Nobody in the senior living industry wants federal standards and regulations, but signs increasingly suggest that states eventually might have to hand over the keys.
This interesting piece of research recently caught my eye: People who end their showers with a blast of cold water tend to be absent from work less often than those who don't.
If you are in the habit of obtaining continuing education credits from the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards, your world will be changing dramatically on April 1.
If anyone in senior living or long-term care is screaming in relation to the results of this year's Fellowship Matches, they are screams of despair.
If you can deliver post-acute care at a lower cost than the skilled care joint down the street, you just might find yourself swimming in a very nice new revenue stream.
The increased attention brought by a recent GAO report may be uncomfortable for those in the assisted living industry in the short term, but the health policy experts with whom I spoke suggest that the report ultimately could be good news for operators.
Like the citizens of Troy who failed to realize a hollow wooden horse contained something terrible, senior living operators have ignored the real threat Medicaid might unleash: federal rules and regulations.
As the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles faced off Sunday in the biggest football matchup of the season, the Government Accountability Office was preparing to release a long-awaited report that could have states, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the assisted living industry playing defense.
When it comes to senior living, technology arguably is the most disruptive force in play. And within the technology sphere, no tool is making a bigger impact than analytics.
Senior living communities already know that marketing to a prospective resident includes marketing to the older adult's grown children because they are decision-influencers. Perhaps now it's time for communities to regularly market to those adult children as prospective residents themselves.
It's no secret that finding and keeping qualified employees can be a real challenge in the senior living field. But things may be even worse than many operators realize.
During a weekend in which the federal government shutdown dominated the news, a bright spot emerged when Atria Senior Living residents and employees wished actress Kristen Bell good luck hosting Sunday night's Screen Actors Guild Awards. See the video and read more about the shutdown, too.
We're learning that the folks over at the Department of Health and Human Services are cooking up new rules for caregivers. It might not take much for this apparent good deed to go completely haywire, however.
This year's flu statistics are scary. Vaccination could protect you, co-workers, residents and the livelihood of your senior living community.
More operators are doing things that would have been heavily frowned upon in the past.
An act of generosity unexpectedly thrust one senior living CEO into the media spotlight, and he's using the opportunity to "spread a message of kindness."
Don't make the same mistake your skilled-care brethren are now making.
What does the new year hold for senior living? I recently spoke with an industry expert to gain her perspective.
It's starting to look like assisted living communities and skilled nursing facilities simply may become spokes connected to a hub controlled by somebody else.
One of the odd quirks of senior living is that it is full of happy workers and unhappy residents.
To judge by many of the marketing materials the senior living field produces, a major benefit is not being touted.
Whether you buy stamps at your local post office or online, you now have the opportunity to help lick dementia at the same time.
Here's my advice to the many men out there running senior living firms.
Two recent news stories may have you re-examining your emergency preparedness plans, especially as they pertain to fires. Two experts share tips.
Some treatments for Alzheimer's may be available by 2020. If so, the U.S. healthcare system may not be prepared, according to a new study.
Something happened Monday that could greatly improve medication adherence among senior living residents and others.
As senior living and care communities observe Veterans Day, members of the federal government took the opportunity to share related news.
New rankings may force many operators to stop describing their workplace environments in ways that are pure fiction.
You may not be terribly concerned that federal lawmakers are looking into recent deaths in a Florida nursing home. But this inquiry could blossom into something that affects senior living operators in one of the worst ways imaginable.
My impression was that hospice is one of the best things Medicare has to offer. Fast forward to this week.
New contenders are challenging staffing as the issue most top-of-mind for senior living operators, according to participants in a panel discussion at the Oct. 15 NCAL Day that preceded the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living's 68th Annual Convention in Las Vegas.
When it comes to bringing on people with a criminal past, senior living organizations can find themselves in a real bind.
Senior living operators can learn a lesson from the communication efforts of Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino and the American Health Care Association / National Center for Assisted Living in advance of the group's meeting at the hotel, where the largest mass shooting in recent American history occurred just two weeks before the gathering.
What does the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences have to do with senior living? Not much, except that perhaps the way you go about trying to fill your units may be seriously flawed.
A new report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau suggests good news for seniors housing and care operators.
While I have been attending NIC conferences for more than two decades, I marvel at how relevant and informative they continue to be. The 2017 event was no exception. Here are but four takeaways from last week's event.
Three years after Glen Campbell received his Alzheimer's diagnosis, his wife, Kim, didn't know that memory care communities existed. Now she's on a mission to ensure that other family caregivers of those with dementia don't find themselves in the same position.
Sooner or later, all discussions about the nature of senior living come down to this: Is this a real estate business with a healthcare component, or vice versa?
An app that was under development when we first told you about it in June is now available to help make living environments more friendly for those with dementia.
We've all seen those horror films where the villain appears to be terminated — only to return for more. A real-live version of this scenario may be playing out in Washington.
Retirement communities are becoming a popular setting for films and television shows, according to recently announced plans of studios and networks.
It seems like hardly a month goes by without some organization posting a "best places to retire" list. Most of these scorecards have fallen victim to the same malady.
The appropriateness of this year's National Assisted Living Week theme, "Family is Forever," is evident as the senior living industry recovers from Hurricane Harvey and faces Hurricane Irma.
It's getting tougher to keep assisted living buildings filled, but some explanations as to why seem to be ill-fitting.
The recent actions of a senior living worker remind us of the good people who work in the field and inspire us to bring our best selves to each day.
Hurricane Harvey has caused never-before-seen flood damage across southeastern Texas. Unless you are physically there, it can hard to put your head around its impact. That is, unless you take a look at one hard-to-believe photo of assisted living residents.
Much of the buzz last week was about the solar eclipse, and rightfully so. But another big event was taking place in cities and towns across the country.
If you feel that regulatory compliance has become the bane of your existence, you're hardly alone.
Senior living communities across the country are marking today's solar eclipse with events for residents.
Not to sound like an alarmist, but the chances of a cyberattack have never been greater.
The National Institute on Aging offers an evidence-based program designed specifically to promote regular exercise and physical activity among adults aged 50 or more years. And senior living communities can use the program's free resources with residents.
Glen Campbell jumped into my life two times.
It wasn't even a year ago that LeadingAge President and CEO Katie Smith Sloan announced that LeadingAge had a new mission: to "permanently change the image of aging in our society." New efforts by that organization and others aim to accomplish that goal.
For a guy who claims to be a friend to business, President Trump sometimes expresses that affection in odd ways.
Back-to-back earnings calls Friday morning suggested a healthy future for senior living operators, as two large public healthcare real estate investment trusts relayed the growing place that senior living has in their portfolios.
It's probably safe to make two predictions now that the Labor Department has asked for feedback as it prepares to rewrite the overtime rule.
The country's largest senior living provider recently was threatened with a class action lawsuit accusing the company of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act at its communities. Here's how other operators can try to avoid a similar fate.
If you run a senior living organization and are beset by labor-related challenges, Wednesday was a good day.
The single most important thing a supervisor can do to firm up employee engagement, according to one expert, is to ask direct reports six kinds of questions once a month.
Forget about Obamacare's possible repeal. Or whether collusion took place in the White House. Or how many days of summer vacation the Senate might forfeit in August. The real story in Washington this week should be about arbitration.
Don't count on the federal government repealing or delaying a rule requiring companies to disclose the discrepancy between CEO compensation and the median compensation of employees.
Senior living owners and managers may welcome the news that a controversial overtime rule apparently has been shelved. It might be best to keep the celebrating to a minimum, however.
A new announcement from the Department of Labor comes as welcome news.
Results of a new study might create a sense of urgency in both senior living residents and operators regarding sexual expression policies.
For a variety of reasons, many senior living organizations are changing their names. A common idea underlies many of the moves, however.
An event happening next week is worthy of your most valuable asset — your time.
In a year already brimming with regulatory victories, Monday's win might prove to be the biggest of them all.
The harsh reality is that finding the right person to run any senior living organization is hardly an exact science.
Managers in flourishing organizations share optimism, hope and inspiration with employees, especially when things don't go as planned, according to one expert.
With the Trump administration's proposed budget for fiscal year 2018, it's guns versus butter, and guns are now in the lead, right? Not exactly.
On the heels of the release of the White House's proposed budget for 2018 on Tuesday, the CBO's release of a score for the revised American Health Care Act is expected Wednesday.
If you are fairly certain about the road ahead for senior living, I have some troubling news to share. And it comes from just about the last place you'd expect.
Three tech-related stories that made the news Friday serve as wake-up calls for individuals and businesses.
A one-of-a-kind event recognizes providers that are harnessing technology to improve eldercare.
Two general session speakers at Argentum's Senior Living Executive Conference shared a message that creative thinking is necessary to address customer needs and realize long-term business success.
I was heartened to see a recent study that actually seems to have generated measurable success in the fight against Alzheimer's disease.
Recent dinner companions were a good reminder that aging doesn't necessarily mean losing vibrancy. That's a timely message as May begins.
I am not a marketing director for an assisted living or independent living community. But if I were, my message would be simple and direct.
President Donald Trump will hit the 100-day mark of his presidency on Saturday. A new replacement for the Affordable Care Act, a new surgeon general and a new FDA commissioner are some of the changes for the future.
Dubious reactions to marijuana use among seniors speak to two truths.
When some friends and I went to the movies the other night, they looked forward to escaping from the real world for 90 minutes, whereas I looked forward to seeing whether aging and older adults were portrayed realistically.
It's very possible the real payoff of the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care study of middle-market demand for seniors housing may be the reality check it delivers. And here, I'm afraid, the findings may not be so encouraging.
This year's observances of World Parkinson's Day and Parkinson's Awareness Month are especially notable because 2017 is the 200th anniversary of the essay in which James Parkinson defined the movement disorder for the first time.
Talk to any operator, and it won't take long before you hear "quality" intoned in a highly reverential manner. Perhaps we should start using a different yardstick, however.
What do dementia and Parkinson's disease have to do with professional basketball? Read on.
I have seen the future of senior living. And it looks a lot like a trailer park. Come to think of it, it just might be a trailer park.
Former Sens. Tom Daschle and Bill Frist showed prescience at the NIC Spring Investment Forum when they said that any reform to the Affordable Care Act would need bipartisan support to be successful. They also shared their opinions on what is ahead for senior living and long-term care.
What does a recent Labor Department ruling against the Walt Disney Co. have to do with your senior living organization? Hopefully, not a thing.
If basketball isn't part of your present marketing efforts, it could be part of your future, according to new research.
President Trump already has issued an executive order mandating that two regulations must be removed for every new one that is introduced. But just as one door may be closing, others are beginning to open.
Are your family members, friends and co-workers acting uncharacteristically? I conducted some research and am here to share my findings and quell your worries.
As a general rule, Senate confirmation hearings tend to be mind-numbingly boring affairs. Things got interesting recently, however.
If you want to lessen employee turnover, then address employee burnout, according to a recent survey.
What if your boss made the following offer: Many of the resources you need to do your job will be reduced or removed. But in exchange, you can play a more central role in making the cuts.
The Jamaican lottery scam and other sweepstakes schemes are alive and well. So how do you help your residents avoid becoming victims? Read on.
Think your senior living community is exempt from data theft? Think again.
New research reveals a few changes that operators could make to appeal to potential employees.
Most organizations would dramatically trim turnover overnight by adopting a coaching mindset and eliminating annual reviews.
February is a month marked with celebrations of the special people in our lives, appreciation for others and education to learn ways to take better care of ourselves, especially our cardiovascular health. Here's a look at some of the ways that those goals have manifested themselves in senior living.
You don't have to be an expert to realize that many operators are not listening to the market. And as long-term strategies go, that's probably not a good one.