ALF Pioneer Concordis Senior Living to Attend FALA 2014 Annual Conference

OCALA, FL--(Marketwired - Jun 24, 2014) - Members of the team at Concordis Senior Living,, which owns, operates and develops senior housing communities, will attend this year's Florida Assisted Living Association's annual conference Aug. 11-14 in Orlando. 

The FALA conference and trade show will feature speakers, exhibitors and many of the newest ALF industry trends. With roughly 10,000 baby boomers retiring every day -- and 70 percent of them eventually requiring long-term care -- such events are increasing in importance, says Peder Johnsen, CEO of Concordis Senior Living.

"Eventually, we're going to experience a tidal wave of seniors who are either seeking or requiring the kind of lifestyle or long-term care that you can only receive at an assisted living facility," says Johnsen, a third-generation ALF operator whose family pioneered the contemporary congregate community model.

"It can be quite expensive, although high cost doesn't necessarily make for happier residents."

The median cost for a semi-private nursing home bed is $77,000 a year, he says; in contrast, the median price for a private, one-bed home in an ALF community is $42,000. 

"Someone who needs some assistance with day-to-day living tends to be happiest when in a good assisted-living community with an atmosphere that reminds them of their former home," he says. "It all depends on the needs and preferences of the individual; that's why a customized care plan is designed for every Concordis resident prior to move-in."

Concordis also provides high-level management services for other senior living projects, including securing financing for new projects, market analysis, architectural design consulting, licensure, human resources recruitment and training.

About Peder Johnsen

Peder Johnsen is CEO of Concordis Senior Living, which owns, operates and develops senior housing communities. He's a third-generation assisted-living specialist whose grandfather and father built one of the first contemporary-style ALFs in Florida more than 30 years ago. Johnsen took over administration of two small facilities at age 18. Today, he specializes in the full spectrum of ALFs -- from "ALF lites," where most residents live very independent lifestyles but know assisted-living services are available if they should need them, to homes specializing in care for residents with Alzheimer's and dementia. He is an industry leader in staff development and training, and has overseen the development, acquisition and financing of several communities.

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