Older adults scammed out of $342 million on internet in 2017, FBI says

Older adults scammed out of $342 million on internet in 2017, FBI says

The statistic was part of the "2017 Internet Crime Report" released Monday by the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center.

CCRC owes overtime to 454 employees who worked during Hurricane Irma, Labor Department says

CCRC owes overtime to 454 employees who worked during Hurricane Irma, Labor Department says

A Florida continuing care retirement community has agreed to pay $181,663 in back wages to 454 employees who were involved in the evacuation and subsequent care of residents during and immediately after Hurricane Irma.

New Jersey mandates paid sick leave

New Jersey mandates paid sick leave

New Jersey has enacted what the state's governor says is one of the most expansive paid sick leave programs in the country.

Aides dominate staffing hours across seniors housing and care settings

Aides dominate staffing hours across seniors housing and care settings

Aides, to varying degrees, account for most of the staffing hours in assisted living communities, adult day services centers and nursing homes, according to newly published federal data.

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

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.

Caregiver recruiting and retention issues worsen in Wisconsin

Caregiver recruiting and retention issues worsen in Wisconsin

Seniors housing and care operators in Wisconsin increasingly are having difficulty filling caregiver positions, according to a new report from several state provider groups.

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

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.

Proposal creating Medicare LTSS benefit gains senior living industry support

Proposal creating Medicare LTSS benefit gains senior living industry support

Proposed legislation to create a federal program within Medicare to support those with substantial long-term care costs when they need care is drawing support from senior living industry groups.

Ensign Group in 'very selective' acquisition mode

Ensign Group in 'very selective' acquisition mode

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

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.

Task force recommends $245 million plan to address Illinois veterans home Legionnaires' issues

Task force recommends $245 million plan to address Illinois veterans home Legionnaires' issues

A task force appointed in January by Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is recommending that the state spend up to $245 million, including constructing a new residential building, to help protect residents of the Illinois Veterans Home at Quincy from future cases of Legionnaires' disease.

Ascension Living parent forms global supply chain joint venture with Australia-based organization

Ascension Living parent forms global supply chain joint venture with Australia-based organization

St. Louis-based Ascension, the parent company of senior living operator Ascension Living, has formed a global supply chain joint venture with Sydney, Australia-based Ramsay Health Care to try to reduce costs for both organizations.

9 senior living communities involved in $3.9 million SEC fraud case get new owners

9 senior living communities involved in $3.9 million SEC fraud case get new owners

Nine Georgia and Alabama senior living communities that went into receivership last year after their owner was charged with fraud and had his assets frozen now have new owners.

'Smart' dresser under development could help those with dementia dress alone

'Smart' dresser under development could help those with dementia dress alone

A "smart" dresser that has been tested in the lab ultimately could help people with dementia get dressed with automated help and nobody else in the same room.

McKnight's Senior Living honored for blogs, newsletter

McKnight's Senior Living honored for blogs, newsletter

McKnight's Senior Living has received two awards in the 2018 American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors ASHPE Awards competition, the society announced Monday.

Bill expanding Medicaid fraud investigations wins support but appears stalled

Bill expanding Medicaid fraud investigations wins support but appears stalled

A bipartisan bill that would expand the reach of Medicaid Fraud Control Units to any setting where beneficiaries receive services has gained the backing of the National Association of Attorneys General but appears stuck in the House of Representatives.

Administrator's license suspended after Social Security spending spree

Administrator's license suspended after Social Security spending spree

The Virginia Board of Long-Term Care Administrators has suspended the license of a woman to practice as an assisted living facility administrator, alleging that she used residents' Social Security funds to gamble and pay for vacations, dinners and credit card charges.

First 'LGBT-affirming' senior housing community opens in San Diego

First 'LGBT-affirming' senior housing community opens in San Diego

The grand opening for San Diego's first "LGBT-affirming" senior housing community, North Park Seniors, was Friday.

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

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

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

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.

Assisted living is area of fastest growth for AHCA/NCAL

Assisted living is area of fastest growth for AHCA/NCAL

Assisted living continues to be the fastest-growing segment of membership for the American Health Care Association / National Center for Assisted Living, NCAL said Thursday in newly issued annual report for 2017.

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.

Welltower, ProMedica to buy HCR ManorCare landlord Quality Care Properties through joint venture

Welltower, ProMedica to buy HCR ManorCare landlord Quality Care Properties through joint venture

Welltower and ProMedica Health System have formed a joint venture to facilitate the acquisition of HCR ManorCare and Arden Courts real estate assets from their landlord, Quality Care Properties, the real estate investment trust and regional not-for-profit healthcare system announced as Wednesday turned into Thursday.

22 markets see occupancy challenges in first quarter

22 markets see occupancy challenges in first quarter

Twenty-two of the 31 markets tracked by the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing and Care had senior living community occupancy rates that were lower in the first quarter than year-earlier levels, according to NIC.

Brookdale suitor reportedly defaults on $174 million in debts

Brookdale suitor reportedly defaults on $174 million in debts

A Chinese developer said to have been involved in negotiations to buy Brookdale Senior Living last year reportedly has defaulted on more than $174 million in debt.

Only 16% of retirees 'very confident' they can afford long-term care

Only 16% of retirees 'very confident' they can afford long-term care

The percentage of current retirees who are "very confident" that they will have enough money to pay for long-term care should they need it is "down significantly" from last year, say the firms behind newly released survey results.

Little Sisters of the Poor can join Trump in birth control fight, court rules

Little Sisters of the Poor can join Trump in birth control fight, court rules

Little Sisters of the Poor, the group of nuns that operates about 30 senior housing and long-term care homes in approximately 20 states, can join the Trump administration in fighting the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.

Bill would prevent licensing boards from using old nonviolent offenses against applicants

Bill would prevent licensing boards from using old nonviolent offenses against applicants

Licensing boards in California would not be able to use nonviolent offense conviction information that is more than five years old as a reason to deny an application, under a trio of bills announced Monday.

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

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

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.

Admissions moratorium issued after staff allegedly do not administer CPR to resident who later died

Admissions moratorium issued after staff allegedly do not administer CPR to resident who later died

The affected assisted living community is related to the rehabilitation center where a Hurricane Irma-related air conditioner outage led to the deaths of a dozen residents in September.

Three sentenced for scheme that defrauded elderly of $16.6 million

Three sentenced for scheme that defrauded elderly of $16.6 million

Three people who made more than $16 million after falsely telling older adults and others that the light-emitting medical devices they sold could safety and effectively treat diabetes, heart disease, emphysema, cancer and dozens of other medical conditions in their residences were sentenced on Friday, the Justice Department announced Monday.

Antipsychotic drug use increasing in assisted living, AARP says

Antipsychotic drug use increasing in assisted living, AARP says

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.

20% of long-term care insurance claims begin in assisted living, association says

20% of long-term care insurance claims begin in assisted living, association says

The finding dispels myths that such insurance is used only for nursing home care, according to the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance.

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

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 Census Bureau data show steady increase in prospective residents

New Census Bureau data show steady increase in prospective residents

Data released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday show a steady increase in the number of adults of the age when many start moving into senior living communities.

McKnight's Senior Living honored for news coverage at ASBPE awards event

McKnight's Senior Living honored for news coverage at ASBPE awards event

The online and print news sections of McKnight's Senior Living accounted for two of the three journalism awards the brand received Thursday night at an American Society of Business Publication Editors event.

New perks that really do work

New perks that really do work

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.

Assisted living connections highlighted in Senate hearing on guardians

Assisted living connections highlighted in Senate hearing on guardians

Cases of financial exploitation of older adults by their legal guardians, including cases indirectly involving assisted living communities, "highlight shocking breaches of trust by people who obtained positions of power or influence over vulnerable seniors," Sen. Susan Collins said Wednesday at a hearing on the topic.

Assisted living facilities sued for discriminating against people who use wheelchairs

Assisted living facilities sued for discriminating against people who use wheelchairs

A group of related assisted living communities in New York City as well as the state's governor, health commissioner and Department of Health are defendants in a lawsuit alleging they discriminate against people with disabilities who use wheelchairs.

CMS revises guidance on penalty period start date for HCBS waiver participants

CMS revises guidance on penalty period start date for HCBS waiver participants

CMS has issued revised guidance related to the penalty start date for asset transfers of Medicaid beneficiaries applying to receive home- and community-based services delivered through 1915(c) waivers, which includes some HCBS offered in assisted living communities.

Merger and acquisition volume sees little change

Merger and acquisition volume sees little change

The first quarter of 2018 saw only one more publicly announced acquisition than the same quarter of 2017 but seven more than the fourth quarter of 2017, according to new data from Irving Levin Associates.

Task force confirms exercise as a falls prevention strategy

Task force confirms exercise as a falls prevention strategy

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

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.

Assisted living star rating system may be altered or abandoned

Assisted living star rating system may be altered or abandoned

North Carolina's four-star rating system for assisted living communities may be altered, abandoned or kept as-is depending on the feedback that the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services receives in a web-based survey.

Court approves HCR ManorCare bankruptcy strategy

Court approves HCR ManorCare bankruptcy strategy

The prepackaged, $7.1 billion Chapter 11 bankruptcy plan filed in early March by HCR ManorCare, was approved Friday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, DE.

Senior living community expansions focus on independent living

Senior living community expansions focus on independent living

Independent living has been the focus of not-for-profit senior living community expansion projects over the past several years, according to newly published data from Ziegler.

38 senators call for more Alzheimer's funding

38 senators call for more Alzheimer's funding

Thirty-eight senators have asked leaders of the Senate Committee on Appropriations and its Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education to make increased funding for Alzheimer's disease a priority in their appropriations for fiscal year 2019.

Minnesota seeks to speed resolution of senior abuse claims

Minnesota seeks to speed resolution of senior abuse claims

The Minnesota Department of Health plans to implement a new electronic system to help it more quickly respond to and resolve reports of abuse in assisted living communities, nursing homes and other long-term care settings.

Assisted living occupancy hits record low of 85.7%, NIC says

Assisted living occupancy hits record low of 85.7%, NIC says

Assisted living occupancy reached a record low in the first quarter of 2018, according to data released Thursday by the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care.

GAO's assisted living report part of testimony at House hearing on Medicaid

GAO's assisted living report part of testimony at House hearing on Medicaid

Assisted living made an appearance Thursday at a House of Representatives committee hearing on the Medicaid program when a Government Accountability Office report related to the industry was referenced in the written testimony of a witness.

Committee to study, issue report on assisted living facilities

Committee to study, issue report on assisted living facilities

The Nebraska legislature voted 26-13 on Wednesday to create a special committee to study assisted living facilities where residents primarily have diagnoses of mental illness.

Succession planning urgent need in senior living, survey suggests

Succession planning urgent need in senior living, survey suggests

Seventy-three percent of senior living CEOs whose organizations were represented in a recent survey by Ziegler could be retiring within the next 10 years, according to survey results. Sixty-five percent of the organizations don't have formal, written succession plans in place for the CEO position, however.

Employers cannot use past salary as reason to pay women less, court says

Employers cannot use past salary as reason to pay women less, court says

Employers cannot use salary histories as justification for paying female employees less than male ones who perform the same work, a federal court ruled on Monday.

New Alzheimer's definition will 'dramatically' increase those thought to have disease

New Alzheimer's definition will 'dramatically' increase those thought to have disease

A proposed new definition of Alzheimer's disease unveiled Tuesday represents "a major evolution in how we think about Alzheimer's," according to the Alzheimer's Association, but it will "increase dramatically" the number of people considered to have the disease, according to one researcher involved in its development.

Proposed cuts to Medicare, Social Security could follow CBO report, senators say

Proposed cuts to Medicare, Social Security could follow CBO report, senators say

At least two federal lawmakers are concerned that the 10-year projections on the budget and economy released Monday by the Congressional Budget Office will lead to GOP attempts to make cuts to programs such as Medicare and Social Security.

HRA seeks to sharpen its image with prospects via employee etiquette training

HRA seeks to sharpen its image with prospects via employee etiquette training

As many senior living operators look to add more healthcare services to their offerings, this regional development and operating company is instituting a new program to help ensure that hospitality doesn't get lost in the mix.

1,650 workers at facilities in receivership get paychecks

1,650 workers at facilities in receivership get paychecks

The approximately 1,650 employees working at the 10 assisted living communities and 21 nursing homes in Nebraska that were put into receivership on March 23 were paid last week, according to the consulting firm that assumed operations.

Senior living manager pleads guilty to stealing $400,000 by creating imaginary workers

Senior living manager pleads guilty to stealing $400,000 by creating imaginary workers

A senior living manager who created imaginary employees has pleaded guilty to fraudulently obtaining almost a half million dollars.

Unchecked resident likely was dead for two days: officials

Unchecked resident likely was dead for two days: officials

A senior living resident was dead for two days before being discovered by her visiting daughter, according to a report filed last week by the Minnesota Department of Health.

Workers successfully challenge pension funding based on 'church plan'

Workers successfully challenge pension funding based on 'church plan'

In a case ripe with implications for religiously affiliated senior living organizations, employees at a Kentucky medical center earned a key victory in a lawsuit alleging inadequate pension funding.

Insurers likely to add and trim senior living benefits, thanks to relaxed Medicare rule

Insurers likely to add and trim senior living benefits, thanks to relaxed Medicare rule

Medicare managed care enrollees soon may enjoy enhanced senior living benefits, thanks to a new rule. But existing coverage also may be reduced or eliminated when revamped policies hit the marketplace, according to several analysts.

Caught in a Medicare claims appeals case? You may not have to immediately turn over disputed funds.

Caught in a Medicare claims appeals case? You may not have to immediately turn over disputed funds.

Senior living firms engaged in a Medicare claims appeal currently are required to return any disputed payments right away. A recent court ruling, however, gives operators a chance to retain disputed amounts until an administrative law judge hears the case.

Following delay, Kindred shareholders approve Humana deal

Following delay, Kindred shareholders approve Humana deal

Kindred Healthcare shareholders have approved a sale to Humana and two private equity firms. The action will expedite Kindred's merger with a large insurer.

CCRC where fatal fire occurred reopens skilled nursing building

CCRC where fatal fire occurred reopens skilled nursing building

The Pennsylvania continuing care retirement community where four residents died in a five-alarm fire in November has reopened its skilled nursing building and announced plans to start construction of a new personal care and memory support building to replace the one that was destroyed.

Brookdale Senior Living taps former CEO Bill Sheriff as consultant

Brookdale Senior Living taps former CEO Bill Sheriff as consultant

Former Brookdale CEO Bill Sheriff "will help support our strategic pivot" as an adviser, current Brookdale President and CEO Cindy Baier said Wednesday.

Aegis Living sued over staffing concerns; plaintiff's firm also involved in Brookdale ADA lawsuit

Aegis Living sued over staffing concerns; plaintiff's firm also involved in Brookdale ADA lawsuit

A lawsuit against Aegis Living accuses the Bellevue, WA-based senior living community operator of putting its residents at risk of injury by insufficiently staffing communities and not informing residents that its assessment system is not used to determine staffing.

Ruling could result in faster Medicaid payments to supportive living providers

Ruling could result in faster Medicaid payments to supportive living providers

A federal ruling last week may result in faster final eligibility determinations for those who apply for long-term care Medicaid benefits in Illinois — and therefore more timely payments to supportive living facilities, nursing homes and others.

More news for Wednesday, April 4

Medicare Advantage revisions expand benefits to non-medical services and supplies ... Eating more protein may not benefit older men ... A hipper replacement for senior living? These sleek new apartments are adults-only ... Senior living community keeps in touch with residents via iPads, special software

Federal fraud, abuse monetary recoveries in assisted living up more than 600% over last year

Federal fraud, abuse monetary recoveries in assisted living up more than 600% over last year

Total monetary recoveries by state Medicaid Fraud Control Units in assisted living-related fraud, abuse and neglect criminal and civil cases increased by more than 600% from fiscal year 2016 to FY 2017, according to a new report from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General.

CCRC tests 8-hour pay for 6-hour day

CCRC tests 8-hour pay for 6-hour day

A Virginia continuing care retirement community is launching a program it hopes will help attract and retain full- and part-time certified nursing assistants in a competitive market.

'Misuse' and 'physical' data breaches are most common in senior living, report says

'Misuse' and 'physical' data breaches are most common in senior living, report says

The most common types of data breaches in nursing and residential care facilities are related to misuse or paper copies of records, according to a new report. The good news is that there are steps the industry can take to lessen the chances of a breach occurring, a cyber security expert tells McKnight's Senior Living.

Governor expected to sign bill requiring tougher long-term care worker background checks

Governor expected to sign bill requiring tougher long-term care worker background checks

A bill requiring tougher background checks for long-term care workers is on the way to the desk of Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal after unanimously passing the state senate on Thursday. Deal is expected to sign the measure, which then would become effective Oct. 1, 2019.

No turning back

No turning back

Medication services and delivery are evolving in the blink of an eye.

What unique challenges do operators face this year?

What unique challenges do operators face this year?

You've got questions. We've got answers. There are three big challenges.

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By the numbers

By the numbers

Good data-capture and analysis add up to better outcomes.

Beyond mystery meat

Beyond mystery meat

Food service in senior living has progressed well beyond cafeteria lines with lukewarm dishes sitting under heat lamps. Fine dining has become a trend.

Starting with good bones

Starting with good bones

The plumbing, heating and lighting of a community often are the most important facets in providing senior living residents with the comfort they need.

'A lot of heavy lifting left' for Brookdale

'A lot of heavy lifting left' for Brookdale

The new CEO talks about some significant work ahead for the nation's largest senior living operator.

Policy briefs

Medicaid payments and options for healthcare services.

Tech briefs

Mobile technology and social media mistakes.

NIC: 5 markets dominate CCRC construction

NIC: 5 markets dominate CCRC construction

More than one-third of all continuing care retirement community unit construction was taking place in five markets as of the fourth quarter of 2017, according to Lana Peck, senior principal of the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care.

Four current or former residents join ADA lawsuit against Brookdale Senior Living

Four current or former residents join ADA lawsuit against Brookdale Senior Living

Four current or former assisted living residents of Brookdale Senior Living communities added their names on Thursday to the lawsuit accusing the company of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. They join three other plaintiffs in what their attorneys have said could become the first class action lawsuit against an assisted living provider filed under the ADA.

Assisted living sees double-digit decline in interest among investors and developers: survey

Assisted living sees double-digit decline in interest among investors and developers: survey

Assisted living saw the largest drop of all healthcare real estate property types in the CBRE U.S. Healthcare Capital Markets Group's ninth annual "Healthcare Real Estate Investor and Developer Survey."

5 ways to increase occupancy through marketing

5 ways to increase occupancy through marketing

More than 70% of senior living sales and marketing professionals are held directly accountable for occupancy in their communities, according to a new guide from Linkmedia360.

Man impersonated worker, smothered senior living resident, killed someone else, police allege

Man impersonated worker, smothered senior living resident, killed someone else, police allege

Several police departments in Texas plan to comb through hundreds of old cases involving the unattended or unexplained deaths of older adults to determine whether a healthcare worker charged with an attack at a senior living community and the murder of an elderly woman elsewhere could be responsible for other deaths.

LGBT adults worry about abuse, neglect in senior living as they age: survey

LGBT adults worry about abuse, neglect in senior living as they age: survey

Worries about potential neglect, abuse, access to services and harassment in assisted living communities and other long-term care settings are common among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults, according to survey results released Monday by AARP.

Brookdale Senior Living names interim CFO

Brookdale Senior Living has named Teresa F. Sparks interim chief financial officer, the company announced Tuesday in an SEC filing. Another filing detailed compensation for new CEO Cindy Baier and Non-Executive Chairman of the Board Lee S. Wielansky.

Florida governor signs generator bills into law; is Oklahoma next?

Florida governor signs generator bills into law; is Oklahoma next?

Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed bills into law Monday requiring assisted living communities and nursing homes in the state to have emergency generators. Legislators in Oklahoma are considering similar requirements for assisted living.

Company's 10 assisted living communities go into receivership in Nebraska

Company's 10 assisted living communities go into receivership in Nebraska

Ten assisted living communities and 21 nursing homes across 19 counties in Nebraska were put into receivership Friday after the state Department of Health and Human Services learned that their owner did not have enough funds to pay employees and ensure the future well-being of residents.

Older adults' medication cost 'skyrockets year after year,' senator says

Older adults' medication cost 'skyrockets year after year,' senator says

Many of the brand-name medications most commonly taken by older adults increased in price by almost 10 times the average annual rate of inflation from 2012 to 2017, according to a Senate report released Monday.

Hong Kong company gains 5.11% stake in Brookdale Senior Living

Hong Kong company gains 5.11% stake in Brookdale Senior Living

Fosun International Limited now owns more than 9.5 million shares of the common stock of Brookdale Senior Living, the company said in a Friday SEC filing. The conglomerate reportedly was one entity "at the heart of the crackdown on China's overseas deal spree" that may have contributed to the end of negotiations by another Chinese company to acquire Brookdale.

West Virginia launches new elder abuse litigation and prevention unit

West Virginia launches new elder abuse litigation and prevention unit

A new elder abuse litigation and prevention unit within the West Virginia attorney general's office will include civil prosecutors pursuing cases against those who exploit, abuse or neglect older adults in the state, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced Thursday.

Argentum works on Plan B as weather thwarts fly-in

Argentum works on Plan B as weather thwarts fly-in

Argentum is planning to find additional ways to discuss the Government Accountability Office's assisted living-related report, home- and community-based services and other issues after the second day of its Public Policy Institute & Fly-In was canceled due to inclement weather.

Dementia, affordable housing advocates cheer spending bill provisions

Dementia, affordable housing advocates cheer spending bill provisions

Supporters of Alzheimer's disease-related health promotion, dementia research, falls prevention and affordable housing are cheering provisions contained in a $1.3 trillion, 2,232-page fiscal year 2018 spending bill released Wednesday evening.

Theft charges could lead to decades in prison, $1.5 million in fines for former assisted living business manager

Theft charges could lead to decades in prison, $1.5 million in fines for former assisted living business manager

The former business manager of a Morristown, NJ, assisted living community faces the potential of decades in prison and up to $1.5 million in fines if found guilty of charges related to the theft of approximately $237,000 from a resident.

Census Bureau data reveal growth areas in U.S.

Census Bureau data reveal growth areas in U.S.

Texas is the location of three of the top 10 metropolitan areas that gained the most residents last year, according to population estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. Based on percentage growth, Florida, Idaho and Utah each had two metro areas on a separate top 10 list.

Memory care 'fiercest' area of competition for Five Star, CEO says

Memory care 'fiercest' area of competition for Five Star, CEO says

Memory care has been the "fiercest" area of competition in private-pay senior living over the past year, Five Star Senior Living President and CEO Bruce Mackey said Wednesday during a fourth quarter and full-year 2017 earnings call.

55% expect no change in value of seniors housing this year

55% expect no change in value of seniors housing this year

Almost 55% of respondents to a survey by professional services firm JLL said they believe that no change will occur in the value of seniors housing over the next year.

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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."