was at the highest level since the ASHP began tracking the data in 2001.

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Alzheimer’s Advocacy Forum

Chrisi Karcz, Vice President of Clinical Services with Gardant, participated in the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement (AIM) 2024 Advocacy Forum in our nation’s Capitol. She joined volunteers from across the country in advocating for policies to improve the lives of individuals impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. She had the opportunity to meet with the legislative staffs for Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth and Representatives Darin LaHood, Jonathan Jackson and Lauren Underwood.

Older Adults and Inflation

A recent AARP study found that the vast majority of adults 50 years of age and older in the U.S. are worried that inflation will outpace their income.

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Gardant Cited as an Operator to Watch in 2024

Senior Housing News cited Gardant as one of the five Senior Living Operators to Watch in 2024 because of the company’s focus on the need to offer middle market rates and to educate prospects about what senior living is in light of new scrutiny of the industry.

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Perceptions about Old Age

NBC News recently reported that a new study found that the older people get, the later they think old age begins.

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Gardant Management Solutions operates senior living, assisted living and memory care communities in Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Ohio and West Virginia. Our focus is on providing residents with the Love, Compassion and Dignity they deserve.

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