In 1996, the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA, now Argentum) realized the need for excellent training products that emphasized person-centered care and the culture of assisted living. ALFA University was formed and, with ALFA’s leadership, created an array of manuals, self-study certificate programs, and award-winning training videos.
Several years later, after developing a line of quality education products for senior care, ALFA University split from its parent organization, ALFA, and became Assisted Living University (ALU). Under the new leadership, ALU continued to expand its library of products and resource materials for assisted living professionals. As ALU further established itself as a forerunner in the field of training for assisted living professionals, Sunrise Senior Living recognized an opportunity to help ALU expand its reach. In 2005, ALU was purchased by Sunrise and renamed Senior Living University (SLU).
Under SLU’s tenure with Sunrise, product development flourished as SLU’s former primer for assisted living administrators was expanded from a single manual into a robust, three-volume set; an advanced, three-manual administrator program was created; subscription to SLU’s in-service series was first offered; and videos on safety were produced. Then, in early 2009 – as the assisted living and senior care industries were experiencing significant changes, Sunrise sold Senior Living University to George M. Leader Family Corporation (GMLFC).
Since its move from McLean, VA to Hershey, PA, SLU has continued to create and offer training and continuing education products that speak to the culture of senior care. In 2014, Senior Living University embarked on expansion into the next frontier for delivering training: online learning. Now with eLearning content that is engaging and uniquely attractive, while still offering the library of established training materials in book and DVD formats, SLU has evolved into SeniorLivingU where its focus continues to be on delivering quality content to the individual learner – you.
Although our name has changed over the years, one thing that has not changed is SeniorLivingU’s desire to shape the training in senior care to ultimately make a difference in the lives of the seniors being cared for. Since our beginning in 1996, SLU has offered a variety of creative training and continuing education solutions written for you, your staff, and your community by senior care leaders and industry experts.
SeniorLivingU’s catalog of products include self-study, NAB-approved continuing education courses; group training packages; DVDs; in-services; and eLearning courses. This comprehensive library of affordable, easy-to-implement, training solutions and continuing education products promotes independence, dignity, and choice while honoring the individuality and uniqueness of each senior. These resident-inspired materials encompass the wholeness of providing great care: physically, emotionally, and intellectually while individual lessons embody the spirits of care, compassion, and service.