The Manse on Marsh Hires Operations Management Company

Press Release: The Manse on Marsh             


San Luis Obispo, CA – The Manse on Marsh, LP ( and Horizon Senior Living, Inc, (HSL), the Licensed Operator of The Manse,  have entered into a definitive operations management agreement with Altamonte Management Advisors, LLC.

Logan Sexton, is the Managing Principal of Altamonte, and will also serve as the CEO and Executive Director of The Manse on Marsh, an 87 Suite Residential Care for the Elderly (RCFE) campus, located in San Luis Obispo, California.

Mr. Sexton has a long career in Senior Housing and Post-Acute Care. Recently, he served as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for PCPMG Consulting, LLC, in Plano, Texas, and had executive responsibility for 112 post-acute and Assisted Living Facilities (ALFs) over a twelve state footprint, during the past two years. In early 2015, through July 2016, Logan was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Executive Director (ED) for The Manse on Marsh and provided leadership that led to outstanding clinical and business results for this storied and highly regarding Assisted Living Facility.

Logan states, “The Manse is a senior living community that has served its residents and their families for over 18 years, in a manner consistent with high quality of life and a fine standard of living. The amazingly dedicated and caring staff, in every department, functions as a team that is devoted to our theme of “We All Own Everything” and we strive to exceed the expectations of our residents and our stakeholders, at all times. I am extremely happy to be back in San Luis Obispo and we are determined to consistently improve our standard of performance for our residents’ care.”


Altamonte Management Advisors, LLC ( is a company founded by Logan Sexton and operates in California, with headquarters in Stuart, Florida. It provides Executive Leadership Coaching, Turn-Around Management Services, Due Diligence Assessments for Acquisitions and Divestitures, as well as Facility-Specific Disaster Planning and Recovery Management.

All-American Style


Part 2: Just Jazz: A Purely American Art Form

Music, like all other art forms, is a wonderful melting pot filled with historic and cultural influences. And nowhere is that “melting pot” illustrated more than in the most American of music styles: Jazz. While music has been around ever since man was able to clap his hands and put a rhythm together, every culture and country since then has developed their own take on the musical arts. These days, musical culture ranges from the very traditional to hypermodern, with historic and cultural influences converging to create a wonderful melting pot of sound and substance that’s continually shifting.

This form of music came about in the late 19th century as (cultural) worlds collided. Classical music styles of America and Europe started to merge with African influences such as spirituals, ragtime and blues. The genre is credited with originating from the African-American communities in New Orleans, and quickly spreading across America and then around the world. No wonder that it’s sometimes referred to as “America’s classical music!”

As jazz grew and spread, it evolved into different styles such as New Orleans Jazz, Kansas City Jazz, Gypsy jazz, bebop, cool jazz and more. And it’s still evolving today, with genres like smooth jazz, Latin jazz and Afro-Cuban jazz bringing an international flair to this music style.

Even so, classic jazz--like what was played in the 1940s and 1950s--is still considered to many as “classic” jazz. And for senior adults, it’s also the soundtrack to their childhood and senior years. After all, they grew up at the time that Duke Ellington’s jazz orchestra was playing on the radio and one of the most popular music groups of the time. Seniors these days also heard the rise of Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis and other great jazz innovators.

“We understand the importance that music plays for seniors in senior living communities,” says Chris Skiff, owner of The Manse on Marsh in San Luis, Obispo County, CA. “At our retirement village on the central coast, we’re always looking for unique, fun opportunities for our residents to take a trip down memory lane. Remembering happy memories and building new ones have such a big role in helping seniors in Assisted Living live happy, engaging lives.”

One of these opportunities to create new memories will be happening at one of our upcoming events in San Luis Obispo County.

On July 25th at 7pm, The Manse on Marsh will host Crustacea Jazz Band. Crustacea Jazz Band plays danceable and swinging tunes in the New Orleans jazz style. Audiences around the country have enjoyed and responded to their music because it’s upbeat, happy, humorous and romantic. Bring your friends and family, put on your dancing shoes and get ready for an evening of creativity and camaraderie as you’re serenaded by familiar tunes from the 1900s to the 1930s.

“Not only is this a great opportunity to hear some spectacular music, but it’s also a chance for individuals to check out our Independent living services and Assisted Living services at our luxury senior retirement community,” says Chris Skiff. “Our active senior living community is one of a kind in San Luis Obispo County, and we look forward to showing all the options for Independent living we have at our California senior living community.”


For more information about the Crustacea Jazz Band, please visit their website:

All-American Style


Part 1: What Does Independence Mean to You?

As Independence Day approaches, our minds turn to pool parties, fireworks, barbecues and celebrations. The Fourth of July is a great time to enjoy the company of friends and family, but it's also a perfect opportunity to explore the idea of independence. What does independence mean to you? To your family? To your community?  Since independence is such a cornerstone of our society, The Manse on Marsh encourages you to take this Fourth of July to celebrate in a more meaningful way. Who knows? You might just find a new favorite tradition.

Read the Declaration of Independence

Many of us can probably recite part of this document by heart. But when was the last time you read through the entire document? Independence Day is the perfect time to remind ourselves of the commitment our nation's founding fathers made and the reason our country was formed. You can find a copy of the Declaration on the National Archives website for free. Take some time this Independence Day to read it (you'll find it surprisingly easy to read and understand) and reflect, either on your own or with a discussion group. You can also find (again, for free) lectures discussing the Declaration on YouTube.

Thank a Service Member

We all know the importance of sharing our appreciation for our servicemen and women. But on the Fourth of July, why not extend that love to the brave men and women who work to keep our communities safe? Or otherwise care for us? Consider opportunities to volunteer in the community, like handing out water bottles at a local celebration, race or parade or show your appreciation to the fire department or local police by providing treats or simply sending a card.

On the patriotic side, we have a large number of Veterans in our community, so we show our thanks by celebrating the service and sacrifices they have made to help this great country remain free and independent. On a more personal side, independence is something we strive to give our senior residents each and every day. We're an independent and assisted living community, and our purpose is to give our residents the tools and resources they need to live their most engaged, fulfilling and independent life.

Visit a Memorial or Historic Site

Many cities around the nation have a memorial dedicated to Veterans and those who have served. If you have one in your town (or there is one nearby), consider visiting it and perhaps find out if you can assist with keeping it beautiful, either by planting flowers, weeding or generally cleaning up the area. You may not be able to do it on the actual Fourth, but nonetheless, it's a great opportunity to show your appreciation.

Enjoy Independence, All-American Style

Finally, don't forget the best part of celebrating our independence ... actually celebrating! Whether it's as big as a backyard barbecue with hot dogs, hamburgers, apple pie and other American standards, or a simple gathering with close friends and family, take some time this Fourth of July to celebrate in your own special way.

The Power of Music

Part 2: The Effect of Music on Memory

We’ve all had the experience of getting a song “stuck in our heads.” There’s something about music that just latches on to our memory and remains there for...well, sometimes for life. This can range from annoying (“It’s a Small World,” anyone?), to a great party trick (quick! Sing the Alka-Seltzer jingle!) to some very meaningful moments indeed.

Because music plays such an integral part of our humanity and has, in fact, been a “soundtrack” to all sorts of events, big and little, throughout our lives, it’s no surprise that recent research has shown that using music associated with personal memories can help connect, engage and reach seniors.

A recent documentary, Alive Inside, showed an in-depth and moving look at this phenomenon through the work of Dan Cogan. In the film, Dan highlighted the story of Henry, whose health had deteriorated to the point where he was unresponsive to exterior cues. However, when Dan created a personalized playlist for Henry filled with music from his past, something magical happened. When the earbuds were placed in his ears, Henry started singing along. Afterwards, Henry was even able to carry on a conversation—something he hadn’t been able to do in a very long time.

While Henry’s reaction seems nothing less than miraculous, the results are based in science. During a recent study, researchers scanned the brains of patients as they listened to 20-second sound clips and compared them to brain scans done during 20 seconds of silence. What they discovered is that music—especially music that has personal meaning to the listener—activates the entire brain, which causes all the different parts to communicate with each other.

For individuals with memory issues, while certain parts of the brain are affected greatly, there are other networks in the brain that remain fairly functional. One of these is the salience network, which is the part of the brain that can register listening to favorite music. Because this network remains intact even as other capabilities fade away, personal music is able to reach the individual when other tactics can't.

This philosophy of music unlocking memories is playing a bigger and bigger role in senior living communities. More and more retirement homes are integrating music into their therapies and event calendars to bring families and seniors together in meaningful ways.

At The Manse on Marsh, music has always played an important role at our central coast retirement community. From our weekly music group to unique special events, it is our honor and pleasure to share the power of music with our residents and their families.

We’d love to share that musical magic with you at an upcoming event at our luxury retirement community. Join us on June 20 at 6:30pm for a special performance by the “In Time Trio.” Rebecca Robinson, Judy Philbin and Kit Johnson will join us at The Manse on Marsh to perform fun, retro patriotic music that’s fun for them whole family. Join us for an evening rambling down memory lane!

The Power of Music


Part 1: Music Hath Charms:The Surprising Health Benefits of Music for Seniors

From the minute we’re born, music plays an instrumental part in our lives. From lullabies to birthday parties, from school concerts to Friday-night cruising, to choosing that special “first song” at your wedding and beyond, we each construct a unique soundtrack that can instantly cheer us, touch our hearts and bring us together.

That’s not just emotions talking– it’s science. There’s a phenomenon known as “entrainment,” which is when an individual’s biological rhythms are synced with the music they’re hearing. It’s such a strong biological phenomenon that just listening to soothing music can help a person relax, de-stress and even mentally and physically process everything from emotions to medications.

“Music is one of those things that brings everyone together, no matter how young or old we are,” says Christopher Skiff, Owner of The Manse on Marsh, an independent living and assisted living community offering short-term stays and palliative care in San Luis Obispo, CA. “It also has such power to us both mentally and emotionally. I’ve seen individuals with memory loss start dancing to a familiar beat or even singing along with a favorite song. It’s a beautiful thing. But most of all, it’s fun for everyone. That’s why our weekly music therapy session at The Manse is so well-attended, because it’s something all our residents can enjoy.”

Symphonic music, particularly, has proven time and time again to be soothing, relaxing and peaceful for older adults. In fact, it’s been shown to sometimes be more effective than medication! German researchers found that individuals recovering from major surgery had significantly lower stress levels after listening to classical music. Classical music was also, in some cases, much more effective to inducing relaxation than common anti-anxiety medications.

The American Society of Hypertension lists several major health benefits that classical music has on seniors, including:

  • Reducing blood pressure
  • Quicker recovery following a stroke
  • A boost in immunity
  • Pain relief
  • Improved physical performance
  • Better sleep

While appreciation for classical music is accessible to people of all ages, seniors attend orchestral performances at a much higher number, probably because they grew up with classical music playing in their households. Attending a symphony performance is also an excellent social activity, allowing people to meet up with friends as well as experience an enjoyable concert.

To make quality music more personal and accessible to our residents, The Manse on Marsh will be hosting an afternoon high tea event on June 11 at 3:00 p.m. Our special guest performer will be Jennifer Martin, Director of the San Luis Obispo Winds Orchestra. Ms. Martin is an exceptionally gifted conductor with a wide variety of experience conducting ensembles, high school bands, orchestras, musical theatre productions and honor groups in California, Oregon, Washington and Nevada. She will entertain our guests with her special musical talent as a concert guitarist, sharing her unique talent of performing fingerstyle acoustic melodies.

We welcome all members of the community to attend this special upcoming event and enjoy fun, fellowship and a lively conversation.

Please visit The Manse on Marsh website for more information on our special events and how we celebrate seniors at our community.

Older Americans Month


Part 2: Thrive Through Creativity

Taking care of oneself is not limited to physical well-being. In fact, studies have shown that mental and emotional health have just as much influence on your overall ability to thrive. So, as you’re eating well and exercising regularly, also make sure your mind is stimulated and your spirit is being enriched.

According to a study published in the Journal of Aging Studies, researchers have identified six unique attributes that play a role in successful aging: personal growth, health, self-acceptance, autonomy, interaction with others and a sense of purpose. Based on their research, creative activities such as writing, dancing, painting and making music can encompass a variety of these features to encourage growth, purpose and competence.

“As we age, our priorities and our lifestyles shift,” says Oscar Buenrostro, our Activities Director. “In our younger years, we’re often defined by our role as a parent or a career-focused individual. But once our children have grown and we’ve retired, it’s normal to feel a loss of purpose, which can have a significant effect on our health and well-being. However, channeling energies and interests into artistic activities builds confidence, engages the mind, relieves boredom and gives seniors excitement, pride, energy and satisfaction.”

Some older adults may be hesitant to try new artistic endeavors because they don’t think of themselves as “creative.” So, it’s important to think a bit outside the box when it comes to finding fun and rewarding activities. For example, do you enjoy baking or making candy? Challenging yourself with a new recipe or learning a new cooking technique can open a whole new world of delicious possibilities. Or if you enjoy taking pictures, enroll in a photography class to learn how to improve your eye and capture moments that are meaningful to you. Opportunities to express yourself are everywhere, if you keep an open mind and follow your interests.

In the spirit of celebrating life and thriving through creativity, we welcome you to celebrate with us on Monday, May 28th at 3:00 pm for a very special Memorial Day event. Alongside celebrating our resident Veterans, you will also enjoy a performance by the Kindred Spirits Choir. This group of 30 women enjoy their friendships, love to sing 4-part music and perform all around San Luis Obispo County. Their amazing harmonies and repertoire will entertain and remind you just how important the contributions of our armed forces are each day we enjoy our freedoms in the good old USA! We promise it will be an event to remember.

The Manse is honored to serve those who have served our country. We offer special rates for Veterans and surviving spouses and will help you qualify for the pensions and benefits you have earned. Please contact us at (805)316-7186 for more details.

Please visit The Manse on Marsh website for more information on our special events and how we celebrate seniors at our community.

Spring into a Healthy You


DuringOlder Americans Month

May brings spring flowers, sunny days, sunshine and fresh air ... but did you know it also brings a focus on seniors and senior care? Each May since 1963, the Administration on Aging observes Older Americans Month (a celebration that, at 55 years old, is entering its “senior years” as well). 

In the past, its focus was on honoring the contributions made by older members of our society. Over the years, the focus has switched to being more on helping older Americans live healthy, active, social and long lives. This year’s theme, “Engage at Every Age,” celebrates ways to enrich your life through emotional, mental and physical well-being.

All around the country, senior centers and communities will be participating in activities and events to “unleash the power of age.” It’s a great opportunity for seniors to be active in the community – literally and figuratively – by volunteering to help beautify community areas, participating in fun runs or walks to benefit various charities or educate the public – both young and old – by sharing their stories and showing their communities that getting older doesn’t mean slowing down.

At The Manse on Marsh we treat every month as Older Americans Month and are proud to continue offering enriching, engaging and life-affirming activities each day for our residents.  To officially celebrate Older Americans Month we’re hosting special events that are open to the public – and we’d love for you to attend. 

Part 1: The Art of Aging

Dr. Steven Sainsbury He only makes house-calls!

Dr. Steven Sainsbury
He only makes house-calls!

 Living a healthy lifestyle is the best and biggest way seniors can enrich their lives and stay active. According to the National Council on Aging, approximately 80% of American seniors have at least one chronic disease such as stroke, diabetes, cancer or heart disease (and 77% have at least two of these). By learning healthy ways to manage and avoid diseases, older Americans can increase their productivity, independence and security.

To help our residents and community learn more about senior health issues, The Manse will be hosting a seminar featuring our very own house-call doctor, Dr. Steven J. Sainsbury.

We love Dr. Sainsbury, not just because he’s engaging, kind and able to explain complex medical situations in a clear and easily understandable manner, but also because he has a unique approach to healthcare and his patients. Unlike most doctors, Dr. Sainsbury doesn’t have an office where he sees patients – instead, he visits each and every one in their homes. 

“Having Dr. Sainsbury is such a benefit to our residents – and to us,” says Farron Bernhardt
Executive Director at The Manse. “House calls are so much less stressful, plus he really is able to give everyone a one-on-one, personal experience. I think there’s a real need for more doctors like him, who are able to visit patients in a place where they’re comfortable and also give excellent medical care and advice.”

For more information about Dr. Sainsbury, visit

For more information about Older Americans Month, please visit

Please visit The Manse on Marsh website for more information on our special events and how we celebrate seniors at our community.

Natural disaster preparedness for assisted living San Luis Obispo residents

California has recently experienced wildfires, flooding and mudslides, bringing emergency preparedness to the forefront of concerns. Adding in California’s history of earthquakes makes emergency preparations even more important. Emergency plans for families and communities help with the safety of people at home, work, at school or some other activity, but what kinds of emergency preparedness plans help keep loved ones in retirement and assisted living? San Luis Obispo’s Manse on Marsh has a safe and prepared facility for seniors and has prepared some tips to help families make sure their loved ones will be as safe as possible in the event of a disaster.

Not only is it important to think about emergency scenarios, but it is also smart to make sure where a loved one resides is prepared for these situations. Here is a list of tips for families to review with the management of anyplace providing assisted living in San Luis Obispo or California.

  • Ask for the emergency plan. Assisted living facilities are required to have disaster preparedness plans in place. Residential care facilities for the elderly must have an emergency plan that includes: Evacuation procedures and plans for the facility to be self-reliant for a period of not less than 72 hours immediately following any disaster, including a long-term power failure. The assisted living facility should have a way to communicate with emergency response teams and to access emergency route information necessary for evacuation and relocation. Find out what the plans are and who would be in charge during an emergency or evacuation. More information is available from the California Assisted Living Association (CALA) disaster preparedness resources.
  • Make sure the facility is stocked up. Do some research and find out how the facility stays supplied during an emergency and if staff prepares in advance. Will there be enough food, water, and medication to keep residents going through an emergency crisis?
  • Ask about communication procedures. Normal lines of communication can be lost during an emergency so find out what alternative emergency communication procedures a San Luis Obispo assisted living facility has available. Ask about the chain of communication between staff and families of residents, and know which person to contact in an emergency.

  • How will staff address resident concerns? When emergency events happen it is tempting to stay glued to the news. Be aware that stressful situations can make elderly residents more aggravated or worried. Find out if the assisted living facility has a plan in place to keep them happy and active without overwhelming them with too much information.

  • Know the evacuation plans. When a coastal assisted living community experiences a crisis, make sure specific plans are in order to transport the residents to safety. Having a loved one in a community that has good evacuation plans set in place for any disaster is important when comparing assisted living facilities.

Having a friend or family member in an assisted living San Luis Obispo facility like the Manse on Marsh ensures a loved one is in the best hands. Their safety is well planned in advance.

Local and regional emergency services information is available for cities and counties throughout California. For San Luis Obispo information:

City of San Luis Obispo

County of San Luis Obispo

California Office of Emergency Services

The Manse on Marsh shares three ways that love can heal us

Spring is a time of year when our hearts flutter and we share life, love, and the beautiful connections that provide meaning for us all. For seniors at The Manse retirement community in San Luis Obispo, love is present year-round. The world is in bloom, beauty of this planet and best parts of living are the connections we have. Living is much richer when it is spent with the people who matter to us most, doing memorable things we enjoy. Looking into our new year with hope and possibilities, and many healthy resolutions, we’d love to share three ways that love heals us.

Unconditional love

When we think of love, we often envision a couple holding hands and walking down a beach. Another one of the most common forms of love you’ll see is that of humans and their furry friends. The Manse retirement community in San Luis Obispo is pet friendly. Pets provide people with assistance, companionship, loyalty, and most of all, unconditional love. Unwavering nonjudgmental love keeps us healthier, and happier.

The American Heart Association has linked to the ownership of pets to a reduced risk for heart disease and greater lifespan. Seniors over age 64 with pets make an average 35-percent fewer visits to their doctors than seniors without pets. Our fluffy companions can ease loneliness, reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. Animals also promote social interaction, encourage exercise, playfulness, and provide unconditional love and affection.

Love and romance

As we live longer, we love longer and having a special someone to share with makes life better in so many ways. Seniors who are dating look younger and sometimes act younger. Older people with social lives are more inclined to be more physically active by taking walks or shopping together, or playing golf or swimming; maybe even a rousing game or two of tennis!

Family bonds that strengthen

Having loving family close by can improve health and social bonds. Especially relevant for people later life, these critical social connections boost the quality of life. Keeping strong social connections can help relieve harmful levels of stress, which can negatively affect the heart, gut function, insulin regulation, and immune systems. Thanks to research, we now know that family bonds and caring behaviors trigger the release of stress-reducing hormones. Serotonin, the hormone responsible for happiness and the feeling of wellbeing, dopamine the pleasure hormone, and oxytocin the love hormone, all play a role in effecting our daily lives and increasing our longevity.

Having friends and family visit our award winning retirement community in San Luis Obispo for fun activities, holidays, and memorable moments makes a huge difference, so finding time to make connections on a regular basis is important.

Discover the many ways retirement community living can enrich lives then give The Manse on Marsh a call for more information.

Planning for the Future: Free Tax and Financial Resources for Seniors

Life after retirement should be one of the most relaxing, stress-free parts of your life. After you stop working, however, it is easier than ever to spend sleepless nights worrying over your financial security and well-being. In a technological world, building financial literacy skills is of the utmost importance, but learning the ins and outs of online money management and accounting is no easy task. Luckily, there are several free and/or low-cost online resources available to you that you can use to plan your financial future, and mitigate the headache of navigating complicated tax systems.

  1. IRS Free Federal Tax Resources for Seniors and Retirees - The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) offers resources that can help answer your pressing tax questions. Learn how to track your taxable retirement income, social security benefits, pension and annuity, and more through this helpful site. The IRS Tax Guide for Seniors, which is issued annually prior to tax season, can be very handy, as well. The guide helps you navigate the federal filing requirements, outlines income that is taxable and nontaxable, and provides a list of potential adjustments and deductions that can help you save a few dollars and cents.
  2. IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) - The IRS also hosts a program called the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, which offers free tax preparation support to people who make under $54,000, as well as to persons with disabilities and/or limited English speaking ability. According to the IRS’ website, “VITA and TCE sites are generally located at community and neighborhood centers, libraries, schools, shopping malls and other convenient locations across the country. To locate the nearest VITA or TCE site near you, use the VITA Locator Tool or call 800-906-9887.” Learn more about how IRS-certified volunteers can support your tax preparation here, and get ready for your visit using this essential “What To Bring” checklist.
  3. National Council on Aging Benefits CheckUp - The National Council on Aging (NOA) has created a comprehensive, free online tool to help seniors understand the full scope of the benefits for which they may be eligible. The Benefits CheckUp program monitors updates to policy and procedure for over 2,500 benefit programs. After taking an online survey, the Benefits CheckUp team helps match individuals to income assistance, tax relief, employment, veterans services, medication management, health care, transportation benefits and more. Start the survey and learn more about your benefit eligibility today.
  4. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide - The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Tax-Aide Program offers a full arsenal of tools, resources and guides that are designed to support seniors in most of their financial and tax-related matters. The AARP Foundation’s free program offers individualized tax preparation for low to moderate income taxpayers that are 50 years and older - at nearly 5,000 locations across the country. Find a location near you, and learn about the documents you need to bring to your first appointment.
  5. Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement (WISER) - WISER is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping individuals, policymakers, and educators understand the issues surrounding women’s retirement income. The organization was awarded a grant from the U.S. Administration on Aging to develop the National Resource Center on Women and Retirement Planning, and publishes a monthly newsletter about retirement, health care and investing issues. The Center is a “one-stop gateway for retirement planning,” and shares publications designed to help individuals and caregivers understand financial planning, health care and more. Read “A Simple Guide to What Everyone Needs to Know about Money & Retirement”, “Financial Steps for Caregivers: What You Need to Know about Protecting Your Money and Retirement, and access additional reports and resources on their website.