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Top Stories in Senior Living.

SQLC communities make headlines in all our hometowns.

Querencia at Barton Creek in Austin, Edgemere in Dallas, The Buckingham in Houston, Mirador in Corpus Christi, The Stayton at Museum Way in Fort Worth and The Barrington in Carmel, Indiana.


The Barrington Serves Up New Dining Program

March 21, 2017

With the assistance of our new corporate chef, The Barrington of Carmel has implemented a new dining program for residents with dietary restrictions. This new practice and program allows our dining team to cook and puree our meals, rather than using frozen puree that is commonly used. 

We are proud to serve fresh, high quality meals to our residents that not only fit their dietary needs, but that also tastes delicious! At The Barrington, every level of living can enjoy the tasty food that our community serves up.

St. Patrick's Day at The Barrington

March 20, 2017

On March 17, The Barrington of Carmel was entertained with an eventful day, while residents, along with friends and family, came together for a St. Patrick's Day celebration! The Dining Team at The Barrington decorated the hall and served up St. Patrick's Day specialties. Residents and guests dressed in their best and brightest green attire, and enjoyed their festive food and green refreshments. 

We love the spirit that our residents show every day here at The Barrington of Carmel. See below for pictures of our St. Patty's Day Party! 

Living It! Initiative at The Buckingham Inspires Residents to Live Engaged and Active Lifestyles

March 3, 2017

The Buckingham, Houston’s premier retirement community, recently concluded a month-long initiative called the “Living It!” program, which focused on inspiring senior residents to live a more engaged and active lifestyle. The four-week campaign focused on The Buckingham’s Masterpiece Living® philosophy, which embraces a wellness-minded attitude and encourages learning throughout the aging process, focusing on an individual’s key developmental areas – physical, intellectual, social and spiritual. The ultimate challenge was for residents to try four new activities each week throughout the four-week program. Events such as yoga, a coloring class, button contest and Mahjong pushed the residents to try new activities to stay active and engaged.

“The Living It! campaign was an incredible opportunity for residents to encourage one another and push themselves to experience something new,” said Pam Ortiz, director of resident services and lifestyles at The Buckingham. “During these last four weeks, it has been absolutely incredible to watch the residents challenge themselves, and we witnessed their commitment to our community’s Masterpiece Living® philosophy.”

The community began the first week by introducing programs aimed at the spiritual component of wellness, and the second week focused on the intellectual component. These programs challenged residents to embrace the benefits of lifelong learning. During the third week, which focused on social programs, residents met new people and participated in a new activity they might have otherwise never tried. Finally, as part of the last week of the Living It! program, residents experienced the physical components of wellness. The Buckingham embraces every opportunity to give residents the chance to take part in new activities as well as different cultures and traditions.

“With the success of the Living It! initiative we are encouraged to see residents try new things and expand the way they look at their well-being,” said Julie Fenske, executive director of The Buckingham. “At The Buckingham, we are inspired by the residents each day, and we hope that their dedication to improving their health and well-being inspires other seniors to try something new.”

Edgemere Appoints Luis Argote as New Executive Director

February 23, 2017

Senior Quality Lifestyles Corporation (SQLC), a nationally recognized nonprofit organization that sponsors and operates life care communities, named Luis Argote executive director of Edgemere, its premier senior living community in Dallas.

Stan Waterhouse, president and CEO of SQLC, made the announcement, adding that Argote will play a strategic role at Edgemere, which is in the midst of an extensive $36 million renovation and expansion project set for completion in the first quarter of 2018. Argote was selected based upon his stellar performance with luxury brands in the hospitality industry, excellent leadership skills and detailed attention to serving residents and guests.

“Luis is a tremendous asset to SQLC and to Edgemere, bringing decades of extraordinary leadership and accomplishments rooted in a strong desire to continually elevate the living experience through hospitality,” said Waterhouse. “He is a person who believes that seeking perfection is a goal that never ends, and his values are reflective of SQLC’s vision that Edgemere will always be the community of choice in Dallas.”

“This is an exciting and tremendous opportunity to serve the residents of Edgemere and work with SQLC, an industry leader in senior living,” said Argote. “At the root of the exceptional living experience at Edgemere is a never-ending desire to create outstanding service – always striving to be better – and having the intuition to know and deliver what our residents desire and deserve. In my experience in the hospitality industry, I would create magic in our guests’ minds for the few days they would stay with us. Now, at Edgemere, we can create that same feeling over many years, and we have the chance to truly get to know each resident and cater to individual likes and personal nuances. We will accomplish that in part by ensuring our team has the best work environment, which will enable us to attract and retain talented people who are highly focused and dedicated to serving our residents.”

Argote is a seasoned international hospitality executive, having managed Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts properties in Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica and the United States over a span of 30 years. He also held general management positions with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company and management positions with Westin Hotels. Under his leadership, numerous properties received prestigious industry recognitions and awards.

In addition to operations responsibilities at Edgemere, Argote will oversee the completion of the community’s expansion, which will add more than 75,000 square feet to the community, including 35 new residences, eight new assisted living apartment homes, 12 new memory care suites and 15 new private skilled nursing suites. The community currently offers 304 independent living apartments, 60 assisted living apartments, 31 memory care suites and 72 private skilled nursing suites. Bridging the gap between the Italian elegance that Edgemere is known for and the modern luxuries that current and future retirees desire, the project also included the addition of a state-of-the-art performing arts theater. The nearly two-story, 6,000-square-foot building is located in the center courtyard and has a bar and lounge, arched ceilings with exposed wooden beams and a stage fit for world-renowned speakers and performers. The Plaza’s common areas will also be updated with indoor/outdoor courtyards and renovated dining areas, and an underground parking garage will be added to provide additional parking for family members and guests.

The Barrington Appoints Jesse Sias as New Executive Director

February 23, 2017

Senior Quality Lifestyles Corporation (SQLC), a nationally recognized nonprofit organization that sponsors and operates life care communities, named Jesse Sias executive director of The Barrington of Carmel, its premier senior living community in Carmel, Indiana. Previously, Sias was associate executive director of The Buckingham, a premiere SQLC retirement community in Houston, where he was responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of The Plaza, the community’s health services neighborhood. Sias has more than 20 years of experience as an administrator in healthcare and skilled nursing communities. Stan Waterhouse, president and CEO of Senior Quality Lifestyles Corporation, made the announcement.

“Jesse brings extensive healthcare experience to the team, and he understands our mission and values as an organization,” said Waterhouse. “Under his leadership, I am confident that the level of service at The Barrington of Carmel will continue to exceed the expectations of the seniors and families we serve.”

Sias has a strong background in all aspects of senior living and healthcare, and he made significant positive contributions to the lives of residents and their families in assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing at The Buckingham. In previous leadership roles, Sias helped build community occupancies to 100 percent and played an instrumental role in the opening of successful communities.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead The Barrington of Carmel, and the years I spent at The Buckingham have truly prepared me for this position,” said Sias. “I look forward to getting to know each and every team member and resident, and together we will continue to create exceptional senior living experiences.”


Mirador Hosts a Picture Perfect Afternoon Focused On Film and Wine with Gary And Hayley Cogill

February 23, 2017

Mirador, an SQLC retirement community, recently hosted a picture perfect afternoon wine tasting and Oscar’s preview event with Gary Cogill and his wife, Hayley Hamilton Cogill. Gary is a veteran film critic from Dallas and the founder of the Texas-based film production company Lascaux Films.  Lascaux Films credits include, “Words and Pictures,” starring Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche; “Believe Me,” starring Alex Russell and Nick Offerman; “Refuge,” starring Krysten Ritter and Brian Geraghty, and “The Starck Club,” a feature documentary on the legendary 1980’s Texas nightclub. Hayley is a certified sommelier and expert contributor to various publications pertaining to wine. It will be an intriguing event with true insight into the best films of the year.

Combining their passions for wine and movies, the dynamic couple shared compelling stories from this year’s Academy Award-nominated films, while presenting captivating wine pairings. Gary has an intimate understanding of the film world through his work as a film critic and an Emmy Award-winning journalist. He has reported from the Oscar’s red carpet on many occasions and interviewed some of the best actors and actresses in Hollywood, in addition to working as a producer for major motion pictures. Hayley possesses a deep appreciation of wine. A member of Les Dames d’Escoffier International and the Society of Wine Educators, she works to help others like the residents and guests of Mirador to better understand and enjoy fine wine.

Mirador subscribes to the Masterpiece Living Program® philosophy, which encourages a healthy lifestyle in all regards – physical, mental, social and spiritual. Time spent with friends and family through compelling discussion and cultural exploration helps enhance the mental, social and spiritual needs we all have for healthy living.


Open Mic Night at The Barrington

February 21, 2017

Last week, residents at The Barrington of Carmel enjoyed a few laughs with our community and each other during a fun and candid Open Mic Night.

Resident and Open Mic Night emcee, Mike Phillips, kicked off the night with a few jokes and opening remarks. With Mike's encouragement, our evening of comedy was packed with stand-up jokes, roasts and, of course, lots of laughter!

Thank you to all who attended and participated in the humor-filled event!

Mirador Resident Honors Friend and WWII Veteran Who Survived Kamikaze Attack

February 21, 2017

It is not every day that you meet a World War II veteran who survived a kamikaze attack on the USS Lexington that killed 50 crewmen, but if you do, his stories will deeply impact your life. That is exactly what happened when Bob McKinley, resident of Mirador well-known for his model ship displays around Corpus Christi, became friends with fellow Mirador resident and WWII veteran Joe Sassman. The two are good friends, and McKinley has a great deal of respect and admiration for Sassman’s service. To honor him, McKinley handmade a model airplane similar to the one Sassman flew during the war. At a special dedication ceremony, McKinley will speak about the airplane and his friend’s service, and it will be put on permanent display in the community’s Lexington Lounge. Members of the media are invited to share in this inspirational moment while the community honors an amazing war veteran.

Mirador is pleased to honor its veterans, as they played a critical role in defending our country’s freedom. This event will be a wonderful opportunity for residents to come together, share stories and pay tribute to a neighbor and friend.


The Barrington Resident's Enjoy a Sip and Paint Party

February 15, 2017

Residents at The Barrington of Carmel recently enjoyed a sip and paint party where they were able to channel their inner Monet while sipping on wine! Similar wine and paint parties have been seen popping up all over the country this year. At this particular party, many residents painted Valentine's Day themed art to celebrate the holiday. 

The Barrington Resident Enjoys a Valentine's Day Serenade

February 14, 2017

Resident of The Barrington of Carmel enjoyed a gleeful Valentine's Day surprise today! One special resident was gifted a singing telegram today from her daughter as a way to celebrate Valentine's Day. Sweet Adeline Singers came to the community and serenaded surrounding resident's with two sweet love songs for the holiday! 

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