Isakson Living Sets the Bar for Continuing Care Retirement Communities

Isakson Living, Atlanta's leading developer of senior retirement housing communities, hosted empathy training for their employees. The programs were designed to simulate various handicaps such as tunnel vision, macular degeneration and paralysis from stroke, and help employees to understand firsthand the difficulties of those with handicaps.

Atlanta, GA, September 25, 2009 --( Isakson Living, the developer of Park Springs, the southeast's premier Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Stone Mountain, Ga. and Peachtree Hills Place, an upscale senior retirement housing community for those 55 and older in Atlanta's Buckhead district, announced today the rescheduled date for its empathy training session for non-clinical employees. The session, which will be held Friday, July 10 at 10 a.m. at Park Springs CCRC, was originally scheduled for June 16.

"Each person will experience the difficulty of doing "normal" every day activities with the limitations that aging or disease commonly impose," said Joan Carlson, Vice President of Quality, Innovation and Culture for Isakson Living. "We will educate throughout the program about disease and how some of our residents are having to cope with handicaps or illnesses beyond their control. This may sound simple, but believe me, no one will forget."

Programs are designed to simulate various handicaps such as tunnel vision, macular degeneration and paralysis from stroke. Daily activities such as eating, walking around and going to meetings will enable employees to understand firsthand the difficulties of those with handicaps. For example, employees might be asked to walk with popcorn in their shoes to reflect someone with severe foot problems. Employees might also be asked to put Vaseline on their glasses to simulate someone with glaucoma.

"I think this will be an eye opening experience for our non-clinical employees," said Andy Isakson, Isakson Living managing partner. "We want our employees to understand the hardships that many of our residents have to go through on a daily basis. The unique insight they will be able to take away from this program will no doubt improve the level of empathetic response our employees will give to our Members."

About Park Springs:
The Southeast's premier CCRC, Park Springs enhances life for Atlanta active adults by providing independent residences alongside extensive amenities and on-site wellness and private health care facilities. The 398-home campus-style senior retirement housing community is situated on 54 acres surrounded by Stone Mountain Park. A 64-suite health center provides assisted living, skilled nursing and dementia/Alzheimer's care. The campus style community boasts a 50,000 square foot clubhouse serving meals in four themed dining rooms daily and a 12,000 square foot fitness center with an indoor swimming pool. The Seniors Housing Council of the National Association of Home Builders named Park Springs a Platinum winner. Park Springs is developed by Isakson Living and managed by Life Care Services LLC (LCS), a leader in senior living communities. LCS today serves more than 23,000 residents daily in over 80 communities nationwide. For more information on Park Springs, call 770-879-5006, 800-267-7126 or visit

About Peachtree Hills Place:
Peachtree Hills Place is a residential community for people ages 55 and older seeking to live a secure, independent lifestyle with easy access to a continuum of healthcare. Peachtree Hills Place is being developed on the 23.3-acre site at the intersection of Peachtree Hills Avenue and Virginia Place, in the heart of south Buckhead, near Atlanta's best shopping, dining and cultural outlets. The new, $200 million senior retirement housing community will include 274 independent residences, 36 skilled nursing and memory care suites, a clubhouse, fitness center, and greenhouse. Peachtree Hills Place will address the total wellness of its members, with programs and facilities in place to help members blend a satisfying life through Physical, Psychological, Social, Spiritual, Intellectual and Occupational components. When health status changes, members will have access to an on-site health center. Life Care Services, LLC, a leading management company of senior communities in the nation, will oversee management and administration of Peachtree Hills Place.

About Isakson Living:
Isakson Living is Atlanta's leading developer of senior retirement housing communities offering a continuum of care for adult's ages 55 and older. Isakson Living upholds a personal and professional commitment to empowering members through groundbreaking wellness opportunities, concierge medicine and hands-on involvement in their communities. Isakson Living has won multiple awards for its flagship community, Park Springs in Stone Mountain, Ga., and Peachtree Hills Place in Atlanta, currently in development. For more information on Isakson Living, visit or call 770-559-4829.

About Healthcare Service:
Park Springs and Peachtree Hills Place offer the highest quality medical, nursing and rehabilitative care in a senior retirement housing environment. Our Resident Centered model provides Members flexibility in their daily activities embracing individuality while focusing on all aspects of wellness. Staffing ratios are three times greater than state required levels. A full time doctor trained as a geriatrician whose sole responsibility is the health of our Members is employed on site. A clinic staffed by our own full time Licensed Nurse Practitioner performs routine check ups, tests and lab work. Our doctor, clinic and skilled care are all Medicare certified. Home care services are provided by trained staff employed directly by our communities, licensed by the state, bonded and insured only after undergoing strict screening processes. All of which insure the highest quality care unsurpassed in the Atlanta metropolitan area.

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