December 2016 Issue of McKnight's Senior Living

December 2016 Issue of McKnight's Senior Living

December 2016

Top Developments

Updated OSHA guidelines target workplace safety, health

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has updated its Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs guidelines.

Elopement in assisted living: Not common, but costly

Resident elopement may not happen often, but when it does, it may cost assisted living communities a lot of money, according to a newly released ...

A temporary reprieve?

A new federal rule that would have disallowed arbitration agreements during resident admissions has been put on hold, at least for now.

Strategy and Innovation

Assisted living increasingly a lawsuit target, attorney says

Plaintiffs' attorneys increasingly are looking at assisted living communities as potential lawsuit targets, Neville Bilimoria, a partner with the health law practice group of Duane ...

OSHA delays enforcement of anti-retaliation provisions of injury tracking rule

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has agreed not to enforce the anti-retaliation provisions in its workplace injury and illness tracking rule until Dec. 1 ...

Labor costs driving up resident fees: survey

Labor costs are the primary driver for monthly fee increases charged to residents of not-for-profit senior living communities, according to a new poll by speciality ...

'Persuader' rule injunction means time for labor relations activities is now, attorney says

Union-free senior living operators have a window of opportunity — perhaps a limited one — to take certain steps to maintain that status if they ...

Brookdale takes legal action against former workers, competitor

Brookdale Senior Living is taking legal action against several former workers and their current employer over possible illegal actions that are affecting the company's bottom ...

Medical expenses, including assisted living, account for 25% of family caregiver costs: survey

Medical expenses, including costs associated with assisted living and skilled nursing facilities, account for the second-largest share of family caregivers' out-of-pocket spending for their loved ...

You've got questions? We've got answers — annual monthly service increases

Q: How do we address the annual monthly service increase with our residents?

LCCA will pay $145 million

Life Care Centers of America will pay $145 million to settle rehabilitation-overbilling accusations, the Department of Justice has announced.

Marketing Moves

Regulatory action affects assisted living operators in 23 states

Almost half of the states changed regulations, statutes or policies affecting assisted living between January 2015 and June 2016, according to the National Center for ...

Prevailing views about decision-makers largely inaccurate: study

It's no secret that 50-plus year olds often make senior living placement decisions. A new study sheds light on their motivations by shredding old stereotypes.

Online social interactions linked to longevity

The results of a newly published study of 12 million Facebook users suggests that using the social network is associated with living longer, but there's ...

How to identify and retain engaged employees

Attracting and keeping employees who will be passionate about their work is crucial at a time when workforce challenges are a top issue facing senior ...

45% of Medicaid LTSS beneficiaries are older adults

Forty-five percent of the more than 4.8 million beneficiaries of Medicaid long-term services and supports were aged 65 or more years in 2012, according to ...

Design Success

Creating a new 'environment'

Through experiential memory care, residents receive a multi-sensory experience designed to create an optimum level of well-being.

Design Briefs for December 2016

Magnolia Haven Health and Rehabilitation Center, Pearl Garden and Brandywine Living at Livingston.

Across the Nation

Brookdale tests Lyft in California

Brookdale is piloting use of the ride-hailing service Lyft in one of its communities in California, the country's largest senior living provider announced Wednesday.

5-year, $1.9 million study aims to improve resident, caregiver quality of life

Georgia State University Gerontology Institute researchers are in the middle of a five-year, $1.9 million study ultimately aiming to improve the quality of life for ...

Conquering ageism is LeadingAge's new vision, Sloan says

LeadingAge's new vision is to "permanently change the image of aging in our society," the organization's president and CEO, Katie Smith Sloan, told those attending ...

Trial date set in $1 billion healthcare fraud case

A Sept. 18, 2017, trial date has been set for Philip Esformes, the owner of several Florida assisted living and skilled nursing facilities who was ...

Woman gets 18 months after taking funds for ALF that never opened

A Tennessee woman who obtained state funds to renovate a home she said would become an assisted living facility but then used the money to ...

The Help You Need

Money put to good use

Operators are investing capital to improve living environments for residents.

It's all about the data

What's changing every facet of senior living? In a word: data.

Stepping up to safety

Wander management solutions let residents roam without the risk.

A Few Minutes With...

Changing perceptions of aging through art

MacArthur Fellow Anne Basting discusses her plans to change perceptions related to aging.

Products You Need

Products You Need

Direct Supply and Penner Patient Care.

Editor's Column

It'll be a shame if we don't act soon to address caregiver issues

The United States probably won't be implementing one country's ideas to address challenges related to an aging population, but we need to do something, and ...

In Focus

June 20

107 years young

Chambersburg, PA 

Irene Rebok, a resident of Magnolias of Chambersburg, will celebrate her 107th birthday with a visit from a state representative and a "card shower."