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From concept to completion, Plante Moran Living Forward’s senior living development advisors will help you manage your construction projects efficiently and effectively.

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Your trusted senior living development advisor, from concept to completion

Plante Moran Living Forward™ is a development advisor that specializes in addressing the evolving real estate, development, and construction needs of senior living communities. Simply put, this means we help clients determine the scope and feasibility of their capital projects, understand market need, oversee the design and construction process, and complete projects on time and on budget.

Graphics with a list of Plante Moran Living Forward's senior living development advisory services, from project definition and feasibility to budget development to owner's representation and construction monitoring

Construction in the senior living industry is specialized, and each client’s project is unique. Embracing your needs is part of our approach. We offer a proven process that has been fine-tuned over billions of dollars in development — and a culture centered around a spirit of integrity and collaboration. You can trust our experts to guide you into making the right strategic, financial, and mission-driven decisions for your project, from concept to completion.

Contact us to discuss your next senior housing development project.

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Our unique advantage

Plante Moran Living Forward is structured differently to serve you differently.

Our “one-firm” firm philosophy is a unifying structure that means you receive the collective resources of the firm and all its affiliates, not just an individual team or office. As such, when we are engaged as your development advisor, we seamlessly integrate with a multidisciplinary team to leverage:

Together, we provide a full-service approach to your projects. Contact us to learn more.

Our work

Madonna Manor Independent Living Exterior  - CHI Living Communities, Kentucky
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Development consultants help CCRC open new independent living housing on budget and schedule

For the past 12 years, CHI Living Communities has relied on Plante Moran Living Forward’s development consultants to help plan and manage capital projects at Madonna Manor, a leading faith-based CCRC in Kentucky.

Mark Eckles Plante Moran Living Forward
Case Study 2020 1 min read
Clark Retirement Franklin Campus Window Signage
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Senior living organization increases profitability with repositioning project
To meet the changing needs in the market, improve profitability, and further diversify its existing portfolio, Clark Retirement Communities determined it was time to reposition its main Franklin campus to offer more independent living and lifestyle options.
Eric Dumont Plante Moran Living Forward
Case Study December 4, 2019 1 min read

Senior living market trends

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Senior living owners, operators reassess CapEx priorities for 2021, beyond
It’s time to reassess your CapEx priorities. Senior living development expert Dana Wollschlager discusses how owners and operators can turn the pandemic into an opportunity to review CapEx priorities and develop new strategies in this Senior Housing News interview.
Dana Wollschlager Plante Moran Living Forward
Article March 19, 2021 8 min read
Has the pandemic changed the desirability of senior housing?
Sally Heffernan Plante Moran Living Forward
Article February 25, 2021 3 min read
Repositioning strategies for the next generation of senior housing
Dana Wollschlager Plante Moran Living Forward
White Paper December 15, 2020 9 min read
Changing the resident experience with culinary solutions & technology advancements during COVID-19
Dana Wollschlager Plante Moran Living Forward
Webinar November 6, 2020 1 watch

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Plante Moran Living Forward Thought Leadership

  • Senior living owners, operators reassess CapEx priorities for 2021, beyond
    It’s time to reassess your CapEx priorities. Senior living development expert Dana Wollschlager discusses how owners and operators can turn the pandemic into an opportunity to review CapEx priorities and develop new strategies in this Senior Housing News interview.
    Dana Wollschlager Plante Moran Living Forward
    Article March 19, 2021 8 min read
    Team of senior living development consultants and senior living architects reviewing development drawings at a table
  • Has the pandemic changed the desirability of senior housing?
    How do people perceive the senior housing industry in the wake of COVID-19? The disparity between short- and long-term desirability factors makes the answer complicated.
    Sally Heffernan Plante Moran Living Forward Dana Wollschlager Plante Moran Living Forward
    Article February 25, 2021 3 min read
    Green flag that says "now leasing" against a cloudy sky for senior housing
  • Seven senior living facility improvements arising from the pandemic
    Senior living communities continue to raise the bar with innovations that address key needs for residents. Consider these seven facility improvements during your capital planning process.
    Dana Wollschlager Plante Moran Living Forward
    Article January 29, 2021 5 min read
    Senior living facility building under construction for repositioning and COVID-19 adjustments
  • Repositioning strategies for the next generation of senior housing
    Repositioning senior living assets to better serve consumers continues to be a hot topic for operators, but the way forward can be murky. Here’s how to build a strategy to successfully reposition your community.
    Dana Wollschlager Plante Moran Living Forward Eric Dumont Plante Moran Living Forward Greg Hensley Plante Moran Living Forward Jamie Timoteo Plante Moran Living Forward
    White Paper December 15, 2020 9 min read
    Senior living development of repositioned homes, with one home complete and sold and the others along the street under construction

Our clients say...

Plante Moran Living Forward has been our owner’s representative and trusted strategic advisor for almost 15 years. Over that time, their impact on our organization has been invaluable. Their experts are knowledgeable about the entire development process, highly effective at bringing project teams together, and always focused on doing what’s right for our organization. From day one, their leadership and support to our team have made all the difference to the success of our nearly $90 million in projects together. My advice would be to make Plante Moran Living Forward your first call if you’re considering a capital project. They will ensure you start off on the right path and add value at every stage of the process.
Michael W. Allen, CPA Vice-President, Finance & Facilities and Treasurer, Graceworks Lutheran Services

Working with our senior living development advisors

Plante Moran Living Forward™ brings the expertise to advise you throughout your construction projects — all while keeping a sharp eye on cost structure, senior housing trends, and construction cost escalation. We can provide individual services, augment your in-house staff, or collaborate as a fully integrated development department for hire.

Contact us to learn how we integrate with your in-house team to help oversee the hundreds of daily tasks associated with senior housing development, mitigate risk, and help keep your project on budget and schedule.