With the demand for age-restricted communities expected to continue to grow rapidly over the next decade, developers increasingly will need to meet the changing wants and needs of those who are retired or nearing retirement.
Many of us have seen the positive effects of music on senior living residents. Implementing activities that harness this power, however, has been challenging at times.
Document storage systems are becoming imperative in senior care, particularly as the industry changes in terms of legislation, privatization and direct care measures.
Do "green" and sustainable mean the same thing? Yes and no.
Research is showing that shortened telomeres actually can be lengthened again — by making positive lifestyle changes. This is good news for stressed caregivers.
As senior health tech adapts to increase direct benefits to older adults, caregivers can jumpstart the process in three ways.
Here are eight top tech trends for senior living operators to be on the lookout for in 2018.
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.
When family members are viewed as care partners, their relationships with staff can be mutually supportive and enriching.
Interested in sustainability efforts that could save your company money? Here are steps you can take now and in the future.
Several years ago, Samaritan Village began evaluating new technology to further improve its care for residents while providing additional peace of mind.
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.
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.
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.
The scope for the use of "smart home" technologies in independent and assisted living communities is a real game-changer.
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.
There's a way to combat social isolation in senior living that is practical, cost effective, transformative and revolutionary.
Business intelligence and information technology are making health screenings more convenient for older adults, enabling them as well as their care providers to benefit.
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.
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.
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.
Serving and caring for older adults can be incredibly difficult. Good communication, however, can keep person-centeredness at the forefront.
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.
If you don't have it now, you likely will have circadian rhythm lighting within the next few years.
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?
Managing expectations leads to meaningful moments, powerful connections and purposeful and fulfilling relationships during dementia care.
From luxury hotels and public housing to senior living, modular bathrooms are growing in popularity with property developers and building owners.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Can big data affect how we care for seniors? The answer — both qualitatively and quantitatively — is yes. Here are three insights.
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.
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.
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.
When it comes to memory care, music reaches into places where neural activity still may be intact or least somewhat active.
A norovirus outbreak can have very serious ramifications in a senior living or long-term care facility. Here's how to minimize the effects.
In senior living, the real technology stars are behind the scenes, in the form of data analytics and business intelligence.
Senior living communities have the same potential for water damage as any other multi-family housing community, and in some cases, increased risks exist.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
To ensure that your residents don't acquire healthcare-associated infections, you'll want to understand quat binding.
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.
Progressive senior living communities and skilled nursing facilities are rethinking the mountain-of-paperwork approach to resident admissions.
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.
For an aging population that depends on various healthcare professionals for assistance and guidance, collaboration among care team members is essential.
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.
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.
As you work toward making food safety practices simple and part of the culture of your community, consider implementing some of these best practices.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As older adults increasingly seek to age in place, those of us in the industry who are dedicated to their care have increased responsibility.
Knowing residents' life stories is critical for staff members who care for those with Alzheimer's disease or other memory or communication challenges.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One senior living organization changed its culture and has the return on investment to prove it.
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.
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.
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.
Multi-facility operators in the know are looking for upscale fixtures for their properties to give them a marketing edge.
Ineffective routine maintenance of parking structures can lead to costly repairs, safety concerns and disruption to residents, staff and visitors.
Carpet has many benefits, but it must be maintained properly to be effective.
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.
An elevator's interior can have on visitors and the well-being of residents. Don't forget these points.
Investing in the health of your residents is an investment in the life of your business.
Modern data science can help providers find the right people for each role in each department at each location.
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.
A crisis can do long-term damage to the reputation of your senior living community. Make sure you are prepared.
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?
Automating tasks with software for senior living operations can help streamline all requests and improve the efficiency of maintenance management programs.
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.
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.
Assisted living communities can use a long-term care pharmacy's unique skills and services to address billing and clinical support challenges.
A successful environmental services program can help residents spend more time enjoying their retirement and less time on household chores and maintenance.
A showdown is happening between traditional media and digital media, and the prize is control of mindshare and lead generation.
Business process management software is changing the way knowledge is managed and shared in senior living communities.
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.
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.
Dementia programs that train caregivers to "do with" instead of "do for" enable residents to retain functionality longer.
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.
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.
The trend to replace fluorescent lighting in senior living has begun, but has it reached the tipping point?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Challenges exist in developing and renovating assisted living and memory care communities in urban settings, but demand is increasing.
Potential residents will perceive greater safety and, therefore, greater peace of mind at properties that screen applicants.
We must throw away the perception that seniors are technologically ignorant.
Many new safety devices tailored for the elderly or disabled allow individuals to live independently in their own home or an assisted living community.
The right hip protector should have three qualities.