Evacuation challenge adds fire to lawsuit

Evacuation challenge adds fire to lawsuit

Oakmont Senior Living in Windsor, CA, already was being sued for understaffing. Now resident plaintiff lawyer Kathryn Stebner is seeking a class-action lawsuit.

Delayed word processing a possible sign of pending Alzheimer's

Delayed word processing a possible sign of pending Alzheimer's

An inability to process words quickly may be a sign of impending Alzheimer's disease, British investigators have found.

New round of federal funding targets elder abuse

The federal government will spend an additional $3.42 million to counter physical and fiscal crimes against the elderly, according to the Justice Department.

Investigators believe resident was killed in assisted living community

Investigators believe resident was killed in assisted living community

The death of an 84-year-old man in a Pennsylvania assisted living community earlier this year is now being ruled a homicide.

Court rejects industry challenge to generator mandate

Court rejects industry challenge to generator mandate

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) scored a victory over senior living providers, when an appellate court Thursday rejected their challenge to emergency rules requiring generator installations.

Floating an alternative to assisted living

Floating an alternative to assisted living

For bargain-hunting seniors in reasonably good health, cruise ships may be a more affordable housing option than assisted living communities. So claims a recent article in USA Today.

Many future retirees plan to stay put: survey

Many future retirees plan to stay put: survey

Senior living campuses may be sprouting like dandelions across the sunshine states, but will future retirees uproot to get there? Many may not, if a new USA Today survey is to be believed.

Wildfire evacuations at two communities spark investigation

Wildfire evacuations at two communities spark investigation

State officials are investigating the way residents were evacuated from two senior living communities during a wildfire in northern California.

States expand senior living and other Medicaid benefits, at least for now

States expand senior living and other Medicaid benefits, at least for now

Despite efforts by President Trump and congressional leaders to trim federal support for Medicaid, states continue to expand senior living and other health services tied to the program, a new report finds.

How to protect your community from inappropriate use of social media use by employees

How to protect your community from inappropriate use of social media use by employees

Senior living operators can take steps to reduce risk related to social media use by employees, according to Kristi Eldredge, RN, JD, CPHRM, senior patient safety consultant at medical liability insurance company MMIC. She was a presenter on the topic Wednesday at AHCA/NCAL's 68th Annual Convention & Expo in Las Vegas.

HUD Lean program closes $3.4 billion in loans, up 20% over 2016

HUD Lean program closes $3.4 billion in loans, up 20% over 2016

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Lean mortgage insurance program, which finances seniors housing properties, closed $3.4 billion in loan volume and a total of 310 loans in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30. Those were increases over 2016.

Ashley Blankenship named NCAL Board of Directors chair

Ashley Blankenship named NCAL Board of Directors chair

Ashley Blankenship of Arkansas was elected chair of the National Center for Assisted Living Board of Directors for 2017-2018 Wednesday at the American Health Care Association/NCAL 68th Annual Convention. Other officers and board members were named, too.

How to increase move-ins via your website and social media

How to increase move-ins via your website and social media

Las Vegas — With research showing that prospective senior living residents or their families already may have completed 60% of the decision-making process involved in a potential move before even contacting a community, website and social media efforts are crucial to operators' success, Nicole Wagner, internet marketing director at Stevens & Tate Marketing, said Tuesday in an educational session at the American Health Care Association / National Center for Assisted Living's 68th Annual Convention & Expo.

4 ways assisted living could change in the future: report

4 ways assisted living could change in the future: report

A growing elderly population and new preferences of older adults will drive changes to assisted living communities in the future, predict the authors of a new report.

ALF owner accused of using ID of employee's sister to bill $15,000 in services

ALF owner accused of using ID of employee's sister to bill $15,000 in services

The owner of a Florida assisted living facility faces up to 15 years in prison for using the identity of an employee's sister to bill Medicaid and private-pay clients for more than $15,000 in services provided by the employee, who is a felon.

Parkinson: 4 reasons operators will survive tough times

Parkinson: 4 reasons operators will survive tough times

Las Vegas — Despite the "tough" political and regulatory environment, assisted living and skilled nursing providers "will make it through this. And many of you will not only survive; you will prosper," American Health Care Association / National Center for Assisted Living President and CEO Mark Parkinson told those attending the opening general session of the organization's 68th Annual Convention & Expo. He gave four reasons.

Heritage Communities launches home care line with current residents

Heritage Communities launches home care line with current residents

Heritage Communities has announced a new service line, Heritage OnCare Home Health, that will begin by serving residents in the company's 12 senior living communities.

Brookdale Senior Living COO leaving

Brookdale Senior Living COO leaving

The chief operating officer of the country's largest senior living operator, Brookdale Senior Living, is leaving to pursue another opportunity, the company announced Monday. President and CEO Andy Smith will assume Labeed Diab's duties for the time being.

More news for Tuesday, Oct. 17

Brookdale provides update on impact of hurricanes, fires ... Creating 'sense-sensitive' environments for seniors with impairments

Tittle: No time for assumptions about assisted living regulation

Tittle: No time for assumptions about assisted living regulation

Las Vegas — The state of affairs in the nation's capital puts assisted living in a strong position to maintain regulation at the state level, National Center for Assisted Living Executive Director Scott Tittle said Sunday to the more than 200 assisted living professionals attending NCAL Day. "But that doesn't mean we are without risk," he said.

CCRC adds 4,100-square-foot duplexes to attract baby boomers

CCRC adds 4,100-square-foot duplexes to attract baby boomers

Ten months after breaking ground on a project intended to attract baby boomers and others looking for a different environment in which to age, nonprofit BHI Senior Living has sold all 30 duplexes in an expansion of its Hoosier Village continuing care retirement community in Indianapolis, and the first residents are moving in.

Retirement community's food director recorded men in employee locker room, police say

Retirement community's food director recorded men in employee locker room, police say

The food director at a Connecticut continuing care retirement community has lost his job and is facing three counts of voyeurism after allegedly installing a video camera and surreptitiously recording male employees using a locker room for workers.

More news for Monday, Oct. 16

The insufficiency of Medicaid block grants: The example of Puerto Rico ... CNN says drug used inappropriately on elderly with dementia ... American Geriatrics Society renews call for bipartisan collaboration on healthcare reform ... How can we keep people out of nursing homes?

Health monitoring reduces hospitalizations, turnover of affordable housing residents

Health monitoring reduces hospitalizations, turnover of affordable housing residents

Use of an on-site telehealth kiosk and weekly nurse consultations have cut resident hospitalizations, reduced resident moves to higher levels of care and decreased resident turnover at affordable housing properties operated by Lutheran Senior Services, according to the organization.

2 former caregivers to be sentenced for felonies in resident's hypothermia death

2 former caregivers to be sentenced for felonies in resident's hypothermia death

Two former caregivers at a Michigan assisted living and memory care community are scheduled to be sentenced next month after entering pleas to felony charges in a case involving a resident with dementia who froze to death after exiting the building.

Ombudsman challenges operator's post-hurricane assessment to residents

Ombudsman challenges operator's post-hurricane assessment to residents

A Florida senior living community operator says that a $350 extra assessment it is charging residents in the wake of Hurricane Irma is permissible under the terms of its residency agreement. The state ombudsman, however, announced an investigation Wednesday.

More news for Friday, Oct. 13

Foundation for Senior Living joins self-driving car public education campaign ... December Fed rate hike all but certain despite low inflation ... Florida operators can seek generator-rule variance ... Resident with dementia who was at center of spoon-feeding controversy dies

Assisted living occupancy inches up in third quarter

Assisted living occupancy inches up in third quarter

Occupancy in assisted living communities averaged 86.6% during the third quarter, up 0.2 percentage point from the second quarter, when it had fallen to its lowest point ever for the second time in 11 years, according to data released Wednesday by the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care's MAP Data Service.

Assisted living community reworking disaster plan after leaving resident behind during hurricane evacuation

Assisted living community reworking disaster plan after leaving resident behind during hurricane evacuation

A Texas assisted living community is changing its disaster preparedness strategy after a memory care resident was left behind during an evacuation in advance of Hurricane Harvey.

Health, nursing home quality make Colorado 'Best State for Aging'

Health, nursing home quality make Colorado 'Best State for Aging'

High-quality nursing homes and a healthy senior citizen population put Colorado on top of U.S. News & World Report's "Best States for Aging" ranking, the magazine said. Alaska came in last on the list. See where your state ranked.

More news for Thursday, Oct. 12

Sunshine Retirement Living waiving upfront fees for hurricane victims ... Trump taps Eric Hargan as acting HHS secretary ... The Villages retirement community: 'Disney World for adults'

5-year study aims to prove benefits of life plan community living

5-year study aims to prove benefits of life plan community living

A five-year study of more than 2,000 life plan community residents by the Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging and Northwestern University will try to determine the effects that living in such a community has on residents' long-term health and wellness, the institute announced Tuesday.

Brookdale nurse in critical condition in ICU after Las Vegas shooting

Brookdale nurse in critical condition in ICU after Las Vegas shooting

Jennifer Campas, a head nurse at Brookdale Anaheim in California, remained in critical condition on Tuesday in the intensive care unit at University Medical Center of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas after being injured in the Oct. 1 mass shooting that occurred at a country music festival in the city.

Wildfires destroy, force evacuations at California senior living communities

Wildfires destroy, force evacuations at California senior living communities

Several senior living communities have been evacuated, and at least one has been destroyed, as wildfires continue to burn across parts of California.

M&A hit 2017 low in third quarter

M&A hit 2017 low in third quarter

Seniors housing and care merger and acquisition activity in the third quarter was the lowest of any quarter in the year so far, according to a new report.

New law creates LGBT 'Bill of Rights' for California assisted living, nursing home residents

New law creates LGBT 'Bill of Rights' for California assisted living, nursing home residents

A bill signed into law Oct. 4 by California Gov. Jerry Brown establishes a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Long-Term Care Facility Residents' Bill of Rights to protect LGBT older adults in the state from discrimination or mistreatment in ALFs and SNFs.

Assisted living owner faces more than 36 years in prison for stealing from resident

Assisted living owner faces more than 36 years in prison for stealing from resident

The owner of a Colorado assisted living community faces a potential prison sentence of more than 36 years Oct. 27 when he is sentenced on three counts of theft from an at-risk elder and one count of felony theft.

Future residents may be sicker than current ones, study suggests

Members of the pre-retirement generation already have more health issues and health-related limits on their lives than previous generations did when they were in their late 50s, according to new research.

New Senior to sell LCS, Holiday properties for $296 million

New Senior Investment Group will decrease its skilled nursing exposure and increase its independent living exposure before the end of the year when it completes the sale of $296 million in Life Care Services and Holiday Retirement communities in Florida and Texas, the real estate investment trust announced Thursday.

Senior living worker fired for Facebook posts settles lawsuit with former employer

A lawsuit that pitted a Virginia continuing retirement community against a former employee who said she was fired after complaining about work on Facebook has been settled.

More news for Friday, Oct. 6

Best Buy bets on adults remotely monitoring their aging parents ... Florida governor wants assisted living rules in constitution ... Brookdale residents celebrate their movie productions at 'aging film festival' ... GOP budget that cuts $1 trillion from Medicaid over next decade may be smokescreen

Self-driving taxi service launches at retirement community

Self-driving taxi service launches at retirement community

A Silicon Valley start-up company launched its first self-driving taxi service on Wednesday at a 55+ retirement community in San Jose, CA.

Alzheimer's in danger of straining public funding: report

Alzheimer's in danger of straining public funding: report

Social and demographic trends combined with an expected increase in the incidence of Alzheimer's diseases due to the growing size of the aging population are in danger of colliding to strain local, state and federal budgets, according to the author of a report released Wednesday that was commissioned by USAgainstAlzheimer's.

More news for Thursday, Oct. 5

GOP budget and tax plan cuts the safety net for seniors ... Bill would create national elder abuse registry ... FEMA teams help Puerto Rico senior living communities

States increasing regulatory requirements for assisted living, report says

States increasing regulatory requirements for assisted living, report says

States gradually are increasing their oversight of assisted living communities, according to a report released Tuesday by the National Center for Assisted Living.

Insignia's communities in Puerto Rico 'stronger than ever' as Hurricane Maria recovery efforts continue

Insignia's communities in Puerto Rico 'stronger than ever' as Hurricane Maria recovery efforts continue

It may be quite some time before the three Insignia Senior Living communities on Puerto Rico have fully recovered from Hurricane Maria. Staff, residents' family members, neighbors and friends are making a difference, however, a company spokesperson tells McKnight's Senior Living.

Florida Argentum petitions for temporary injunction on generator rule

Florida Argentum petitions for temporary injunction on generator rule

Florida Argentum has asked the state's First District Court of Appeal to issue a temporary injunction against Gov. Rick Scott's emergency rule, which sets a Nov. 15 deadline for all assisted living communities and nursing homes in the Sunshine State to obtain generators and enough fuel to enable them "to sustain operations and maintain comfortable temperatures" for at least four days after a power outage.

More news for Wednesday, Oct. 4

CMS withdraws proposal requiring LTC facilities to afford spousal rights to same-sex couples ... White House says deregulation can increase economic growth ... Today at 1 p.m. ET: Learn about Montessori in memory care and earn a free CE credit

Sensors help slow functional decline in assisted living residents: study

Sensors help slow functional decline in assisted living residents: study

Sensors can help assisted living community staff members address illness and slow functional decline in residents by enabling the early detection of issues, according to the results of a newly published study.

2 more associations join Florida generator rule fight

2 more associations join Florida generator rule fight

Two associations representing assisted living operators have joined LeadingAge Florida in challenging an emergency rule issued Sept. 16 that gave assisted living communities in the Sunshine State 60 days to obtain generators and enough fuel to enable them "to sustain operations and maintain comfortable temperatures" for at least four days after a power outage.

Seniors housing — and a whole lot more

Seniors housing — and a whole lot more

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

More news for Tuesday, Oct. 3

AHCA / NCAL says Las Vegas convention will go on as planned ... Inability to smell peppermint linked to dementia, study says ... Learn about Montessori in memory care and earn a free CE credit Wednesday

Senior living association recommends overtime changes to Labor Department

Senior living association recommends overtime changes to Labor Department

The Labor Department should base increases in the minimum salary threshold used to determine overtime pay on the 20th percentile for salaried employees in the lowest paid geographic region of the country, according to Argentum President and CEO James Balda.

Florida regulator moves to close ALF affiliated with rehab center that lost 12 residents after Irma

Florida regulator moves to close ALF affiliated with rehab center that lost 12 residents after Irma

The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration has taken actions to close an assisted living community owned by the same company that owns the rehabilitation center where a Hurricane Irma-related air conditioner outage has led to the deaths of 12 residents so far.

Operator's light duty, leave policies discriminated against disabled, EEOC lawsuit says

Operator's light duty, leave policies discriminated against disabled, EEOC lawsuit says

A Washington state assisted living community and skilled nursing facility operator violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by denying light duty and leave as accommodations for employees who had disabilities, the EEOC alleged in a lawsuit filed Friday. The operator disputes the claims.

Old and stodgy? No thanks!

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.

Strong, silent type

Strong, silent type

Bold yet unobtrusive resident security solutions go the distance.

Strange bedfellows?

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.

Picky, picky, picky

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.

$16 million, 5-year study will test artificial intelligence in senior living

$16 million, 5-year study will test artificial intelligence in senior living

IBM and the University of California San Diego on Thursday announced a $16 million, five-year collaboration that will test how artificial intelligence, or AI, can be used to help detect mild cognitive impairment earlier in retirement community residents and other older adults.

Healthcare peers still top long-term care workers in flu vaccination

Healthcare peers still top long-term care workers in flu vaccination

More long-term care workers than not are getting vaccinated against the flu, but they are less likely than other healthcare workers to get the shot, according to new data released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

How do I deal with emerging headwinds?

How do I deal with emerging headwinds?

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

Gingrich: Look to alternatives to immigration for workforce solutions

Gingrich: Look to alternatives to immigration for workforce solutions

Immigration isn't the answer to senior living's workforce challenges, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich told those attending Wednesday's opening general session of the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care in Chicago. He offered several alternatives.

LeadingAge Florida files legal challenge to 'impractical' generator rule

LeadingAge Florida files legal challenge to 'impractical' generator rule

LeadingAge Florida on Tuesday filed a legal challenge to Gov. Rick Scott's Sept. 16 emergency rule giving assisted living communities and nursing homes in the state 60 days to obtain generators and enough fuel to enable them "to sustain operations and maintain comfortable temperatures" for at least four days after a power outage.

M&A activity won't abate in coming months: survey

M&A activity won't abate in coming months: survey

The pace of merger and acquisition activity in seniors housing and long-term care will stay the same or accelerate over the next year, predict 89% of those responding to a recent survey by Capital One.

Senior living oversupply means $20 billion in capital not earning returns: NIC speakers

Senior living oversupply means $20 billion in capital not earning returns: NIC speakers

Oversupply in senior living means that almost $20 billion in capital is not earning returns in the marketplace, two speakers told those attending a Tuesday afternoon session at the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care Fall Conference in Chicago.

Genworth: Acuity, luxury drive up assisted living costs 3.36% in 2017

Genworth: Acuity, luxury drive up assisted living costs 3.36% in 2017

The annual median cost of assisted living increased 3.36% from 2016 to 2017, according to the Genworth 2017 Cost of Care Survey, released Tuesday. There are two main reasons.

City-dwelling boomers want to stay there as they age

City-dwelling boomers want to stay there as they age

Eighty percent of baby boomers who live in large cities want to keep living there after they turn 80 — either in their current homes or someplace nearby, according to the results of the 2017 Aging in Cities survey commissioned by Welltower.

Way to grow! NIC will focus on key issues

Way to grow! NIC will focus on key issues

The National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care's new CEO, Brian Jurutka, lays out the organization's plans for the future in this exclusive interview.

ManorCare CEO steps down, QCP grants more time for receivership response

ManorCare CEO steps down, QCP grants more time for receivership response

On the same day that HCR ManorCare announced that its president and CEO is stepping down, Quality Care Properties said that it is giving ManorCare more time to respond to its request that an independent receiver be appointed to oversee the company's facilities.

'It's OK to fall short,' Graham says, suggesting ACA repeal efforts may continue

'It's OK to fall short,' Graham says, suggesting ACA repeal efforts may continue

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Monday night appeared ready to proceed to a vote on the healthcare reform bill that bears his name, even after the release of a negative preliminary analysis from the CBO and the loss of another Republican vote just hours earlier.

More news for Tuesday, Sept. 26

Florida assisted living reports will continue to be redacted ... Vision and hearing loss are tied to cognitive decline ... 488,332 affordable housing units at risk in next 5 years

Nursing Home Compare-like site for assisted living to launch next month

Nursing Home Compare-like site for assisted living to launch next month

A new national database launching in October has the goal of making it easier for assisted living operators and capital providers to search for and compare communities from across the country.

Collins, McCain express concerns about Graham-Cassidy, call for bipartisan effort

Collins, McCain express concerns about Graham-Cassidy, call for bipartisan effort

As the Graham-Cassidy bill to repeal and replace Obamacare heads toward a hearing, a televised debate and a possible vote this week, two Republican senators have expressed serious concerns about it, calling for a bipartisan attempt at heatlhcare reform instead.

Former assisted living caregiver gets 12 years for stealing from residents

Former assisted living caregiver gets 12 years for stealing from residents

A former nursing assistant has been sentenced to 12 years in prison on felony charges of stealing thousands of dollars' worth of jewelry from residents of the Illinois senior living community where he worked.

New overtime rule could bring 'devastating realities,' operator says

New overtime rule could bring 'devastating realities,' operator says

One assisted living operator predicts the loss of jobs for workers and fewer housing options for Medicaid beneficiaries if the federal government greatly increases the salary threshold for overtime pay. The Labor Department is asking for comments by Monday before crafting a new rule related to circumstances under which certain workers would be entitled to overtime pay.

State Medicaid directors urge caution on Graham-Cassidy reforms

State Medicaid directors urge caution on Graham-Cassidy reforms

The Graham-Cassidy bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act contains "significant challenges" that deserve "thorough discussion, examination and analysis," the National Association of Medicaid Directors said Thursday, urging senators not to rush complex Medicaid reform.

CCRC discriminated against employees based on race, EEOC says

CCRC discriminated against employees based on race, EEOC says

A Newburgh, IN, continuing care retirement community violated federal law because it accommodated residents' preferences for caregivers based on race and allowed employees to be subjected to racial slurs, the U.S. Equal Employment Oppor­tunity Commission said in a lawsuit announced Wednesday.

More news for Friday, Sept. 22

Florida state officials clarify generator rule for assisted living communities ... Florida assisted living communities, association concerned about tight generator deadline ... Welltower donates $30M headquarters property to University of Toledo ... Minnesota assisted living community has two cases of Legionnaires' ... Disney legend and centenarian shares longevity secrets

Study: On balance, minimum wage increase could be good for operators

Study: On balance, minimum wage increase could be good for operators

The effects of a minimum wage increase on assisted living and continuing care retirement communities, and their workers, are multifaceted. On balance, however, such an increase would have a relatively small negative financial effect on operators but generally positive effects on their workers, according to results of a study released Tuesday by RTI International and the Center for Excellence in Assisted Living.

Senate bill would create advisory committee on protecting seniors during emergencies

Senate bill would create advisory committee on protecting seniors during emergencies

A 15-member panel would advise local, state and government officials on how to prepare and care for older adults during emergency situations under a bill introduced Tuesday by four senators and discussed Wednesday at a Senate Special Committee on Aging hearing.

Former senior living executive's bankruptcy might jeopardize $86 million investor repayment plan

Former senior living executive's bankruptcy might jeopardize $86 million investor repayment plan

An Atlanta-based businessman accused by the SEC of misusing investor funds raised to purchase and renovate senior living facilities has filed for bankruptcy, calling into question his ability to fulfill an agreement to repay investors more than $86 million.

Provider groups oppose Graham-Cassidy bill to repeal ACA

Provider groups oppose Graham-Cassidy bill to repeal ACA

Two national organizations representing senior living operators came out against the Graham-Cassidy bill Tuesday. The legislation, which is expected to be voted on next week in the Senate, would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, in the process changing open-ended Medicaid funding to block grants for states.

Sabra to buy 49% stake in $1.62 billion Enlivant portfolio

Sabra to buy 49% stake in $1.62 billion Enlivant portfolio

Sabra Health Care REIT will acquire a 49% equity interest in a $1.62 billion portfolio of 183 senior housing communities managed by Enlivant, the companies announced Tuesday.

Two more plaintiffs join ADA lawsuit against Brookdale

Two more plaintiffs join ADA lawsuit against Brookdale

Two additional plaintiffs have joined a lawsuit claiming that Brookdale Senior Living did not accommodate California residents' disabilities and that understaffing led to their activities of daily living needs not being met. Brookdale says the lawsuit is without merit.

More news for Wednesday, Sept. 20

New task force in Florida seeks assisted living regulation ... Florida senior living groups comment on generator rule ... Missing memory care resident found dead two miles from community ... Brookdale resident sues nearby Red Lobster for 'overserving' her

Senators push for Graham-Cassidy bill vote to repeal ACA next week

Senators push for Graham-Cassidy bill vote to repeal ACA next week

Four Republican senators who introduced a bill on Sept. 13 to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act are pushing for a Senate vote on it before Sept. 30. As with bills under consideration in the Senate and House earlier this year, the Graham-Cassidy bill would cap Medicaid funding for each state.

Pew: Older Americans increasingly getting news from social media

Pew: Older Americans increasingly getting news from social media

Older Americans are helping drive an increase in the number of people who are obtaining their news from social media, according to the results of a new survey from the Pew Research Center.

5th annual McKnight's Online Expo is tomorrow; earn up to 3 CE credits

5th annual McKnight's Online Expo is tomorrow; earn up to 3 CE credits

Residents' rights, the role of technology in the recent final rule updating long-term care facilities' requirements of participation, and MDS changes will be the topics for the 5th annual Online Expo tomorrow.

Florida governor gives assisted living communities 60 days to get generators

Florida governor gives assisted living communities 60 days to get generators

Following the death of eight residents of a facility that lost air conditioning as a result of Hurricane Irma, Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Saturday gave all assisted living communities and nursing homes in the state 60 days to obtain generators.

Pathway to Living imports 'rementia' program

Pathway to Living imports 'rementia' program

The operator's soon-to-open assisted living and memory care community in Westmont, IL, will be the first senior living community in the United States to implement a dementia care program from Australia.

Census Bureau: Most seniors still own homes

Census Bureau: Most seniors still own homes

More than three-fourths of Americans aged 65 or more years live in owner-occupied housing, according to new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau. The data reveal additional information about older Americans.

More news for Monday, Sept. 18

American Senior Communities takes former CEO, execs to court ... Couple racks up 27 counts after alleged thefts at senior living community ... Medical history can point to earlier Parkinson's diagnosis

Ventas CEO: Hurricanes reveal the value of senior living

Ventas CEO: Hurricanes reveal the value of senior living

Though challenging to operators — and everyone — as they are occurring, natural disasters such as hurricanes get older adults and their families thinking about the benefits of living in a senior living community, Debra Cafaro, chairman and CEO of real estate investment trust Ventas, said Wednesday afternoon to those attending the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Real Estate Conference in New York City.

Kindred relationship offers insights into Brookdale changes, Cafaro says

Kindred relationship offers insights into Brookdale changes, Cafaro says

Ventas' focus when it comes to improving the return on its investment in Brookdale Senior Living is reminiscent of the real estate investment trust's relationship with Kindred Healthcare, Ventas Chairman and CEO Debra Cafaro said Wednesday to those attending the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Real Estate Conference in New York City.

Study finds relationship between falls, car crashes in older adults

Study finds relationship between falls, car crashes in older adults

Older adults who have fallen are 40% more likely to crash their cars than those who have not fallen, according to a new review of 15 studies of driving behavior involving almost 47,000 older adults.

More news for Friday, Sept. 15

Senate confirms Pamela Patenaude as HUD deputy secretary ... Pentagon fires chief of Armed Forces Retirement Home agency ... Football games encourage memory care residents to exercise ... Retirement home — for dogs — being rebuilt after Harvey

National trade association formed for senior living referral agents

National trade association formed for senior living referral agents

A new national trade association for organizations that provide referrals and placements to senior living communities hopes to advance the profession, educate others about it and increase professional responsibility, aiding operators in the process, according to its leader.

Lancaster Pollard becomes subsidiary of ORIX USA

Lancaster Pollard becomes subsidiary of ORIX USA

Senior living lender Lancaster Pollard Holdings has been acquired by ORIX USA, a division of international financial services group ORIX Corp., the companies announced Wednesday.

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