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Care

Our Caring Ways

CCRC (Continuing Care Retirement Communities): Every Lifespace community offers a complete continuum of care.

Life Care:

Each community also offers this widely preferred cost-management plan for care. With Life Care, residents know their costs of living will remain predictable for life, even if they need long-term care. That care will come from people they already know and trust — and at a cost that is well below what they would pay for skilled care entered directly.

Wellness:

Living well is the whole idea. So here’s the holistic plan: Review your intellectual, spiritual, physical and social capabilities for achieving your goals … and then follow through with a schedule for growth and improvement. That’s aligning your lifestyle and goals — and that’s the Lifespace initiative for richly fulfilled living.

Mission

Create communities celebrating the lives of seniors.

Promise

Vital, purpose-driven seniors will discover a Lifespace community means freedom and opportunity.

Values

  • Commitment to excellence and innovation
  • Anticipating needs and exceeding expectations
  • Passionate attention to detail
  • Responsible stewardship

Philosophy

Making the best-informed choices, without exception, maintains systemic stability. A stable system keeps a solid foundation under each community. And a community with a solid foundation means confidence for residents, who deserve to have their futures as risk-free as possible.

Finances

A not-for-profit widely respected for financial success, Lifespace Communities, Inc. has earned an “A” from Fitch Ratings. This allows the organization to receive tax-exempt bonds, which makes it easier to raise capital with lower financing and debt costs.

Name

Organized in 1976 as Life Care Retirement Communities, we became Lifespace Communities, Inc. in 2009, with our new name reflecting a new vision. We affirm three vital attributes of “Lifespace.”

Lifespace | Life. Space. Pace.
Life
We celebrate the life of seniors
Space
Each person finds the space to pursue fulfillment
Pace
Individuals set the pace for their own lives.

History

  • Founded 1976 by Fred Weitz
  • Not-for-profit from the beginning
  • Managed by LCS until 2005
  • First community was Friendship Village of Bloomington
  • Most recent (2011) community is Oak Trace (formerly Fairview Village in Downers Grove, IL)
  • President & CEO
    Sloan Bentley

    A long-time senior living professional, Sloan leads Lifespace forward, with visions of growth, innovation and the unrelenting commitment to resident-centered culture. Known throughout the senior living industry, Sloan is widely published and a sought-after speaker.

  • Senior VP of Operations
    Ann Walsh

    After more than 25 years in leadership positions in the senior living industry, Ann brings a passion for caring for seniors and creating standards to the Lifespace organization.  She has served as vice president of operations and several executive director roles for large scale CCRC organizations. She looks forward to a collaborative approach between team members and community residents to achieve operational excellence.

  • Senior VP and General Counsel
    Jodi Hirsch

    A nurse to begin with, she’s been a health care lawyer for 25 years, with 13 years as a malpractice defense litigator. Her 30 years in Pittsburgh eased the switch, black-and-gold Steelers to black-and-gold Hawkeyes. She’s passionate about singing, cooking and her labradoodle, Kelev.

  • Senior VP and Chief Financial Officer
    Larry Smith

    After 18 years in the energy sector and 7 as a CPA, Larry joined Lifespace to continue its pursuit of excellence. Fastidiously tracking budgets against industry benchmarks, and keeping the organization transparent for residents, he puts the “Pa” in Lifespace.

  • Senior VP of Business Development
    Tom Brod

    As a veteran leader in the senior living industry, Tom Brod brings extensive financial knowledge and a reputation for revenue-generation. He has a passion for serving seniors and helping Lifespace grow to share its exceptional services with residents.

  • VP of Financial Operations and Strategic Growth
    Jodi Bleier

    Jodi brings more than 17 years of consulting experience to Lifespace, working with senior living providers to achieve their growth and performance objectives. Her focus at Lifespace is on promoting our mission of celebrating the lives of seniors through affiliation with like-minded organizations. Jodi is passionate about helping others achieve their goals, and has a gift for helping her teams succeed at the highest level.

  • VP of Sales and Marketing
    Joe Chambers

    With more than 20 years’ experience in senior living sales and marketing, Joe brings to Lifespace a career-long passion for serving seniors. He specializes in developing effective sales strategy and takes pride in building cohesive, effective teams.

  • VP of Information Technology
    John Couture

    With 20 years in the financial services industry, John joins Lifespace to strengthen its technical capabilities and expand technological services to residents and team members. He loves golf and being a father of four.

  • VP of Successful Aging and Health Services
    Sara Hamm

    Following in the footsteps of her mother, a registered nurse and long-term care leader, Sara is an accomplished nurse executive with a passion for senior living and more than 3 decades of service. She’s always searching for innovative clinical best practices that lead to excellence in care delivery.

Visionaries: The Board

Home Office

Lifespace Communities, Inc. Home Office 4201 Corporate Drive West Des Moines, Iowa 50266 515.288.5805