Refresh Your Community With CAPX Expenditures
For many communities, keeping their buildings current and fresh can directly impact the number of lease agreements and real estate value. A fresh aesthetic and functionality of a community promote a sense of pride for residents and employees alike.
Often, communities already allocated a certain amount of CAPX dollars for updates, such as purchasing new furniture for a particular area, especially for high-impact areas such as lobbies or any rooms adjacent to the lobby. However, due to the vast amounts of harsh chemicals used to clean and sanitize spaces in the last year, the wear and tear of furniture were exceptionally high in areas not anticipated. Giving these areas a refresh can impact marketing efforts and, not to mention, produce a great first impression. Continue Reading
If you followed us on social media, receive our monthly newsletter, or have seen our presentations, you are probably familiar with my headshot. In this particular photo, my hair is colored as I’ve done for years to conceal the gray in my hair. However, during the stay-at-home pandemic orders, the natural color of my hair began to peek through as I’d imagine it did for many other women. And if I’m being honest… this has been my natural hair color since my late 20’s early 30’s. But, due to social norms, I felt pressured to maintain it colored for decades.
That’s when I began asking myself, why? Why do I feel the need to hide my natural hair? And why are men not as strongly affected by the societal pressure to conceal their natural hair color?… But we won’t go there in this article. Instead, I’d like to focus on the topic of Ageism.
Since going natural, I’ve realized people treat you much differently. For one, no one comments on your hair. Typically, with any new haircut or color change, it usually elicits a comment, even if only an acknowledgment, but it’s as if they are afraid to make the slightest remark. And when you do get comments, they are more like this “You look great for your age,” or “Well, you still have great hair.” Then, of course, the biggest question that is now tossed at me is, “When are you going to retire? Excuse me!? Why the sudden consideration or a concern? Did going natural suddenly made me lose my senior housing expertise, gerontology degree, or my capability to run a multi-million-dollar company?
During this transformation, I have learned that my experience is only one among thousands. I learned that Ageism, unfortunately, is very prevalent, especially among professional women. A recent WerkLabs survey of more than 700 working professionals over the age of 40 from diverse backgrounds were asked to rate their experiences with Ageism. Overall, 60% of survey respondents indicate that they have encountered Ageism in their professional lives. Of the survey participants choosing to disclose their gender, nearly 62% of women and 52% of men indicate having experienced Ageism. (read WerkLabs full survey)
Although, I am very aware of the needs and capabilities of our residents in our communities and often preach that every person has a purpose until their last breath. It then occurred to me that I’m also guilty of Ageism. Whether it be addressing a senior inappropriately or assuming that they can’t remember, make decisions, or think as clearly as I might be able to. So next time you assume or presume that someone’s capabilities are not up to par with yours, do yourself a favor and Don’t!
This experience has indeed opened my eyes to how susceptible we all are to Ageism and how culpable our society is in promoting Ageism; luckily, there is a solution, treat everyone with respect and dignity regardless of age, gender, or sex and embrace that natural beautiful silver hair!
Please helps us Congratulate Amy Wenger, our NEWEST NCIDQ CERTIFIED Senior Interior Designer. NCIDQ Certification is the globally recognized hallmark of a highly qualified interior designer. The NCIDQ Examination is the premier authority in designation for interior design professionals working in the residential and commercial markets. Interior Designers who possess the NCIDQ Certification have distinguished themselves by demonstrating a specific set of core competencies required for professional practice in the industry. They have proven their expertise in understanding and applying current codes established to protect public health, safety, and welfare. They are passionate about their profession and dedicated to its recognition and integrity.
NCIDQ Certification provides Amy Wenger with professional status into the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). ASID serves the interior design profession and practice through its programs, networks, and advocacy. ASID connects its members to exclusive resources and benefits that Amy Wenger can use to successfully market her design skills and find qualified clients for residential and commercial projects in the United States as an NCIDQ Certified Interior Designer.
Amy worked very hard to achieve this prestigious title. She managed to lead multiple projects, studied for the exam, all while balancing family life. The Thoma-Holec Design Team couldn’t be more proud and fortunate to have Amy Wenger as part of our team.
Why Are So Many Products Being Delayed?
As you all may be aware, many industries are still struggling to get back to normal productivity even though our country has lifted many of the pandemic restrictions. During the lockdown, many factories did not have remote work as an option, their only solution was to reduce staff at all levels, order entry, customer service, production and, shipping. Of course, this had a massive impact on the fabric and transport companies widely used in the interior design industry, leading to many delays. Continue reading
March 9, 2021, Mesa, AZ. Thoma-Holec Design in Mesa, AZ, received the Gold Award for Best Assisted Living or Special Needs Community from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) 55+ Housing Industry Council. The Best of 55+ Housing Awards honors excellence and innovation in the design, development, lifestyle, and marketing of housing that appeals to the mature market.
With the one-year anniversary of COVID-19 entering our universe upon us, we frequently think of the half million lives that were lost to the vicious and unrelenting virus. While we continue to work remotely and rotate our schedules in the office, we know how fortunate we are to continue adding new design projects on the boards. The news that residents are receiving their vaccines means the return to the social aspects of senior living is on the horizon. Since we know it will look different, we continue to research, learn, and grow our expertise in senior housing design.