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About Senior Star
Dedicated to the mission of growing and furthering the individual, which eventually leads to a healthy, thriving senior living community, Senior Star has been serving retirees since 1978. Senior Star is based in Tulsa, Okla., and currently has 12 locations within its management structure with the company actively looking to acquire and revitalize struggling facilities moving forward. There are four communities in Oklahoma, three in Ohio, two in Missouri, and one each in Iowa, Illinois, and New Mexico. The group is led by highly successful and motivated twin brothers, Robert and William Thomas, who took over Senior Star in 1989.
Senior Star operates upon a set of clearly stated goals including fiscal responsibility, dedication to being recognized as one of the leaders in senior care within the United States, ensuring employees are treated with the kindness, trust, and respect they deserve, and operating within a structure focused on communication, innovation, and appreciation of new ideas.
No matter if the individual is in independent living, assisted living, rehabilitative (or nursing) care, or memory care, Senior Star is dedicated to serving its residents through its Aging In Place Philosophy. This means seniors are encouraged to live how they want with active lifestyle choices as well as more low-key events. With options across the board, residents at Senior Star are encouraged to remain in control of their social lives and their daily activities as long as they are physically and mentally able to do so.
To further that point, Senior Star offers this explanation of its overall philosophy: "Profound respect permeates everything we do at Senior Star Living. We honor each of our residents and their families with a level of service and care that makes embracing seniors comfortable, reassuring, and uplifting. But to truly be the best at what we do, we take our culture of respect even further. We show great respect for each of our staff members and create an environment where all of us can enjoy what we do. After all, if we take care of our own, they'll turn around and do the same for Senior Star residents. Finally, we also run a very sound, fiscally responsible company, which puts us in the position to stay on the cutting edge of innovation, while continually offering our residents beautiful, safe communities with an array of services and activities."
Senior Star Independent Living
Senior Star takes its independent living community seriously in that residents have the option to use any home health agency they choose. Senior Star does offer a preferred home health agency for those who prefer that alternative.
Building a life within the independent living community is almost like living in a high-end hotel on a daily basis. With concierge service, fine dining options and the availability of guest apartments, Senior Star residents never have to go without, which allows the individual and that person's loved ones to rest a little easier at night.
Assisted Living ... When Needed
When a resident moves into an assisted living community at Senior Star that person is encouraged to maintain as much independence as he or she wants with individualized options of care.
The individualization comes from thorough pre-residency assessment. Well known in the industry for its depth yet ease, this process carefully evaluates the needs of the individual resident. The scope ranges from health and safety to cognitive and physical abilities to medical and nutritional requirements. With a unique plan from the start, Senior Star then has the ability to make small tweaks and changes with the input of family members during the resident's stay within the community.
Long-Term Rehabilitation Care
Some residents need a place to stay following surgery, a medical emergency, or an accident. Senior Star's long-term rehabilitation (nursing) care residents live in large, private apartments with the option to utilize the community's wellness centers.
Pushing individuals to recover at their speed, Senior Star's staff is available to rehabilitation residents 24 hours a day, six days a week. Once recuperation has been achieved, Senior Star then works with the person and family to discuss options including returning to the individual's private home or if extra attention is needed for the foreseeable future, then becoming a part of the Senior Star family.
Beyond simply meeting the primary needs of patients needing memory care, Senior Star once again takes its offerings many steps further by utilizing detailed assessments to maximize the person's mental and physical functions.
Senior Star's approach to memory care is a two-phase assessment beginning with a comprehensive history of the individual including a medical, cultural, cognitive, and physical history, as well as targeting the specific care the person needs.
The second phase occurs during the initial 30 days while in Senior Star's care. Senior Star's care partners pay close attention to the resident's daily routines and preferences while an overall assessment of behavior and potential safety concerns are addressed.
But it's not just the high level of care residents experience at Senior Star, it's a unique atmosphere conducive to getting the most out of every day for memory care residents. Senior Star offers its Snoezelen Multi-Sensory Environment to patients, which is a place to explore stimulation of primary senses in a calming, welcoming room. The environment serves as a safe place to experience relaxing sounds, textures, lights, and smells without the hindrances of the outside world.
It All Starts With Leadership
Many times families looking for senior living options for a loved one do not consider the company owners or CEOs within their decision. These individuals typically are thought of as the business minds behind the group but not a reason to choose a place to live. At Senior Star, however, the opposite is true as twin brothers William and Robert Thomas (they go by "Bill" and "Bob" respectively) are actively involved in the local and national senior scene, which provides them first-hand experience into what residents within a Senior Star community truly need.
Bob has served on the National Alzheimer's Association Board and has been a part of the national executive team behind the Alzheimer's Impact Movement and the American Senior Housing Association. He has received the national award for Alzheimer advocacy (Maureen Reagan Outstanding Advocate Award). Within the local Tulsa community, Bob has received the Cole Award of Excellence from the Alzheimer's Association as well as numerous other accolades from retirement and senior groups. Plus, he has served on the executive boards of LIFE Senior Services and the Sooner Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation along with his brother, Bill.
Bill's accomplishments also include acting as past chair for the American Seniors Housing Association and Tulsa Senior Services Capital/Endowment Campaign. He also has been prominently recognized during his career with awards for his volunteering, fundraising and leadership within the senior community in Tulsa.
The Thomas brothers have been major financial contributors to fighting Alzheimer's and recently launched an initiative that saw Senior Star employees raise more than $100,000 in fundraising walks across the country for the cause. The brothers then matched those funds to generate more than $200,000 in donations for Alzheimer's research.
Senior Star & Zumba -- A Great Combination
Zumba is a popular form of exercise utilizing high-energy music combined with a festive atmosphere to get people moving so they aren't just exercising but are becoming physically fit while having a blast doing so.
Zumba Gold is an offshoot of the Zumba craze and focuses on the moves and abilities of senior citizens. Senior Star's Weber Place residents in Romeoville, Ill., recently had the option of taking part in Zumba Gold classes within their community.
"We know that keeping active is important for everyone's overall well-being but it is especially essential as we age," said Michelle Franzak, executive director of Senior Star at Weber Place, in a press release distributed by Senior Star. "It's our job to be proactive and continue to be leaders in the senior care industry. By incorporating national trends and providing innovative programs for seniors, we are able to offer our residents the most up-to-date practices for their health and welfare and will continue to do so as part of the Senior Star philosophy. We are also excited to offer this new program to the public as part of our overall mission to serve the community."
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