Brookfield resident takes on CEO role with Cantata
|John Larson, the new chief executive officer of Cantata Adult Life Services in Brookfield. (Submitted)|
After 20 years of working for Cantata Adult Life Services, John Larson has been promoted to chief executive officer.
The Brookfield resident played a large role in adding assisted-living residences to Cantata in 2004 and forming a new strategic vision for the not-for-profit organization.
Cantata, which was formerly known as The British Home, offers in-home services, home remodeling, fitness, wellness and lifelong-learning programs, rehabilitation and outpatient therapy and various living options.
“When I started working for this company, I was surprised to find an organization that was not driven by growth or profit, but by their mission to deliver the highest quality of life to the people they serve,” Larson said. “The financial stability we’ve achieved over the past two decades allows us to move forward and offer even more life-enhancing services and opportunities for clients to live their best lives.”
Larson took on the new position Oct. 1.
What first sparked your interest in caring for seniors?
I think what first sparked it was not only the opportunities to reshape the ways that things are being done in the industry, but also working with people that really care and are really dedicated to what they do. I think that’s just something that really attracted me to this organization.
How have you seen change since you started working for Cantata?
When I first came into the business, our core business was largely doing long-term care nursing. That still is a service that we absolutely do. But we’ve definitely seen the way seniors are aging. The baby boomers are going to probably reshape and redefine what it means to age in America today. Cantata is in tune with what that is to help that change.
I think that new population of older adults will expect and need services much different than those that were available in previous generations and, of course, their ability to afford those services are going to be definitely much different than they were in the past. I think the seniors are going to be looking for … fitness and wellness and rehab, active learning, not necessarily what we might have seen 10 years ago in our business, which would be more of a convalescent type of a care and a facility base … . People want to have more choice, they want to have more life, more activity and honestly stay and be served where they most want to live.
What would you want people to know who have never heard of Cantata?
From my standpoint, as the new CEO, I’ll be leading Cantata in new directions, creating new opportunities for us to serve people, diversify our business and continue our growth and I think most importantly, we’ll be reshaping the way seniors are provided services going forward, in the future.
What goals do you hope to accomplish in your new position?
It’s important to find out and to understand what seniors believe their best life could and should be and then to craft out those services that may not be the ones we’ve traditionally done … . (It’s) not so much what we provide and do they want to be served by it, but to really understand what’s really going to let them live their best life and then I, and our staff and our people here, are going to be continuously developing and putting together the things that provide that to them.
What do you enjoy most about working with seniors and their families?
It’s the human interaction; it’s knowing that you can be instrumental in helping people live their best life; it’s the personalities and the characters you meet. The human side of it is just so interesting, to find out how people are aging in America, and I find it to be enjoyable and challenging to find how we can make it better for them, how we can make it more what they’re wanting to see, on their terms.
About John Larson
FAMILY Wife and three kids
EDUCATION Bachelor’s in business administration from the University of Illinois
ACTIVITIES Playing and watching sports, working on old cars, spending time with family
For more information about Cantata Adult Life Services, call 708-485-1155 or click here.
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