Wisconsin Assisted Living Association’s Diamond Accreditation Program

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Ryan Novaczyk | president and chief financial officer of New Perspective Senior Living

Since 2008, Ryan Novaczyk has guided all financial functions as well as strategy and growth initiatives for the Minnesota-based New Perspective Senior Living. Under his leadership, the company has expanded to include 22 senior living facilities, several of which are located in Wisconsin. To support this work, Ryan Novaczyk maintains membership with the Wisconsin Assisted Living Association (WALA).

Founded in 1994, WALA is a state partner of Argentum and advocates for public awareness and educational programming in the assisted living sector. Additionally, the association provides training services and programs to its members.

Another benefit it offers is the Diamond Accreditation Program, which aims at improving and maintaining a high standard of quality care for residents of the state’s assisted living facilities. The voluntary quality management program is offered to WALA members at an annual cost of $100 per community for assisted living facilities with 8 or fewer beds and $200 annually for facilities with more than 61 beds. Facilities with between 9 and 30 beds are charged $125 per community, while those with 31 to 60 beds are charged $150.

Diamond Program participants qualify for a 10 percent discount on WALA products and educational events, in addition to receiving resources and tools to facilitate best practices and network with nearby communities.


New Perspective Breaks Ground on New Community in Franklin

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Senior housing and care executive Ryan Novaczyk regularly shares his expertise at professional events such as the Argentum Conference as well as those hosted by UMBC Erickson School and the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care. Since 2008, Ryan Novaczyk has guided the day-to-day business operations and financing of New Perspective Senior Living in Eden Prairie, Minnesota as its CFO and president.

A family-owned company, New Perspective Senior Living consists of retirement communities across Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and Illinois. The organization, which was founded in 1998, adheres to the belief that all seniors deserve to live life with purpose and age with dignity. Recently, the organization broke ground on a new retirement community in Franklin, Wisconsin.

New Perspective partnered with Stevens Construction in Milwaukee for the Franklin community. Construction for the new 180,000-square-foot retirement community began on January 21, 2019, and, once completed, the complex will span six acres and feature 149 total units. Units will include independent and assisted living apartments, in addition to specially designed units for those with memory loss. Moreover, the complex will offer a wide range of amenities and services for seniors that range from fireplaces to an indoor warm-water pool as well as a cafe and pub.

For further information on New Perspective retirement communities, visit http://www.npseniorliving.com.

Helping People with Mild Cognitive Impairment Live Independently

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Ryan Novaczyk | New Perspective Senior Living

Certified senior housing and care professional Ryan Novaczyk has been at the helm of New Perspective Senior Living since 2008. As the company’s CFO, Ryan Novaczyk oversees the finances and day-to-day operations of 22 senior living facilities in four states.

After learning that a senior has a mild cognitive impairment (MCI), relatives may wonder how the impairment will impact the person’s ability to live alone. Here are a few adjustments that can be made to support the independence of people with MCI:

– Designate supervisors. MCI can make keeping track of routine financial transactions and daily medications difficult. A family member or trusted friend can take on supervisor roles to help pay bills on time and manage medications.

– Set Routines. Having a structured day can be helpful for people experiencing memory loss. Keeping important items such as keys and wallets in the same accessible place is also important.

– Minimize Stress. Stress can exacerbate the symptoms of MCI. People with this diagnosis should exercise daily, socialize, and engage in relaxing activities such as gardening and listening to music.

When Cognitive Decline Leads to Alzheimer’s Disease

Known as the most common form of dementia, Alzheimer’s remains prevalent among the elderly. Characterized by cognitive decline and memory loss, early symptoms of the disease are mild in most cases, but they gradually worsen over time. For cognitive decline to be seen as something that would lead to Alzhemer’s, at least two of the five symptoms listed below should be present.

1. The patient shows difficulty in remembering new information. This can lead to repetitive conversations or questions, failure to remember events or appointments, misplacing of personal things, or getting lost in a familiar route.

2. Impairment exists in the performance of complex tasks, judgment, and reasoning. The patient demonstrates inability to assess risks, makes poor decisions, is unable to plan sequential events, and shows lack of knowledge in managing finances.

3. The patient exhibits weak visuospatial (denotes visual perception of the spatial connection of things) ability. He or she shows difficulty in recognizing faces or objects and is oftentimes unable to see objects in direct view. He or she is also disoriented in using simple tools.

4. Speech, writing, and spelling are impaired. The patient demonstrates difficulty or hesitation in speaking even simple words. He or she always misspells words and exhibits errors in speaking or writing.

5. A sudden change occurs in the patient’s behavior or personality. He or she loses empathy and shows out-of-character mood swings, displaying unacceptable social behavior. Loss of initiative or motivation is visible.

About the Author:

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Ryan Novaczyk, CFO, New Perspective Senior Living

Accomplished business executive Ryan Novaczyk has spent the last ten years as chief financial officer and president of New Perspective Senior Living in Minnesota. Ryan Novaczyk handles the day-to-day financial and operations functions of the company, which offers environments and living spaces specially designed to help care for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease.

Top-Rated Golf Courses in the Twin Cities Region

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Ryan Novaczyk, New Perspective Senior Living

An experienced seniors housing and care executive, Ryan Novaczyk enjoys playing golf in his free time. As a resident of Minneapolis, Ryan Novaczyk lives in a region known as one of the sport’s hotbeds. According to experts, the best of the Twin Cities’ many golf courses include the following:

– The Minikahda Club. This Minneapolis club has welcomed Twin Cities golfers since opening as a nine-hole venue in 1898. Expanded to 18 holes in 1905 and boasting a 1920 redesign by Donald Ross, the course has hosted a number of high-profile tournaments over the years, including the U.S. Amateur Championship and the U.S. Women’s Amateur.

– Spring Hill Golf Club. Spring Hill Golf Club stretches across an undulating tract of land to the west of Minneapolis in Wayzata. Highlights of the water-heavy layout include the 231-yard eighth hole and the 590-yard 13th, both of which require navigating marshes.

– Hazeltine National Golf Club. Since opening in the early 1960s, Hazeltine National Golf Club has served as the site of some of professional golf’s most memorable moments. The venue, which is regarded as one of Minnesota’s finest, most recently hosted the 2016 Ryder Cup, which saw the United States prevail over Europe.

Betty Berkeley’s Continuing Influence at New Perspective Senior Living

Over the course of her life, Betty Berkeley demonstrated an independent spirit and a longstanding commitment to helping others. A distinguished member of the Women’s Army Corps during World War II, she took on the responsibility of supporting her family when her husband became disabled in a car accident following her military service.

Years later, living alone after his death, the mother of four continued to remain self-sufficient despite a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. Eventually, however, as the disease worsened, the Novaczyk family took her in. Over the next seven years, the Novaczyks developed a method of care that emphasized Ms. Berkeley’s dignity and independence.

Today, New Perspective Senior Living draws on this experience to help seniors Live Life on Purpose. Speaking to Ms. Berkeley’s influence, the company continues to focus on the needs of its residents by asking, “What’s best for Betty?”

About the Author:

Ryan Novaczyk
President and Chief Financial Officer

Ryan Novaczyk serves as the president and chief financial officer of New Perspective Senior Living, a company comprised of 22 retirement communities in Minnesota, North Dakota, Illinois, and Wisconsin. Since coming to New Perspective Senior Living in 2008, Ryan Novaczyk has helped to carry on a mission inspired by Betty Berkeley, the mother-in-law of company founder Todd Novaczyk.

New Perspective Community Ad Campaign Features Authentic Voices

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New Perspective Senior Living President: Ryan Novaczyk

Ryan Novaczyk is a respected presence in the Eden Prairie, Minnesota community who guides New Perspective Senior Living as president. Also serving as chief financial officer, Ryan Novaczyk is responsible for the financing, acquisition, and development activities spanning a growing network of 23 senior living facilities.

Among the recent marketing initiatives launched by Mr. Novaczyk’s company has been an innovative ad campaign that emphasized authenticity instead of stereotypes. Through the campaign, soon-to-be residents were given a voice in speaking their concerns prior to moving into a New Perspective community. They then conveyed what they had actually experienced and the “aha” moments that occurred as they became aware of their new community’s benefits.

As Mr. Novaczyk noted, residents at communities “may be retired, but they are far from retiring.” With the slogan ‘Live Life on Purpose,’ the campaign emphasizes that those moving into retirement homes are not focusing on their age, but thinking about what comes next and how to maintain strength and independence through the transition.