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About Meridian Senior Living
Founded in 2010, Meridian Senior Living is one of the largest providers of independent living, assisted living, and memory care services and residences in the U.S. Meridian Senior Living, a privately held, for-profit company, serves more than 5,000 age-qualified residents in its assisted living communities throughout the country.
Meridian Senior Living is the 15th-largest provider of overall assisted living services in the U.S., according to the latest Assisted Living Federation of America data. The Hickory, N.C.-based company operates and manages assisted living facilities serving more than 5,000 residents from coast to coast.
Meridian's mission is simple: "We enrich the lives of our residents, families, and employees through extraordinary experiences . . . because everyone deserves a great life!"
About Meridian's Management Team
The company was founded by P. Kacy Kang and Charles Trefzger. Kang, who serves as principal and COO, has spent 23 years in the senior care industry, in executive positions with Emeritus Senior Living from 1997-2007 and then as president of Good Neighborhood Care from 2008-2010. Trefzger, Meridian's principal and CEO, is an attorney who previously served as general counsel for the Brian Center Management Corp., a senior housing owner and operator.
The senior leadership team boasts more than a century of experience in managing senior living communities, along with industry knowledge, proprietary procedures/methods, and relationships. Meridian's leaders have experience in the acquisition, management, and operation of senior living facilities, as well as in the health care, real estate, and hospitality sectors.
Meridian Senior Living is growing through joint ventures, acquisitions, and management agreements throughout the U.S. Recent acquisitions that have involved Meridian include Emerald Square Senior and Assisted Living in Oklahoma City and The Lodge of Lompoc in Lompoc, Calif. Meridian also is involved in constructing, developing, and marketing senior communities; the company also provides industry-specific consulting.
About Meridian's Residents
Meridian Senior Living's 5,000+ residents receive care and life services in a "comfortable, home-like setting" geared toward its residents' specific needs. Residents find a place for their next stage at life at Meridian's residential facilities.
Meridian has about 100 properties in these 12 states: California, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Washington. Some of the properties Meridian manages are new senior housing facilities. In early 2013, it was reported that Meridian will be managing six more assisted living properties that HealthLease Properties Real Estate Investment Trust purchased in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.
Senior Living Options
Meridian Senior Living's properties are tailored to offer assisted living, memory care, and independent living options in caring and comfortable settings.
With Meridian's focus on assisted and supportive living, residences can receive assistance when required and independence when desired, the company says. Residents are able to "live life their way."
Meridian Senior Living's properties can serve a total of 7,278 residents. That includes up to 4,225 residents in independent living, 641 residents in assisted living, and 2,412 residents in memory care. Companion and private room accommodations are also available.
Independent living at Meridian is also referred to as senior retirement housing. Residents can choose from furnished or unfurnished, fully functional apartments. At Meridian, residents can continue to live independently, but they have the opportunity to be part of a community by sharing meals and participating in social activities with other residents.
Meridian's residences offer cable TV, individual climate control, private baths with step- in showers, and housekeeping and linen services (including daily bed-making and trash removal).
Meridian's Assisted Living
Meridian's assisted living option provides health care, personalized support services, and housing to help residents with daily living activities. The company's approach is to offer "assistance when required, service when desired" so that each resident can live independent lives, until their needs change.
Meridian cares for residents' individual needs with services that do not require skilled medical care. Those services include dressing, bathing, using the bathroom, administering medications, eating, doing laundry, and shopping.
Meridian's Memory Care
Providing a comfortable, secure setting is Meridian's focus for memory care residents. Some of Meridian's memory care properties are stand-alone communities while others are part of a property also offering assisted living and independent care. The company's philosophy is to provide residents "5 Minutes of Joy," making every day special for those battling Alzheimer's or other types of dementia.
Services and Amenities
Meridian Senior Living's options range from providing assistance with daily activities to caring for seniors suffering from Alzheimer's. Meridian's care and life services are centered on providing personal attention at every stage of a resident's life.
An activities director creates a comprehensive activities and social program for residents at Meridian's properties. On any given day, activities can range from Bingo games and arts and crafts to dance lessons, gardening, and exercise classes. Off-site trips are also planned to concerts, shopping centers, and other venues. In addition, Meridian's communities host a variety of social events and church services.
Other communities amenities include complete dining program (three meals and snacks daily) with accommodations made for special diets; on-site beauty salon and barber shop; transportation to doctor's appointments, social events, shopping, and other planned weekly outings; and on-call physician services. Meridian also provides full-service housekeeping, along with building and grounds maintenance.
Meridian Senior Living's monthly fee varies depending on the type of property and care - independent living, assisted care, or memory care, all of which are noted in the company's Residency and Services Agreement.
Meridian accepts private payment, insurance, and Medicaid.
Meals are included for residents. Meridian's residential properties offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day, as well as snacks and special events such as cookouts. Chefs offer home-cooked meals in settings that allow residents to socialize. Meridian's properties include private dining rooms for residents who want to invite friends and family to dine with them and to host special occasions.
Staff Training and Oversight
Meridian Senior Living's employees receive continual training so Meridian can confidently provide outstanding care and services to all residents. The emphasis is always on experience and individual attention, along with related resources to help seniors and families make decisions.
Meridian's staff is focused on exhibiting on a daily basis the company's eight core values: integrity, care, passion, job, loyalty, respect, accountability, and excellence.
Meridian Senior Living's Operations
Meridian Senior Living provides these functions at independent living, assisted living, and memory care communities: planning and development, human resources, marketing, regulatory compliance, operations management, accounting and finance, memory care, management information systems, quality assurance, and risk management.
With its comprehensive management services, Meridian seeks to help communities provide person-centered care, affordable housing and services that make life enjoyable, comfortable, and healthy for seniors.
Meridian Senior Living is a member of the Assisted Living Federation of America.
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