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Smart Energy Savings in Senior Living
By John Mitchell, writer and public relations consultant
If Jeff Davis knew then what he knows now about energy sustainability, he would be the first to tell you that he would not have had to lay off so many people in 2009. At the height of the financial crisis with a move-in drop of 30%, Davis, chief financial officer for Presbyterian Senior Living (PSL), headquartered in Dillsburg, PA, had a difficult decision to make without any good options. To maintain the organization’s commitment to ministry, charity care and its credit rating in the face of a $3 million drop in revenue would require a layoff of 130 people out of a work force of 2,850.
“If we had started the green programs we have initiated in the past few years much sooner, I believe the cost savings would have helped us to get through a period of lower revenue without letting people go,” Davis says.
PSL operates more than 3,000 living units and programs, such as adult day care services, in 29 locations in four Mid-Atlantic states. It serves more than 6,000 seniors. Some 75% of the organization’s costs are in employee benefits and salary.
How we work out: Music 'N Motion
By Zach Sparks For The Baltimore Sun
Every Tuesday at Glen Meadows Retirement Community in Glen Arm, residents wave wooden batons, sway their hips and move to the sounds of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Rimsky-Korsakov's "Flight of the Bumblebee" and other classical music pieces.
Downbeat for seniors: The ‘Cupid Shuffle’
By Jack Haberer, editor
The Presbyterian Outlook
Long before Masterpiece Living officially launched at Glen Meadows, signs of the new approach to senior living could be seen and heard across the community. One employee with a love for line dancing sparked a community-wide line dance set to Cupid’s “Cupid Shuffle” — bringing together residents and staff in an effort to help them lead more active and fulfilling lifestyles.Read the commentary at www.pres-outlook.com