John O'Connor

Editorial Director

John O'Connor has been with McKnight's for more than two decades and oversees content production. A University of Illinois graduate, John lives in the Chicago area with his wife and two children.

Most Recent Articles by John O'Connor

Study confirms what many suspect: Assisted living's growth taking a toll on skilled care private pay

Study confirms what many suspect: Assisted living's growth taking a toll on skilled care private pay

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Many operators are convinced senior living is growing at skilled care's expense. A new study adds nuance to the numbers.

Sudden spike seen in wages and benefits

Sudden spike seen in wages and benefits

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Workers saw their wages and benefits increase by the fastest rate in nearly a decade, a sign that senior living operators are continuing to feel upward wage pressures.

NLRB may revisit email access and unionization efforts

NLRB may revisit email access and unionization efforts

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The National Labor Relations board announced Wednesday it will accept briefs on whether to revisit a 2014 ruling that allowed workers to use employer email systems for union-related activities. Comments can be submitted through Sept. 5.

Memo to memory care communities: Don't bogart that medicine, and lighten up

Memo to memory care communities: Don't bogart that medicine, and lighten up

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Could synthetic marijuana and bright lights be the next big things in dementia care? New findings revealed at the Alzheimer's Association's International Conference in Chicago suggest both soon might be more prevalent in senior living communities.

More operators may find themselves doing well by doing wellness

More operators may find themselves doing well by doing wellness

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As hospitals and insurers focus more on wellness, new options are likely to become available to savvy senior living operators, experts say. New offerings could range from home-delivered meals to gym use to apartment cleaning during hospital stays, to name just a few.

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In Focus

Aug. 8 

Help with hydration

Multiple locations 

Senior living communities across the country have been helping older adults stay hydrated this summer by creating hydration kits and consistently offering water and other options for liquids.

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