Kennewick senior living community gets new name, managers

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The senior living community formerly known as Charbonneau is now called Solstice Senior Living at Kennewick.

The change is the result of a national joint venture between the property’s ownership group, NorthStar Healthcare Income Inc., and Integral Senior Living, a national provider of senior living management services. Terms of the agreement weren’t disclosed in the Nov. 16 announcement.

“Living and working at Kennewick will only get better as we introduce new activities and culinary programs,” said Lori Taylor, Solstice’s regional director of sales and marketing, in a news release. “So, aside from getting used to a new name, residents, associates, family members and community friends should not expect any disruption in their day-to-day experiences.”

Holiday Retirement Corp. of Portland, Oregon, began construction in 2002 on Charbonneau Gracious Retirement Living; it opened the following year.

The recent joint venture, called Solstice Senior Living, has assumed management of 32 NorthStar-owned independent living communities nationwide.

Each facility will be rebranded under the Solstice umbrella, with Integral Senior Living providing management and NorthStar maintaining business and real estate ownership of each property.

Integral Senior Living, headquartered in Carlsbad, California, manages independent, assisted living and memory care properties in 22 states.

NorthStar Healthcare Income Inc., a public, non-traded real estate investment trust focused on the senior housing market already has ties to the Tri-Cities. It completed a $98.9 million acquisition of the Bonaventure portfolio in February in Washington and Oregon. It included five independent and assisted living facilities totaling 453 units in five senior housing facilities. Bonaventure of the Tri-Cities is on Bellerive Drive in Richland.

Gerald “Gerry” Jackson has been named Solstice’s senior vice president. He has more than 30 years of experience in senior living, assisted living and behavioral health, including leadership roles in training, operations, and program and staff development.

“Solstice will create value for our residents by optimizing operations and programming, with the goal of taking our residents’ experience to a new level,” he said in a statement.

Activity and culinary offerings are widely recognized as key factors in seniors’ selection of an independent living community, and Solstice’s goal is to enhance these services.

Solstice Senior Living at Kennewick, and all other Solstice communities, will feature Integral Senior Living’s “Vibrant Life” activity program as well as a newly developed culinary program called Elevate.

The activity program will focus on seven core components, ranging from inspiration and wellness, to adventure and community connections. The program aims to promote experiences and opportunities to connect residents with family, friends and the Kennewick community.

Elevate aims to provide Solstice residents with flexible and changing culinary options. It will include monthly “Food for Thought” meetings, which have proved successful at other Integral Senior Living communities in engaging residents in culinary and menu-related decisions.

Solstice Senior Living at Kennewick is at 8264 W. Grandridge Blvd.

Information: solsticeatkennewick.com.