(Lance Raab on left, Josh Crisp on right)
TAMPA, FL (June 13, 2019) - TSOLife, INC (TSOLife), the legacy preservation company , has brought on two new board members since the start of 2019. Dedicated to capturing life stories and personalizing care, Lance Raab and Joshua Crisp join an already distinguished board of directors.
Lance Raab is currently an Investor-Operating Partner at Florida Funders and a Board Member at Tampa Bay Wave. Raab was previously founder and CEO of the notable REPS software program, an early, well-known CRM in the assisted living industry. Lance’s addition brings valuable insight into building a successful software tool for senior living operations.
“I spent the majority of my career in the Senior Living Industry as a provider of the REPS software solutions before selling my company several years ago. It’s a wonderful industry. When I met David and Stella [TSOLife founders], I was impressed with their innovative solution and how it can make a diﬀerence in the lives of seniors and their families. More importantly, I was impressed with their passion for the industry. When they asked me to get involved with TSOLife, it was an easy decision.” Lance Raab, Investor-Operating Partner, Florida Funders
The TSOLife Board of Directors also welcomes Joshua Crisp, the president and founder of Solinity, a senior living owner and operator, focusing enterprise in development, management and marketing to oﬀer aﬀordable communities in the senior living space. Mr. Crisp is also the co-founder and co-host of the Bridge the Gap Senior Living Podcast, the most notable podcast in the industry, bringing both industry expertise and professional solutions to the changes the senior living industry is facing.
“I was attracted to serve on the board of TSOLife because of the mission. It is an honor to work alongside a team of like-minded people who care about the legacy
and story preservation of residents and their stories. I appreciate the intentionality of TSOLife's desire to create a cross-functional, multi-disciplined board with senior living experts and technology experts combined which showed their long-term view of positioning the company as a technology leader in the space. I look forward to seeing the exciting growth and traction in the industry and anticipate years of success as a technology partner." Josh Crisp, Founder & CEO, Solinity
“We really appreciate the diverse experiences from the new board members, Lance being from the software solutions side and Josh bringing the owner/operator perspective. It's with these combined backgrounds from our new board members that they'll assist TSOLife with ﬁnding it's foothold in the senior living industry, while also helping to deliver true value to customers, communities and their residents,” says David Sawyer, founder and CEO of TSOLife.
TSOLife partners with senior living communities across the nation to provide a tech-enabled legacy preservation solution to easily preserve the life stories of their residents. Having preserved over 5,000 lives and 60,000 stories to date with a 70% resident adoption rate, TSOLife has become the trusted legacy preservation provider for communities across the nation. Visit TSOLife.com for more information or for any questions, contact Chelsie Rosatone.
(Lance Raab on left, Josh Crisp on right)
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It’s been a week since we got back from the Argentum National Conference, so we’ve had some time to reflect back on our time there. This year was our first year going, but it definitely won't be out last, especially since next year’s conference is in our HQ city of Tampa! With such a massive turnout to these conferences, it’s easy to get swept away in all of the other booths and breakout sessions and presentations, but we were able to learn some things and hope that you had some great takeaways as well. In this weeks post, we’ll break down some of the more important aspects of the conference that we were able to take home with us.
Some of the goals of any assisted living community are to help residents achieve peace of mind, comfort, and general well-being. Although these intentions are pure, there are a few things that can get in the way of attaining them, one of which is a revolving door of staff members. Staff turnover rates are staggering among assisted living communities, with a national average of 42%. Additionally, the cost of replacing a single staff member can range from $4,000 to $5,000. While lower staff retention rates seem to plague the industry, there are a few different ways you can decrease your staff turnover.
There are many physical changes in health that accompany aging, including mental health. While residents in assisted living communities may seem content, 15–20 percent of adults over the age of 65 have experienced depression at one point or another. The question arises: why are these residents experiencing a decline in mental health and is there anything we can do to stop it?
Why Are Residents Depressed?
Older people deal with a lot; from losing loved ones to potentially losing mobility, there are more than a few things that could get them down. Despite these hardships, depression and anxiety aren’t a natural part of the aging process. These mental illnesses can lead to higher medical costs due to the need for more care, more frequent doctor visits, and medication. Not only can mental illnesses cost more, but they can also worsen other conditions like heart disease and diabetes. It’s not always the case, but often, depressive episodes can be catalyzed by social isolation. Although there are other people living in these communities, making a lasting connection with someone there may not be the easiest thing to accomplish.
The relationship between depression and social isolation is cyclical; isolation can influence depression, and depression can lead to social isolation. This lonely feeling has many facets that could be contributing factors like friends or family that have passed away, a lack of mobility or transportation, or not feeling a sense of community in the assisted living space. How can we help these residents live better lives while also reducing medical costs?
Life Review Therapy
Life Review Therapy refers to the practice of looking back through one’s life to gain a sense of ownership and fulfillment. This kind of therapy is applicable to most adults, although it is best used in older adults 65 years or older. Studies have shown that talking about and reminiscing on positive memories can help to improve mood which can help add perspective to someone's life. Our program here at TSOLife emphasizes this correlation by prompting residents to recall and retell some of their fondest memories. Not only can these reflections boost mental health and positivity, but they can offer up opportunities for staff to make genuine connections with their residents. Better relationships can help alleviate depression and social isolation in seniors while also improving employee retention.
Stella Parris assists TSOLife customer, Abby Hamilton, scan and collect family photos.
The mission of TSOLife is very near and dear to the hearts of our employees. For many, it's why we were initially attracted to the position. To our customers, it helps distinguish us from the competition and demonstrates our attention to detail. It’s what the company was founded on, and it’s what guides our strategy.
Read on to learn why the company's mission is special to TSOLife's Co-Founder and COO, Stella Parris.