Disaster Preparedness

Wildfires endanger California senior living communities again

Wildfires endanger California senior living communities again

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Wildfires came roaring back to California this week, less than two months after senior living operators in the state encountered blazes that put in motion emergency response plans, damaged or destroyed communities and led to a lawsuit against one community.

Fire safety advice from the pros

Fire safety advice from the pros

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Two recent news stories may have you re-examining your emergency preparedness plans, especially as they pertain to fires. Two experts share tips.

6 tips for effective crisis communication

6 tips for effective crisis communication

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In senior living, we have plans to mitigate disasters, address corporate compliance, handle elopement and assure quality. What plans do we have in place for crisis communication and reputation management?

More news for Monday, Nov. 27

Uncertain future for those counting on medical deductions ... For older LGBT adults, equality is not a piece of cake ... Japan is embracing nursing-care robots ... Disney has a loyal following in an unexpected place: The Villages ... LGBT senior living facility residents return after wildfire

4 residents presumed dead after Pennsylvania CCRC fire as Idaho operator recovers from a blaze

4 residents presumed dead after Pennsylvania CCRC fire as Idaho operator recovers from a blaze

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Four residents of a Pennsylvania retirement community remained missing Monday and were presumed dead after a five-alarm fire at the community that began Thursday. Across the country in Idaho, another senior living operator was dealing with the aftermath of a weekend fire that completely destroyed one of its communities.

Residents missing after five-alarm fire at Pennsylvania CCRC

Residents missing after five-alarm fire at Pennsylvania CCRC

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An undisclosed number of residents remained unaccounted for Sunday, three days after a five-alarm fire began at a Pennsylvania continuing care retirement community, injuring 27, according to authorities.

Provider win: Florida appeals court says generator rule remains invalid

Provider win: Florida appeals court says generator rule remains invalid

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Florida assisted living and nursing home operators say they will avoid potential $1,000-per-day fines and loss of licensure after an appeals court Tuesday handed down a decision that emergency rules requiring them to have generators and fuel in place by Nov. 15 did not remain in effect while Gov. Rick Scott appealed a previous court decision that the rules were "invalid exercises of delegated legislative authority" by state officials. The governor disagrees.

Size helps Brookdale in natural disasters, CEO says, but financial effects linger

Size helps Brookdale in natural disasters, CEO says, but financial effects linger

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Hurricanes, wildfires, generators, HCP and metrics of success were among the topics that executives of Brookdale Senior Living discussed with shareholders and analysts Tuesday on a third-quarter earnings call.

Senior living operators may be in for a very unpleasant surprise

Senior living operators may be in for a very unpleasant surprise

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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.

A new top concern for assisted living operators?

A new top concern for assisted living operators?

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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.

Parkinson: 4 reasons operators will survive tough times

Parkinson: 4 reasons operators will survive tough times

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Las Vegas — Despite the "tough" political and regulatory environment, assisted living and skilled nursing providers "will make it through this. And many of you will not only survive; you will prosper," American Health Care Association / National Center for Assisted Living President and CEO Mark Parkinson told those attending the opening general session of the organization's 68th Annual Convention & Expo. He gave four reasons.

When disaster preparedness pays off

When disaster preparedness pays off

With advance planning and masterful execution, the Watermark Retirement Communities team was able to care for residents and create an environment where they thrived, even in the midst of Hurricane Irma. Looking back, several best practices can be gained from this experience.

Assisted living community reworking disaster plan after leaving resident behind during hurricane evacuation

Assisted living community reworking disaster plan after leaving resident behind during hurricane evacuation

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A Texas assisted living community is changing its disaster preparedness strategy after a memory care resident was left behind during an evacuation in advance of Hurricane Harvey.

Mock fire, real prep

Mock fire, real prep

A recent fire and disaster response drill at Friendship helped with staff and responder preparedness. Read more, and find out how to submit your photos!

More news for Thursday, Oct. 5

GOP budget and tax plan cuts the safety net for seniors ... Bill would create national elder abuse registry ... FEMA teams help Puerto Rico senior living communities

2 more associations join Florida generator rule fight

2 more associations join Florida generator rule fight

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Two associations representing assisted living operators have joined LeadingAge Florida in challenging an emergency rule issued Sept. 16 that gave assisted living communities in the Sunshine State 60 days to obtain generators and enough fuel to enable them "to sustain operations and maintain comfortable temperatures" for at least four days after a power outage.

Florida regulator moves to close ALF affiliated with rehab center that lost 12 residents after Irma

Florida regulator moves to close ALF affiliated with rehab center that lost 12 residents after Irma

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The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration has taken actions to close an assisted living community owned by the same company that owns the rehabilitation center where a Hurricane Irma-related air conditioner outage has led to the deaths of 12 residents so far.

Willis Towers Watson introduces active shooter readiness program

Global advisory, broking and solutions company Willis Towers Watson on Monday introduced a free active shooter/armed intruder readiness program for senior living communities.

More news for Friday, Sept. 22

Florida state officials clarify generator rule for assisted living communities ... Florida assisted living communities, association concerned about tight generator deadline ... Welltower donates $30M headquarters property to University of Toledo ... Minnesota assisted living community has two cases of Legionnaires' ... Disney legend and centenarian shares longevity secrets

Senate bill would create advisory committee on protecting seniors during emergencies

Senate bill would create advisory committee on protecting seniors during emergencies

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A 15-member panel would advise local, state and government officials on how to prepare and care for older adults during emergency situations under a bill introduced Tuesday by four senators and discussed Wednesday at a Senate Special Committee on Aging hearing.

Florida governor gives assisted living communities 60 days to get generators

Florida governor gives assisted living communities 60 days to get generators

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Following the death of eight residents of a facility that lost air conditioning as a result of Hurricane Irma, Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Saturday gave all assisted living communities and nursing homes in the state 60 days to obtain generators.

Ventas CEO: Hurricanes reveal the value of senior living

Ventas CEO: Hurricanes reveal the value of senior living

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Though challenging to operators — and everyone — as they are occurring, natural disasters such as hurricanes get older adults and their families thinking about the benefits of living in a senior living community, Debra Cafaro, chairman and CEO of real estate investment trust Ventas, said Wednesday afternoon to those attending the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Real Estate Conference in New York City.

Atria in spotlight as staff members carry out Irma response plan

Atria in spotlight as staff members carry out Irma response plan

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Atria Senior Living was in the public eye Monday night as TV talk show host Jimmy Kimmel interviewed actress Kristen Bell against a backdrop of residents who had been evacuated to the hotel where she was staying, due to Hurricane Irma. Behind the scenes, however, Atria staff members were putting the company's natural disaster response plan into action.

More news for Wednesday, Sept. 13

The government's role in combating loneliness ... Florida assisted living community without power for three days during Hurricane Irma ... Power losses add to ordeal for senior living operators, residents

Senior living companies launch Harvey relief efforts as Irma looms

Senior living companies launch Harvey relief efforts as Irma looms

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As senior living providers in Florida brace for the possible effects of Hurricane Irma, operators with properties in Texas are beginning relief efforts to help those affected by Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey.

Long after Harvey fades, this image will linger

Long after Harvey fades, this image will linger

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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.

Senior living continues to respond to Harvey

Senior living continues to respond to Harvey

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Senior living organizations in Texas and elsewhere continue to respond to the needs created by Tropical Storm Harvey.

More news for Wednesday, Aug. 30

Here's what those seniors stuck in waist-deep water look like now ... La Vita Bella owner: Residents laughed, joked during wait for rescue

Holiday, Brookdale among those battling Harvey

Holiday, Brookdale among those battling Harvey

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A photo from a Texas assisted living community became a social media sensation on Sunday, sending visual confirmation of the destruction that Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey brought to the Lone Star State across the country and around the world. Behind the scenes, both small and large senior living operators on the Gulf Coast were dealing with historic levels of rain and other effects through the weekend and on Monday.

The weather outside doesn't have to be frightful

The weather outside doesn't have to be frightful

Communities in unfortunate locations could be snowed in, flooded, caught up in gusty hurricanes, struck by tornados or covered in sheets of ice. Communities can be proactive, however.

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Dec. 6

Students of life

Milwaukee

Ovation Chai Point is providing room and board, as well as an open studio, to a University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee art student as part of a university program that benefits everyone involved.