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Families prefer assisted living over nursing homes for hospice care: survey

Families prefer assisted living over nursing homes for hospice care: survey

Families perceive hospice care in assisted living as being better than hospice care in a nursing home, according to new research.

Fired employee allegedly returns with gun to rob assisted living community

Fired employee allegedly returns with gun to rob assisted living community

A woman who had been fired from a Utah assisted living community returned six weeks later with a handgun and a stun gun and tried to steal locked-up medication before leaving with two employees' backpacks, according to the Utah County Sheriff's Office.

Georgia bill would require tougher long-term care worker background checks

Georgia bill would require tougher long-term care worker background checks

More thorough background checks would be required of all Georgia assisted living community owners, workers with direct access to residents and applicants for jobs with duties that would put them in direct contact with residents under a bill now being considered by the state senate.

CMS: Aging population a big driver of annual growth in national healthcare spending

Enrollment shifts from private health insurance to Medicare as baby boomers continue to age into the program will help drive average annual growth of 5.5% in national health spending and enrollment from 2017 to 2026, according to new estimates released Wednesday by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Projections include spending related to nursing care facilities and continuing care retirement communities.

Omega says assisted living is a strength in portfolio, but focus remains on skilled nursing

Omega says assisted living is a strength in portfolio, but focus remains on skilled nursing

Omega Healthcare Investors counts among its strengths one of its senior living partners, CEO Taylor Pickett told those participating in an earnings call on Wednesday. But the REIT's portfolio continues to be dominated by skilled nursing.

Second CA community sued over handling of evacuation during wildfire

Second CA community sued over handling of evacuation during wildfire

A 94-year-old California resident is suing the senior living community where she was living when a wildfire broke out in October, claiming that she and at least 80 other residents were abandoned by staff members. The community is a sister to a property already being sued over the way staff allegedly handled evacuations during the fire.

Memory care will be big growth area in 2018, senior living leaders predict

Memory care will be big growth area in 2018, senior living leaders predict

Memory care will be the biggest growth area in senior living and long-term care in 2018, predict executives participating in Lancaster Pollard's "2018 Seniors Housing and Care Survey," the results of which were released Tuesday.

Long-term care CFOs, COOs jockey for second-best pay position based on company revenue: survey

Long-term care CFOs, COOs jockey for second-best pay position based on company revenue: survey

Whether the chief financial officer or chief operating officer is the highest-paid executive other than the CEO in a long-term care organization depends on the organization's total revenue, according to a new report from the Hospital & Healthcare Compensation Service.

HCP continues to shed Brookdale communities from portfolio

HCP continues to shed Brookdale communities from portfolio

Real estate investment trust HCP is selling six Brookdale Senior Living properties to Brookdale and selling or transitioning 68 other Brookdale properties to other operators, REIT executives said Tuesday during an earnings call.

President's budget proposes Medicaid changes, affordable housing funding cuts

President's budget proposes Medicaid changes, affordable housing funding cuts

Repeal of the Affordable Care Act, reform of the Medicaid program to fund it through per capita caps or block grants, and cuts to affordable housing programs all are proposed as part of President Trump's fiscal year 2019 budget request, released Monday.

Sunrise, Holiday, Capital come out on top in new J.D. Power senior living study

Sunrise, Holiday, Capital come out on top in new J.D. Power senior living study

Sunrise Senior Living, Holiday Retirement and Capital Senior Living had the highest scores in the inaugural study of senior living conducted by J.D. Power, the consumer research company announced Monday.

Increasing social interaction improves quality of life for residents with dementia

Increasing social interaction improves quality of life for residents with dementia

An hour a week of social interaction, combined with person-centered care, improves the quality of life for senior living residents with dementia and saves money, according to a study published in the journal PLOS Medicine.

Top senior living concerns are recruiting, retaining, paying, survey says

Top senior living concerns are recruiting, retaining, paying, survey says

Staffing and labor issues by far are the biggest concerns of senior living chief financial officers responding to a recent poll by specialty investment bank Ziegler.

Flu, new supply will affect occupancy, income this year, Ventas predicts

Flu, new supply will affect occupancy, income this year, Ventas predicts

A "severe" flu season and a "mismatch of supply and demand" will continue to affect occupancy and net operating income in Ventas' seniors housing portfolio in the short term, the real estate investment trust's executives predicted Friday during a fourth-quarter earnings call.

Assisted, independent living 'critical part' of Ensign's success in fourth quarter, CEO says

Assisted, independent living 'critical part' of Ensign's success in fourth quarter, CEO says

The Ensign Group saw the highest adjusted earnings per share in its history in the fourth quarter of 2017, and assisted living and independent living had much to do with it, Ensign President, CEO and Director Christopher Christensen said Friday during an earnings call.

Feds promise to enhance industry oversight in wake of GAO report

Feds promise to enhance industry oversight in wake of GAO report

Responding to a report that cites lax state oversight, federal officials said they will begin to monitor potentially dangerous incidents at senior living communities more closely.

Nearly a month later, evacuated residents return to senior living community

Nearly a month later, evacuated residents return to senior living community

Almost a month after mud and debris flows forced them to evacuate, residents in a California senior living community north of Los Angeles are returning to Casa Dorinda.

Preventive medicine for dementia: Try to stay positive

Preventive medicine for dementia: Try to stay positive

"Don't Worry, Be Happy" is not just a song made famous by Bobby McFerrin. It turns out it may also be good advice for those who want avoid dementia.

ASHA launches Senior Living Hall of Fame, inducts six

The American Seniors Housing Association launched a new Senior Living Hall of Fame and inducted six industry veterans at its annual meeting.

Lesbian resident's discrimination case back in court

Lesbian resident's discrimination case back in court

A lawsuit claiming that an Illinois senior living community failed to protect a lesbian resident from harassment, discrimination and violence from fellow residents because of her sex and sexual orientation was back in federal court Tuesday as Lambda Legal appealed the January 2017 dismissal of the case.

More news for Thursday, Feb. 8

CMS answers FAQs related to HCBS Medicaid beneficiaries with dementia ... AHCA/NCAL and ACHCA partner for administrator credentialing, including assisted living ... Senate funding bill contains $2 billion for NIH, including Alzheimer's research ... VA considers restricting eligibility for caregivers program

CDC data show how small, large assisted living communities differ

A data brief published Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics sheds light on the differences between smaller and larger assisted living communities regarding the types of ADL assistance residents need, health conditions they have, payment source and more.

Memory care community sanctioned after resident elopes, freezes to death

Memory care community sanctioned after resident elopes, freezes to death

A Wisconsin memory care community has been fined $4,200 and is prohibited from accepting new residents after a resident with dementia wandered outside and froze to death in December.

Senior living could benefit from big price drops for fresh fruits, vegetables

Senior living could benefit from big price drops for fresh fruits, vegetables

Wholesale food price drops are forecast for several categories in 2018, but the biggest decreases are expected for fresh fruits and vegetables, according to a senior living industry report.

More news for Wednesday, Feb. 7

HHS considers lifetime limits on Medicaid ... Kindred Healthcare urges shareholders to approve its sale, notes more challenges ahead ... New rules aiming to prevent financial abuse of seniors take effect

New GAO report focuses on CMS but could have direct effects on assisted living

New GAO report focuses on CMS but could have direct effects on assisted living

A report released Monday by the Government Accountability Office contains a to-do list for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services related to state reporting of deficiencies in care and services provided to Medicaid beneficiaries in assisted living communities. Some federal lawmakers and consumer advocates, however, say they will push for changes in assisted living because of the report's findings.

Report is 'new territory,' GAO director says

A new report about federal oversight of Medicaid beneficiaries who live in assisted living communities is "new territory" for the Government Accountability Office, the report's author told McKnight's Senior Living.

Former senior living nurse sentenced on multiple counts of rape and sexual battery

Former senior living nurse sentenced on multiple counts of rape and sexual battery

A former nurse at an Oklahoma senior living community has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for the rapes of several women under his care.

More news for Tuesday, Feb. 6

Do Florida assisted living residents need a bill of rights? ... Proposed law would affect Illinois assisted living evictions ... Demand drives Florida assisted living boom

Number of CCRCs decreases for first time in at least seven years

After increasing every year since at least 2010, the number of continuing care retirement communities decreased in 2017, according to Ziegler's national CCRC listing.

Former directors plead guilty for actions that may have led to scabies-related deaths

Former directors plead guilty for actions that may have led to scabies-related deaths

Two former directors of an Oregon memory care community have pleaded guilty to felonies related to a scabies outbreak that state officials said could have contributed to the deaths of at least three residents.

Elderly HUD housing residents could see 5% income threshold increase

Elderly HUD housing residents could see 5% income threshold increase

The Department of Housing and Urban Development reportedly is considering raising the income threshold by 5% for elderly and other residents of federally subsidized housing and setting a work requirement for younger aid recipients, according to draft legislation.

More news for Monday, Feb. 5

If immigrants are pushed out, who will care for the elderly? ... Effects of Hurricane Irma still linger for Florida senior living communities ... CCRC mudslide evacuee, 91, dies after being struck by triple DUI suspect ... Site of Marshall Square retirement community fire to feature medical offices

Seniors housing transaction volume continues downward trend, NIC says

Seniors housing transaction volume continues downward trend, NIC says

Seniors housing and care transaction volume has declined over the past three years, according to preliminary data shared by the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care.

Senators ask president for more Alzheimer's funding

Senators ask president for more Alzheimer's funding

A group of 14 senators led by Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), founder and co-chair of the Senate Alzheimer's Task Force, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) on Wednesday asked President Trump to boost funding allocated for Alzheimer's research in the fiscal year 2019 budget request he is expected to release later this month.

New campaign will educate lawmakers, public on importance of saving for retirement expenses

New campaign will educate lawmakers, public on importance of saving for retirement expenses

Senior living operators could benefit from a new initiative by the Bipartisan Policy Center and financial adviser Ric Edelman that will urge action by policymakers and the general public to increase retirement security.

HCR ManorCare edging closer to receivership?

HCR ManorCare edging closer to receivership?

Quality Care Properties is considering additional legal action against one of the nation's largest assisted living and skilled care operators. The threat comes as unpaid rent payments continue to mount.

Highly decorated veteran's medals may have been stolen

Highly decorated veteran's medals may have been stolen

A Kansas family is looking for answers while grieving the loss of their loved one. The resident's military awards are missing from a storage facility near the senior living community in Hutchinson, where he lived.

Implants may help delay cognitive decline, study finds

Implants may help delay cognitive decline, study finds

Implants that deliver deep brain stimulation may help people with Alzheimer's disease retain independence longer, a new study asserts.

Task force calls for big changes in assisted living, dementia care by 2020

Task force calls for big changes in assisted living, dementia care by 2020

Minnesota will have a new assisted living license and new dementia care certification in less than two years if Gov. Mark Dayton and state lawmakers follow the recommendations contained in a new report from a task force appointed by the governor to address concerns related to elder abuse.

Bill to protect seniors from financial exploitation heads to Senate

Bill to protect seniors from financial exploitation heads to Senate

The Senior $afe Act, a bipartisan bill with the goal of helping to protect older adults from financial exploitation and fraud, unanimously passed in the House of Representatives on Monday and is expected to be considered by the full Senate soon.

Silverado settles pregnancy discrimination lawsuit for $80,000

Silverado settles pregnancy discrimination lawsuit for $80,000

Silverado will pay $80,000 to settle a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the agency announced Monday.

Late resident's family sues community where she fell and burned in the sun

A Florida senior living community is being sued by the adult children of a late resident who allege that her death came after she fell off her scooter in the community's courtyard and was burned by the sun when she wasn't found for several hours.

Community cited for neglect after resident's fall not discovered for 10 hours

The operators of a Minnesota assisted living and memory care community say they took "swift and immediate action" after a resident's fall reportedly went undetected for 10 hours and she later died.

Assisted living chain on hook for overtime for 72 employees

The owners of 10 California assisted living communities have agreed to pay $173,539 in previously unpaid overtime pay to 72 employees, the Department of Labor has announced.

Assisted living communities top nursing homes for caregiver pay

Assisted living communities top nursing homes for caregiver pay

Assisted living communities pay staff nurses, licensed practical nurses and certified nurse aides more than do nursing homes, on average, according to the 20th annual "Assisted Living Salary & Benefits Report," published by the Hospital & Healthcare Compensation Service.

Fannie Mae program lends record $5.5 billion for seniors housing in 2017

Fannie Mae program lends record $5.5 billion for seniors housing in 2017

Seniors housing saw a record-breaking $5.5 billion in lending via Fannie Mae's Delegated Underwriting and Servicing program in 2017, the government-sponsored enterprise has announced.

HCBS enrollment up but expenditures per participant down

HCBS enrollment up but expenditures per participant down

The number of participants and overall expenditures for state Medicaid 1915(c) waiver programs increased from 2013 to 2014, but average expenditure per participant decreased during that time, according to a report on Medicaid home- and community-based services released by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

More news for Monday, Jan. 29

Apple working with EHR companies, hospitals to bring records to iPhones ... HHS report touts 2017 accomplishments ... SEC investigates General Electric after announcement of long-term care insurance woes ... Aid-in-dying advocates target next battleground states

Overall turnover in assisted living down

Overall turnover in assisted living down

Overall turnover in assisted living is down from last year, but it is up for some positions compared with last year, according to the 20th annual "Assisted Living Salary & Benefits Report," released Wednesday by the Hospital & Healthcare Compensation Service.

Lumber, labor continue to affect seniors housing construction: brief

Lumber, labor continue to affect seniors housing construction: brief

Increased lumber costs and a labor shortage 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.

Assisted living CEOs see pay bumps of 2.77% in 2017

Assisted living CEOs see pay bumps of 2.77% in 2017

Assisted living organization CEOs, on average, saw base pay increases of 2.77% in 2017, according the 20th annual "Assisted Living Salary & Benefits Report," just published by the Hospital & Healthcare Compensation Service.

Episcopal Senior Communities closes home care business, names preferred provider

Episcopal Senior Communities closes home care business, names preferred provider

Episcopal Senior Communities has shuttered the home care business it operated in its six San Francisco-area continuing care retirement communities and has named Home Care Assistance its preferred provider of home care services.

Senior living parent companies form 'game-changing' drug company

Senior living parent companies form 'game-changing' drug company

Four healthcare giants — among them the parent companies of senior living community operators — have joined together to form a new nonprofit generic drug company that will aim to benefit senior living residents and others.

Employers that offer paid leave can get tax break under new law

Employers that offer paid leave can get tax break under new law

A provision in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act offers a tax credit to employers that offer paid family and medical leave for lower-wage workers — under certain conditions.

Florida associations drop generator rule challenges

Florida associations drop generator rule challenges

Associations representing assisted living operators in Florida have agreed to drop their legal challenges to a rule requiring them to install generators for resident safety during power outages. Instead, they will support a revised proposed rule issued Friday by the state Department of Elder Affairs, Gov. Rick Scott announced Tuesday.

Good Samaritan explores merger in era of 'unprecedented change'

Good Samaritan explores merger in era of 'unprecedented change'

One of the country's largest senior living operators may be on the verge of getting even bigger in an effort to meet the challenges of an era of "unprecedented change" in healthcare.

Collaboration to test Dr. Bill Thomas' 'tiny house' model

Collaboration to test Dr. Bill Thomas' 'tiny house' model

A year-long pilot project on the campus of the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville will test Dr. Bill Thomas' "tiny house" dwellings as a multigenerational community housing model, the university, its foundation and Thomas announced Monday.

Colorado law aims to simplify licensing process for nurses

Colorado law aims to simplify licensing process for nurses

A new law in Colorado aims to help address the state's nursing shortage and make it easier for the state's almost 90,000 nurses to respond to emergencies in other states by simplifying licensing procedures.

More news for Tuesday, Jan. 23

Government set to reopen, but more work required for long-term budget deal that could deliver fixes for seniors ... HHS announces two more actions related to new Conscience and Religious Freedom Division ... State measures to prevent elder financial abuse gaining steam

Effort would add 'residents' bill of rights' to Florida constitution

Effort would add 'residents' bill of rights' to Florida constitution

The man behind a proposal that would add a "Nursing Home and Assisted Living Facility Residents' Bill of Rights" to the Florida constitution says it is an effort to "establish a situation where the rights of residents of long-term care facilities are at least on par with the rights of everyone else." At least one organization representing care and service providers, however, describes the proposal as "nothing more than an avaricious ploy by trial lawyers to profit from increased lawsuits."

Virginia resolution could lead to regulation of independent living

Virginia resolution could lead to regulation of independent living

The Virginia Department of Social Services would study independent living communities to see whether state regulation and oversight would "help to ensure that residents ... are adequately protected" if a joint resolution introduced in the state legislature passes.

Wildfire lawsuit adds more plaintiffs, charges of wrongful death

Wildfire lawsuit adds more plaintiffs, charges of wrongful death

A November lawsuit against a California senior living community that was destroyed in an Oct. 9 wildfire was amended Thursday to include four additional former residents and claims that the subsequent deaths of two of the original four plaintiffs were hastened because the community failed to safely evacuate residents.

Assisted living ranks low as preferred workplace for caregivers: report

Assisted living ranks low as preferred workplace for caregivers: report

Assisted living communities ranked fourth out of five settings when caregivers were asked their preferred work setting in a recent survey.

New HHS division will allow discrimination against LGBT residents, advocates say

New HHS division will allow discrimination against LGBT residents, advocates say

Federal officials say a new division in the Department of Health and Human Services will protect the rights of healthcare workers who object to providing certain types of care on moral or religious grounds. Opponents, however, say it will enable discrimination.

Alzheimer's Association releases new memory care recommendations

Alzheimer's Association releases new memory care recommendations

Nonphysician caregivers in assisted living communities, nursing homes and other long-term care and community care settings are the intended audience for new dementia care practice recommendations released Thursday by the Alzheimer's Association.

CMS should ensure no conflicts of interest in HCBS assessments, GAO says

CMS should ensure no conflicts of interest in HCBS assessments, GAO says

A new report from the Government Accountability Office recommends that Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma ensure that no conflicts of interest exist among entities that conduct the needs assessments that are used to determine eligibility for Medicaid home- and community-based services and to develop HCBS plans of service.

CCRC sees suicides as state approach to mental healthcare changes

CCRC sees suicides as state approach to mental healthcare changes

An Alabama senior living community that has become home to several people with mental health challenges under the state's changing approach to behavioral healthcare saw three deaths by suicide and at least two attempted deaths by suicide among residents in 2017.

Hiring interns? Read this first

Hiring interns? Read this first

The Labor Department has clarified when interns working at for-profit employers are actually employees who are entitled to minimum wages and overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Seniors housing a 'best bet' for investors: report

Seniors housing a 'best bet' for investors: report

Several factors are converging to make seniors housing one of the "expected best bets" for investors this year, according to a new report.

Seniors housing acquisitions decline in fourth quarter

Seniors housing acquisitions decline in fourth quarter

Tax reform uncertainty in the fourth quarter of 2017 contributed to a decline in the number of publicly announced seniors housing-related acquisitions.

Worker murdered at senior living community, police say

Worker murdered at senior living community, police say

The administrator of a Crosby, MN, senior living community said the community is continuing to work with authorities after an employee was killed there Saturday.

More news for Wednesday, Jan. 17

Maryland becomes ninth state to require sick-leave benefit ... Washington state weighs LGBTQ training for long-term care workers ... WalletHub names 2018's best and worst states for retirement

Investors' top worries for seniors housing in 2018

Investors' top worries for seniors housing in 2018

The changing regulatory environment may be top-of-mind for senior living owners and operators, but that is not the case for seniors housing investors, developers, lenders and brokers.

Self-driving taxis come to The Villages in Florida

Self-driving taxis come to The Villages in Florida

Silicon Valley start-up company Voyage announced Wednesday that it has launched the second test of its self-driving taxi service at a 55+ retirement community.

PETA's claws come out over Brookdale community's activities

PETA's claws come out over Brookdale community's activities

The country's largest senior living operator recently came to the attention of the country's largest animal welfare organization because of the activities program at one of its communities.

Senior living market fundamentals stagnant in fourth quarter

Senior living market fundamentals stagnant in fourth quarter

Occupancy, annual absorption and construction as a share of existing inventory in senior living remained unchanged in the fourth quarter compared with the third quarter, the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care said Thursday as it released fourth-quarter performance data captured by the NIC MAP Data Service.

Mudslides force California CCRC evacuation

Mudslides force California CCRC evacuation

A Southern California life plan community was evacuated Thursday due to the Montecito mudslides, caused by hillsides left vulnerable after the Thomas Fire and then rains.

New strategies will reduce veterans home Legionnaires' risk, governor says

New strategies will reduce veterans home Legionnaires' risk, governor says

Following a seven-day stay at a veterans home that has been plagued with cases of Legionnaires' disease, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner announced near-term and longer-term plans to try to reduce the health risks for staff members and the 600 residents who live there.

KKR eyes senior living with new $2 billion fund

KKR eyes senior living with new $2 billion fund

Global investment firm KKR announced Wednesday that it has closed on a $2 billion fund that will invest in senior living communities as well as apartment buildings serving all ages.

Wisconsin campaign will encourage public to report abuse of senior living residents

Wisconsin campaign will encourage public to report abuse of senior living residents

A new effort in Wisconsin will encourage the public to report cases of elder abuse occurring at Medicaid-funded and other senior living and care facilities, Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel has announced.

NAHB names winners of 2018 Best of 55+ Housing Awards

NAHB names winners of 2018 Best of 55+ Housing Awards

Independent living, assisted living and life plan communities were among the 55+ housing types recognized Tuesday at the National Association of Home Builders' 2018 Best of 55+ Housing Awards.

California operator cited $7 million for alleged labor law violations

California operator cited $7 million for alleged labor law violations

The owner of six residential care facilities in Los Angeles paid caregivers as little as $2.40 an hour, did not pay them overtime and did not relieve them for breaks, the California Labor Commissioner's Office said Tuesday.

Former administrator pleads guilty in resident death

Former administrator pleads guilty in resident death

The former administrator of a now-closed Ohio residential care home faces up to 4.5 years in prison after pleading guilty to reckless homicide and patient abuse in the death of an 85-year-old resident.

Owners re-examine financing options after tax bill passage

Owners re-examine financing options after tax bill passage

Passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has changed the financing landscape, but several options remain for senior living operators.

More news for Wednesday, Jan. 10

Senior living and other employers brace for loss of immigrant workforce ... Why Louisville is becoming America's aging capital ... Bill to support family caregivers heads to president's desk ... 2018's hottest tech trend might be gadgets for old people ... Axovant no longer will develop lead dementia drug

Expect labor challenges to continue in 2018: report

Expect labor challenges to continue in 2018: report

Senior living workforce issues will not abate this year, according to a new report.

Pfizer to end Alzheimer's, Parkinson's research

Pfizer to end Alzheimer's, Parkinson's research

Pharmaceutical company Pfizer has announced that it will end its research and development programs for Alzheimer's and Parkinson's treatments and "re-allocate funding to those areas where we have strong scientific leadership and that will allow us to provide the greatest impact for patients."

Elder care workers in spotlight at Golden Globes

Elder care workers in spotlight at Golden Globes

Advocates for professional caregivers and senior living shared the spotlight with members of the Hollywood elite at Sunday night's Golden Globe Awards, where eight actresses walked the red carpet paired with women activists.

New rules aim to prevent financial abuse of seniors

New rules aim to prevent financial abuse of seniors

New rules from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority going into effect Feb. 5 are designed to prevent the financial exploitation of your residents and other older adults.

Cruise set for people with Alzheimer's, caregivers

Cruise set for people with Alzheimer's, caregivers

A cruise ship may seem an improbable setting for a conference for professional and family caregivers and those with early-stage Alzheimer's disease or dementia. In September, however, Holland America's MS Eurodam will take such travelers to Alaska while educating them about the condition and its care.

Investors excited about independent and assisted living: report

Investors excited about independent and assisted living: report

Investors this year will be most attracted to "lifestyle-focused" segments of seniors housing, including one that may surprise some, according to a new report from commercial real estate services and investment firm CBRE.

Illinois governor moves into veterans home that has history of Legionnaires' cases

Illinois governor moves into veterans home that has history of Legionnaires' cases

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner on Wednesday temporarily moved into a veterans' home in the spotlight for multiple Legionnaires' outbreaks. The move came a day before federal health officials sent recommendations to the state on how to lessen the risk of future outbreaks.

Former ombudsman gets $285,000 in settlement after being fired

Former ombudsman gets $285,000 in settlement after being fired

The state of New Mexico has paid $285,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by state's former long-term care ombudsman, who had maintained that she was fired illegally in June 2016 after advocating for assisted living and nursing home residents.

Study: Flu shots may offer senior living communities a competitive advantage

Study: Flu shots may offer senior living communities a competitive advantage

Senior living communities that successfully encourage flu vaccination among staff members may have a marketing advantage over competing communities, suggests new research into consumer preferences.

Labor Department increases monetary penalties for violations

Labor Department increases monetary penalties for violations

The Department of Labor issued a final rule Tuesday that details increases in civil penalties due to inflation, as required by federal law.

Stay tuned for EEOC's revised wellness plan rule

Stay tuned for EEOC's revised wellness plan rule

It's back to the drawing board for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which has until August to issue a new notice of proposed rulemaking on workplace wellness plans under a Dec. 20 ruling in federal court.

Memory care occupancy increasing

Memory care occupancy increasing

Occupancy in memory care increased in the third quarter, somewhat reversing from a downward trend that had begun in the fourth quarter of 2015, according to National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care Chief Economist Beth Burnham Mace.

Welltower inks $368 million deal for 4 Sunrise CCRCs

Welltower inks $368 million deal for 4 Sunrise CCRCs

Toledo, OH-based Welltower has agreed to pay $368 million to Newton, MA-based Senior Housing Properties Trust for four rental continuing care retirement communities managed by Sunrise Senior Living, the real estate investment trusts announced Tuesday.

Former American Senior Communities CEO, others to plead guilty in $16 million fraud case

Former American Senior Communities CEO, others to plead guilty in $16 million fraud case

The former CEO of American Senior Communities and two others have agreed to plead guilty to some of the charges related to their alleged roles in a $16 million fraud, kickback and money-laundering scheme.

State News

Georgia bill would require tougher long-term care worker background checks

More thorough background checks would be required of all Georgia assisted living community owners, workers with direct access to residents and applicants for jobs with duties that would put them in direct contact with residents under a bill now being considered by the state senate.

More news for Tuesday, Feb. 6

Do Florida assisted living residents need a bill of rights? ... Proposed law would affect Illinois assisted living evictions ... Demand drives Florida assisted living boom

Task force calls for big changes in assisted living, dementia care by 2020

Minnesota will have a new assisted living license and new dementia care certification in less than two years if Gov. Mark Dayton and state lawmakers follow the recommendations contained in a new report from a task force appointed by the governor to address concerns related to elder abuse.

In Focus

Winter wish

Winter wish

Brookdale Senior Living resident Eleanor "Ellie" Ross recently got to ski again thanks to a Brookdale partnership with two-time Olympic skier Jeremy Bloom. Read more, and learn how to submit your photos!

Big Easy thank you

Big Easy thank you

More than 100 employees recently enjoyed a Mardi Gras-themed party hosted by Lantern Hill, a continuing care retirement community in New Providence, NJ. Find out more, and learn how to submit your photos!

A key to retention

A key to retention

IntegraCare employee Jeannie Stack was the lucky winner of a car in the company's third Continued Attendance Rewards program drawing, held Tuesday. Find out how the program has helped reduce employee turnover, and learn how to submit your photos!

Product News

Silverado to use Eversound technology in all of its communities

Silverado to use Eversound technology in all of its communities

Silverado will use Eversound's patented wireless headphone system in all 36 of its memory care communities across eight states, the companies announced Tuesday.

PS Salon & Spa partners with John Paul Mitchell Systems

A new partnership between professional salon and spa operator PS Salon & Spa and professional salon product manufacturer John Paul Mitchell Systems will bring many Paul Mitchell product lines into more than 760 PS locations nationwide, the companies announced Tuesday.

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Winter wish

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Brookdale Senior Living resident Eleanor "Ellie" Ross recently got to ski again thanks to a Brookdale partnership with two-time Olympic skier Jeremy Bloom.