Horizon House, an older adult community in downtown Seattle, has a new chief executive officer. Mike Ostrem, previously Horizon’s House’s chief financial officer, began his new role as CEO Sept. 11. Ostrem succeeds Sara McVey, who left Horizon House to become the CEO of Sequoia Living, a multi-site nonprofit organization in San Francisco. “CHHSM wishes…

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When Jan and Dave Braby arrived at the United Church of Christ’s Horizon House in Seattle as part of CHHSM’s Passport to Travel program, they were greeted by staff members in green and blue sports attire. The Brabys — long-time Green Bay Packers fans — had arrived on a Thursday, and the Seahawks were playing…

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It’s a scene from a typical college campus: a dozen students gathered around a lecturer – coffee cups in hand. Questions fly back and forth as debates break out, and a rich dialogue ensues. In this setting, the students are residents of CHHSM member Horizon House, a life plan community in Seattle, Washington. The lecturer…

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Horizon House, a UCC-related retirement community in Seattle, Wash., has hired Scott Hulet as Director of Culture & Care. He will be responsible for inspiring and facilitating a culture of care and a hospitality-based approach to our delivery of clinical care services. Hulet has spent much of his career in senior living, including managing skilled nursing facilities,…

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Three years ago, California saw some of its driest days. As lake beds sat empty, animals faced endangerment and water supply dwindled, residents at Pilgrim Place in Claremont, California, took action. “Our driving force is the commitment of residents to live more sustainably with greater environmental consciousness and lower carbon impact because of our shared…

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Horizon House, known for its forward thinking approach to senior living, has added “possibility papers” to its communications. Like white papers, they provide useful information for consumers and colleagues on a variety of creative aging topics. Click here to view Horizon House’s current possibility papers: – “Good & Good for You, Healthy Eating Supports a…

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Two CHHSM members formed a partnership this year to provide maximum comfort for residents with advanced dementia. Horizon House in Seattle wanted to fine-tune its individualized care. The continuing care retirement community reached out to Phoenix-based Beatitudes Campus, also a CCRC and creator of Comfort Matters, a nationally recognized dementia research and education initiative. “We’re…

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For two hours a day, high school students with disabilities study daily life and interpersonal communication skills in an apartment-turned-classroom at Cape Albeon. Later, they help serve dinner, coordinate coffee chats and host exercise sessions at the retirement community in Valley Park, Missouri. This coaching and on-site job training is provided through a partnership between…

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It might seem like another activity on Horizon House’s calendar — a discussion about depression, hosted by two geriatric psychiatrists. But for resident Bob Fitzgerald, the forum reinforced the importance of looking after himself and his neighbors. Diagnosed with lymphoma in 2006, Fitzgerald remembers battling bouts of nervousness and isolation during the treatment. And while…

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