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Bipartisan bill calls for $50 million per year to address geriatric workforce issues

Bipartisan bill calls for $50 million per year to address geriatric workforce issues

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Bipartisan legislation introduced in the Senate aims to increase the number of geriatric health professionals and direct service workers to support the aging population in the United States.

What the growing wealth gap could mean for senior living

What the growing wealth gap could mean for senior living

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Could the future success of the senior living industry depend on actions that might affect near-term success?

New law requires disclosures of relationships between assisted living communities, referral agents

New law requires disclosures of relationships between assisted living communities, referral agents

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New disclosures about relationships and fee arrangements between assisted living communities and referral agencies must be made to prospective residents or their representatives under a new law in Arizona.

Five Star takes steps to mitigate effects of memory care occupancy challenges

Five Star takes steps to mitigate effects of memory care occupancy challenges

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Five Star Senior Living is taking several steps to manage revenue in light of continuing occupancy challenges from new competitors on the private-pay side of its business, especially in memory care, executives said Tuesday on a first quarter earnings call.

Retaining older workers is important, too, speaker says

Retaining older workers is important, too, speaker says

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Many employers are focused on attracting and retaining millennials when they also should be concerned about older workers leaving their organizations, Bruce Tulgan, author and founder of management training company RainmakerThinking, said during a Monday afternoon session at the Argentum Senior Living Executive Conference.

Brent Weil is definitely up to the job

Brent Weil is definitely up to the job

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The new vice president of workforce development at Argentum is tackling the field's biggest challenge. Read our exclusive interview with him.

Despite headlines, GAO report does not portend major changes for assisted living, industry leaders say

Despite headlines, GAO report does not portend major changes for assisted living, industry leaders say

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Some assisted living community operators understandably were concerned in February after the Government Accountability Office released a report about federal oversight of assisted living services offered to Medicaid beneficiaries. Those who look beyond the comments of lawmakers and senior advocates, however, will see that the industry is not the target of the report.

New Senior moving 51 Holiday properties from leased to managed portfolio

New Senior moving 51 Holiday properties from leased to managed portfolio

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New Senior Investment Group is moving a group of 51 Holiday Retirement communities that have "lagged expectations" from its triple-net lease portfolio to its portfolio of managed properties as part of an ongoing strategic review process, the REIT said Thursday.

Anthem making progress under LTC Properties' watchful eye

Anthem making progress under LTC Properties' watchful eye

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Anthem Memory Care continues to make progress on community occupancy and leadership stability, LTC Properties' Chairman, President and CEO Wendy Simpson said Thursday during a first-quarter 2018 earnings call

Brookdale making progress but has 'a significant amount of work ahead,' CEO says

Brookdale making progress but has 'a significant amount of work ahead,' CEO says

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In the first quarter and beyond, Brookdale Senior Living made progress on the turnaround strategy it announced in February, "but we have a significant amount of work ahead of us," CEO Lucinda "Cindy" Baier told shareholders and analysts Tuesday on the company's first-quarter 2018 earnings call.

NHI looks to keep expanding relationship with Bickford Senior Living

NHI looks to keep expanding relationship with Bickford Senior Living

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The deal announced May 1 through which Bickford Senior Living will lease five more communities from National Health Investors is not the limit to the operator's growth with the real estate investment trust, NHI executives said Tuesday during the REIT's first-quarter earnings call.

Senior living of growing importance to Omega, executives say

Senior living of growing importance to Omega, executives say

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Senior living still represents a small part of the Omega Healthcare Investors portfolio but is growing in importance, company executives told shareholders and analysts participating in a first-quarter 2018 earnings call on Tuesday.

Sense of community, control may be a few clicks away for residents

Sense of community, control may be a few clicks away for residents

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Senior living residents may be deriving a sense of empowerment and community from a source that may surprise you.

Government oversteps authority in proposed rule that would increase costs, liabilities for assisted living facilities, associations say

Government oversteps authority in proposed rule that would increase costs, liabilities for assisted living facilities, associations say

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A proposed rule that the Florida Department of Elder Affairs says addresses safety and quality issues in Sunshine State assisted living communities is being challenged by two associations representing operators there.

HCP sets a course for the future as it reduces exposure to Brookdale

HCP sets a course for the future as it reduces exposure to Brookdale

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It may be several years before demand catches up with supply in senior housing, but HCP expects to outperform the competition through five major initiatives, Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer Scott M. Brinker said Thursday on the real estate investment trust's first-quarter earnings call.

Ensign Group in 'very selective' acquisition mode

Ensign Group in 'very selective' acquisition mode

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The Ensign Group is actively seeking acquisitions but is growing by being "very selective with each potential acquisition opportunity," executives said Thursday during the organization's first-quarter earnings call.

New sales and cost-reduction initiatives should help future performance, Capital says

New sales and cost-reduction initiatives should help future performance, Capital says

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Capital Senior Living saw occupancy dip in the first quarter, but new sales and marketing initiatives, as well as efforts to reduce costs through the centralization of several operating functions, should translate to improved performance in future quarters, company executives said in an after-hours earnings call Tuesday.

Here's some help with educating residents about cognitive health

Here's some help with educating residents about cognitive health

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If you're looking for programming to offer as part of your senior living community's wellness initiative or general activities, then you may be interested in a free toolkit from the federal government.

Ventas 'killed a lot of brain cells' devising Brookdale lease restructuring, CEO says

Ventas 'killed a lot of brain cells' devising Brookdale lease restructuring, CEO says

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Real estate investment trust Ventas has agreed to restructure its Brookdale Senior Living leases "to give Brookdale support and stability while it executes its operational turnaround under its new team," Ventas Chairman and CEO Debra Cafaro said Friday on the REIT's first-quarter earnings call.

Federal departments should collaborate to serve affordable seniors housing residents, GAO says

Federal departments should collaborate to serve affordable seniors housing residents, GAO says

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The Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Housing and Urban should include the Department of Agriculture in collaborations involving housing and health services for older adults living in affordable seniors housing and other settings, the Government Accountability Office recommended Thursday in a new report.

HUD rent proposal 'would immediately impact seniors' if passed, LeadingAge says

HUD rent proposal 'would immediately impact seniors' if passed, LeadingAge says

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Rent reforms proposed Wednesday by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson "would immediately impact seniors" living in subsidized housing if passed, despite assertions to the contrary by federal officials, LeadingAge Vice President of Housing Policy Linda Couch tells McKnight's Senior Living.

McKnight's Senior Living earns top honors for website, columns

McKnight's Senior Living earns top honors for website, columns

McKnight's Senior Living has won two Platinum Awards and five additional awards in the 2018 Hermes Creative Awards competition.

Providers tell CMS to explore telehealth, care coordination, long-term care financing

Providers tell CMS to explore telehealth, care coordination, long-term care financing

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Chronic care management via telehealth and remote monitoring, service coordination in affordable housing, and long-term care financing are some of the new directions that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should explore through its Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, according to feedback from providers and associations.

Seeing is believing when it comes to Alzheimer's effects

Seeing is believing when it comes to Alzheimer's effects

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It's quite something to see the 10-year progression of Alzheimer's disease in one person collapsed into a 13-minute TV segment.

Antipsychotic drug use increasing in assisted living, AARP says

Antipsychotic drug use increasing in assisted living, AARP says

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Although the off-label use of antipsychotic medications has decreased in nursing home residents who have dementia, it has increased in those with dementia who live in assisted living communities or at home, according to an analysis of insurance claims data released today by the AARP Public Policy Institute.

Provider group 'optimistic' about tax law benefits for senior housing and care operators

Provider group 'optimistic' about tax law benefits for senior housing and care operators

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A Friday meeting with officials from the Office of Management and Budget left AHCA / NCAL President and CEO Mark Parkinson "optimistic" that assisted living and skilled nursing operators will be able to see tax savings from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, he said.

New perks that really do work

New perks that really do work

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It's no secret that recruiting and retaining employees is the biggest challenge facing senior living and long-term care operators. Sometimes it takes some creativity to stand out to current and prospective workers.

Task force confirms exercise as a falls prevention strategy

Task force confirms exercise as a falls prevention strategy

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Exercise or physical therapy, but not necessarily vitamin D, can help prevent falls in older adults, according to new recommendations issued Tuesday by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

With 25 lawsuits settled, Regional Health Properties looks to focus on growing

With 25 lawsuits settled, Regional Health Properties looks to focus on growing

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Now that Regional Health Properties has settled 25 professional and general liability lawsuits, the company can focus more on growing, Interim CEO Brent Morrison said Monday during a fourth-quarter and full-year 2017 earnings call.

Don't let worry spread with news of this bathroom study

Don't let worry spread with news of this bathroom study

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"Ew," was the predictable reaction to a study published in the April issue of Applied and Environmental Microbiology that found that hot air hand dryers spread bathroom bacteria.

In Focus

May 16

Bringing in the outdoors

Hollidaysburg, PA 

Garvey Manor and Our Lady of the Alleghenies Residence continuing care retirement community recently hosted an outdoor show, "Marching into the Woods."

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