This size screen isn't yet supported. We're working on that.

A View From the Top

  • Feb 27, 2024
  • Meaghan Puglisi
  • 2-min Read

This interview with Lifespark CEO, Joel Theisen, BSN, RN, is part of a McGuireWoods series featuring interviews with C-suite leadership of private equity-backed portfolio companies. Joel talks with the editor covering a few key areas about Lifespark including what it means to live a sparked life, how does his nursing background inform his business decisions, growth strategy, working private equity, and what it means to fail forward. An inspiring interview that covers a lot of ground.

Joel shares “Lifespark is based on the belief that while quality medical care is essential to aging magnificently, it isn’t enough by itself. As people age, health outcomes improve when we connect them to magnificence, choice, guidance and independence. That’s living a sparked life — one with curiosity, fun, meaning or what most refer to as purpose, whatever that may be to the individual.

The problem is the sick-care system is not built to foster people’s spark. It keeps people on what we call the roller coaster of healthcare crisis — fragmented, siloed and reactive care that focuses on chronic illness, diagnosis and medications without central coordination by someone with a broad perspective of a senior’s whole life. It diminishes people’s spark when we focus on the medical and not who they are or what engages them.

Our approach to complete senior health is all-encompassing, meaning we focus on all aspects of well-being, not just physical health. We build trusted relationships and address social drivers of health such as isolation, family dynamics, loneliness and transportation because they do more to change health.”

Read on for the full interview…

Related Articles


Memory Care Operators See ‘Great Opportunity’ for GUIDE Model After Launch

In a recent article in Senior Housing News, reporter Austin Montgomery shares how memory care operators are gearing up for deeper participation in the new Guiding an Improved Dementia Experience (GUIDE) program from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which officially launched this week. Austin interviewed Matt Kinne, Lifespark Chief Operating Officer, on […]



Dozens Of In-Home Care Providers Unveiled As Participants In CMS’ GUIDE Model

Andrew Donlan, editor for Home Health Care News, shared the latest update on CMS’ GUIDE Model noting Lifespark as a participating organization. CMS said that there will be almost 400 participating organizations building Dementia Care Programs (DCPs) to serve Medicare beneficiaries at first. Those include Lifespark, InHome Connect, VNA Health System, Memory Care Home Solutions, […]



Lifespark Adds Emergency Response Services as Part of Larger Value-Based Care Efforts

Lifespark was interviewed by Senior Housing News where Lifespark CEO, Joel Theisen, shared our why and vision for adding Urgent Response Services to our Lifespark COMPLETE offerings. This addition is aimed at cutting down on unnecessary urgent care and hospital visits and meeting demand for more value-based care arrangements. Through its new urgent response team, […]