Efforts to stop or prevent the financial exploitation of older adults should include assisted living and continuing care retirement communities, as well as personal care and nursing homes, because residents in such settings are targeted, a hearing witness told members of the Senate Special Committee on Aging on Wednesday during their first meeting of the 115th Congress.
Average monthly assisted living costs range from $3,051 for a studio apartment in Louisiana to $6,936 for a two-bedroom apartment in Delaware, according to the state results of Lincoln Financial Group's annual What Care Costs study, released Wednesday.
Average per-unit prices in the assisted living market reached $193,650 in 2016, topping the previous record set in 2015 by 2%, according to a new report.
Crash test dummies are being altered to match aging, heavier population ... Alzheimer's outlook far from bleak ... Seven couples renew vows at assisted living community for Valentine's Day
Wage pressure and community openings by competitors continued to challenge Brookdale Senior Living as 2016 came to a close and will continue to do so in 2017, company executives told analysts participating in an earnings call on Tuesday. Efforts to improve employee recruiting and retention, however, as well as changes to ancillary service offerings, should strengthen the company's financial outlook for the future, they said.
Senior living construction and renovation projects, especially in assisted living and memory care, are on the rise, whereas efforts to buy or sell existing properties have waned, according to the findings of a new survey by Lancaster Pollard released Tuesday.
The February issue of McKnight's Senior Living is online with exclusive news and features that you won't want to miss.
The Medicaid program needs better data to be able to ensure that it does not overpay for personal care services and to reduce the risk of fraud occurring, the Government Accountability Office said in a report made public on Monday.
HCP Inc. continues to reduce the concentration of Brookdale Senior Living assets in its portfolio as Brookdale President and CEO Andy Smith cites "a difficult environment."
Before an owner of dozens of Miami-area assisted living and skilled nursing facilities was accused in a $1 billion healthcare fraud scheme in July, he allegedly tried to bribe a state regulator to find out what Florida officials knew about his operations, according to the Miami Herald.
AARP endorses Senior $afe Act ... Use of multiple brain-affecting drugs is rising among seniors, despite risks ... How eating less can slow the aging process ... Restrictions lifted after senior living case of Legionnaires' disease ... Poverty and high neighborhood murder rates increase depression in older adults
Changes in the federal government in the new year have brought with them "a period of significant macro volatility and uncertainty" for businesses, Ventas Chairwoman and CEO Debra Cafaro told analysts and others participating in a fourth-quarter 2016 earnings call Friday.
Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) was sworn in as secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Friday hours after being confirmed by a party-line 52-47 vote in the Senate.
Multiple sessions featuring panels of senior living leaders and a change to the Hero Awards presentation will be among the noticeable differences at this year's Argentum Senior Living Executive Conference compared with previous years.
Older adults are embracing "living apart together" (video) ... Older adults who exercise regularly may lower their chances of severe mobility problems ... Medicare should consider social risk factors, experts say
Employees of a Minnesota memory care community abused residents by taking "disparaging and humiliating" videos of them on their cellphones — capturing residents sitting on the toilet or making it appear as if they were using cocaine or alcohol — and then sharing the recordings via text messages and social media, according to an investigation by the Minnesota Department of Health.
The 55+ housing market ended the fourth quarter of 2016 on a record high, according to the National Association of Home Builders.
When Florida-based Autumn Senior Living opens three new communities in early 2018, they will offer a new concept for the company, what it is calling I-Lite Assisted Living.
10 questions for senior living carpool karaoke stars ... Retirement community produces weekly newscast
One senior living employee has the keys to a new car as the result of an incentive contest at his employer. The senior living organization, however, appears to have found a key to engaging employees to reduce turnover and increase satisfaction.
In the wake of findings detailed in a new report from the Government Accountability Office made public on Wednesday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will take steps to ensure that states have sufficient incentives to use the billions of dollars they receive for the provision of Medicaid managed long-term services and supports.
The founder and CEO of a durable medical equipment manufacturer and distributor specializing in mobility aids is spending several days as a resident of a senior living community to test the usefulness of a new stand-assist device.
Trump faces lawsuit over 2-for-1 executive order on regulations ... Heavy lifting, shift work could harm women's fertility, study shows ... Seniors in the digital age show it's never too late to learn
Hebrew SeniorLife will use $900,000 in funding to test a model of housing with supportive services that it says could improve quality of life and reduce medical costs for older adults living in affordable housing and potentially save the healthcare system billions of dollars every year if rolled out nationally.
Forty-two percent of Americans aged 55 or more years experience anxiety about being able to afford where they live at least once a day, according to the results of a new survey. One of their main concerns is "the ability to afford desirable retirement living."
A former licensed practical nurse at a Pennsylvania continuing care retirement / life plan community has been charged with taking opioid pain medication that had been prescribed for residents.
Capping Medicaid funding could save $110 billion to $150 billion in federal spending over five years: study ... Obesity linked to lower chance of getting hospice care
The retirement of C-suite executives and changes in the healthcare system contributed to record-level merger and acquisition activity in 2016 in the not-for-profit sector of senior living, according to specialty investment bank Ziegler.
The incomplete, inaccurate and late reporting of Medicaid expenditure and utilization data makes it difficult for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to ensure that payments are proper and that beneficiaries have access to covered services, the Government Accountability Office said in a report made public Monday.
Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and 10 other senators, in a bipartisan letter Friday, urged President Donald Trump to increase current funding for Alzheimer's disease research in his fiscal year 2018 budget request.
Search for Alzheimer's drugs is more urgent than ever ... How would Republican plans for Medicaid block grants actually work? ... Long-term care advocates call on Canadian government to invest in senior care ... Routinely prescribed antibiotic may not be best for treating severe C diff infections ... 106-year-old woman gets engaged to 66-year-old boyfriend
Assisted living operators have good reason to recoil at results of a recent study revealing aging services insurance claims, researchers say. That's because assisted living claims are paying out more than skilled nursing claims, on average — and there's a high probability the trend is only going to get worse, they noted.
An employee of a Maryland memory care community has an April 5 court date after allegedly recording more than 70 incidents of female co-workers using the facility's restroom.
Elderly U.S. residents were the target of a $10 million "sweepstakes scheme" for which a U.S. resident living in Costa Rica pleaded guilty Feb. 2, the Justice Department said.
Make sure your senior living community website is comprehensive, up-to-date and search engine optimized, and stay or become active on social media. Those points are some of the take-away messages for senior living marketers offered in a new report.
A memory care community is responsible for the 2016 death of a resident who was left unattended and drank a lethal amount of dishwasher detergent, the Minnesota Department of Health said this week.
Athina Sumi Rivera was sentenced to 16 years in prison Thursday for stabbing her mother to death in September 2015 at the California senior living community where she lived.
Case of Legionnaires' disease prompts restrictions at retirement community ... Polypharmacy associated with frailty in older people ... Simple hand-grip test can indicate decline in those with Parkinson's disease ... 'Scheduling conflict' to keep Brookdale Senior Living from RBC conference
American Seniors Housing Association President David Schless talks about the progress seniors housing has made — and the road ahead.
For many residents, getting into and out of bathtubs can be fraught with danger. Fortunately, advancements in product design and workplace solutions make the transition less problematic.
As demand escalates for memory support services in the senior living sector, operators are finding that effective engagement combines high touch and high tech.
Conventional wisdom holds that tech innovations are slow to take hold in senior living. Conventional wisdom is wrong.
Masterpiece Living offers clients an 'advanced degree' in environment to strengthen senior living communities' cultures and objectives.
New involving LifeCare Services' Trillium Woods, the Village at Mapleshade and Maplewood at Weston.
Brookdale had big plans: To become the first senior living operator with a national brand. But a troubled purchase and other headaches keep getting in the way.
A Virginia senior living operator is offering a new benefit to workers with at least 20 years of service: free care at their places of employment after retirement.
Forty Department of Housing and Urban Development-assisted senior housing developments in seven states will split $15 million in grants as they test the ability of an enhanced supportive services model to help elderly residents age in place and stay out of emergency departments, hospitals and nursing homes.
Elderly individuals and others paid $4,000 to $13,000 for devices they falsely were told could treat more than 200 medical conditions, according to the Department of Justice. Now three people alleged to have sold the devices through multiple companies for more than a decade have been arrested on charges related to their involvement in the scheme and for violating a judicial order that previously was imposed after the alleged scheme was originally uncovered.
Trump's Supreme Court pick may mean trouble for CMS, healthcare regs ... Senate Republicans approve Price for HHS post ... The link between sleep and cognitive impairment in elderly ... Air pollution may lead to dementia in older women
The expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act has negatively affected vulnerable beneficiaries such as the elderly, according to a witness testifying Tuesday at a House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing. He suggested a freeze on expansion, but not all witnesses agreed with him.
Missouri residential care, assisted living, intermediate care and skilled nursing facilities would be required to grant resident requests to use electronic monitoring devices in their rooms, with certain conditions, under two bills recently introduced in the state House of Representatives. It's not the first time, or even the second, that the legislation has been considered.
The next court date has been set in a case in which a former Brookdale Senior Living employee is accusing the company of submitting false claims and billing Medicare improperly.
Across the country, the percentage of workers who belonged to unions decreased 0.4 percentage points from 2015 to 2016, according to new data from the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics.
A new report from Nielsen provides insights into the use of social media platforms and the technology adults use to access them, perhaps offering food for thought on communicating with staff members and prospective residents and their families.
Playing games, making crafts, using a computer and engaging in social activities can help older adults decrease the risk of developing mild cognitive impairment, according to research published Monday.
Senate Finance Committee to vote on Price nomination for HHS on Tuesday ... A housing crisis for seniors ... Trump: Eliminate two regulations for every new one adopted ... Developer says 'big, bold' actions needed for affordable housing solutions
Oral arguments have been scheduled to begin March 9 as Browning-Ferris Industries looks to overturn a 2015 decision by the National Labor Relations Board that changed the standard for determining joint employer status.
Meditating or listening to music may prevent or slow cognitive decline in older adults, according to new research.
Older adults who reach the age of 65 in the United States will live an average of 19.4 years longer, according to a data brief recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics.
Louisville, KY-based Trilogy Health Services is committing $50,000 to fund six annual scholarships to encourage undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Southern Indiana to pursue clinical and nonclinical careers in assisted living and memory care communities, skilled nursing facilities and other settings serving older adults.
State regulations are hindering the ability of nurse practitioners to help meet the increasing demand for the care of older adults who live at assisted living communities or at home, according to researchers.
Prospective residents from the baby-boom generation may use sexual expression policies to differentiate one senior living community from another as they seek new places to live, according to insurer CNA. These tips will help mitigate your risk.
Mushrooms might help delay or prevent dementia ... ACA repeal efforts would affect state laws, too
Responses to a new Ziegler CFO Hotline survey indicate where senior living organizations will be investing their technology dollars this year.
Retaliation in the workplace was the top discrimination-related charge that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission received from employees and job applicants in fiscal year 2016, the commission has announced in a data release.
Two senators have introduced a bill with the goal of making it easier for financial institutions to report to authorities suspected fraud against older adults. Will the third time be the charm for the legislature?
Gene-blocking therapy reverses Alzheimer's-like symptoms ... New bill would increase temp worker protections ... Projected $10 trillion federal debt growth over next decade may affect plans for Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security ... What Medicaid block grants would mean for seniors ... Seniors extol virtues of low-rent housing
The status of a rule proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency that could force assisted living communities and continuing care retirement communities to take responsibility for managing the disposal of residents' medication is unclear after President Donald Trump reportedly ordered a "temporary suspension" of all new business activities at the agency.
A new report reveals which positions in assisted living communities saw the greatest and least turnover last year and whether the rate increased, decreased or stayed the same over the past 12 months.
As evolving consumer preferences and payment models lead some developers and operators of nonprofit and for-profit senior living communities to reduce the number of skilled nursing beds in their offerings, they are looking for ways to repurpose and update space and build new communities to cater to a different type of resident. Baby boomer preferences are influencing their design decisions, according to three: living architecture.
Assisted living CEOs/presidents and administrators both saw salary increases in 2016, but one of the positions experienced a greater increase, on average, according the 19th annual "Assisted Living Salary & Benefits Report," released Jan. 23 by Hospital & Healthcare Compensation Service.
A South Carolina businessman has been charged with fraud and has had his assets frozen after the Securities and Exchange Commission alleged that he diverted funds raised from investors to buy or renovate assisted living and memory care communities and used them for other purposes.
Lambda Legal said it will appeal a federal court's dismissal of a lawsuit claiming that an Illinois senior living community failed to protect a lesbian resident from harassment, discrimination and violence from fellow residents because of her sex and sexual orientation.
Repealing ACA would have economic and employment consequences for states ... Federal judge blocks Aetna-Humana health insurance megamerger ... GOP senators present Obamacare alternative
Medicaid, home- and community-based services, long-term services and supports, the elder care workforce and Medicare are among the important areas that President Donald Trump and members of Congress should focus on for older adults, advocacy groups maintain.
A labor shortage in the construction industry is one of the driving factors behind continued inflation for senior living construction projects in every region of the country, according to a new brief prepared for the American Seniors Housing Association by The Weitz Co.
A California jury has returned a $5 million verdict against an assisted living community where a resident with dementia eloped and subsequently died.
Seniors welcome new, battery-powered friends ... LifeSpan president talks future of senior care ... Women's cognitive decline begins earlier than previously believed ... Older adults with arthritis need just 45 minutes of activity per week ... Too much sitting, too little exercise may accelerate biological aging
Western Union will forfeit a record-setting $586 million after admitting to the Justice Department that it aided and abetted wire fraud and did not maintain an effective program to deter money laundering. The money will be used to compensate victims of fraud and implement anti-fraud programs to protect older adults and others in the future.
A certified nursing assistant in Virginia has been charged with one count of unlawful wounding after allegedly injuring a 94-year-old resident at the senior living community where he worked.
Assisted living residents fear ACA's death ... California's program for dual-eligible beneficiaries may end by Jan. 1, 2018 ... Why Ventas' CEO bought a stake in the Penguins
The number of mergers and acquisitions in seniors housing and care decreased in 2016 compared with 2015, according to data from two sources released Jan. 18.
A new demonstration project has the goal of improving state guardianship systems for older adults with dementia, individuals with disabilities and others.
The family of a deceased former senior living community resident is suing the Michigan community where she lived, claiming negligence and carelessness because she eloped and died from hypothermia.
Senior living communities seeking to increase the number of people applying for open caregiver positions can learn a lesson from the data-crunchers at Textio.
Reducing improper payments made from the Medicare and Medicaid programs is a big step that the federal government can take to improve the country's long-term fiscal health without legislative action, the Government Accountability Office said in the first of what it expects to be annual reports on the United States' financial future.
Older adults who develop high blood pressure later in life have a lower risk of dementia after age 90, especially if they develop hypertension at or after age 80, according to the results of a new study.
Naturally occurring retirement communities challenge healthcare ... Brookdale among companies receiving "please comply" letters from SEC ... Fundraising campaign keeps 108-year-old resident in assisted living community ... HHS nominee Rep. Tom Price's plan to replace the ACA ... CBO: How ACA repeal will affect health insurance coverage and premiums
Its increasing stock price should not tempt Brookdale Senior Living to abandon efforts to maximize value for shareholders, registered investment manager Land and Buildings founder and Chief Investment Officer Jonathan Litt wrote in a Jan. 13 letter to Brookdale board members and shareholders.
Independent living, assisted living and continuing care retirement / life plan communities were among those 55+ housing types recognized at the National Association of Home Builders' 2017 Best of 55+ Housing Awards.
A bill introduced in Virginia, if passed as written, would increase the amount in civil penalties that assisted living communities would face for not complying with the terms of their licenses.
National Low Income Housing Coalition President and CEO Diane Yentel said she is encouraged by Ben Carson's seemingly newfound appreciation for HUD programs but not by his reiteration of President-elect Donald Trump's commitment to cut nondefense discretionary spending by 1% annually.
Senior investors and retirement investments will be a major area of focus for the Securities and Exchange Commission's Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations in 2017, the SEC announced Thursday.
Bookmark this article for the future, when you're looking for a robot to assist staff and residents. Newly published research indicates that the type of robot senior living communities should select will depend on whether the technology will be assisting with everyday tasks or providing companionship.
Improving access to Medicaid home- and community-based services is a critical provision of the Affordable Care Act that has bipartisan support and should remain intact even if the healthcare law is repealed and replaced, members of the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations said in Jan. 10 letters to President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team.
A new survey reveals the states where the highest percentages of movers were motivated by retirement to move in or move out in 2016.
Four design trends will affect all senior living communities, from luxury living to affordable housing, in 2017, according to a new report.
The country's largest owner and operator of senior living communities is in the early stages of negotiations with Blackstone Group and others to sell all or part of the company, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday, citing "people familiar with the matter."
Members of the public have until Feb. 9 to comment on proposed guidance announced by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Tuesday to address unlawful workplace harassment.
An owner of assisted living facilities in Florida has lost almost $950,000 after working with an attorney whom she entrusted to help with their sale, according to the Florida Bar Association, which petitioned for the lawyer's suspension.