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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.
As we’ve seen before, the senior living industry is facing a shift in more aspects than one, from personalized care to the way staff retention is viewed. One of the more notable shifts at the Argentum conference was the shared acknowledgment that the industry is moving more toward providing a community for seniors to flourish in rather than nursing home styled organizations. We’re seeing improved ammenities, better technologies, and personalized care taking the senior living space into a new era where elderly people can thrive and create a community of people to share their life experiences with.
In It Together
In lots of other industries, competition is a very real threat that takes time and energy to combat. During the conference, however, we were ecstatic to see that, while yes there is healthy competition between different companies, everyone is more or less united in support of goals that would help propel the senior living industry forward. From offering more individualized care to improving living conditions, there really was an underlying feeling of support among conference attendees to improve the overall standard of living for our senior citizens.
Perhaps one of the more important things we observed at the Argentum conference was the need for technologies that are able to integrate with both new tech and existing tech. Streamlining senior care is vital in all aspects of the senior care industry whether you’re on the administrative side of things or have more of a caregiving role. Efficiency is important for cost reductions, better care, and for overall organization. Bringing new technologies into the senior living space is already important, but improving how these systems interface with each other will be a necessity as we push forward.
Connecting Outside the Booth
We’ve been to other conferences before, however, Argentum was the largest one we’ve had a booth at and while it was exhilarating, there was also more opportunity to get shuffled into the crowd. Having a physical booth is important to secure your space as an exhibitor, but we did notice that there were lots of other connections to be made outside of the booth. Our CEO, David Sawyer, was able to sit down with the Bridge the Gap podcast hosts to chat for a bit on legacy preservation and why it's important to implement into senior living communities. Keynotes, educational sessions, networking events, and everything else that was going on provided lots of opportunities to connect with people.
Overall, our team had a great time connecting with other senior living entrepreneurs and professionals. We’re looking forward to pushing the industry forward and to next year’s conference here in Tampa. See you all then!