October 2017 Issue of McKnight's Senior Living

October 2017 Issue of McKnight's Senior Living

October 2017

Top Developments

Inventory growth knocks assisted living occupancy to lowest point since 2009

Occupancy rates for assisted living communities reached their lowest point in eight years in the second quarter, driven down by inventory growth that outpaced healthy ...

Brookdale woes drag down HCP portfolio performance

Brookdale Senior Living properties negatively affected the performance of HCP's senior housing operating portfolio in the second quarter as the country's largest senior living operator ...

Prehistoric bones found on senior living grounds

The senior living community of Crestavilla will be opening later this year in Laguna Niguel, CA, having displaced some long-time residents that will be moving ...

HCR ManorCare says it will contest QCP's receivership request

HCR ManorCare said it intends to "vigorously" contest the request that Quality Care Properties made to a California state court that an independent receiver be ...

Strategy and Innovation

Falls prevention, housing with services for older adults among HUD priorities, Carson says

Preventing falls, maintaining health and finding new ways to ensure the availability of affordable housing for older adults are three areas of focus for the ...

Labor Department seeks input for overtime rule

The Department of Labor is accepting input as it prepares to propose a new rule related to circumstances under which certain workers would be entitled ...

7 hot markets for new seniors housing inventory

Almost one-third of the 35,000 units of seniors housing units added in primary and secondary markets over the past year have been built in seven ...

Study suggests higher Medicaid payments for assisted living operators

States should make certain that Medicaid payments to assisted living community operators are high enough to encourage them to serve Medicaid beneficiaries and to increase ...

How do I deal with emerging headwinds?

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

Marketing Moves

Walkable location a surprising draw for assisted living prospects

An assisted living community's location in a walkable neighborhood holds stronger appeal than one might expect, according to newly released research from A Place for ...

4 strategies Brookdale is using to combat new competition

The opening of new communities near Brookdale Senior Living properties challenged the country's largest senior living operator in the second quarter, President and CEO Andy ...

Builder confidence in the 55+ housing market gradually increasing

Builder confidence in the 55+ housing market gradually is increasing, according to the results of a survey conducted by the National Association of Home Builders.

Where prospects carry the most student loan debt

Student loan debt is increasing among older adults, according to data released Friday by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, suggesting that more prospective senior living ...

Senior living finds time is ripe for focus on food

Operators and companies serving them increasingly are looking to the dining experience as a way to help senior living residents socially, emotionally and nutritionally.

Design Success

Old and stodgy? No thanks!

In a move to flout conventions, The Ridge in Salt Lake City tapped a new generation to design a community with contemporary flair.

Design Briefs, October 2017

Primrose Retirement Communities in Lancaster, OH; Residences at Thomas Circle in Washington, D.C.; and Cedarhurst Assisted Living and Memory Care in Yorkville, IL.

Tech Tools

New instrument can assess assisted living residents' ADL skills

Healthcare professionals and researchers who work in assisted living settings may have another instrument to assess residents' physical and cognitive skills if the early results ...

OSHA to launch web-based injury reporting form Aug. 1

Employers will be able to electronically submit required injury and illness data from their completed 2016 Occupational Safety and Health Administration Form 300A via a ...

Residents, staff reap rewards from retirement community's smartphone app

Leaders at a New York retirement community say their new smartphone app is bringing convenience to residents and enabling staff members to spend more time ...

Fidget spinners show promise in addressing dementia symptoms

An Ohio senior living community is finding that fidget spinners and cubes seem to produce a calming effect in those with Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

W-2 scams increase fourfold from 2016 to 2017, IRS warns employers

W-2 thefts at employers in 2017 translated into several hundred thousand employees whose sensitive data were stolen by fraudsters, according to the IRS. The agency ...

Across the Nation

$60 million lawsuit alleges memory care understaffing, false billing

Forty-five senior living communities in North Carolina have defrauded the state and federal governments of more than $60 million by submitting claims for personal care ...

10 ALF owners sentenced for accepting kickbacks

Ten Miami-Dade County assisted living facility owners have received sentences of federal prison time or home confinement for accepting healthcare kickbacks, the Justice Department announced ...

Senior living community not cited, but two years later, executives charged in resident's death

The owner and former administrator of a California senior living community have been charged with elder abuse and involuntary manslaughter, felonies, more than two years ...

The 5 best and 5 worst states for older adults to grow old: report

Utah is the best state in which to grow old, and West Virginia is the worst, according to a new Caring.com report. See where your ...

The Help You Need

Picky, picky, picky

Residents and their family members are becoming increasingly picky when it comes to laundry service expectations — and that trend will only continue.

Strange bedfellows?

Once primarily a skilled-care service, rehab is increasingly entering the senior living domain as communities tout their therapeutic excellence as a marketing and admissions differentiator.

Strong, silent type

Bold yet unobtrusive resident security solutions go the distance.

A Few Minutes With...

Seniors housing — and a whole lot more

Action Pact CEO Steve Shields talks about an integrated concept that just might redefine the sector.

My Turn

A new way to measure outcomes in older adults

With support from the SCAN Foundation and the John A. Hartford Foundation, the National Committee for Quality Assurance and six collaborating organizations are testing two ...

Editor's Column

ADA compliance: Will you be the next one sued?

The country's largest senior living provider recently was threatened with a class action lawsuit accusing the company of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act at ...

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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.