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ONELIFE Senior Living's Blueprint for Future Success

ONELIFE Senior Living's Blueprint for Future Success

Denver, Colorado -

Now that the ONELIFE Senior Living - Ally Senior Living merger is finalized, our team has hit the ground running, eager for the opportunities that lie ahead as we drive innovation and growth within our communities. Our collective efforts have already ignited a surge of activity as we dive headfirst into projects aimed at driving ONELIFE communities toward greater success. From improving current communities to devising innovative initiatives, our team is dedicated to reshaping the senior care sector with forward-looking solutions.

The strategic consolidation of our companies has established ONELIFE as a dominant force in the market, equipped with a wide range of capabilities spanning development, construction, and operations. This strategic advantage will not only accelerate our growth trajectory but also enable us to deliver unparalleled value to our residents, team members, and stakeholders. Partnering with the best in the industry, we eagerly anticipate laying the foundation for our success over the next three decades. With immense potential for growth and development, ONELIFE is dedicated to maximizing every opportunity.

Join us as we embark on this exhilarating journey, moving forward with unwavering confidence and determination. We invite you to connect with us and follow along as we unveil many exciting projects and initiatives in the months and years ahead.

Together, let's construct a future where every senior can thrive and prosper in communities that prioritize their happiness, health, and overall well-being.

We would also like to thank McKnight's Senior Living for recognizing our merger and helping us increase our impact in the senior living industry, we truly value your partnership.


Founded in 2009, Denver-based Onelife Senior Living is a family-owned developer and operator of a growing collection of independent assisted living and memory care communities designed to provide seniors the care, support and encouragement they need to live healthy, happy lives.

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Onelife Enters Chicago With Acquisition of The Laurel at Vernon Hills Memory Care

Onelife Enters Chicago With Acquisition of The Laurel at Vernon Hills Memory Care

Chicago, Ill. – (November 27, 2023)

The former Springs of Vernon Hills Alzheimer’s Special Care Center has become The Laurel at Vernon Hills after being acquired by Onelife Senior Living, a family-owned developer and operator of senior housing, on July 1, 2023. During the 100-day transition, ending in October, Onelife retained all 59 staff members, and reviewed and updated benefits, wages and best practices for staffing. Onelife reduced temporary agency staff, which became prevalent in senior living during the pandemic, and increased permanent team members. Julie Stoneburner, MA, RN, CHPN is the executive director of the community.

“Bringing The Laurel into our family is a big step for Onelife. Chicago has been on our radar because the need for senior care specialized in Alzheimer’s and dementia in the region is significant now, but is expected to increase 13 percent by 2025,” said Zack Falk, founder and CEO of Onelife Senior Living. “It’s a great opportunity to duplicate the success we have had in other cities.”

The Laurel at Vernon Hills Memory Care provides compassionate, connected memory care to serve people with Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia. It’s unique in its singular focus on memory care.

Located near Chicago in Lake County in Northeast Illinois, The Laurel at Vernon Hills Memory Care is surrounded by picturesque parks, lakes and historic sites like the Cuneo Museums and Gardens, the Raupp Historical Museum and the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex.

“The Laurel is a special place because of the quality of our team, and the fact that we are connected with the best healthcare providers and industry leaders in Lake County,” said Stoneburner, who has been executive director of the community since 2019. “We had the resources to provide an outstanding level of care for our residents, and Onelife gives us the opportunity to build upon that even further.”

Onelife creates community living for seniors where they can connect with family, staff and other residents in a secure and comfortable environment. The team aims to cultivate physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being through diet, activity, understanding and support.

“About 230,000 of the 5.8 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s Disease are in Illinois, so we knew there was a need for specialized memory care in the region. My family has been working in the senior care space for more than 60 years, and my goal is to advance the continuum of care in the U.S. through better assisted living and memory care where there is a need,” said Greg Falk, co-founder and principal investor, Onelife Senior Living.


Activities and Staff at The Laurel

Onelife is constantly developing and programming activities that are meaningful to each resident. Their goal is to cultivate purpose with residents and stimulate cognitive functions. Activities include exercise and brain games, outings, movie showings, happy hour socials, cooking classes and so much more. Family and friends of residents are always encouraged to join activities during visits. Private spaces are available for residents and their visitors to host special events such as birthday parties and anniversary celebrations.


Specialized Memory Care

There are several design elements that make The Laurel specifically tailored to memory care and the overall wellbeing of residents, including the large hallways and circular design that allows for independence. Combined with fully enclosed courtyards and enhanced security, The Laurel strives to give residents the freedom of going wherever they want and doing what interests them while still being safe. Because not all residents have the same capabilities, the community has several common areas that lead to dual programming for activities.For example, one family room may be utilized for residents who display higher functioning, while the other might be used for those who need a bit more assistance.

Staff members at The Laurel have more training in the management of various types of dementia, and in how to address challenging behaviors related to these conditions. They adapt to residents’ changing needs and encourage them with activities of daily living, including bathing assistance, meal and activity reminders and routine housekeeping.

To contact Onelife or schedule a tour at The Laurel, visit There are also full- and part-time positions available among staff. For more information on career opportunities at The Laurel, go to



Founded in 2009, Oregon-based Onelife Senior Living is a family-owned developer and operator of a growing collection of assisted living and memory care communities designed to provide seniors the care, support and encouragement they need to live healthy, happy lives. Onelife combines advancements in healthcare with innovations in residential hospitality to keep seniors engaged, families connected and communities whole.

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The Esther at Riverbend to Open in Springfield

The Esther at Riverbend to Open in Springfield

Springfield, Ore. – (September 12, 2023)

Onelife Senior Living (Onelife), a family-owned developer and operator of assisted living and memory care communities, announced that The Esther at Riverbend will open this fall, prior to the holiday season. The highly-anticipated 103-room assisted living community, which is located on Game Farm Road in Springfield, next to its existing memory care community, will offer daily activities, ample gathering spaces, and more than 16 types of private suites with a variety of floor plans and features. Todd Whitehead, a three-year veteran of Onelife, has been named Senior Executive Director of the new community.

The Esther’s detailed, modern farmhouse design is expressed most fully in common dining, meeting, gathering, and quiet areas. The community’s common areas are spread among every floor, anchored by The 1923 Bistro with a large pergola right outside, The Drake Club Room, Timber View Library, Wild Rose Tea Room, and The Gregory, the all-community dining room.

“It is clear to us that assisted living is in need of, not just more options, but environments that are inspiring places where residents, caregivers, and service providers feel they are at home,” said Zack Falk, founder and CEO of Onelife. “With the opening of The Esther, we are striving to fill the growing need for assisted living in the Eugene-Springfield area while creating a place where families can visit and connect with parents and grandparents on-site, and where those residents can build community in a safe space.”

The Esther is especially designed to accommodate seniors of all ages who require varying types of assistance in their daily lives. Younger residents may move to assisted living for the community setting, reduced isolation, balanced meals, exercise classes, and planned group activities. Meanwhile, specialized care is available for residents who need a higher level of physical aid or medical attention while living at The Esther. Next to The Esther is another Onelife community, The Rawlin at Riverbend, which specializes in memory care and, adjacent to The Esther, creates a campus-style configuration available to residents who develop Alzheimer’s or other dementia that would be better treated in a specialized environment offered there. The proximity between The Esther and The Rawlin expands community-building opportunities for residents and increases the availability of care.

The Esther mimics the small-town feel of Springfield, drawing upon its characteristically warm, welcoming reputation. Located in the Riverbend area, it is close to I-5 and the sprawling University of Oregon campus, and less than one mile from PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend.

“When we were conceptualizing The Esther, it was really important for us to bring the outside in through design approaches and details that are grounding and purposeful while ensuring that they are safe. The Esther is unique in that surrounding the entire building is an undulating walking path anchored by a bountiful landscape offering seasonal colors and graceful changes in scale to be enjoyed by residents during their outdoor walks. We also added planters for gardening and a backyard fire pit for residents to enjoy outdoor social events with friends and family,” said Patrick Bickler, the Salem-based architect ofThe Esther. “Springfield is such a beautiful area, so we took advantage of that by adding several outdoor porches and vast windows that face the stunning Coburg Hills.”


About Todd Whitehead, Executive Director

Todd Whitehead has been named executive director of The Esther. Mr. Whitehead joined Onelife in 2020, and will move from the company’s Salem community, Battle Creek Memory Care, where he was the executive director for the 72-room community focused on residents with dementia. Prior to his work with Onelife, Mr. Whitehead spent time working at Brookdale and Sinceri. He will provide additional support for The Rawlin by overseeing the campus alongside its Executive Director.


Data on Assisted Living in the U.S.

With seven out of ten people requiring assisted living care in their lifetime, about two percent of Americans currently live in assisted living communities, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. By 2040, the U.S. senior population is projected to nearly double, necessitating almost one million more assisted living beds that exist today.


About Living at The Esther

The 16 different floor plans span studios, one bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments as large as 1,010 square feet. No matter the floor plan, all rooms have luxurious amenities like large, light-filled windows with Pacific Northwest views, abundant storage, and stainless steel appliances including refrigerators and microwaves.

Residents will be offered an array of indoor and outdoor common areas that accommodate entertainment and a sense of community. Purposeful activities that inspire and facilitate education, participation, and fun are both tailored to residents’ personal interests and beneficial to maintaining strong cognitive abilities. Activities include but are not limited to music programs, weekly outings, cooking demonstrations, art classes, brain games, and book clubs.

For resident’s guests, The Esther will provide a complimentary stay at the hospitality suite on the third floor. The principal goal of the hospitality suite is to break down some of the barriers to visiting residents, like needing to find and pay for a hotel stay, or needing to rent a car to travel between the hotel and assisted living community.

With various floor plans to choose from and dozens of specialized care options, pricing honors personal preferences and budget. To contact Onelife or schedule a tour at The Esther, visit



Founded in 2009, Oregon-based Onelife Senior Living is a family-owned developer and operator of a growing collection of assisted living communities designed to provide seniors the care, support, and encouragement they need to live healthy, happy lives. Onelife combines advancements in healthcare with innovations in residential hospitality to keep seniors engaged, families connected, and communities whole.

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