Juniper Villages Win Nine 2017 Best of Senior Living Awards



by Jeanine Genauer

Juniper Communities is proud to announce that nine of its communities have been selected as the 2017 Best of Senior Living Award Winners on, the largest ratings and reviews site for senior care and services in North America.

The locations of the Juniper Villages recognized with the award include Juniper Village at Aurora, CO; Juniper Village at Brookline, PA; Juniper Village at Cape Coral, FL; Juniper Village at Chatham, NJ; Juniper Village at Forest Hills, PA; Juniper Village at Louisville, CO; Juniper Village at Meadville, PA; Juniper Village at Mount Joy, PA; and Juniper Village at Naples, FL.

The annual Best of Awards tabulates over 130,000 family created reviews to find the best quality care providers for this honor. Of the nearly 200,000 communities currently listed on, just over 1,400 were recognized with this prestigious award.

Lynne Katzmann, CEO of Juniper Communities praises her communities and their staff for regularly receiving highly positive reviews such as the following posted on

Mary Huzinec: “If you’re looking for the highest possible quality care for your senior family member, Juniper Village at Forest Hills is the place to go – warm, welcoming, clean and compassionate, this place has it all.”

Diane Rothers: “Wonderful facility! My father has lived here (Juniper Village at Aurora) for 3 years, and I have never worried about him or the care he receives. The staff is exceptional; many have been here 10+ years. Dad is treated like a person living in his home rather than a patient. I highly recommend Juniper Village!”

Pam Coon: “We are beyond thrilled with my mom’s care at Juniper Village at Mount Joy. The staff is wonderful and cheerful, which helps all of us when these decisions for more care are being made. Mom is happy and loves the staff. We as a family highly recommend Juniper for your loved one’s care, it is a paradise.”

“Families are increasingly looking to online reviews to find out who truly delivers great care for our seniors, not just who claims to deliver great care,” said Eric Seifert, President of “Our Awards program is all about celebrating the exceptional people who do just that. We’re honored to spread the word about these organizations whom families can entrust with the care of their senior loved ones.”

To qualify for inclusion in the Best of 2017 Awards, providers must have maintained an average overall rating of at least 4.5 stars while receiving three or more new reviews in 2016.

Senior Housing Interview with Lynne Katzmann

Senior Housing

Senior Housing

by Tara Williamson

Lynne Katzmann, Juniper Communities’ Founder and CEO, was featured in a special Health Care and Senior Living Spotlight section of the Colorado Real Estate Journal published in December 2016 discussing the greatest opportunities and threats relative to the development of additional senior housing and care in the state. She highlighted the changing industry fundamentals, the paradigm shift to value-based care wrought by the Affordable Care Act, and changing consumer preferences as the leading factors driving product shifts. She believes that those who can design, develop, and construct a product that addresses these new needs can be very successful!

Read the entire article from the Colorado Real Estate Journal.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony January 26, from 2-6 PM for Juniper Village at Bucks County- Jazzin’ It Up with Juniper, Let the Good Times Roll

Ribbon Cutting

Ribbon Cutting

by Jeanine Genauer

Juniper Communities invites the community to the ribbon cutting and grand opening of Juniper Village at Bucks County, formerly known as Wood River Village. The event will take place from 2-6 PM on Thursday, January 26, 2017.  Join Juniper’s CEO and Founder Lynne S. Katzmann, Mayor Joseph DiGirolamo, Juniper Village Executive Director Gerard McEvilly and other distinguished guests and community members as Juniper officially opens Juniper Village at Bucks County.

Formerly Wood River Village, Juniper Village at Bucks County is located at 3200 Bensalem Boulevard, Bensalem, PA. The ribbon cutting will be followed by a catered reception featuring New Orleans style refreshments and musical entertainment by The Bishop of Jazz, Rio Clemente!

The 357,350-square foot life plan community, also known as a continuum care retirement community, was built in 1981 and purchased by Juniper Communities this past November. It is comprised of 13-interconnecting buildings offering 279 independent living apartments, 60 licensed personal care beds, and 17 licensed skilled nursing beds. Juniper intends to spend $9.5 million in upgrading the community over the next 12-24 months.

“Wood River Village meets the profile of properties in Juniper Communities’ portfolio,” explained CEO Lynne Katzmann. “We look forward to bringing Juniper’s signature programming to the residents including an award-winning dementia care program known as Wellspring Memory Care, a comprehensive electronic health records system, a fully coordinated healthcare delivery model Connect4Life, an integrated connections and activities program referred to as Alive in All Seasons, plus others. All of which are designed to foster the Juniper mission of nurturing the spirit of life in each individual served.”

Juniper’s management also looks forward to partnering with the local providers and businesses in the area to help maintain their high standards for innovation, cost-effectiveness and quality operations.

Branching Out: Women and Senior Living

Women and Senior Living

Women and Senior Living

by Lynne Katzmann

Perhaps because of the recent election, I have been thinking about women and leadership. Before going any farther, I will tell you outright that I am in favor of more women leaders in our industry.

Having been a business owner and CEO for almost three decades you are probably not surprised to hear me say this, but my reasoning goes deeper: 74% of the people who live in senior housing communities nationwide are women. And, according to the Advisory Board Company, 80% of our team members, the people who make our communities function, are women. But at the top, there are mostly men. In fact, Modern Healthcare’s respected list of the industry’s most influential people named 79 men out of the 100! So, the ratios are inverted when it comes to power and recognition.

I am heartened that there are more women now than when I started Juniper in 1988. Several of the large publicly traded Real Estate Investment Trusts (REIT) are led by women. In addition, there are operating companies where the CEO is female and still others with a couple of women in the C Suite. But given we are half of the population and general workforce, and our industry consumer and workforce is so heavily gender skewed, I am dismayed that I am still one of few…

Recent research suggests that companies with gender balance do better in terms of customer satisfaction and value for money. While we may not be ready for a woman in the White House, we must continue to make sure that women have a place in leadership. The first step in making change is awareness. Perhaps Juniper can serve as a role leader. I am proud that our board is gender balanced and our leadership has strong, experienced women as leaders. With greater balance, we can assure that our mission continues to be to “do well by doing good”.