Horizon House Blog

Sara’s Snippets: March 2019

Each month, our CEO Sara McVey shares updates from her life inside and outside of Horizon House.

Horizon House Bright Spots

As we move into our second month of 2019, let’s take a few minutes to show a little gratitude for all that was accomplished last year along with a few reminders about the ingredients that are in the Horizon House secret sauce:

  • 545 residents, ages 68 to 103, from diverse socio-economic backgrounds, run 70+ committees, and plan programs, 7 days a week
  • 99% of residents feel staff members are respectful
  • 98% of residents are willing to recommend Horizon House as a place to live
  • 99.73% was our average occupancy in Independent Living (IL)
  • 47 new neighbors in 30 different apartments joined our Community
  • 84% of residents contributed $422,000 to Partners in Caring, continuing our legacy
    of Residents’ Assistance
  • 77.2% was the average occupancy for Supported Living (SL)
  • 79% residents use the pool, gym, and attend fitness classes
  • 276 talented and fun, full and part-time staff members perform with purpose
  • 27 nationalities among staff, ranging in age from 17 to 74
  • 11 promotions and 9 retirements were celebrated
  • 20 staff in 14 departments benefited from the Employee Education Fund

Senior Living In The News

At the January Board meeting, Horizon House leadership discussed the intentional design of Assisted Living communities in the marketplace. Click here for an article that showcases an example of the caliber of the options available.

The Board also discussed “Technology as a Disruptor for Senior Living Communities.” Senior Living is facing disruption on multiple fronts, technology will continue to increase the ability of older adults to remain independent and out of congregate housing until later in life. Read more here about technology in Senior Living communities.

Snow in Seattle

The weather in February brought snow to Seattle, and Horizon House was prepared! More than 40 Staff members slept over to make sure operations were running as usual. Our Residents were very appreciative of how dedicated our Staff was, and so was I. We made it very clear to our Staff that their safety was most important, and yet we had a full Staff every day. The snow finally melted away, but the Bright Spot of our Staff going above and beyond will shine brightly forever!

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