Insightsthe blog of Porter Hills
The Future is Now
It used to seem a far-off problem. A few years back, when the retirement of the Baby Boom generation was discussed, it was done with a deep sigh and a soft, “Well, we’ll just have to cross that bridge when we come to it.”
Here’s the thing: we’ve come to it. That bridge is right here, today. Every seven seconds, another American turns 65. That adds up to 10,000 people a day through 2030.
This level of explosive growth and change is unprecedented. Here at Porter Hills, we have managed carefully the evolving face of senior living and services, and we’ve been able to remain a strong and growing leader in our community. The people who choose us are satisfied, and we are proud to keep anticipating their expectations in ways that keep us at the forefront of our marketplace.
Our longtime partners and advocates, Westminster Presbyterian Church, have helped us sustain a strong faith-based approach to care and excellence. As the market continues to grow and change, however, we and our partners at Westminster have decided to look beyond the reach of our own community for additional opportunities to collaborate. We have a lot to offer, and we’re hoping to complement those offerings through partnership.
After a thoughtful search, we found our future partner right down the road, in Chelsea, Michigan—where the United Methodist Retirement Communities have been pursuing similar high-quality approaches to serving older adults. We have decided to come together in the pursuit of a collaborative arrangement that can keep us both on the leading edge of our work in the service of all Michigan seniors.
This week, we are pleased to announce that we’ve signed a letter of intent to pursue an affiliation with UMRC. What form this affiliation will take remains to be seen, but we are united in our commitment to make a difference in the state’s landscape of senior living and services.
We’ll spend the rest of this year in the process of due diligence—where we’ll build the strong relationships and agreements we need to move forward in a way that makes sense. The future is bright with promise for both our organizations and the communities we serve.
We look forward to discussing our progress in the weeks and months ahead, and to the leadership we’ll soon be able to provide as the state’s senior living and service sector evolves in response to the needs of Michigan Baby Boomers and other older adults.
After all, it’s never too soon to plan ahead.