Senior Living DEIB Coalition Releases Survey Results and Industry Toolkit

Senior Living DEIB Coalition Releases Survey Results and Industry Toolkit

Senior Survey

Initial efforts to advance dialogue and action around Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging

ANNAPOLIS (November 9, 2022) — The first-ever Senior Living DEIB Survey on diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB), and the Senior Living DEIB Toolkit to aid industry operators and organizations in advancing DEIB practices is now available. The survey, conducted by Ferguson Partners, collected information across the participating companies and reviews both the degree to which DEIB programs are deployed and the diversity of their respective staff. The survey results indicated opportunities for senior living companies to give more focus to DEIB efforts and the DEIB Toolkit was developed for interested companies to customize programs suited to their respective firms.

Released by the Senior Living DEIB Coalition, a partnership among Argentum, the American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA), and the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC), the new survey marks the first industry-wide effort to summarize the data on DEIB.

Industry leaders hailed the study’s release and stressed the work on DEIB is just beginning.

“As an industry focused on service and growth, creating diverse and welcoming organizations is the right path and a critical aspect of expanding talent and human capital to meet workforce needs within senior living,” shared James Balda, president & CEO of Argentum. “The survey and toolkit are just the first steps towards this industry-wide need and effort.

Survey Results
The executive summary provides a snapshot on the current state of DEIB within the industry. Administered by Ferguson Partners, the survey uncovers several practices being implemented by senior living organizations and the percentage of organizations executing on specific DEIB initiatives. It also provides demographic breakdowns related to gender, race, orientations, and other diversity measures.

“The survey signifies the beginning for senior living to measure year-over-year progress of DEIB efforts,” said Chuck Harry, COO of NIC. “It serves as a catalyst for additional dialogue within organizations around the practices necessary to advance DEIB.”

DEIB Toolkit
The DEIB toolkit, developed by The Axela Group, is the Coalition’s first initiative to help organizations advance DEIB practices. It is designed to inform, educate, encourage, and drive stakeholders to resources to assist them in DEIB pursuits.

“The toolkit is where the rubber meets the road and senior living organizations take action to either launch or advance DEIB initiatives,” stated ASHA President & CEO David Schless. “It contains resources to inform, equip, and catalyze positive impact and thinking around DEIB and will undergo periodic upgrades as we learn more and advance our industry.”

The Executive Summary of the Survey results and the DEIB Toolkit can be found NIC's website.

For more information, contact Lee Shoquist at lshoquist@fergusonpartners.com.

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