February 2017 Issue of McKnight's Senior Living

February 2017 Issue of McKnight's Senior Living

February 2017

Top Developments

$1 million Medicare fraud scheme targeted seniors housing residents, government says

A New Jersey woman faces up to 15 years in prison and $500,000 in fines after pleading guilty Thursday to her role in a $1 ...

Report suggests ways to increase staff retention, productivity

A new report released Thursday by the University of California, San Francisco, Health Workforce Research Center on Long-Term Care shares several steps that senior living ...

Inventory, asking rent growth bright spots of fourth quarter: NIC

Fourth-quarter data released Monday by the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care's MAP Data Service reveals upward and downward trends in occupancy, absorption, ...

Beyond growing pains

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 ...

Strategy and Innovation

Harvard study: Elderly demographics will crush existing housing and service options

The nation's surging elderly population will create unprecedented demand for affordable housing and service options within two decades, a Harvard University study asserts.

Overtime injunction puts many operators in a tough position

Many senior living operators now find themselves at a crossroads, thanks to a court injunction that puts a new overtime regulation on hold.

OSHA: Employers can be cited more than five years after an employee injury

Employers that do not make and maintain accurate records of employee injuries and illnesses can be cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for ...

Court's decision a tough break for senior living employers

California's highest court has offered clarification on employee-break requirements. But this is hardly a limited dispute. In fact, the largely unfavorable ruling just might have ...

Senior living continues to see job growth, although rate is slowing

The senior living industry has been among the top industries for post-recession job creation, and employment in the industry continues to increase, although the overall ...

How do I increase move-ins?

Referrals from existing residents are a leading source of leads and move-ins. That's because seniors trust and listen to their peers. Here's one way to ...

Marketing Moves

Operators value dining but face staffing challenges: survey

Executives at senior living communities and skilled nursing facilities are placing increasing value on the ability of dining to attract prospective residents at the same ...

Provider sees onsite daycare as worker retainment tool

Can an onsite daycare center help attract and keep workers at a senior living community in a competitive market? A Minnesota operator hopes so.

Those 85+ at high risk of social isolation, study finds

Suggesting one way in which senior living communities can offer a solution to an aging-related issue, newly published research finds that people aged more than ...

4 senior living design trends to watch in 2017

Four design trends will affect all senior living communities, from luxury living to affordable housing, in 2017, according to a new report.

Design Success

Design briefs, February 2017

New involving LifeCare Services' Trillium Woods, the Village at Mapleshade and Maplewood at Weston.

Validating design excellence

Masterpiece Living offers clients an 'advanced degree' in environment to strengthen senior living communities' cultures and objectives.

Tech Tools

Cognitive screening that takes 5 minutes?

Neurotrack Technologies has announced the unveiling of an app that can conduct cognitive decline screenings in as little as five minutes.

The most common types of technology used in senior living

Electronic health records systems are the most common type of technology used by the not-for-profit senior living communities included in the 2016 LeadingAge Ziegler 150 ...

CCRC launches interactive map, virtual tour

In an effort to provide convenience and respond to the increasing technologic capabilities of residents, prospective residents and their families, a Florida continuing care retirement ...

Tablet computers help manage agitation in people with dementia: study

Tablet computers are safe and potentially effective in managing agitation among people with dementia, according to the results of a small pilot study in press ...

Senior living robot choice will depend on goal, study finds

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 ...

The Help You Need

Defying convention

Conventional wisdom holds that tech innovations are slow to take hold in senior living. Conventional wisdom is wrong.

A blended approach

As demand escalates for memory support services in the senior living sector, operators are finding that effective engagement combines high touch and high tech.

Transition game

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 ...

A Few Minutes With...

A future that's built on a solid foundation

American Seniors Housing Association President David Schless talks about the progress seniors housing has made — and the road ahead.

Products You Need

Products you need, February 2017

Read about convertible mattresses and a pill-crushing system.

Editor's Column

Breaking free of industry stereotypes

A film student in Germany surely has a bright professional future, but one of his recent projects doesn't do much to illuminate the senior living ...

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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.