August 2016 Issue of McKnight's Senior Living

August 2016 Issue of McKnight's Senior Living

August 2016

My Turn

The secret to securing RSVPs: Three calls with a smile

Aside from using direct mail, here's what a sales team can do to secure RSVPs from prospects and have them arrive at the community on ...

Top Developments

Assisted living owner to pay residents $3.35 million to close building

The owner of a Brooklyn, NY, assisted living building will pay its five remaining residents $533,333 each to vacate the premises by Aug. 31 and ...

Brookdale may turn up the heat in 2018

Some might not consider Brookdale's current strategy sexy, the company CEO said Thursday, but the country's largest senior living provider may turn up the heat ...

Assisted suicide expands

While assisted suicide remains highly controversial, it appears that more states are inclined to make the option legal for those beset by terminal conditions.

Many operators uncomfortable with expanded use of cameras

While consumer groups push for more cameras in nursing homes and senior living communities, many operators continue to remain skeptical. Among operators' top concerns are ...

Strategy and Innovation

Desire for profits affected staffing, services, lawsuit claims

Some North Carolina assisted living residents were "left to sit for hours, even days, in their own waste, not bathed for weeks, locked in or ...

3 ways to strengthen the senior living workforce

Recruiting new workers, retaining current ones and training all of them to meet the changing needs of older adults will be critical as the aging ...

GAO raises concerns related to low-income housing tax credit program

The IRS should clarify when agencies should report noncompliance with low-income housing tax credit program requirements, according to a report issued by the Government Accountability ...

DOL 'persuader' rule blocked by federal court

Just days before the Department of Labor's new union "persuader" rule was to start being enforced, a federal district court on Monday temporarily blocked its ...

OSHA, wage and hour violation penalties to increase by more than 70%

Maximum penalties for Occupational Safety and Health Administration workplace safety violations as well as violations of minimum wage and overtime provisions of the Fair Labor ...

You've got questions?...We've got answers.

How should a not-for-profit senior living community objectively segment the financials of charitable mission initiatives from the basic senior living business operations?

Marketing Moves

Baseball players move into senior living communities

Four players on a farm team for the Chicago Cubs are residing for free in senior living communities during this year's baseball season.

Time, not tours, biggest factor in lead conversion: study

Senior living sales professionals may find it more productive to spend more time on each lead instead of contacting and conducting tours for as many ...

Best and worst states for senior care and services

A new list ranks the best and worst states for senior care and services, but there's something even more important than an operator's address, say ...

Atul Gawande: Senior living vital to person-centered care

Senior living must be part of the effort to ensure that Americans with serious illnesses receive person-centered care that honors their goals, values and preferences, ...

Design Success

Canterbury enjoys rich heritage

Renovated senior living facility continues company's 58-year legacy in its hometown by adding modern amenities as well as some creative touches

Tech Tools

Students design bathing chair for residents with dementia

Montana State University students have designed a chair to improve the bathing experience for senior living residents who have dementia — and their caregivers.

Innovations may encourage retirement saving, committee hears

New apps and programs might encourage people to save more money for their needs in retirement and improve their financial literacy, said speakers at Wednesday's ...

NCAL guidance aims to prevent elder abuse via social media

Senior living providers must develop social media policies, train employees on appropriate use of social media, and investigate potentially inappropriate behavior related to social media ...

Care.com gets $46 million infusion from Google Capital

Google Capital has invested $46.35 million in Care.com, making the growth equity fund the largest investor in the website that helps caregivers find jobs and ...

Across the Nation

Judge orders assisted living communities to meet staffing requirements

A North Carolina judge has ruled that three assisted living communities at the center of a lawsuit must maintain minimum staffing ratios set by the ...

Aides could perform nursing duties in assisted living

Some assisted living communities in New York would be able to use home health aides to perform some nursing tasks under legislation that soon will ...

10 oldest counties named by Census Bureau

The only U.S. county in which a majority of the population was aged 65 or more years in 2015 remained unchanged from 2014, according to ...

RN impersonator gets prison time, fine

An Indiana woman accused of impersonating a registered nurse while working in assisted living communities was sentenced Thursday to 2 1/2 years in prison and ...

Owners of 11 senior living properties to pay $1 million in back wages, damages

The owners of 11 senior living properties will pay more than $1 million in back wages and damages to more than two dozen employees following ...

The Help You Need

Wandering tech

New breakthroughs could make elopement risk a thing of the past.

Form meets function

Eye-grabbing furnishings can make an initial positive impression on prospective residents and their families. But vendors remind us that looks are only part of the equation.

It's not unavoidable

Operators continue to battle a condition that has been remarkably resistant

A Few Minutes With...

Senior living tech: What we can expect

CAST's Majd Alwan talks about the promise and perils technology holds for his sector

Editor's Column

What hospitals can do for you

Some senior living operators have been focused on communicating what they can offer to hospitals, but a new study provides an example of something that ...

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In Focus

Oct. 11

Mock fire, real prep

Roanoke, VA

A recent fire and disaster response drill at Friendship helped with staff and responder preparedness.