April 2017 Issue of McKnight's Senior Living

April 2017 Issue of McKnight's Senior Living

April 2017

Top Developments

Assisted living CEOs, administrators see pay increases in 2016

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 ...

Assisted living operators facing greater liability risks, report authors warn

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 ...

Bright idea expected to save CCRC more than $144,000 annually

Jefferson's Ferry, a not-for-profit continuing care retirement / life plan community in South Setauket, NY, expects to save more than $144,000 a year by making ...

ACA replacement would harm providers, caregivers, elderly, groups say

Long-term services and supports providers, Medicaid beneficiaries and professional caregivers would suffer if the bill that Republicans in the House of Representatives proposed Monday to ...

Strategy and Innovation

CDC: Those who reach 65 can expect to live almost 20 more years

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 ...

Union membership down, Labor Department says

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 ...

Anti-fraud efforts must include senior living, hearing witness says

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 ...

Argentum asks government to address 'regulatory overreach' by NLRB

Congress and the new administration should prioritize addressing the "regulatory overreach" that has occurred via the National Labor Relations Board for the past eight years, ...

Health systems increasingly seeing value of senior living, Welltower says

Hospitals increasingly are seeing senior living communities as part of a solution to lowering their risk associated with older adults, Welltower CEO Tom DeRosa told ...

Government expects to recover $1.9 billion for 2016 Medicaid fraud cases

The federal government expects to recover almost $1.9 billion from Medicaid fraud, abuse and neglect cases that were settled or for which judgments were issued ...

What should I focus on?

Here are five key areas.

Marketing Moves

Websites, social media vital for senior living marketers: report

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 ...

42% of those 55+ worry about housing affordability daily: survey

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 ...

55+ housing market ends 2016 on record high: NAHB

The 55+ housing market ended the fourth quarter of 2016 on a record high, according to the National Association of Home Builders.

Where assisted living is the most and least expensive: survey

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 ...

New name, existing programs for Five Star, executives say

A new name and established programs will carry Five Star Senior Living through 2017, executives told shareholders, analysts and others participating in an earnings call ...

Design Success

Playing in Peoria

Heartis Village reinvigorates the seniors housing market in Central Illinois by serving an unmet need for assisted living and memory care services.

Design briefs, April 2017

Edgemere, The Pearl at Five Forks and Silverado Hermann Park Memory Care and Rehabilitation.

Tech Tools

Brain-stimulating activities can lower risk of mild cognitive impairment

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 ...

Entrepreneur tests walker as temporary senior living resident

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 ...

More than 17,000 could be affected by data breach at American Senior Communities

An email phishing scheme has compromised the personal information of American Senior Communities' current employees as well as some former employees, the company said. More ...

AARP shares tech tips

AARP shares tech tips.

Across the Nation

Bill would increase fines for noncompliant assisted living communities

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 ...

SEC charges senior living executive with fraud, freezes assets

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 ...

$900,000 project will test housing with supportive services model

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 ...

Operator initiative drives turnover reduction

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, ...

ALF owner in $1 billion fraud case now accused of bribery

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 ...

Hand grenades found at assisted living community

Two hand grenades belonging to an assisted living resident in New York caused a scare Friday afternoon when they were discovered by staff members who ...

Life care contract most common type for Texas CCRCs: report

Ziegler and My LifeSite analyzed data from 32 providers in the Lone Star State to produce a new benchmarking report on the characteristics of continuing ...

The Help You Need

A solid investment

Lenders are concerned about the evolving financial landscape in the sector, but the overall outlook continues to remain positive.

Shaping up

Transformative technology is changing the look and feel of senior living in the United States. The real beneficiaries are residents.

Getting schooled

Skilled care providers learned some painful lessons about medication management in recent decades. Will senior living operators repeat many of the same mistakes or learn ...

A Few Minutes With...

The challenge of making quality job No. 1

Ascension Living's new chief medical officer is striving to make things better. McKnight's Senior Living spends a few minutes with Kevin O'Neil, M.D.

Products You Need

Products you need, April 2017

Read about a product designed to help clear ears of earwax impaction; a product designed to help maintenance staff manage and maintain clean shower heads; ...

My Turn

Finding and keeping caregivers: A growing crisis

A new campaign offers 60 new ideas to help address the caregiving crisis in senior living.

Editor's Column

Workers want more than a paycheck

New research reveals a few changes that operators could make to appeal to potential employees.

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In Focus

Dec. 13

A giving season

Nationwide

Senior living communities throughout the country are proving that the end-of-year holidays are a time of giving.