Disaster Preparedness

Assisted living worker dies after being shot in community parking lot

Assisted living worker dies after being shot in community parking lot

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A worker who had been been contracted to help care for a senior living resident was shot in the Texas community's parking lot, allegedly by her husband, and subsequently died, Houston police reported Thursday.

More news for Wednesday, July 11

Families confront dementia and guns ... Record number of those 85+ are working ... Aug. 15 hearing scheduled for alleged California senior housing shooter ... Operator faces another lawsuit

Restraining order prevents work at scene of explosion that killed 2, injured 14

Restraining order prevents work at scene of explosion that killed 2, injured 14

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The family of a construction worker injured in a June 26 explosion at a Texas health system has been granted a restraining order against the provider and others involved in an expansion project there so that they "cease all efforts that ... fail to preserve explosion evidence."

Senior living residents evacuated as construction site explosion kills 1, injures 12

Senior living residents evacuated as construction site explosion kills 1, injures 12

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A Texas healthcare system has evacuated its senior living and long-term care residents as well as hospital patients after an on-site explosion Tuesday afternoon killed one construction worker and injured 12 other construction workers.

1 death, 2 injuries, 1 resident suspect in senior housing fire and shooting

1 death, 2 injuries, 1 resident suspect in senior housing fire and shooting

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One resident has been arrested and another has been hospitalized, and one firefighter has died and another has been released from the hospital, after an explosion, fire and shooting Monday at a California affordable senior housing community.

More news for Monday, June 25

Proposed rules for D.C. assisted living facilities spark outcry ... Attorney: California senior living community had no backup generator when wildfire broke out ... Companies need older workers: here is why

CCRC didn't enforce no-smoking policy, so four died in fire, lawsuit says

CCRC didn't enforce no-smoking policy, so four died in fire, lawsuit says

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The daughter of a husband and wife who died in the five-alarm fire at Barclay Friends in November filed a civil lawsuit against the West Chester, PA, continuing care retirement community on Tuesday, claiming that her parents might still be alive if the facility's no-smoking policy had been enforced.

McKnight's Senior Living Online Expo starts this morning!

McKnight's Senior Living Online Expo starts this morning!

The free event, with its first session at 11 a.m. EDT, features three continuing education sessions as well as a virtual exhibition hall featuring products and services from leading companies serving the senior living profession.

McKnight's Senior Living Online Expo is tomorrow!

McKnight's Senior Living Online Expo is tomorrow!

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The virtual doors to the second annual McKnight's Senior Living Online Expo will open at 10:30 EDT tomorrow, Wednesday, June 13.

Earn up to three CEs this Wednesday at the McKnight's Senior Living Online Expo

Earn up to three CEs this Wednesday at the McKnight's Senior Living Online Expo

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Attendees of the second annual McKnight's Senior Living Online Expo, set for this Wednesday, June 13, can earn up to three continuing education credits and interact with several companies serving the industry.

Learn how to prepare for disasters June 13

Learn how to prepare for disasters June 13

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Stan Szpytek, president of Fire and Life Safety and a retired deputy fire chief / fire marshal, will discuss how senior living communities can prepare for emergencies and disasters in the first webinar of the McKnight's Senior Living Online Expo, set for Wednesday, June 13.

McKnight's Senior Living Online Expo set for June 13

McKnight's Senior Living Online Expo set for June 13

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Registration is now open for the second annual McKnight's Senior Living Online Expo, where attendees can earn up to three continuing education credits and interact with several companies serving the industry. The event will be held Wednesday, June 13.

Top 10 safety and security considerations when designing a senior living community

Top 10 safety and security considerations when designing a senior living community

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Giving attention to the safety and security of your senior living community will have a powerful, positive effect on resident satisfaction.

CCRC where fatal fire occurred reopens skilled nursing building

CCRC where fatal fire occurred reopens skilled nursing building

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The Pennsylvania continuing care retirement community where four residents died in a five-alarm fire in November has reopened its skilled nursing building and announced plans to start construction of a new personal care and memory support building to replace the one that was destroyed.

Florida governor signs generator bills into law; is Oklahoma next?

Florida governor signs generator bills into law; is Oklahoma next?

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed bills into law Monday requiring assisted living communities and nursing homes in the state to have emergency generators. Legislators in Oklahoma are considering similar requirements for assisted living.

Argentum works on Plan B as weather thwarts fly-in

Argentum works on Plan B as weather thwarts fly-in

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Argentum is planning to find additional ways to discuss the Government Accountability Office's assisted living-related report, home- and community-based services and other issues after the second day of its Public Policy Institute & Fly-In was canceled due to inclement weather.

Assisted living generator rule stalls in Florida House

Assisted living generator rule stalls in Florida House

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A rule requiring assisted living communities in Florida to have backup generators has stalled in the state House of Representatives due to concerns about costs that operators could incur.

Arbitration agreements, resident actions mean wildfire lawsuit should be tossed, operator says

Arbitration agreements, resident actions mean wildfire lawsuit should be tossed, operator says

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The existence of arbitration agreements is one of 34 reasons that a lawsuit alleging that a senior living community abandoned residents during an October wildfire should not proceed, according to the community and related companies.

Senior living resiliency in the face of disaster

Senior living resiliency in the face of disaster

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The past year has been particularly challenging for all types of senior living and healthcare providers in California and beyond, but the response to disasters by one particular facility represents the pinnacle of preparedness, dedication and resiliency.

Second CA community sued over handling of evacuation during wildfire

Second CA community sued over handling of evacuation during wildfire

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A 94-year-old California resident is suing the senior living community where she was living when a wildfire broke out in October, claiming that she and at least 80 other residents were abandoned by staff members. The community is a sister to a property already being sued over the way staff allegedly handled evacuations during the fire.

Nearly a month later, evacuated residents return to senior living community

Nearly a month later, evacuated residents return to senior living community

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Almost a month after mud and debris flows forced them to evacuate, residents in a California senior living community north of Los Angeles are returning to Casa Dorinda.

Enhance your organization's culture through philanthropy

Enhance your organization's culture through philanthropy

Coming together to help others in need has helped magnify the caring spirit and mission that we strive for everyday as a healthcare provider. Many employees also choose to work for us now because of our commitment to helping our communities.

More news for Monday, Feb. 5

If immigrants are pushed out, who will care for the elderly? ... Effects of Hurricane Irma still linger for Florida senior living communities ... CCRC mudslide evacuee, 91, dies after being struck by triple DUI suspect ... Site of Marshall Square retirement community fire to feature medical offices

A bright spot in an otherwise grim weekend

A bright spot in an otherwise grim weekend

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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.

Effort would add 'residents' bill of rights' to Florida constitution

Effort would add 'residents' bill of rights' to Florida constitution

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The man behind a proposal that would add a "Nursing Home and Assisted Living Facility Residents' Bill of Rights" to the Florida constitution says it is an effort to "establish a situation where the rights of residents of long-term care facilities are at least on par with the rights of everyone else." At least one organization representing care and service providers, however, describes the proposal as "nothing more than an avaricious ploy by trial lawyers to profit from increased lawsuits."

Worker murdered at senior living community, police say

Worker murdered at senior living community, police say

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The administrator of a Crosby, MN, senior living community said the community is continuing to work with authorities after an employee was killed there Saturday.

Mudslides force California CCRC evacuation

Mudslides force California CCRC evacuation

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A Southern California life plan community was evacuated Thursday due to the Montecito mudslides, caused by hillsides left vulnerable after the Thomas Fire and then rains.

Investigators pinpoint origin of fire that killed 4 senior living residents

Investigators pinpoint origin of fire that killed 4 senior living residents

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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms investigators say they have determined the starting point of the Nov. 16 five-alarm fire at Barclay Friends continuing care retirement community in which four residents died. Agents remain unsure, however, of what caused the West Chester, PA, fire or how it spread.

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.

In Focus

July 18

A truckload of charity

Gainesville, FL 

The Village at Gainesville recently donated a truckload of used appliances from its residences to the Bread of the Mighty Food Bank.

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