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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.

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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.


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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Related Events

  • LeadingAge Pennsylvania & New Jersey Annual Conference + EXPO
    Plante Moran Living Forward is excited to be an exhibitor the 2021 LeadingAge Pennsylvania & New Jersey Annual Conference + EXPO.
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    Event June 15–18, 2021 Upcoming
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Plante Moran Living Forward Thought Leadership

  • CCRC celebrates groundbreaking for independent living expansion
    CHI Living Communities celebrates groundbreaking of new independent living options at the Madonna Manor. Plante Moran Living Forward is proud to be the development advisor on the project.
    Mark Eckles Plante Moran Living Forward Greg Hensley Plante Moran Living Forward
    Article June 4, 2021 1 min read
    In the foreground, there are hardhats on shovels that are stuck in the ground and an open dirt field is ready for construction of a senior living construction project
  • Take the mayhem out of marketing: Bringing recovery and success to occupancy
    Plante Moran Living Forward is excited to present at LeadingAge Ohio’s June webinar series. Join us for the first session on June 2 to learn how providers are embracing new marketing strategies in a post-COVID environment.
    Dana Wollschlager Plante Moran Living Forward
    Webinar June 2, 2021, 1:00–2:30 p.m. EST 1 min read
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  • State of senior living 2021: Reshaping the industry post-pandemic
    Now is the time for senior living providers to reevaluate their plans for the future in light of COVID-19. Find out what experts say are the key areas to focus on now and in the long term.
    Dana Wollschlager Plante Moran Living Forward
    Article May 19, 2021 1 min read
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  • Plante Moran Living Forward welcomes a new vice president
    Please join us in welcoming Joan Dubnicka to Plante Moran Living Forward, the senior living development consulting division of Plante Moran Cresa.
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    Article May 11, 2021 1 min read
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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.