The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Lean mortgage insurance program, which finances seniors housing properties, closed $3.4 billion in loan volume and a total of 310 loans in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30. Those were increases over 2016.
Ashley Blankenship of Arkansas was elected chair of the National Center for Assisted Living Board of Directors for 2017-2018 Wednesday at the American Health Care Association/NCAL 68th Annual Convention. Other officers and board members were named, too.
Las Vegas — With research showing that prospective senior living residents or their families already may have completed 60% of the decision-making process involved in a potential move before even contacting a community, website and social media efforts are crucial to operators' success, Nicole Wagner, internet marketing director at Stevens & Tate Marketing, said Tuesday in an educational session at the American Health Care Association / National Center for Assisted Living's 68th Annual Convention & Expo.
A growing elderly population and new preferences of older adults will drive changes to assisted living communities in the future, predict the authors of a new report.
The owner of a Florida assisted living facility faces up to 15 years in prison for using the identity of an employee's sister to bill Medicaid and private-pay clients for more than $15,000 in services provided by the employee, who is a felon.
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.
Heritage Communities has announced a new service line, Heritage OnCare Home Health, that will begin by serving residents in the company's 12 senior living communities.
The chief operating officer of the country's largest senior living operator, Brookdale Senior Living, is leaving to pursue another opportunity, the company announced Monday. President and CEO Andy Smith will assume Labeed Diab's duties for the time being.
Brookdale provides update on impact of hurricanes, fires ... Creating 'sense-sensitive' environments for seniors with impairments
Las Vegas — The state of affairs in the nation's capital puts assisted living in a strong position to maintain regulation at the state level, National Center for Assisted Living Executive Director Scott Tittle said Sunday to the more than 200 assisted living professionals attending NCAL Day. "But that doesn't mean we are without risk," he said.
Ten months after breaking ground on a project intended to attract baby boomers and others looking for a different environment in which to age, nonprofit BHI Senior Living has sold all 30 duplexes in an expansion of its Hoosier Village continuing care retirement community in Indianapolis, and the first residents are moving in.
The food director at a Connecticut continuing care retirement community has lost his job and is facing three counts of voyeurism after allegedly installing a video camera and surreptitiously recording male employees using a locker room for workers.
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Use of an on-site telehealth kiosk and weekly nurse consultations have cut resident hospitalizations, reduced resident moves to higher levels of care and decreased resident turnover at affordable housing properties operated by Lutheran Senior Services, according to the organization.
Two former caregivers at a Michigan assisted living and memory care community are scheduled to be sentenced next month after entering pleas to felony charges in a case involving a resident with dementia who froze to death after exiting the building.
A Florida senior living community operator says that a $350 extra assessment it is charging residents in the wake of Hurricane Irma is permissible under the terms of its residency agreement. The state ombudsman, however, announced an investigation Wednesday.
Foundation for Senior Living joins self-driving car public education campaign ... December Fed rate hike all but certain despite low inflation ... Florida operators can seek generator-rule variance ... Resident with dementia who was at center of spoon-feeding controversy dies
Occupancy in assisted living communities averaged 86.6% during the third quarter, up 0.2 percentage point from the second quarter, when it had fallen to its lowest point ever for the second time in 11 years, according to data released Wednesday by the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care's MAP Data Service.
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.
High-quality nursing homes and a healthy senior citizen population put Colorado on top of U.S. News & World Report's "Best States for Aging" ranking, the magazine said. Alaska came in last on the list. See where your state ranked.
Sunshine Retirement Living waiving upfront fees for hurricane victims ... Trump taps Eric Hargan as acting HHS secretary ... The Villages retirement community: 'Disney World for adults'
A five-year study of more than 2,000 life plan community residents by the Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging and Northwestern University will try to determine the effects that living in such a community has on residents' long-term health and wellness, the institute announced Tuesday.
Jennifer Campas, a head nurse at Brookdale Anaheim in California, remained in critical condition on Tuesday in the intensive care unit at University Medical Center of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas after being injured in the Oct. 1 mass shooting that occurred at a country music festival in the city.
Several senior living communities have been evacuated, and at least one has been destroyed, as wildfires continue to burn across parts of California.
Seniors housing and care merger and acquisition activity in the third quarter was the lowest of any quarter in the year so far, according to a new report.
A bill signed into law Oct. 4 by California Gov. Jerry Brown establishes a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Long-Term Care Facility Residents' Bill of Rights to protect LGBT older adults in the state from discrimination or mistreatment in ALFs and SNFs.
The owner of a Colorado assisted living community faces a potential prison sentence of more than 36 years Oct. 27 when he is sentenced on three counts of theft from an at-risk elder and one count of felony theft.
Members of the pre-retirement generation already have more health issues and health-related limits on their lives than previous generations did when they were in their late 50s, according to new research.
New Senior Investment Group will decrease its skilled nursing exposure and increase its independent living exposure before the end of the year when it completes the sale of $296 million in Life Care Services and Holiday Retirement communities in Florida and Texas, the real estate investment trust announced Thursday.
A lawsuit that pitted a Virginia continuing retirement community against a former employee who said she was fired after complaining about work on Facebook has been settled.
Best Buy bets on adults remotely monitoring their aging parents ... Florida governor wants assisted living rules in constitution ... Brookdale residents celebrate their movie productions at 'aging film festival' ... GOP budget that cuts $1 trillion from Medicaid over next decade may be smokescreen
A Silicon Valley start-up company launched its first self-driving taxi service on Wednesday at a 55+ retirement community in San Jose, CA.
Social and demographic trends combined with an expected increase in the incidence of Alzheimer's diseases due to the growing size of the aging population are in danger of colliding to strain local, state and federal budgets, according to the author of a report released Wednesday that was commissioned by USAgainstAlzheimer's.
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
States gradually are increasing their oversight of assisted living communities, according to a report released Tuesday by the National Center for Assisted Living.
It may be quite some time before the three Insignia Senior Living communities on Puerto Rico have fully recovered from Hurricane Maria. Staff, residents' family members, neighbors and friends are making a difference, however, a company spokesperson tells McKnight's Senior Living.
Florida Argentum has asked the state's First District Court of Appeal to issue a temporary injunction against Gov. Rick Scott's emergency rule, which sets a Nov. 15 deadline for all assisted living communities and nursing homes in the Sunshine State 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.
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Sensors can help assisted living community staff members address illness and slow functional decline in residents by enabling the early detection of issues, according to the results of a newly published study.
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.
Action Pact CEO Steve Shields talks about an integrated concept that just might redefine the sector.
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The Labor Department should base increases in the minimum salary threshold used to determine overtime pay on the 20th percentile for salaried employees in the lowest paid geographic region of the country, according to Argentum President and CEO James Balda.
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.
A Washington state assisted living community and skilled nursing facility operator violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by denying light duty and leave as accommodations for employees who had disabilities, the EEOC alleged in a lawsuit filed Friday. The operator disputes the claims.
In a move to flout conventions, The Ridge in Salt Lake City tapped a new generation to design a community with contemporary flair.
Primrose Retirement Communities in Lancaster, OH; Residences at Thomas Circle in Washington, D.C.; and Cedarhurst Assisted Living and Memory Care in Yorkville, IL.
Bold yet unobtrusive resident security solutions go the distance.
Once primarily a skilled-care service, rehab is increasingly entering the senior living domain as communities tout their therapeutic excellence as a marketing and admissions differentiator.
Residents and their family members are becoming increasingly picky when it comes to laundry service expectations — and that trend will only continue.
IBM and the University of California San Diego on Thursday announced a $16 million, five-year collaboration that will test how artificial intelligence, or AI, can be used to help detect mild cognitive impairment earlier in retirement community residents and other older adults.
More long-term care workers than not are getting vaccinated against the flu, but they are less likely than other healthcare workers to get the shot, according to new data released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Immigration isn't the answer to senior living's workforce challenges, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich told those attending Wednesday's opening general session of the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care in Chicago. He offered several alternatives.
LeadingAge Florida on Tuesday filed a legal challenge to Gov. Rick Scott's Sept. 16 emergency rule giving assisted living communities and nursing homes in the 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.
The pace of merger and acquisition activity in seniors housing and long-term care will stay the same or accelerate over the next year, predict 89% of those responding to a recent survey by Capital One.
Oversupply in senior living means that almost $20 billion in capital is not earning returns in the marketplace, two speakers told those attending a Tuesday afternoon session at the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care Fall Conference in Chicago.
The annual median cost of assisted living increased 3.36% from 2016 to 2017, according to the Genworth 2017 Cost of Care Survey, released Tuesday. There are two main reasons.
Eighty percent of baby boomers who live in large cities want to keep living there after they turn 80 — either in their current homes or someplace nearby, according to the results of the 2017 Aging in Cities survey commissioned by Welltower.
The National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care's new CEO, Brian Jurutka, lays out the organization's plans for the future in this exclusive interview.
On the same day that HCR ManorCare announced that its president and CEO is stepping down, Quality Care Properties said that it is giving ManorCare more time to respond to its request that an independent receiver be appointed to oversee the company's facilities.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Monday night appeared ready to proceed to a vote on the healthcare reform bill that bears his name, even after the release of a negative preliminary analysis from the CBO and the loss of another Republican vote just hours earlier.
Florida assisted living reports will continue to be redacted ... Vision and hearing loss are tied to cognitive decline ... 488,332 affordable housing units at risk in next 5 years
A new national database launching in October has the goal of making it easier for assisted living operators and capital providers to search for and compare communities from across the country.
As the Graham-Cassidy bill to repeal and replace Obamacare heads toward a hearing, a televised debate and a possible vote this week, two Republican senators have expressed serious concerns about it, calling for a bipartisan attempt at heatlhcare reform instead.
A former nursing assistant has been sentenced to 12 years in prison on felony charges of stealing thousands of dollars' worth of jewelry from residents of the Illinois senior living community where he worked.
One assisted living operator predicts the loss of jobs for workers and fewer housing options for Medicaid beneficiaries if the federal government greatly increases the salary threshold for overtime pay. The Labor Department is asking for comments by Monday before crafting a new rule related to circumstances under which certain workers would be entitled to overtime pay.
The Graham-Cassidy bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act contains "significant challenges" that deserve "thorough discussion, examination and analysis," the National Association of Medicaid Directors said Thursday, urging senators not to rush complex Medicaid reform.
A Newburgh, IN, continuing care retirement community violated federal law because it accommodated residents' preferences for caregivers based on race and allowed employees to be subjected to racial slurs, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said in a lawsuit announced Wednesday.
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The effects of a minimum wage increase on assisted living and continuing care retirement communities, and their workers, are multifaceted. On balance, however, such an increase would have a relatively small negative financial effect on operators but generally positive effects on their workers, according to results of a study released Tuesday by RTI International and the Center for Excellence in Assisted Living.
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.
An Atlanta-based businessman accused by the SEC of misusing investor funds raised to purchase and renovate senior living facilities has filed for bankruptcy, calling into question his ability to fulfill an agreement to repay investors more than $86 million.
Two national organizations representing senior living operators came out against the Graham-Cassidy bill Tuesday. The legislation, which is expected to be voted on next week in the Senate, would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, in the process changing open-ended Medicaid funding to block grants for states.
Sabra Health Care REIT will acquire a 49% equity interest in a $1.62 billion portfolio of 183 senior housing communities managed by Enlivant, the companies announced Tuesday.
Two additional plaintiffs have joined a lawsuit claiming that Brookdale Senior Living did not accommodate California residents' disabilities and that understaffing led to their activities of daily living needs not being met. Brookdale says the lawsuit is without merit.
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Four Republican senators who introduced a bill on Sept. 13 to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act are pushing for a Senate vote on it before Sept. 30. As with bills under consideration in the Senate and House earlier this year, the Graham-Cassidy bill would cap Medicaid funding for each state.
Older Americans are helping drive an increase in the number of people who are obtaining their news from social media, according to the results of a new survey from the Pew Research Center.
Residents' rights, the role of technology in the recent final rule updating long-term care facilities' requirements of participation, and MDS changes will be the topics for the 5th annual Online Expo tomorrow.
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.
The operator's soon-to-open assisted living and memory care community in Westmont, IL, will be the first senior living community in the United States to implement a dementia care program from Australia.
More than three-fourths of Americans aged 65 or more years live in owner-occupied housing, according to new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau. The data reveal additional information about older Americans.
American Senior Communities takes former CEO, execs to court ... Couple racks up 27 counts after alleged thefts at senior living community ... Medical history can point to earlier Parkinson's diagnosis
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.
Ventas' focus when it comes to improving the return on its investment in Brookdale Senior Living is reminiscent of the real estate investment trust's relationship with Kindred Healthcare, Ventas Chairman and CEO Debra Cafaro said Wednesday to those attending the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Real Estate Conference in New York City.
Older adults who have fallen are 40% more likely to crash their cars than those who have not fallen, according to a new review of 15 studies of driving behavior involving almost 47,000 older adults.
Senate confirms Pamela Patenaude as HUD deputy secretary ... Pentagon fires chief of Armed Forces Retirement Home agency ... Football games encourage memory care residents to exercise ... Retirement home — for dogs — being rebuilt after Harvey
A new national trade association for organizations that provide referrals and placements to senior living communities hopes to advance the profession, educate others about it and increase professional responsibility, aiding operators in the process, according to its leader.
Senior living lender Lancaster Pollard Holdings has been acquired by ORIX USA, a division of international financial services group ORIX Corp., the companies announced Wednesday.
The manager of senior living communities in three Midwest states will pay 594 workers a total of $165,379 in back wages and damages as part of an agreement to resolve overtime violations at its 23 communities, the Labor Department's Wage and Hour Division announced Tuesday.
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.
Almost two years into a five-year initiative to increase the minimum wage across its organization to $14.50, National Church Residences is seeing reduced turnover and improved morale among employees.
Wyoming is the state that is most senior-friendly to retiree finances, and Maine is the worst in that regard, according to new data released Tuesday by SeniorAdvice.com. Where does your state fall on the list?
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
A new $1.77 million study of "smart" technology has the potential to improve retirement community residents' quality of life by extending their ability to remain independent and age in place, according to researchers. Caregiver burden could be lessened, too.
Josh Crisp says he felt an inner calling to provoke change and develop a new approach to senior living. On Monday, that calling revealed itself in the form of Solinity.
Welltower is the top-ranked seniors housing-related entity on Revista's new list of Top 50 Owners of Medical Real Estate. See what other companies made the list.
A caregiver at a Minnesota assisted living community pleaded guilty to abuse of a vulnerable adult last week after a co-worker recorded her on a cellphone taunting, restraining and swearing at a resident with dementia.
Argentum members will be concentrating on governmental and staffing issues affecting senior living operators and residents this week as the organization holds a Public Policy Institute, Fly-in and Workforce Development Symposium in Washington, DC.