Smaller personal care homes are a growing senior living option

Smaller personal care homes are a growing senior living option

Small personal care homes are a popular option the West Coast, enjoying more popularity there than on the East Coast or in the South. Regardless of geography, they offer an option for independent older adults as well as those with dementia.

Recognizing family caregivers as care partners

Recognizing family caregivers as care partners

When family members are viewed a​s care partners​, their relationships with staff can be mutually supportive and enriching.

The 'three-bucket' approach to sustainability

The 'three-bucket' approach to sustainability

Interested in sustainability efforts that could save your company money? Here are steps you can take now and in the future.

Location technology: Helping a senior living community improve resident care and staff efficiency

Location technology: Helping a senior living community improve resident care and staff efficiency

Several years ago, Samaritan Village began evaluating new technology to further improve its care for residents while providing additional peace of mind.

Leveraging advances in tech is key to enhancing senior living

Leveraging advances in tech is key to enhancing senior living

For the millions of older adults in our country, it's an exciting time to embrace the tech solutions that are creating affordable and necessary resources that haven't been previously available.

IP video cameras in assisted living communities

IP video cameras in assisted living communities

Cameras are one way to keep residents, patients and staff safe from theft, violence or, in the case of memory care units, the dangerous wandering of residents off facility grounds. Here are a few features you'll want to know about.

Going beyond the usual when it comes to water conservation

Going beyond the usual when it comes to water conservation

Senior living, medical andlong-term care facilities can take many steps to reduce water consumption considerably. Some will require an investment, but others are free.

How smart home technologies can help with senior living

How smart home technologies can help with senior living

The scope for the use of "smart home" technologies in independent and assisted living communities is a real game-changer.

Connected technologies can improve medication adherence, manage risk

Connected technologies can improve medication adherence, manage risk

Senior living communities can play a big role in helping manage their residents' medication adherence and avoid the costly consequences of nonadherence — from both health and financial perspectives — for themselves and residents.

Fighting loneliness among older adults

Fighting loneliness among older adults

There's a way to combat social isolation in senior living that is practical, cost effective, transformative and revolutionary.

Helping residents, facilities reap benefits of cost-effective health screenings

Helping residents, facilities reap benefits of cost-effective health screenings

Business intelligence and information technology are making health screenings more convenient for older adults, enabling them as well as their care providers to benefit.

Increase resident satisfaction, safety through food service technology

Increase resident satisfaction, safety through food service technology

By investing in dining management and food service automation technology, senior living communities easily can transition to and manage a personalized dining experience for their residents.

How wearable tech can enhance senior living

How wearable tech can enhance senior living

Many people already are familiar with fitness wearables. Another technology senior living facilities could consider for residents is mPERS, or mobile personal emergency response system.

Your best shot at keeping liability premiums down

Your best shot at keeping liability premiums down

The average total liability paid claim in assisted living is $221,496. One type of program in particular can help organizations minimize risk and drive down insurance costs.

8 things your assisted living residents don't want to hear

8 things your assisted living residents don't want to hear

Serving and caring for older adults can be incredibly difficult. Good communication, however, can keep person-centeredness at the forefront.

5 ways the Internet of Things will humanize senior care

5 ways the Internet of Things will humanize senior care

Assisted living communities are searching for innovative ways to provide the highest quality of services and care, attract and retain residents and staff and meet regulatory requirements. The Internet of Things is poised to tackle these challenges and revolutionize the industry.

The top five benefits of LED circadian rhythm lighting

The top five benefits of LED circadian rhythm lighting

If you don't have it now, you likely will have circadian rhythm lighting within the next few years.

How to use content marketing to increase occupancy

How to use content marketing to increase occupancy

Millions of Americans could be moving into senior living communities over the next 20 years. Will your community be able to reach this audience and their loved ones with messages that resonate?

Caregivers cannot stop, fix or change dementia

Caregivers cannot stop, fix or change dementia

Managing expectations leads to meaningful moments, powerful connections and purposeful and fulfilling relationships during dementia care.

Modular construction can offer time and design benefits

Modular construction can offer time and design benefits

From luxury hotels and public housing to senior living, modular bathrooms are growing in popularity with property developers and building owners.

Combatting cognitive decline through new hearing innovation

Combatting cognitive decline through new hearing innovation

We as an industry must encourage residents to use listening devices so they can better engage in activities and with one another in a meaningful way that will help slow cognitive decline.

Enhancing senior care and services with analytics

Enhancing senior care and services with analytics

Gathering and using data is becoming a crucial process to predict future needs in a multitude of industries. One of these industries is senior living.

Should senior living communities offer legacy management services?

Should senior living communities offer legacy management services?

Most people think of legacy management as wills and testaments or estate plans and taxes, but a growing set of tools and services go beyond these components and can benefit residents and their families.

Master-planned communities attract active adults, activating economy for all

Master-planned communities attract active adults, activating economy for all

The next time you see an active adult (or 55+) community resident driving a golf cart, think bigger. What they're actually driving is the state and local economy.

How big data affect how we care for seniors

How big data affect how we care for seniors

Can big data affect how we care for seniors? The answer — both qualitatively and quantitatively — is yes. Here are three insights.

Is it memory impairment, a medical issue or addiction?

Is it memory impairment, a medical issue or addiction?

Alcohol and drug abuse is a somewhat hidden problem in the eldercare arena, as many caregivers and medical professionals fail to recognize it for what it is.

The need for life cycle costing of LED lighting in senior living communities

The need for life cycle costing of LED lighting in senior living communities

One way that managers of senior living communities can control expenses is to reduce lighting costs. The cost of LED lighting may be less than you think.

Six traits to look for when investing in senior living technology

Six traits to look for when investing in senior living technology

It's a challenge to support the growing healthcare needs of a large population with more chronic illnesses while recognizing and respecting their desires for independence. Technology can help.

10 reasons why music works in dementia care

10 reasons why music works in dementia care

When it comes to memory care, music reaches into places where neural activity still may be intact or least somewhat active.

Cleanup operations when norovirus is suspected

Cleanup operations when norovirus is suspected

A norovirus outbreak can have very serious ramifications in a senior living or long-term care facility. Here's how to minimize the effects.

Driving smart decisions with self-service business intelligence

Driving smart decisions with self-service business intelligence

In senior living, the real technology stars are behind the scenes, in the form of data analytics and business intelligence.

Protecting against water damage in senior living communities

Protecting against water damage in senior living communities

Senior living communities have the same potential for water damage as any other multi-family housing community, and in some cases, increased risks exist.

How to save time when collecting electronic protected health information

How to save time when collecting electronic protected health information

Collecting and managing electronic protected health information can be a major drain on your time when you have to continually update online records via paperwork, faxes or scanned documents. Here's one solution.

5 steps to generating inbound leads for your senior living community

5 steps to generating inbound leads for your senior living community

Generating leads online has the power to transform your marketing by reducing the cost per lead while delivering higher-quality prospects to your sales team.

3 social media hacks to help your senior living center create an online community

3 social media hacks to help your senior living center create an online community

As competition in the senior living industry intensifies, a strong social media presence may provide a competitive advantage. Here are three ways to create an online community around your brand.

Dining room in the dining room

Dining room in the dining room

The past few years have seen a strong push to create more variety in the dining experience by adding more venues. But how do you allocate enough space (but not too much space) for these rooms if you don't know where residents are going to eat any given meal?

The value of in-room audio

The value of in-room audio

By installing an advanced emergency call system with in-room audio, senior living community owners can help residents maintain a sense of dignity while ensuring their safety.

Addressing care quality, economic burdens of serious illnesses

Addressing care quality, economic burdens of serious illnesses

In their efforts to successfully address the multiple challenges surrounding the care of residents and patients with life-limiting illness, health systems, healthcare payers and at-risk provider organizations are considering unique population health management models.

Why your disinfectant may not be working

Why your disinfectant may not be working

To ensure that your residents don't acquire healthcare-associated infections, you'll want to understand quat binding.

Why I made it my mission to improve the admissions paperwork process

Why I made it my mission to improve the admissions paperwork process

When I moved my mother into a memory care community four years ago, the emotional toll was almost unbearable. As it turns out, I now am in a position to address one of the issues I encountered.

How data integrity can preserve dignity

How data integrity can preserve dignity

Progressive senior living communities and skilled nursing facilities are rethinking the mountain-of-paperwork approach to resident admissions.

Choosing the right technology to assist aging in place

Choosing the right technology to assist aging in place

Wearable mobile personal safety technology, connected tech such as motion sensors, and smart home technology can help older adults remain independent for as long as possible.

Streamlining communication for optimal care provision

Streamlining communication for optimal care provision

For an aging population that depends on various healthcare professionals for assistance and guidance, collaboration among care team members is essential.

How one operator incorporates music into residents' lives

How one operator incorporates music into residents' lives

More than 3,000 U.S. senior living and long-term care communities are realizing the benefits of incorporating music into the lives of the residents, making it one of their most effective nonpharmacologic approaches to quality-of-life improvement.

Designing for current and future residents

Designing for current and future residents

The baby boomer generation is projected to hold 70% of U.S. disposable income in the next five years, and its members are demanding more innovative and modern senior living properties to live in.

Common food safety mistakes and steps to help avoid them

Common food safety mistakes and steps to help avoid them

As you work toward making food safety practices simple and part of the culture of your community, consider implementing some of these best practices.

How to improve employee recruitment and retention

How to improve employee recruitment and retention

Assisted living residents and others looking for nonmedical, in-home care often will seek organizations that have minimal staff turnover to maintain the highest level of care for themselves or their loved ones.

What I'm telling your prospective residents

What I'm telling your prospective residents

There comes a moment when older adults realize their aging-related limitations and start making decisions about transitioning to senior living. Here's an inside look at what we advise our clients — your prospective residents — at our financial services firm.

7 tech trends to watch in senior living in 2017

7 tech trends to watch in senior living in 2017

Better and more efficient care, improved resident experiences and enhanced staff engagement are just some of the benefits that technology can offer senior living operators. Here are some of technology-related trends to watch for in 2017.

How to help resident family members home for the holidays

How to help resident family members home for the holidays

The holidays often are a time when adult children return home to reconnect and check in on the status of older family members. You can help them by sharing warning signs of declining health and assisting in conversations related to changes a senior might need to make.

How to keep seniors safe from internet scams

How to keep seniors safe from internet scams

Older adults and their families should know how to spot scams and avoid becoming victims of identity theft and fraud. And as someone working in senior living, you're in a position to spread the word.

Our roles in helping older adults age in place

Our roles in helping older adults age in place

As older adults increasingly seek to age in place, those of us in the industry who are dedicated to their care have increased responsibility.

The importance of the life story in memory care

The importance of the life story in memory care

Knowing residents' life stories is critical for staff members who care for those with Alzheimer's disease or other memory or communication challenges.

How a customer service approach can reduce employee turnover

How a customer service approach can reduce employee turnover

A great deal of attention has been placed on recruitment and getting people in the front door, but it seems that greater emphasis should be focused on employee retention and closing the back door, so to speak.

Veterans A&A pension eligibility requirements expected to change

Veterans A&A pension eligibility requirements expected to change

The Veterans Aid and Attendance Pension helps low-income veterans and their spouses with senior living and care expenses. Eligibility requirements are anticipated to change in the coming year, however.

Why caregiver training matters and how it can benefit you

Why caregiver training matters and how it can benefit you

As the number of seniors entering senior communities continues to grow, an ever-increasing need exists to provide quality and consistent training for caregivers to ensure that they are equipped to provide the best care and services possible.

How to prepare your staff to practice food safety

How to prepare your staff to practice food safety

By keeping food safe in your community, you can avoid illness and damage to your community's reputation as well as increase resident satisfaction and business growth. First, however, you must educate employees and instill a respect for preparation using best practices.

Take your values off the wall

Take your values off the wall

One senior living organization changed its culture and has the return on investment to prove it.

Video monitoring in LTC facilities: How is assisted living affected?

Video monitoring in LTC facilities: How is assisted living affected?

How do state laws regarding cameras in long-term care facilities affect senior living? Effects may vary by state, but one state's experience can be instructive.

9 factors in choosing a roofing system

9 factors in choosing a roofing system

My previous column shared how senior living communities can select a commercial roofing company. In this column, I'll discuss how to know which roofing system is right for your structure.

8 keys to selecting a commercial roofer

8 keys to selecting a commercial roofer

Selecting a commercial roofer for your senior living community isn't just about evaluating the proposals from each roofing contractor and then selecting the lowest bidder.

Can LED lighted bathroom mirrors increase occupancy?

Can LED lighted bathroom mirrors increase occupancy?

Multi-facility operators in the know are looking for upscale fixtures for their properties to give them a marketing edge.

5 signs that your parking structure needs repair

5 signs that your parking structure needs repair

Ineffective routine maintenance of parking structures can lead to costly repairs, safety concerns and disruption to residents, staff and visitors.

Why and how best to clean senior living community carpets

Why and how best to clean senior living community carpets

Carpet has many benefits, but it must be maintained properly to be effective.

How technology is evolving in senior living communities

How technology is evolving in senior living communities

State-of-the-art technology services are becoming a prerequisite for many older adults as they evaluate their housing options. Here's the technology you should consider adding and how to go about it.

Is your building sending the right message?

Is your building sending the right message?

An elevator's interior can have on visitors and the well-being of residents. Don't forget these points.

3 reasons senior living providers should test their water

3 reasons senior living providers should test their water

Investing in the health of your residents is an investment in the life of your business.

Algorithms can help address a crucial senior living issue

Algorithms can help address a crucial senior living issue

Modern data science can help providers find the right people for each role in each department at each location.

2 ways that mentoring can help older adults

2 ways that mentoring can help older adults

Mentoring as a form of companionship for older adults can provide the opportunity to help, support and improve the quality of their lives as well as to add purpose to the mentor's life.

Crisis communications for the senior living industry

Crisis communications for the senior living industry

A crisis can do long-term damage to the reputation of your senior living community. Make sure you are prepared.

Supporting safe aging in place: The growing mPERS market

Supporting safe aging in place: The growing mPERS market

Older adults who age in place can be comfortable in familiar surroundings and may save money. But what happens in an emergency, or if they fall?

Better managed maintenance improves safety, compliance, resident satisfaction

Better managed maintenance improves safety, compliance, resident satisfaction

Automating tasks with software for senior living operations can help streamline all requests and improve the efficiency of maintenance management programs.

How evidence-based design can benefit senior living

How evidence-based design can benefit senior living

An emerging design approach known as evidence-based design, through which design decisions are based on credible evidence and research, can help create senior living spaces that are as comfortable as they are functional.

Know your lifting and transfer options

Know your lifting and transfer options

The beauty of a transfer device is that anyone can use one successfully. Here's a review of the simplest devices to the more sophisticated ones.

How an LTC pharmacy can help your assisted living community

How an LTC pharmacy can help your assisted living community

Assisted living communities can use a long-term care pharmacy's unique skills and services to address billing and clinical support challenges.

Want to wow your residents? Be a smooth operator

Want to wow your residents? Be a smooth operator

A successful environmental services program can help residents spend more time enjoying their retirement and less time on household chores and maintenance.

How to generate senior living leads online

How to generate senior living leads online

A showdown is happening between traditional media and digital media, and the prize is control of mindshare and lead generation.

Online collaboration tools offer many benefits

Online collaboration tools offer many benefits

Business process management software is changing the way knowledge is managed and shared in senior living communities.

Reduce wandering risk with real-time resident location monitoring

Reduce wandering risk with real-time resident location monitoring

Every second counts when searching for a wandering resident with cognitive impairment. Resident safety and security systems that use RTLS technology offer immediate community-wide visibility when and where it is needed most.

3 steps to improve quality and safety in long-term care

3 steps to improve quality and safety in long-term care

Improving performance in long-term care means understanding where and why quality is less than ideal, or where safety risk is evident, and then acting. There are three key steps in the process.

How occupational therapy fits into dementia programming, caregiver training

How occupational therapy fits into dementia programming, caregiver training

Dementia programs that train caregivers to "do with" instead of "do for" enable residents to retain functionality longer.

How to reduce HAIs while reducing costs

How to reduce HAIs while reducing costs

Cleaning managers face pressure to keep operating costs down but are finding ways to meet the challenge, in part by increasing efficiency, according to a new survey.

5 keys to strengthening your referral network

5 keys to strengthening your referral network

Building a reliable network isn't going to happen overnight, but with the right combination of strategy and hard work, a steady stream of referrals will be yours.

Has the tipping point been reached with LED lighting in senior living?

Has the tipping point been reached with LED lighting in senior living?

The trend to replace fluorescent lighting in senior living has begun, but has it reached the tipping point?

Delivering on the promise of technology in senior living

Delivering on the promise of technology in senior living

Many senior living communities are wondering how they will continue to manage overhead while delivering on the solutions that next-generation seniors will need and want. Fortunately, many of the answers already exist.

5 keys to effectively pre-plan for emergencies

5 keys to effectively pre-plan for emergencies

To ensure that first responders are in the best position to save lives and property, the tools for success need to be in place well in advance.

Readmissions in assisted living: Closing the revolving door

Readmissions in assisted living: Closing the revolving door

Assisted living communities have a financial incentive to more closely align with healthcare leaders. Zero hospital readmissions should be our goal for the new normal.

An insider's view of the changes to the companionship law

An insider's view of the changes to the companionship law

Getting seniors the care they need and paying caregivers a fair wage are the tasks that lie before us. In an industry devoted to caregiving, a solution should be within our reach.

Senior housing developers leave suburbia for urban areas

Senior housing developers leave suburbia for urban areas

Challenges exist in developing and renovating assisted living and memory care communities in urban settings, but demand is increasing.

Resident screening: How safe are your senior living communities?

Resident screening: How safe are your senior living communities?

Potential residents will perceive greater safety and, therefore, greater peace of mind at properties that screen applicants.

Tech and seniors: Been there, done that — or have you?

Tech and seniors: Been there, done that — or have you?

We must throw away the perception that seniors are technologically ignorant.

New safety devices foster independence

New safety devices foster independence

Many new safety devices tailored for the elderly or disabled allow individuals to live independently in their own home or an assisted living community.

Hip fracture prevention is a must

Hip fracture prevention is a must

The right hip protector should have three qualities.

Senior living communities: The intersection of hospitality, healthcare

Senior living communities: The intersection of hospitality, healthcare

Senior living communities have transitioned from hospital-like entities to places that sometimes can look more like resorts.

Medication dispensers improve adherence

Medication dispensers improve adherence

I believe automated medication dispensers are the most invaluable tools to provide long-term health and better care for our elderly regardless of whether they are living independently or in a care facility.

Paint colors for senior living settings

Paint colors for senior living settings

A widely held belief maintains that elderly people tend to prefer blue to other colors, but at least one of the more recent studies notes a shift in preference to a different hue.

Antipsychotics in assisted living

Antipsychotics in assisted living

You've undoubtedly heard the adage: "Strength in numbers." Now consider the "numbers" generated by your "resident health data" in your assisted living community.

When disaster strikes - how to soften the blow

When disaster strikes - how to soften the blow

Senior living settings are at risk of a natural disaster, along with every other business across the country.

Senior care and comfort extends into maintenance

Senior care and comfort extends into maintenance

We are in the midst of a senior living housing boom, and maintenance has a big role in the success and growth of these communities.

Passive optical network provides bandwidth support

Passive optical network provides bandwidth support

Woodlands Retirement Community in Huntington, West Virginia, has always been at the forefront of senior care.

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Jan. 17

Party in the sky

Rancho Bernardo, CA

Remington Club resident Joel Halpern recently celebrated his 95th birthday by skydiving.