New senior living operator sets sights on Southeast

New senior living operator sets sights on Southeast

Josh Crisp says he felt an inner calling to provoke change and develop a new approach to senior living. On Monday, that calling revealed itself in the form of Solinity.

Seniors housing well-represented on new list of top owners of medical real estate

Seniors housing well-represented on new list of top owners of medical real estate

Welltower is the top-ranked seniors housing-related entity on Revista's new list of Top 50 Owners of Medical Real Estate. See what other companies made the list.

Memory care worker pleads guilty to abuse after co-worker records her interactions with resident

Memory care worker pleads guilty to abuse after co-worker records her interactions with resident

A caregiver at a Minnesota assisted living community pleaded guilty to abuse of a vulnerable adult last week after a co-worker recorded her on a cellphone taunting, restraining and swearing at a resident with dementia.

Policy, workforce issues focus of Argentum events this week

Policy, workforce issues focus of Argentum events this week

Argentum members will be concentrating on governmental and staffing issues affecting senior living operators and residents this week as the organization holds a Public Policy Institute, Fly-in and Workforce Development Symposium in Washington, DC.

Cohen: Hurricanes may reduce headwinds for senior living

Cohen: Hurricanes may reduce headwinds for senior living

Capital Senior Living communities and others have been affected by Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey and may be affected by Hurricane Irma as well. CEO Larry Cohen sees silver linings in the storm clouds for the senior living industry, however, he said Thursday in a presentation at the Wells Fargo Healthcare Conference in Boston.

Fall death rate increasing 4.9% annually

Fall death rate increasing 4.9% annually

The death rate from unintentional falls for adults aged 65 or more years has been increasing an average of 4.9% per year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Guardians embezzled $4 million from clients, Justice Department says

Guardians embezzled $4 million from clients, Justice Department says

The office of a New Mexico guardian to older adults, veterans and people with special needs has been closed after federal officials accused the company and its co-founders of embezzling $4 million in client funds to finance their "lavish lifestyles."

More news for Friday, Sept. 8

Aging in place: How self-driving cars will transform retirement ... Harvey and Irma, married 75 years, marvel at the storms bearing their names ... Penguins' Bryan Rust brings the Stanley Cup to retirement home

EHRs, information exchange still lacking in assisted living, CDC says

EHRs, information exchange still lacking in assisted living, CDC says

More than three-fourths of assisted living communities and similar residential settings for older adults do not use electronic health records, according to newly analyzed data collected as part of the National Study of Long-Term Care Providers. Electronic health information exchange capability is missing in many such communities, too, according to the data.

Senior living developer avoids EB-5 ban, receivership

Senior living developer avoids EB-5 ban, receivership

A Chicago-based senior living developer avoided being barred from the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, and his companies are not going into receivership, after a federal judge on Tuesday denied a request for a preliminary injunction and receivership made by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

McKnight's Fall Online Expo returns Sept. 20

McKnight's Fall Online Expo returns Sept. 20

Mark your calendar for Sept. 20, the date of the fifth McKnight's Fall Online Expo, where participants can earn up to three CE credits.

Maplewood tests technology to improve residents' lives, outcomes

Maplewood tests technology to improve residents' lives, outcomes

Maplewood Senior Living has launched a new center with the goals of increasing resident independence, better managing health and wellness, broadening social connectedness and improving safety and quality of life through innovation.

Jury awards $1.75 million in senior living resident rape case

Jury awards $1.75 million in senior living resident rape case

A Virginia senior living community and one of its former nursing assistants have been ordered to pay $1.75 million to the estate of a late resident who was sexually assaulted there.

More news for Wednesday, Sept. 6

Harvey makes Trump rethink draining swamp at HUD ... UNLV students design "dream retirement home" in Energy Department competition ... Harvey brought a sense of being trapped for vulnerable older adults ... The secret to chronic happiness as you age

Senior living community for football players now set to open in 2020

Senior living community for football players now set to open in 2020

As the regular National Football League season gets underway, the Pro Football Hall of Fame has announced that its 143-bed senior living community for retired professional football players should be complete in Canton, OH, in time for the league's 100th anniversary year.

Senior living companies launch Harvey relief efforts as Irma looms

Senior living companies launch Harvey relief efforts as Irma looms

As senior living providers in Florida brace for the possible effects of Hurricane Irma, operators with properties in Texas are beginning relief efforts to help those affected by Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey.

Researchers use virtual reality to help develop dementia test

Researchers use virtual reality to help develop dementia test

Scientists are asking the players of virtual reality games to play a free game to help them better understand dementia, with the goal of developing a diagnostic test. A mobile version is available, too.

Obama-era overtime rule declared unlawful

Obama-era overtime rule declared unlawful

A federal judge Thursday declared unlawful an Obama-era Labor Department rule that would have made 4.2 million more workers eligible for overtime pay by raising the salary threshold for eligibility from $23,660 to $47,476. Provider groups had opposed the rule.

Enlivant cracks top 10 list of largest senior housing owners

Enlivant cracks top 10 list of largest senior housing owners

Chicago-based Enlivant Senior Living for the first time is ranked among the top 10 largest senior housing owners in the United States on the 2017 ASHA 50 list.

Brookdale refinances $619 million in mortgage debt to increase liquidity

Brookdale refinances $619 million in mortgage debt to increase liquidity

Brookdale Senior Living has refinanced $618.9 million in outstanding mortgage debt, including $389.9 million of debt that was scheduled to reach maturity next year, through a $975 million credit facility from Jones Lang LaSalle Multifamily, the company announced Thursday.

Senior living continues to respond to Harvey

Senior living continues to respond to Harvey

Senior living organizations in Texas and elsewhere continue to respond to the needs created by Tropical Storm Harvey.

White House nixes pay data submission

White House nixes pay data submission

Employers no longer will be required to submit summary employee pay data to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission beginning in March. The White House on Tuesday nixed the rule containing the requirement, saying it would burden employers and that it had other problems.

Unbundling is an opportunity in senior housing: issue brief

Offering senior housing that is disconnected from services could help operators reach additional prospects, according to a new issue brief.

Self-neglect most common type of abuse investigated: report

Self-neglect was by far the most common type of maltreatment investigated by state and local adult protective services programs in 2016, according to a new federal report released Tuesday.

More news for Wednesday, Aug. 30

Here's what those seniors stuck in waist-deep water look like now ... La Vita Bella owner: Residents laughed, joked during wait for rescue

Holiday, Brookdale among those battling Harvey

Holiday, Brookdale among those battling Harvey

A photo from a Texas assisted living community became a social media sensation on Sunday, sending visual confirmation of the destruction that Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey brought to the Lone Star State across the country and around the world. Behind the scenes, both small and large senior living operators on the Gulf Coast were dealing with historic levels of rain and other effects through the weekend and on Monday.

Operator wrongly required employees to work on Sabbath, EEOC alleges

Operator wrongly required employees to work on Sabbath, EEOC alleges

A Tennessee senior living community violated federal law by requiring two employees to work on Saturdays, which they observed as the Sabbath, alleged the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in a lawsuit filed Thursday.

Senior living finds time is ripe for focus on food

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.

Iowa ombudsman's office to stop AL, SNF visits due to budget cuts

Iowa ombudsman's office to stop AL, SNF visits due to budget cuts

The Iowa Long-Term Care Ombudsman Office has cut almost all staff visits to assisted living communities and nursing homes because of budget cuts, and some advocates say that decision is problematic.

ID theft gets assisted living manager 52 months in federal prison

ID theft gets assisted living manager 52 months in federal prison

The former manager of an assisted living facility in Maryland has been sentenced to 52 months in federal prison and three years of supervised release after admitting to obtaining credit cards in the names of residents and making almost $75,000 in purchases on them.

Dominion counts on profit-sharing to woo, keep executive directors

Dominion counts on profit-sharing to woo, keep executive directors

Dominion Senior Living is adapting Chick-fil-A's employment approach to senior living, banking on the belief that executive directors who "own" the experience at their communities will enjoy their work more and stay with the company. Those who succeed will enjoy another benefit: a share of the profits.

Former assisted living worker gets prison time for role in $430,000 tax scheme

Former assisted living worker gets prison time for role in $430,000 tax scheme

A former worker at an assisted living community in Florida was sentenced Wednesday to two years in federal prison on aggravated identity theft charges for his role in a tax scheme that netted more than $430,000 using the names of residents and others.

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

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 shares tips on how payroll, financial and human resources professionals can report suspicious emails and avoid falling for such schemes.

Senior living operator withheld details of fingerprint scanning program, lawsuit claims

Senior living operator withheld details of fingerprint scanning program, lawsuit claims

A potential class action lawsuit filed Aug. 17 against Senior Lifestyle Corp. accuses the company of not informing workers in writing about how it would protect the digital fingerprint scans that it required of employees.

Court tells EEOC to reconsider workplace wellness plan incentives

Court tells EEOC to reconsider workplace wellness plan incentives

The AARP is calling a federal court's decision Tuesday to have the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reconsider workplace wellness plan incentives "a tremendous victory for workers," although the final outcome in the matter remains to be seen.

Joint effort aims to educate senior living executive directors about financial fraud

Joint effort aims to educate senior living executive directors about financial fraud

Four senior housing and care provider organizations have teamed up with the FINRA Investor Education Foundation to educate senior living executive directors about financial fraud and share resources that those leaders, in turn, can pass along to colleagues, residents and families.

Silverado discriminated against pregnant worker, EEOC says in lawsuit

Silverado discriminated against pregnant worker, EEOC says in lawsuit

Senior living operator Silverado violated federal law when it fired a pregnant employee rather than accommodate her need for "light duty" work due to medical restrictions, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said in a lawsuit filed Tuesday.

Presence Life Connections may become part of Ascension Living

Presence Life Connections may become part of Ascension Living

Senior living community operator Presence Life Connections would become part of Ascension Living under the terms of a nonbinding letter of intent announced Tuesday by their parent organizations. The deal would link parent companies Ascension, the largest nonprofit health system in the United States and the world's largest Catholic health system, and Presence Health, the largest Catholic health system in Illinois.

More news for Wednesday, Aug. 23

The dismantling of HUD under Sec. Ben Carson ... Sepp out; ACHCA announces search for new CEO ... Masonicare Ashlar Village to welcome college students as residents again this year ... Manhattan gets $20,000-a-month homes for new breed of seniors ... 'Granny pods' become a solution for retirees with limited budgets

Attorneys general launch national effort to crack down on elder abuse

Attorneys general launch national effort to crack down on elder abuse

Over the next year, a new initiative will see state attorneys general across the country focusing on strengthening efforts to fight elder abuse, neglect and exploitation in senior living communities and other settings.

Florida scraps proposed assisted living changes, to reboot effort

Florida scraps proposed assisted living changes, to reboot effort

Florida's Department of Elder Affairs has withdrawn a proposed rule that was challenged by Florida Argentum, which said the changes would have financially burdened assisted living operators and would have had several negative effects on residents and their families while not recognizing differences between assisted living and skilled nursing.

Senior living caregiver accused of killing 91-year-old resident

Senior living caregiver accused of killing 91-year-old resident

A caregiver at a senior living community in Georgia has been charged with neglect, aggravated battery and murder after he allegedly hit a 91-year-old resident and then refused to help him. The resident later died.

More news for Tuesday, Aug. 22

Lifetime costs for someone with dementia are $321,780 ... Only 18% of Hispanics over 40 confident that assisted living can meet their cultural needs ... Sedentary behavior increases risk of death for frail, inactive adults ... Assisted living is preferred choice of aging adults in Minnesota ... Guy Fieri to open Flavortown restaurant in The Villages

HCR ManorCare says it will contest QCP's receivership request

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 appointed to oversee ManorCare's assisted living and skilled nursing facilities.

Where prospects carry the most student loan debt

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 community residents may face a big impediment to making a move.

Prehistoric bones found on senior living grounds

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 to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

More news for Monday, Aug. 21

Despite advance directive, woman with dementia denied her last wish, spouse says ... All-terrain wheelchair allows senior living residents to experience the outdoors ... Campers from assisted living community find the woods are good medicine ... Hard-won advice in books on aging and elder care

How to get more mileage from your Facebook efforts

How to get more mileage from your Facebook efforts

Facebook can be a way to reach prospects, build a sense of community among residents and keep older adults engaged with family and friends. Two big issues can keep seniors off the social networking site, according to a new study, and one of the authors shares exclusive insights that could help senior living communities counter them.

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

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 state ranks.

Isakson Living brings new memory care approach to U.S.

Isakson Living brings new memory care approach to U.S.

Park Springs Health Services in Stone Mountain, GA, has opened the first Dementia Care Matters Butterfly Household Model of Care in the United States.

Sabra looking forward to 'fun part' now that CCP merger is approved

Sabra looking forward to 'fun part' now that CCP merger is approved

Sabra Health Care REIT will continue efforts to diversify its asset base now that its merger with skilled nursing-focused Care Capital Properties has been approved by the boards of both companies, the real estate investment trust's CEO and chairman, Richard Matros, told McKnight's Senior Living on Wednesday.

Assisted living community rating site is unique in country, group says

Assisted living community rating site is unique in country, group says

A new website is rating assisted living communities in San Diego County in what a consumer group says is unique effort in California and the entire country.

Union tactic may delay Missouri's 'right to work' law

Union tactic may delay Missouri's 'right to work' law

The Missouri AFL-CIO plans to present about 300,000 petition signatures to the secretary of state's office on Friday. The move is part of an effort to delay implementation of the state's new "right to work" law.

Woes continue for senior living rental assistance program

Woes continue for senior living rental assistance program

Residents at Valley Springs in Auburn recently received a letter notifying them to vacate the building. That's because the Kansas-based complex for seniors — a Section 42 participant — is being foreclosed on.

Blocking a key enzyme may help reverse memory loss

Interfering with the enzyme that blocks communication between brain cells may help reverse Alzheimer's-related memory loss, MIT researchers have found.

Brookdale sustainability efforts lead to 2.42% cut in energy use

Brookdale sustainability efforts lead to 2.42% cut in energy use

Brookdale Senior Living continued to make strides toward reaching its sustainability-related goals in 2016, reducing energy use by 2.42% in the communities it owns or operates compared with 2015, the company said in a report released Monday.

Top services outsourced by senior living organizations

Top services outsourced by senior living organizations

Outsourcing rehabilitation and therapy services is popular among senior living organizations, according to a recent poll by specialty investment bank Ziegler. See what other services made the list.

AdCare reorganization vote slated for Sept. 20

AdCare reorganization vote slated for Sept. 20

Shareholders will vote Sept. 20 on a proposed reorganization after which AdCare Health Systems would be known as Regional Health Properties, Allan Rimland, the self-managed real estate investment company's president, CEO and chief financial officer, told participants in a second-quarter earnings call Monday.

Fidget spinners show promise in addressing dementia symptoms

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.

Executive's case pending as memory care community cook found guilty of rape

Executive's case pending as memory care community cook found guilty of rape

A former memory care community cook whose case was highlighted in a CNN report earlier this year was found guilty Thursday of raping a resident who told authorities that the sex was consensual. A case against an executive at the community, related to her handling of the matter, is pending.

Proposed rule burdens operators, hurts residents, Florida Argentum says

Proposed rule burdens operators, hurts residents, Florida Argentum says

Officials with Florida Argentum have filed a legal challenge to a proposed rule that they say would financially burden assisted living operators in the Sunshine State and have several negative effects on residents and their families while not recognizing differences between assisted living and skilled nursing.

Also in the news for Monday, Aug. 14

These new gadgets could be game-changers for senior living ... She's 98. He's 94. They met at the gym and just got married ... How tech can ease the trials of getting old ... Gym-going seniors are benefiting from more than exercise

Stand-alone memory care properties challenge LTC Properties in second quarter

Stand-alone memory care properties challenge LTC Properties in second quarter

LTC Properties has issued a default notice to the primary operator of stand-alone memory care communities in its portfolio and is planning to transition two properties away from the other operator of stand-alone memory care communities in its portfolio.

Builder confidence in the 55+ housing market gradually increasing

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.

Flower-wielding man may have stolen $100,000 in valuables from senior living residents, authorities say

Flower-wielding man may have stolen $100,000 in valuables from senior living residents, authorities say

Maryland law enforcement authorities believe that a man may have carried flowers into a senior living community as a cover to steal thousands of dollars' worth of jewelry, cash and credit cards from at least four residents.

Holiday occupancy steadily improving, NHI says

Holiday occupancy steadily improving, NHI says

Holiday Retirement properties in real estate investment trust NHI's portfolio have seen a steady increase in occupancy over the past three months as the country's largest independent living operator finished implementing a change in its management model, NHI Executive Vice President of Investments Kevin Pascoe said Wednesday during a second-quarter earnings call.

New report details way to finance LTSS

New report details way to finance LTSS

A universal, catastrophic insurance program sufficiently could finance the needs of those who need long-term services and supports, and a "managed cash" benefit design might best pay for service delivery, LeadingAge concluded in a report issued Wednesday.

Carson calls for increased private-market involvement in affordable housing

Carson calls for increased private-market involvement in affordable housing

Decreased regulation would enable private markets to become more involved in helping to solve the "affordable rental housing crisis" that affects older adults and others, HUD Secretary Ben Carson said Wednesday as the agency released a new report to Congress.

4 strategies Brookdale is using to combat new competition

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 Smith told participants in a Tuesday earnings call. But the company is using at least four strategies to fight that competition, he said.

NJ law increases requirements, decreases some fines in reporting of suspected abuse cases

NJ law increases requirements, decreases some fines in reporting of suspected abuse cases

A new law in New Jersey increases reporting requirements for long-term care workers who suspect abuse or exploitation in their facilities but "inexplicably" reduces the maximum fine by 90% for individuals who don't report such incidents, according to a state provider organization.

Glen Campbell remembered; documentary to air Wednesday

Glen Campbell remembered; documentary to air Wednesday

Wednesday, HLN will broadcast an encore presentation of "Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me," the network announced hours after Campbell's death on Tuesday. The documentary has a special connection to senior living providers.

Brookdale's $4 billion acquisition on hold: report

Brookdale's $4 billion acquisition on hold: report

Brookdale Senior Living's talks to be acquired by Beijing-based Zhonghong Zhuoye Group Co. Ltd. have stalled because Chinese regulatory officials are more carefully scrutinizing overseas investments and financial institutions are taking a more conservative approach to assessing credit risks, the Financial Times reported Monday. Meanwhile, Brookdale released its second-quarter financial results.

Study suggests higher Medicaid payments for assisted living operators

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 beneficiaries' access to home- and community-based services, according to the authors of a newly published study.

$385,000 in grants will fund workforce initiatives

$385,000 in grants will fund workforce initiatives

Increasing the quantity and quality of the workforce serving the aging population is the ultimate goal of 17 grants totaling more than $385,000 that recently were awarded to rural LeadingAge Minnesota members.

'Groundbreaking' senior living community planned for NY college campus

'Groundbreaking' senior living community planned for NY college campus

After more than a decade of work, Purchase College is moving forward with its plans to create a senior living community on its 500-acre campus.

Assisted living offers promise for future, Ensign Group CEO says

Assisted living offers promise for future, Ensign Group CEO says

Assisted living is an area that offers encouragement for the future of The Ensign Group and its operating affiliates, President and CEO Christopher Christensen told participants in a Friday call about second-quarter earnings.

Senior housing resident shot, charged after allegedly threatening staff with meat cleaver

Senior housing resident shot, charged after allegedly threatening staff with meat cleaver

A resident of an affordable senior housing community in New Jersey was shot by police and charged with crimes after he allegedly attacked two women in the community's management office with a meat cleaver.

Occupancy declines at Holiday continue to affect New Senior

Holiday Retirement's operating model transition, which saw community oversight change from live-in managers to more traditional executive directors over the past year, continued to affect occupancy in the second quarter and, therefore, the portfolio performance of New Senior Investment Group, the publicly traded real estate investment trust's CEO, Susan Givens, told participants in a Thursday earnings call.

Senior living payroll clerk allegedly stole $256,000 from employer

Senior living payroll clerk allegedly stole $256,000 from employer

A payroll administrator for a California senior living operator has been charged with seven felonies after allegedly embezzling more than $256,000 from her employer by funneling funds to other accounts that she controlled, authorities said Wednesday.

Aegis Living marks 20 years with big plans for the future

Aegis Living marks 20 years with big plans for the future

Aegis Living is marking its 20-year anniversary this summer with a new headquarters, a forecast of physical and financial growth, and new recognition from Glassdoor.

More news for Friday, Aug. 4

Private equity sets its sights on senior living ... Tips for valuing and keeping older workers ... Shelter Group sells affordable housing properties to focus on Brightview Senior Living communities ... College students start nonprofit that uses virtual reality with assisted living residents

PharMerica to go private in $1.4 billion deal as it looks to 'aggressively compete' for assisted living business

PharMerica to go private in $1.4 billion deal as it looks to 'aggressively compete' for assisted living business

PharMerica Corp. says that its $1.4 billion acquisition by a newly formed company controlled by global investment firm KKR, with Walgreens Boots Alliance as a minority investor, will provide additional resources to expand its business. Some of that future growth is expected to come from assisted living.

Senior living operators share secrets to finding, keeping executive directors

Senior living operators share secrets to finding, keeping executive directors

Leaders of Capital Senior Living and Five Star Senior Living used their second-quarter earnings calls this week in part to discuss their companies' approaches to recruiting and retaining executive directors.

Inflation, labor shortage continue to affect senior living construction costs

Inflation, labor shortage continue to affect senior living construction costs

Inflation, a lack of workers and the price of wood and steel continue to be concerns in seniors housing construction projects across the country, according to a new brief prepared for the American Seniors Housing Association by The Weitz Co.

More news for Thursday, Aug. 3

New website rates assisted living communities in California ... Former LPN charged with sex offenses against residents, having child porn on phone ... Report details dementia care efforts across Massachusetts

A centered approach to research on aging

A centered approach to research on aging

Robyn Stone, DrPH, talks about a unique partnership with an ambitious agenda.

Outdated security

Outdated security

Technology is changing many aspects of senior living security. New products and services are making it easier than ever to keep residents safe.

Brookdale woes drag down HCP portfolio performance

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 experienced a higher-than-expected decline in occupancy due to under-spending on marketing and sales, above-average turnover of sales directors and distractions caused by discussions about its future, HCP leaders said Tuesday in an earnings call.

More than skin deep

More than skin deep

Caregiver vigilance and improved products can work together to help prevent and treat wounds in the senior living setting.

Finishing touches

Finishing touches

The right furniture is essential to create a welcoming environment that residents will find attractive, comfortable and therapeutic

Prototype pros and cons

Prototype pros and cons

Establishing a prototype design for replication across various communities can be an economical approach, but operators need to watch for pitfalls.

Welltower lawsuit 'completely inexplicable,' HCP executive chairman says

Welltower lawsuit 'completely inexplicable,' HCP executive chairman says

Healthcare real estate investment trust HCP still expects Scott Brinker to join the company in January as executive vice president and chief investment officer, despite allegations from his former employer, Welltower, that he violated the terms of his separation agreement by entering into discussions with a competitor, HCP Executive Chairman Michael McKee said Tuesday during a second-quarter earnings call.

Sunrise Senior Living extends brand with Sunrise Villa communities

Sunrise Senior Living extends brand with Sunrise Villa communities

McLean, VA-based Sunrise Senior Living has rebranded seven of its urban California communities under the name of a new brand extension, Sunrise Villa, the company announced Monday.

State employee allegedly accepted bribes from ALFs in $1 billion fraud scheme

State employee allegedly accepted bribes from ALFs in $1 billion fraud scheme

An employee of the agency that oversees the licensure of assisted living and skilled nursing facilities in Florida accepted bribes from facility owners, including one charged in a historic $1 billion healthcare fraud case, in exchange for providing information that helped them keep their licenses and submit fraudulent bills for Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, the Department of Justice alleges.

Benchmark employees perform more than 1,000 'radiant acts of kindness'

Benchmark employees perform more than 1,000 'radiant acts of kindness'

Benchmark Senior Living employees beat their goal of committing 1,000 "radiant acts of kindness" in June, with a total of 1,204 acts, in honor of the company's 20th anniversary.

More news for Tuesday, Aug. 1

Touring residential facilities, interacting with older adults positively enhances medical residents' knowledge of issues and needs ... Radio and health appliance for people with dementia under development ... Fate of Medicaid HCBS still in the hands of Congress ... Hudson Bay Capital urges Sabra shareholders to reject Care Capital Properties acquisition

'Time to move on' from healthcare reform, or is it?

Provider groups applauded Friday's early-morning failure of the Senate's effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Some in the federal government, however, later suggested that their battle may not be over to prevent the Medicaid cuts contained in reform efforts to date.

'Buckle up for the tax reform roller coaster ride,' Ventas' Cafaro says

'Buckle up for the tax reform roller coaster ride,' Ventas' Cafaro says

"Now the real estate community can buckle up for the tax reform roller coaster ride," Ventas Chairman and CEO Debra Cafaro told those participating in a second-quarter earnings call Friday, hours after the failure of a Senate attempt to pass a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Seniors housing is bright spot for Welltower in second quarter

Seniors housing is bright spot for Welltower in second quarter

The seniors housing operating portfolio was "the highlight" of the second quarter for Welltower, "with meaningful outperformance relative to our budget," Shankh Mitra, the real estate investment trust's senior vice president for finance and investments, told participants in a second-quarter earnings call Friday.

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