Benefits of Living the Legato Way
The Right Franchise at Just the Right Time for Just the Right Franchise Owner
You want three things to be true when selecting a franchise partner…
- Be passionate about the franchise mission
- Find a proven business model you can replicate over and over
- Build a legacy for you and your family in your community and bank account
Legato Living has all that and more…
- You’ll run highly specialized residential homes taking care of people with advanced memory care issues
- You’ll acquire a portfolio of real estate properties creating a second revenue source as you build your business
- You’ll earn community respect as your reputation grows for delivering outstanding care to a highly vulnerable population
Legato Living Offers a Compassionate Alternative to Large, Warehouse-like Settings
At some point, memory care support in a resident’s own home is no longer a safe option. That’s because the level of care needed and of course the expense becomes too great for most families. We believe Legato Living’s smooth and flowing transition to residential group living delivers the least disruptive pathway for our residents as memory care management becomes more demanding.
Our approach enables Legato Living to…
- Keep our residents out of impersonal, large facility nursing homes
- Provide a more intimate group home environment for our residents
- Ease the transition for residents and families during this most challenging time of life
- Deliver compassionate, professional care through the end of our residents’ lives
What’s Special About Legato Living? How Do Residents Benefit?
We’ve developed a replicable franchise model to enable group residential centric care for an ever expanding number of memory impaired citizens. Families intuitively know a smaller environment is more beneficial for taking care of mom or dad. In our group homes the staff get to know our residents.
Families feel relief and comfort knowing that the same few people that care for their loved one develop a relationship, which is often more difficult in larger facilities. Sometimes larger facilities just feel impersonal. At Legato Living, staff love our more family-like homes because they can take time to talk with residents or just sit down and hold their hand. And often, that’s exactly what’s needed.
Legato Living has served residents and families in the Omaha, NE area for nearly 20 years; the last six being under current ownership. Our original focus was on those who needed care in earlier stages of dementia. A lot has changed. Memory impairments of all kinds are more chronic as people live longer. Over 20 years our focus has changed to those in the middle to late stages of memory diseases. These folks do so much better in our smaller residential homes. In this case size does matter for improved quality of life.
Residents at Legato Living can maintain the lifestyle they were accustomed to while sharing all the amenities and comforts of a single-family residential home. Our smaller concept has proven to ease anxiety and provide a sense of comfort to those individuals with memory-related disorders. Often in larger places, residents feel isolated, spending too much time alone in their rooms, unsure how to call for help or even manage the simple task of walking down a long hallway with confidence.
What’s in the Name? Legato Living
The word ‘legato’ is a musical term meaning a smooth and flowing transition. We chose our name for several reasons.
- First, music has proven over and over to be so beneficial for those with dementia or other memory-related issues. We build music into our daily routines as often as possible
- Second, caring for an elderly loved one can be challenging. We strive to provide an easy process where our residents and their families can have peace of mind
- Third, our mission is to provide a smooth and flowing, more natural transition, through the various stages of a loved one’s journey
Why the Home You Run Will be Special to Residents and Their Families
Jill McMahon is a co-founder of Legato Living and a registered nurse of many years. She also happens to be Legato Living’s CEO Erin Render’s mom, perhaps her most auspicious title. She sets standards and benchmarks for our professional nursing staff. She’s adapted a lifetime of training and expertise to create a memory care regimen built around Legato Living’s smaller residential homes.
This enables residents to become more familiar with staff and caregivers leading to a better quality of life. Here’s the way Jill describes the care culture she’s created to families concerned about the well-being of their family members…
“Our residential home setting allows for much better observation of your loved one. A side benefit is a higher degree of staff and caregiver satisfaction and employment stability. The same team sees your loved one every day. We have many eyes on them. Our caregivers are familiar to our residents as they carry out one-to-one care for them.
“We look for things we can do to help your loved one enjoy life a little bit more. No resident has to be alone. Their housemates are all in one location, one living room, one dining room table, providing opportunities for engagement with others, fostering a good family feeling among all our residents.”
Jill McMahon Discusses how Legato Living’s Compassionate Care Provides Families with Peace of Mind
Hear How We Deliver Personalized Care at Legato Living
Why Together with You We’re the Right Team to Move Legato Living Forward
In 2010 Jared Evanich and Dustin Distefano started an in-home care agency called “A Place at Home”. Franchising began in 2017. To plan their next growth stage they looked to diversify into other niche health care segments, leveraging our franchise expertise. Having discovered the profound benefits of home-based care, their big question was how to keep a home-like environment for people who could no longer stay in their homes on their own but also wanted to stay out of a big box facility.
Enter Erin Render. She’s lived the downside of big-box facilities. After holding increasingly responsible positions in a larger nursing home, she was named healthcare administrator. She soon realized that big institutional settings were not the best way to care for residents with memory impairment issues. So she and her mom, Jill McMahon, took a bold step. They brought their vision of a group assisted living home to life and started two homes for memory-impaired people in what would later become Legato Living.
So Legato Living is the synthesis of Erin’s and Jill’s practical and administrative experience operating successful residential homes for memory-impaired people with Jerod’s and Dustin’s successful home care and franchise expertise running A Place at Home.
The combined team has over 40 years in Senior Care. And they’re not looking back. Since 2017, the team has launched over two dozen A Place at Home and Legato Living franchise businesses. Now Legato Living will take this highly replicable franchise concept across the US to provide specialty care for community members living with memory care impairments.
Our Leadership Team Describes the Many Benefits of Franchise Ownership with Legato Living
Books that Shaped Our Management Team
These three books have had a profound influence on our management team. These books are not required reading but they’ll give you a good insight into the philosophies and practices that inform Legato Living.
by Atul Gawande
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters, in the End, is a 2014 non-fiction book by American surgeon Atul Gawande. The book addresses end-of-life care, and hospice care, and reveals Gawande’s reflections and personal stories. He suggests that medical care should focus on well-being rather than survival.
by Gino Wickman
Traction offers a helping hand for beginning entrepreneurs and others whose businesses are stuck at a point where hard work and determination are no longer enough for them to survive and grow. Business owner and consultant Gino Wickman explains how to structure your business using his Entrepreneurial Operating System to remove typical frustrations, so it regains momentum, runs seamlessly, and you don’t get mired in details. The system is based on practical experience, not theory. Numerous tools and templates lead business owners step by step through processes to create a structure and core focus that strengthen and re-energize their organizations.
The Christmas Room
By Denny Hartford
Grace Trinisi, deathly ill in a hospital ICU and unaware that Christmas had passed months before, wanted her room decorated for the holiday. Her son lovingly fulfilled her wishes. A little tree was put in the corner, a battery-charged candle was placed in the window and Grace’s treasured nativity set was arranged on the table beside her bed.
It was beautiful and comforting. And it turned out that the Christmas Room, as it was quickly dubbed, served as an oasis of beauty and comfort for hospital staff as well. Was the Christmas Room a factor in her recovery? Who could say? But she recovered, though the weakness, balance and judgment problems deriving from frontal lobe dementia remained.
And so Tony Trinisi brought his mother to Villa Vista Care Community, an innovative nursing home and rehabilitation facility. The Christmas Room came too. Carolyn Kovacs, the visionary director of the large facility, welcomed the idea. So too did the staff and residents. Indeed, the Christmas Room became a winsome part of the overall ministry. Of course, the story continues…
You’ll follow the dedicated and innovative work of Carolyn Kovacs as she deals with plumbing problems, expansion plans, a lawsuit brought by a disgruntled family member, a case of elderly abuse, and the stories of innumerable other characters. The Christmas Room is an honest, uplifting look at nursing home life, a novel that is full of human interest, spiritual challenge, and Christmas cheer.