August 2017 Issue of McKnight's Senior Living

August 2017 Issue of McKnight's Senior Living

August 2017

Top Developments

Holiday management transition hurting occupancy, New Senior says

Holiday Retirement's transition from live-in property managers to more traditional executive directors has negatively affected occupancy at its communities, New Senior Investment Group executives shared ...

Report: Brookdale in talks to be acquired by Chinese firm for $3 billion

Brookdale Senior Living is in negotiations to be acquired for $3 billion by Chinese real estate development and holding company Zhonghong Zhuoye Group Co Ltd., ...

'Pet therapy' could be putting residents, others in danger

As "pet therapy" programs become more popular, a new study finds that senior living communities often deviate from animal visitation guidelines meant to protect residents, ...

Kramer: NIC transition will 'focus my passion'

As Robert Kramer prepares to pass the CEO baton to Brian Jurutka at the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care, both discuss the ...

Strategy and Innovation

Brookdale unveils new pricing model

The country's largest senior living operator is following in the footsteps of the country's largest independent living operator by rolling out a new pricing model ...

3 ways to improve employee engagement

Supervisors in senior living are more engaged at work than are their peers in corporate America, but the industry will need to do better if ...

New CBO analysis shows deeper Medicaid cuts under Senate healthcare bill

Medicaid spending under the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 would be approximately 35% lower in 2036 compared with spending expected under the current law, ...

Trump administration will develop own overtime rule

The Department of Labor under President Trump plans to develop its own rule regarding overtime pay rather than continue a legal battle to enact a ...

Marketing Moves

Senior living can cost less than aging in place at home: analysis

A new analysis showing that older adults can save money by residing in senior living communities rather than continuing to live in their homes may ...

Survey: 75% of 40+ adults do not know how much assisted living costs

Three-fourths of adults aged 40 or more years do not know how much it costs to live in an assisted living community, according to the ...

Virginia ranked as best state for seniors

Virginia ranks as the most accommodating U.S. state for seniors, whereas Idaho ranks as the least accommodating state, according to a new report.

For the best marketers, it's all about the customer experience

It's no secret why marketers in some organizations set themselves apart from the competition, according to a story in strategy+business.

A Place for Mom is sold to new investors

A Place for Mom is being sold to technology investment firm Silver Lake and global growth equity firm General Atlantic by its current investor, growth ...

Design Success

$82 million Windsor at Celebration on track to open in spring 2018

The only parcel of the Disney-originated master-planned Celebration community designated for seniors housing, the $82 million Windsor at Celebration is on track to open in ...

A new affordable housing option?

Dr. Bill Thomas has a new project for affordable seniors housing: tiny houses that could be used as accessory dwelling units ("granny pods") or clustered ...

Senior living developer misused millions in investor funds, SEC alleges

The Securities and Exchange Commission is suing a Chicago-based senior living community developer, accusing him of improperly commingling and misusing some of the $88.7 million ...

Prototype pros and cons

Establishing a prototype design for replication across various communities can be an economical approach, but operators need to watch for pitfalls.

Tech Tools

The website features most important to prospective residents

As a retirement community's online presence becomes increasingly important, research reveals the number one piece of information that adults aged 75 to 84 seek on ...

App will assess dementia-friendliness of senior living communities

An app designed to help make senior living communities and other settings more suitable for older adults and those with dementia should be ready for ...

Coming soon to your community: cyberattacks

Senior living operators and other health providers are under increased risk for cyberattacks that could threaten residents, several lawmakers suggested at a recent House hearing

Light system, shoe insert win falls prevention contest

An automated light system and a shoe insert won top prizes at a recent event designed to find new ways to prevent falls among older ...

Older adults increasingly using mobile devices to access information

Don't exclude mobile from your efforts to market to older adults who are prospective residents or family members or to communicate with them once a ...

Across the Nation

Senior living operator to pay $328,000 in wage-related settlement

First Realty Management Co. and seven Legacy Senior Living communities it operates in the Rochester, NY, area will pay $328,000 to settle claims that several ...

Granddaughter sues community over resident's alligator-attack death

The granddaughter of a 90-year-old senior living community resident who died last year after apparently being attacked by an alligator is suing the community for ...

Operator enhances security after intruder rapes resident

A senior living operator says it has enhanced security measures at one of its communities in Texas after an 88-year-old resident was raped by an ...

Advocates bring attention to affordable housing

Most eyes on Washington may be focused on healthcare reform, but advocates for seniors and seniors housing ensured that affordable housing received some attention, too, ...

Employees will benefit from bike-sharing program, Atria hopes

Atria Senior Living is one of 10 companies sponsoring a new bicycle-sharing program in its headquarters city of Louisville, KY, and the city's mayor says ...

The Help You Need

Finishing touches

The right furniture is essential to create a welcoming environment that residents will find attractive, comfortable and therapeutic

More than skin deep

Caregiver vigilance and improved products can work together to help prevent and treat wounds in the senior living setting.

Outdated security

Technology is changing many aspects of senior living security. New products and services are making it easier than ever to keep residents safe.

A Few Minutes With...

A centered approach to research on aging

Robyn Stone, DrPH, talks about a unique partnership with an ambitious agenda.

My Turn

Six traits to look for when investing in senior living technology

It's a challenge to support the growing healthcare needs of a large population with more chronic illnesses while recognizing and respecting their desires for independence. ...

Editor's Column

Sex and the brain

Results of a new study might create a sense of urgency in both senior living residents and operators regarding sexual expression policies.

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In Focus

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Students of life

Milwaukee

Ovation Chai Point is providing room and board, as well as an open studio, to a University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee art student as part of a university program that benefits everyone involved.