New Leader Takes Helm at Shipley Living

October 12, 2023 | News | Reading Time 2:00 Minutes

Boasting an already extensive career in senior living, William (Eric) Boide has brought his experience and passion for caring for older adults to Shipley Living. The senior living community in Wilmington, Delaware, offers independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing and short-term rehab.

Boide took the helm as executive director three months ago and is already making an impact on the community. His mission is to continue providing the excellent care and customer service that residents and their families have come to expect. An important part is making a point to interact with the residents on a daily basis.

“I enjoy getting to know the residents,” says Boide. “I sit down and often have breakfast with them.”

One of Boide’s passions is the culinary arts –in fact, that’s the field where he started his career, working as a food service director for another senior living community.

“That’s when I found my passion for caring for seniors,” he says. “I love listening to their stories and learning about their life journeys. It is interesting.”

Boide’s transition from chef to administrator in a senior living community required extensive education, which he eagerly pursued. He received a bachelor’s degree in organizational management, and master’s degrees in healthcare management and business administration.

While attaining those degrees, he worked in various administrative positions with increasing responsibilities at other senior living communities. He made the move to Shipley Living because he was drawn to the culture that prioritizes serving and caring for residents.

“When I learned about how they put people first, I knew I wanted to be here,” he says. 

The staff was another reason he was attracted to Shipley.

“I have an excellent team,” he says. “They develop strong relationships with residents –like family.”

Of course, given his background as a chef, he takes particular interest in Shipley Living’s dining program, which offers around-the-clock service. 

Even if it’s 11 at night and a resident is craving a snack, “something is always available,” he says.

He also likes the emphasis Shipley Living places on helping residents stay active and engaged at the community’s state-of-the-art exercise center.

“Being active and engaged is important for wellness,” he says.

Shipley Living’s warm and caring atmosphere is evident as soon as you walk through the front door.

“There’s a sense of camaraderie and warmth,” he says. “Everyone is greeted with open arms.”

Shipley Living

Nestled in a vibrant neighborhood in Wilmington, Delaware, Shipley Living is a full-service, rental, continuing care retirement community offering carefree independent living, the helping hand of assisted living, and comprehensive skilled nursing. Shipley Living is managed by Life Care Services®. For additional information, visit or call 302/387-4832.