What’s the difference between Independent Living and Assisted Living? What are senior living communities really like? Valerie Cooper, LSS Vice President of Operations and Executive Director at Laclede Groves, answers these questions and more in this video. She shares what she’s learned in her 25 years of experience in senior living and what she’s experienced in her personal life when helping to make decisions for an aging loved one.
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As the Vice President of Operations, Ms. Cooper leads the Executive Directors across Lutheran Senior Services communities. Additionally, she serves as Executive Director of Laclede Groves and Richmond Terrace. Ms. Cooper has been a licensed nursing home administrator since 1997, with experience providing services ranging from short-term rehab, skilled nursing, memory care, and assisted living. She joined LSS in 2002 and prior to that worked in both for-profit and not-for-profit senior living communities.
Ms. Cooper has 25 years of experience in the senior living industry in multiple operations roles as well as marketing, social services, and administrative capacities. She holds a BS degree in Human Environmental Studies from Southeast Missouri State University and MA in Gerontology from Webster University in St. Louis.