News 2017-08-14T07:17:03+00:00

Despite increasing construction costs, contractors reporting widespread labor shortages, senior housing occupancy rates dropping and various industry data predicting a slow-down in construction, senior living organizations across the country are reporting plenty of activity in the form of expansions, renovations, openings, new construction and acquisitions.

Dominion Senior Living continues to make its statement in the senior living industry with its defined faith-based culture and tremendous growth. This year it has already opened two new communities in Hixson and Bristol, TN, and is scheduled to open communities in Athens, TN, and Richmond, KY, in the next few months. It also started construction on communities in Frankfort and Florence, KY, as well as Anderson and Clemson, SC.

“With our history of substantial growth and our future rapid expansion, our goal is to invest in people while changing the lives of three groups: seniors, their families and our team members,” said Michael Holtzclaw, senior director of operations for Dominion Senior Living.

Oak Trace in Downers Grove, IL

Lifespace Communities will invest approximately $400 million in redevelopment efforts over the next few years. Making improvements to existing communities and pursing opportunities for growth are two key initiatives. Within the past four months, Lifespace has completed renovations at two communities, started construction at another and anticipates beginning construction at three other communities by early 2018.

Development of the first phase of its $150 million Oak Trace in Downers Grove, IL, will start in early fall and include a new, modern-design health center with 66 new assisted living apartments, 28 memory support suites and 102 skilled nursing suites with private courtyards and attractive views. Phase II will follow directly with construction of more than 150 new residential/independent living apartments.

“Enhancing the lives of our residents through redevelopment will help us protect market share and continue the stabilization of our financial operations, giving us the ability to grow,” said Sloan Bentley, president & CEO of Lifespace Communities. “Today’s seniors have high expectations, and Lifespace wants to be a premier choice for retirement living throughout the country.”

Mustang Creek Estates of Sachse will mimic this look
of Mustang Creek Estates of Frisco

Dallas-based Mustang Creek Estates brings its fifth senior living community to Dallas/Fort Worth, announcing construction of a 42,000-square-foot, $7.5 million dollar assisted living and memory care community in Sachse, expected to open in fall 2017.

Mustang Creek Estates of Sachse is accepting reservations for its residential-style community that will feature six uniquely designed homes facing a greenspace and walking path and housing up to 16 seniors in each home. A flexible schedule will enable residents receiving personal assisted care to continue living as they did at home, including the ability to congregate in the central open kitchen in each home in the neighborhood as their meals are prepared from scratch.

“There is a real need for our affordable, residential-style assisted living and memory care community in the rapidly growing town of Sachse,” said Renee Ramsey, CEO of Mustang Creek Estates. “We look forward to being a resource for local families and organizations.”

Civitas Senior Living, a Texas-based senior living management and consulting company with more than 30 communities across the nation, recently announced its latest development: Parc Hill Senior Living in Orange City, FL, with 69 assisted living apartments and 30 memory care units dedicated to individuals with Alzheimer’s and dementia. It is scheduled to open in spring 2018.

Parc Hill Senior Living, Orange City, FL, opening
spring 2018

Civitas also acquired Oyster Creek Assisted Living and Memory Care in Missouri City, TX, an 87-unit assisted living and memory care senior community in Missouri City, TX. On April 1, 2017, Civitas started managing the property and, as of June 30, transitioned from management to ownership.

“The need to provide loving and evidence-based care for residents with dementia or a dementia-type diagnosis is growing exponentially as the Baby Boomer generation enters their golden years,” said Civitas President Wayne Powell. “The cutting edge Memory Care communities within the Civitas family provide the right care for our residents and support for our families through programs like AGE-u-cate’s® Dementia Live™ trainings and simulations. It is a need we are passionate about meeting in all the areas where Civitas has a senior living center.”

Oyster Creek Assisted Living and Memory Care

Clarendale of Chandler is one of at least three $10 million dollar-plus senior residential developments planned in the city of Chandler, AZ, and at least 29 Valley-wide. With construction starting November 2017, plans for this $45 million dollar project call for a 247,400 square-foot assisted living community to consist of a three-story residential building and 14 stand-alone residential villas (independent living). The main building will be primarily three stories but also feature one- and two-story elements. It will include 116 independent and 64 assisted living dwellings, as well as 38 memory care spaces.

Jackson Creek Senior Living, a 137-unit senior living community in Monument, CO, recently broke ground for a 127,800 square-foot, three-story building tentatively scheduled to open in fall 2018. It will feature 80 assisted living and 27 independent living residences with different size options and 30 memory care communities in two secured neighborhoods, each with 15 studio units.

In Dayton, OH, plans call for an early 2018 construction start on the redevelopment of the Rollandia golf course into a senior housing development. The plans for the senior living community will be developed on a nearly 10-acre plot of land, containing 123 independent living units, 57 assisted living units and 20 memory care units. The remaining 40 acres are designated for single-family detached homes targeted to empty-nesters and a multi-family rental community targeted to both empty-nesters and young professionals.

Construction is set to start in early 2018 on the Woods Assisted Living Community in Plainfeild, IL, which will be a new 60-unit assisted living and memory care community as a part of Community Crossroads Business Center.

Grand Living at Tamaya in Jacksonville, FL, will start construction in October 2017 on a more than $40 million four-story, 200,000 -square-foot 165-bed independent- and assisted-living community with 32 residences reserved for memory care.


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Published on Mon, 07/31/2017 – 10:39pm

By Pam McDonald

“It’s so amazing, I just love it! I’ve been in assisted living for nearly 30 years and I wish it had been around when I started.” That’s Jane Randolph, VP of Resident Engagement for Civitas Senior Living, talking about OneDay – for Senior Living, a resident storytelling video app, and Senior Housing Forum partner.

This powerful mobile app lets staff record their residents stories, themselves, other employees, or family members and, in an instant, have edited HQ (YouTube quality) video that’s branded with their community’s logo.
OneDay’s Many Uses

Jane says, “With OneDay, we record interviews with residents and staff that we can post on our website, our Facebook page, and other social media. We also can share them with families and prospects.

“Back in the ‘olden days’, we would send handwritten thank you notes after a tour. Now we can email a very short – about 30 seconds – video. And, we can tailor it to the specific prospect to remind them how we might help.”
Living and Working with Passion

Jane also notes, “This is a very exciting time. OneDay allows us to demonstrate what we Activities Directors do. These videos let us show how much passion we bring to our positions.”

At Civitas, passion is not merely a buzzword. Their Signature Passion Program was developed because they believe that quality of life requires living with passion – at every age. As stated on their website, the program “gives every member of our team inspiration, motivation and benchmarks to create fulfilling, engaging, purposeful, and passionate experiences for every Civitas resident.”

It also helps them integrate their activities, dining, and wellness programs, promote open communications, and facilitate a smooth transition for residents into community life.
Early Adopters

Civitas operates over 35 senior living communities, primarily in Texas, and offers independent and assisted living, as well as memory care. Misti Powell, Co-Founder and Senior VP of Operations, “discovered” OneDay and decided to launch it in about 20 communities.

Staff members were quickly able to use the app since very little time is needed for set up or training. Misti saw that it could effectively showcase their residents as well as staffs’ dedication to passionate senior living. She tasked Jane to introduce OneDay to Activities Directors and Memory Care Coordinators throughout the company.
So Easy to Use

The app comes with a plethora of questions and stories that can be used for resident interviews:

What did you want to be when you grew up?
What was the best Christmas you have ever had?
Who was your best friend growing up?
What was your first date like?

Jane says, “I encourage the team to create a video a day. It’s an opportunity for them to spend one-to-one time with residents and get a video that’s typically a couple of minutes long.”
Spotlighting the Residents

“You’d be surprised how often staff will ask a resident a question and, when families see the video, they say, ‘I had no idea about this’ or ‘I didn’t know that happened when she was young.'”

Jane claims her favorite videos are those capturing “Miracle Moment” events done four times a year in which residents are feted in some very special and personal way.

For example, one resident wasn’t sure he’d ever see his brother again but he was surprised when, as his Miracle Moment, his brother was flown in. The two posed for photos and video. The last one photo they’d taken together was just after they’d both just enlisted in the military!

A New Senior Living Community coming to The Ridglea area of Fort Worth brings back familiar names and faces.

Fort Worth, TX, August 5, 2015 — Long time Fort Worth residents, Lou and Malcolm Street along with Misti and Wayne Powell will be opening a community with both assisted living and memory care in Fort Worth. The Streets were the owners of the Courtyard at River Park for 27 years along with Misti and Wayne Powell prior to selling the community in 2013.

“Our success at The Courtyards came from satisfied families and residents well served, and satisfied employees well recognized. Since 2013 we have continued to get phone calls from residents, families and previous employees wanting to be a part of any new community we develop. We are glad that we will now have something to offer them.”

Located in West Fort Worth on Westridge Avenue South of Ridglea Country Club. The Ridglea will be a 75 unit senior living community with a second phase of Independent living Cottages to follow. Features will include outdoor walking paths, a dog park, wellness center, beauty salon, and multi-media room, to mention a few. Most important of course are the people. An experienced ownership team, diligent selection, training and supervision of staff, and the latest technology regarding medication management and care plans are our most important “features”.

Since selling The Courtyards in 2013, Wayne and Misti Powell have started their own Fort Worth based management company, Civitas Senior Living which will bring their personal style of managing to The Ridglea. Civitas Senior Living is currently managing 8 communities in the DFW and Austin area and has 5 communities in development. “Our home office is in Fort Worth, so we are really happy to be building and managing something that is in our own backyard.” Due to our long engagement with Senior Living in Fort Worth, we feel that we have a bond of trust with the Care Providers and families in the community.” said Wayne Powell, President of Civitas Senior Living.

Trepex Construction will be building The Ridglea. Trepex, under the guidance and ownership of Austin resident, Brent Hammond, has extensive experience in senior living construction across Texas and is currently building a senior living communities in Dripping Springs, and Burleson.

Civitas Senior Living Announces Development Plans for Willow Park

The company plans to own, operate, and manage, Clear Fork Senior Living, a Senior Lifestyle Apartment community offering Assisted Living Apartments along with a Memory Care Cottage in Willow Park.

Willow Park TX, August 12, 2015—Civitas Senior Living LLC will begin construction for Clear Fork Senior living, a Senior Lifestyle Apartment Community, which offers Assisted Living Apartments along with a Memory Care Cottage. Construction started in July of 2015. This development will be the thirteenth property in the company’s expanding portfolio.

The project is a joint venture between Civitas and Sandlin Capital, LLC/2MR Capital, LLC. Funding for the project has been obtained through Justin Hitchcock, Vice President/Lending Officer at Community National Bank and Trust of Texas in Weatherford, TX.

Donica Construction and Development will be the developer for Clear Fork Assisted Living and Memory Care. Donica, under the guidance and ownership of Mark Donica, has extensive experience in senior living construction across Texas. The building plans include 38 Assisted Living Studio Suites and One-Bedroom Units, and 24 Private and Semi-Private Memory Care Units.

Clear Fork Senior Living amenities will include a gym, spa, wellness center, walking trails, club house, and elegantly landscaped grounds. Clear Fork Senior Living will be owned and managed by Civitas under the leadership of Wayne and Misti Powell. Together, this management team has more than 20 years of experience operating senior living communities in Texas. Because Clear Fork Senior Living will be privately owned, management can focus on meeting the needs of the residents of their community rather than the demands of shareholders. Our goal is to create a warm, caring environment with all the comforts of home–because it truly feels like home.

“Civitas is excited to become a member of the Willow Park community – I feel our company provides a high quality of service that comes from a locally owned company”said Wayne Powell, President of Civitas Senior Living.

In addition to Clear Fork Senior Living, Civitas Senior Living operates, Cambridge Court Assisted Living and Memory Care Facility in Mesquite, TX, Autumn Wind Assisted Living in Winnsboro, TX, Aria Memory Care in Cedar Park, TX and Midtowne Assisted Living and Memory Care in Midlothian, TX. Future growth includes projects in Burleson, Flower Mound, Frisco, Austin, and Allen.

About Civitas Senior Living, LLC
Based in Fort Worth, Texas, Civitas Senior Living specializes in development, acquisitions, operational management, and consulting for senior housing properties, including assisted living, retirement centers, and independent senior living properties.

A seniors housing developer active in Texas, after already opening five assisted living/memory care communities in the state last year, with three more currently under construction, is jumping back into the acquisition market to grow its portfolio. Civitas Senior Living purchased two former Brookdale Senior Living communities (with 58 independent living, 65 assisted living and 36 memory care units) in Harlingen, Texas (Brownsville MSA) for an undisclosed price. Civitas will take over operations and commence renovations to the common areas early this year. This is not the first acquisition for the fast-growing developer, however, which last September announced a new post-acute care division, called Civitas Post-Acute, and acquired two skilled nursing facilities in Jefferson (East Texas) as well as an assisted living/memory care community in town. We will have to see how Civitas’ developments fill up, as many of them are in potentially overdeveloped markets such as Austin, Dallas and Fort Worth, but the newly acquired communities are in areas where we haven’t heard of much building happening, so operational/occupancy risk may not be as high.


GRAPEVINE, Texas, Oct. 24, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — On October 15, Civitas Senior Living was awarded the management agreement for Dancing River Assisted Living, a senior living community in Grapevine, Texas. The acquisition includes 65 assisted living and 19 memory care apartments and expands the company’s emerging presence in the region.

“This is another great opportunity to invest in the lives of senior citizens living in North Texas,” Civitas President Wayne Powell said. “Dancing River is a vibrant community full of wonderful people. Its quality service and great reputation makes it a perfect fit for the Civitas family.”

The transition adds 84 units to Civitas’ growing investment portfolio, which also includes 24 additional properties throughout Texas.

Dancing River is located at 3735 Ira E. Woods in Grapevine, Texas.

About Civitas Senior Living, LLC
Civitas Senior Living is a Fort Worth, Texas-based management company that specializes in development, acquisitions, operational management, and consulting for senior housing properties, including assisted living, retirement centers, and independent senior living properties. For more information about Civitas, please visit, or call 817.386.8888.

Media contact:
Andrea Owen
Director of Advertising


SOURCE Civitas Senior Living

FARMER’S BRANCH, Texas, Oct. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — North Texas-based management company, Civitas Senior Living, announced on Monday, October 24 that it is taking over the management agreement of Acadia Estates, an assisted living community located in Farmer’s Branch. The transition includes Acadia’s 70 existing apartments and 16 new memory care residences that are currently undergoing construction.

“Acadia is our first community in Farmer’s Branch,” said Wayne Powell, Civitas President and Fort Worth-native, whose company also recently announced the addition of Grapevine’s Dancing River senior living community. “We’re excited at the opportunity to expand the passionate care, empathy and expertise that has brought so much joy and comfort to our North Texas residents and their loved ones.”

The addition of Acadia’s 86 living units adds to a growing portfolio for Civitas, fast-emerging as a regional leader in the assisted living industry. The company now manages more than 25 senior living communities nationwide.

Acadia Estates is located at 3344 Forest Ln. in Farmer’s Branch.

About Civitas Senior Living, LLC
Civitas Senior Living is a Fort Worth, Texas-based management company that specializes in development, acquisitions, operational management, and consulting for senior housing properties, including assisted living, retirement centers, and independent senior living properties. For more information about Civitas, please visit, or call 817.386.8888.

Media contact:
Andrea Owen
Director of Advertising


SOURCE Civitas Senior Living

FORT WORTH, Texas, Oct. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Civitas Senior Living, a leader in the senior living industry, announced Monday that it has partnered with Sagely, an app development team, to make communicating events and information more convenient for residents, improve staff efficiencies and enable the real-time delivery of important resident updates, notifications and data.

Civitas Senior Living President Wayne Powell said the powerful communication technologies will transform the way the company’s staff, residents and their loved ones engage and interact with their communities and each other.Powell said the goal is to inspire more active and engaged residents and more informed families.

“Our residents are our top priority, and we know their loved ones feel the same way,” he said. “Our partnership with Sagely ensures that we’re better able to listen and respond to our community’s needs and desires. Being able to easily and securely send and receive information that’s most important to our residents and their families results in happy, more engaged communities and families that can rest easy.”

Sagely’s comprehensive and holistic focus on meeting the needs of senior residents and their families aligns with the passion and mission of the Civitas family, contributing to the mutually-beneficial partnership. The companies look forward to introducing new, value-added services to more than 200 senior communities throughout the country.

About Civitas Senior Living, LLC
Civitas Senior Living is a Fort Worth, Texas-based management company and national provider of senior living services. The company specializes in development, acquisitions, operational management, and consulting for senior housing properties, including assisted living, retirement centers, and independent senior living properties. For more information about Civitas, please visit, or call 817.386.8888.

About Sagely
Sagely is a Honolulu, Hawaii based software company focused on delivering apps and solutions for the senior living market.  They are actively being used at over 200 senior living communities across the US and Canada.  For more information about Sagely, please visit, or call 808-429-7025.

Media contact:
Andrea Owen
Director of Advertising

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SOURCE Civitas Senior Living