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Employers gain more sway in determining religious accommodations

Employers gain more sway in determining religious accommodations

Although employees are entitled to religious accommodation, they are not entitled to accommodation by choice, according to a recent court ruling.

Florida cities dominate list of retiree-friendly locales

Florida cities dominate list of retiree-friendly locales

If WalletHub's new list of top retirement destinations is to be believed, Florida appears to be a can't-miss target.

Benzodiazepines identified as latest Alzheimer's risk

Benzodiazepines identified as latest Alzheimer's risk

Benzodiazepine use may modestly increase the odds your residents will get Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study.

Life expectancy decreasing, CDC says

Life expectancy decreasing, CDC says

Life expectancy in the United States decreased in both 2015 and 2016, marking the only decreases in the past 20 years and the first consecutive two-year decline since 1964, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease and Prevention.

Judge tosses key evidence in $1 billion fraud case against ALF owner

Judge tosses key evidence in $1 billion fraud case against ALF owner

The owner of multiple Miami-area assisted living and skilled nursing facilities, accused in 2016 of orchestrating a $1 billion healthcare fraud scheme, scored a major victory in federal court Friday when a judge threw out key evidence against him and said that Justice Department investigators were trying to "obfuscate the evidentiary record."

Support, knowledge of HIV important when caring for LGBT individuals with dementia: report

Support, knowledge of HIV important when caring for LGBT individuals with dementia: report

Find or create support groups, and prepare for an increase in the number of residents with both cognitive impairment and HIV/AIDS. Those are two pieces of advice contained in a new issue brief for aging service providers about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and dementia from SAGE and the Alzheimer's Association.

Law requiring dementia training for healthcare professionals is unprecedented, Alzheimer's Association says

Law requiring dementia training for healthcare professionals is unprecedented, Alzheimer's Association says

Healthcare professionals who treat adults in Massachusetts will be required to undergo training related to Alzheimer's disease under a new law signed Thursday by Gov. Charlie Baker.

Kisco Senior Living pioneers new employee training program inspired by hospitality industry

Kisco Senior Living pioneers new employee training program inspired by hospitality industry

Kisco Senior Living was looking for a way to take its customer service to the next level. The organization found a way to do it that no other senior living operator had found before.

Resident suspected in senior living fire and shooting dies

Resident suspected in senior living fire and shooting dies

A man accused of killing a firefighter and injuring two other people in the California senior living building in which he lived has died.

Assisted living, but not skilled nursing, may benefit from tax law deduction

Assisted living, but not skilled nursing, may benefit from tax law deduction

Assisted living communities may be able to take advantage of a 20% business income tax deduction in the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that may elude skilled nursing facilities, according to AHCA/NCAL's interpretation of a proposed rule issued by the IRS.

LTC Properties is 'firmly in the triple-net camp,' CEO says

LTC Properties is 'firmly in the triple-net camp,' CEO says

LTC Properties is offering financing options beyond triple-net leases to meet the expectations of senior living operators, but when it comes to triple-net leases versus the RIDEA structures that some peers are favoring lately, "we're firmly in the triple-net camp," CEO Wendy Simpson said on the REIT's second-quarter earnings call.

Recent college graduate spends summer as senior living resident

Recent college graduate spends summer as senior living resident

Kari Grindberg, a 22-year-old recent college graduate, may change her career plans after spending a summer as a resident of the WesleyLife retirement community in Pella, IA.

New Senior to pay $50 million to bring management in-house after strategic review

New Senior to pay $50 million to bring management in-house after strategic review

New Senior Investment Group expects to save $10 million annually by bringing its management in-house, the REIT announced Thursday as it released its second-quarter financial results. But first the company will have to pay its current manager $50 million.

Five Star evaluates skilled nursing business to address revenue, occupancy challenges

Five Star evaluates skilled nursing business to address revenue, occupancy challenges

Five Star Senior Living is evaluating all of the skilled nursing units within its continuing care retirement communities to determine whether the space might be more profitable if used differently, President and CEO Bruce Mackey said Thursday.

Brookdale CEO 'hamstrung' by board, says shareholder who recommends changes

Brookdale CEO 'hamstrung' by board, says shareholder who recommends changes

Brookdale Senior Living's board has "hamstrung" President and CEO Cindy Baier in her efforts to maximize shareholder value, activist investor Jonathan Litt said Thursday. He singled out one director in particular.

CVS looks to assisted living for future Omnicare success after disappointing quarter

CVS looks to assisted living for future Omnicare success after disappointing quarter

Assisted living figures prominently in the future plans that CVS Health executives shared Wednesday to improve performance in its Omnicare long-term care pharmacy business.

AARP report on assisted living response to Hurricane Harvey is 'misleading and unfair,' groups say

AARP report on assisted living response to Hurricane Harvey is 'misleading and unfair,' groups say

A new report that is critical of Texas assisted living operators' preparedness and response to Hurricane Harvey in 2017 is misleading to the public and insulting to industry workers, according to associations representing assisted living operators in the Lone Star State.

Ohio task force recommends new dementia training requirements

Ohio task force recommends new dementia training requirements

Memory care communities in Ohio would face new employee training requirements, and "respite care" would get a new definition, if a task force's recommendations become law.

Brookdale road test of turnaround strategy leads to 'renewed focus,' CEO says

Brookdale road test of turnaround strategy leads to 'renewed focus,' CEO says

Recent visits that saw approximately 20 members of the company's senior leadership team work in Brookdale Senior Living communities across the country affirmed that the company is on the right track with its turnaround strategy, President and CEO Lucinda "Cindy" Baier said.

National Health Investors open to joint ventures, RIDEA deals, CEO says

National Health Investors open to joint ventures, RIDEA deals, CEO says

National Health Investors executives said Tuesday that they are pleased with the real estate investment trust's financial performance and are seeking new types of deals with operators outside of the current portfolio, including deals related to skilled nursing facilities.

Senior Housing Properties Trust looks to other segments while senior living challenges continue

Senior Housing Properties Trust looks to other segments while senior living challenges continue

Senior Housing Properties Trust is focusing its acquisitions energy on its life science and medical office building segments as it waits for senior living challenges to lessen, President and Chief Operating Officer Jennifer Francis said Tuesday on a second-quarter earnings call.

Bankruptcy threatens an increasing number of older adults: study

Bankruptcy threatens an increasing number of older adults: study

An increasing number of older adults of retirement age may be headed to bankruptcy court rather than a senior living community, suggests new research.

Manhattan assisted living high-rise project sees cost, height increases, Omega says

Manhattan assisted living high-rise project sees cost, height increases, Omega says

Costs associated with the Manhattan assisted living high-rise being built in conjunction with Maplewood Senior Living have increased $35 million to $285 million in part due to the purchase of air rights that will result in a larger building, Omega Healthcare Investors says.

New law requires training to prevent LGBT discrimination in assisted living

New law requires training to prevent LGBT discrimination in assisted living

Workers at assisted living communities in Massachusetts will be required to undergo training on the prevention and elimination of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity under a new law.

Where senior living inventory growth is the greatest

Where senior living inventory growth is the greatest

Seven metropolitan markets have accounted for 30% of the growth in seniors housing inventory in the past year, according to the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care.

Rent increase, acquisitions up revenue, income despite occupancy decline at Ensign

Rent increase, acquisitions up revenue, income despite occupancy decline at Ensign

Revenue and income were up in Ensign Group's assisted living and independent living services segment in the second quarter compared with the same quarter of 2017, as acquisitions and rent increases helped lessen the effect of an occupancy decline.

Congress pushes CMS to publish PACE final rule by Dec. 31

Congress pushes CMS to publish PACE final rule by Dec. 31

Bipartisan bills introduced in the Senate and House call for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to publish the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly final rule by Dec. 31. The rule could open up new opportunities for PACE enrollees to access care in senior living communities and additional settings.

'Busy and productive' quarter includes numerous Brookdale transitions, HCP says

'Busy and productive' quarter includes numerous Brookdale transitions, HCP says

The second quarter was a "busy and productive" one for HCP, during which time the real estate investment trust completed the majority of its previously announced transitions of Brookdale Senior Living communities, CEO Thomas Herzog said Thursday during a second-quarter earnings call.

Kindred wrongful discharge lawsuit brought by former executive director hinges on medication-related phone call

Kindred wrongful discharge lawsuit brought by former executive director hinges on medication-related phone call

Kindred Healthcare is headed back to court after the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine on July 27 rejected its request for a summary judgment in a wrongful discharge lawsuit filed by a former executive director the company said was fired for violating state regulations by accepting a medication order from a physician over the phone.

12 weeks of bereavement leave may be on tap for New York workers

12 weeks of bereavement leave may be on tap for New York workers

New York employers would be required to give all employees 12 weeks of paid time off if a close relative dies, under a bipartisan bill awaiting Gov. Andrew Cuomo's signature.

Study confirms what many suspect: Assisted living's growth taking a toll on skilled care private pay

Study confirms what many suspect: Assisted living's growth taking a toll on skilled care private pay

Many operators are convinced senior living is growing at skilled care's expense. A new study adds nuance to the numbers.

Sudden spike seen in wages and benefits

Sudden spike seen in wages and benefits

Workers saw their wages and benefits increase by the fastest rate in nearly a decade, a sign that senior living operators are continuing to feel upward wage pressures.

NLRB may revisit email access and unionization efforts

NLRB may revisit email access and unionization efforts

The National Labor Relations board announced Wednesday it will accept briefs on whether to revisit a 2014 ruling that allowed workers to use employer email systems for union-related activities. Comments can be submitted through Sept. 5.

Labor & Policy Briefs, August 2018

Employment-based health insurance, osteoporosis drug lawsuits and new Drug Enforcement Agency head.

3 reasons the senior living management function is becoming more complex

3 reasons the senior living management function is becoming more complex

You've got questions? We've got answers. Here are three reasons the senior living management function is becoming more complex.

Going to extremes

Going to extremes

When it comes to infection control measures in senior living, medical waste disposal can't be taken lightly. But operators actually might be overdoing it.

Finding comfort

Finding comfort

Transitioning to life in a senior living community can be a challenge. Operators can help ease the adjustment by making residents feel right at home.

The heat is on

The heat is on

Keeping skin healthy takes extra vigilance during hot, dry weather months.

Sudden impact

Sudden impact

Furnishings with a 'wow factor' can serve as a super marketing tool for communities while creating a comfortable environment for residents.

No whining about this dining

No whining about this dining

Franklin Park's newest community is full of amenities that deliver a 'symphony for the senses' — especially the taste buds, thanks to meals from scratch and more.

Senior living shows preference for internal efforts for lead generation

Senior living shows preference for internal efforts for lead generation

Lead generation vendors generate fewer or less desirable leads for senior living communities than internal efforts at the communities, according to 81% of respondents to a recently published survey.

Capital, 'disappointed' with second-quarter results, scrutinizes operations

Capital, 'disappointed' with second-quarter results, scrutinizes operations

Historic competition for new residents, increasing wage pressure and higher-than-expected resident attrition negatively affected Capital Senior Living's performance in the second quarter, but plans are in place to increase revenues and reduce expenses, company executives said Tuesday evening in a second-quarter earnings call.

Dr. Bill Thomas' tiny house prototype now available for rent

Dr. Bill Thomas' tiny house prototype now available for rent

The prototype of a tiny house introduced about a year ago by Dr. Bill Thomas is now available for rent through AirBnB for those who would like to try it out.

Ascension to explore establishing Medicare Advantage plan with Centene

Ascension to explore establishing Medicare Advantage plan with Centene

Ascension and Centene Corp. have signed a letter of intent to explore a joint venture to establish a Medicare Advantage plan that would serve as a preferred model in multiple geographic markets beginning in 2020, the St. Louis-based companies announced Monday.

Attorney general references senior living provider in announcing new Religious Liberty Task Force

Attorney general references senior living provider in announcing new Religious Liberty Task Force

A group of nuns that operates senior living homes across the United States figured prominently Monday when Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a new task force charged with ensuring that Justice Department employees "accommodate people of faith." One elder advocacy organization says the task force is "a license to discriminate."

Labor, materials issues continue to plague senior living construction: brief

Labor, materials issues continue to plague senior living construction: brief

Issues related to labor and materials continue to affect seniors housing construction negatively and are not expected to abate soon, according to a new brief prepared for the American Seniors Housing Association by The Weitz Co.

Assisted living may become 'more consequential' in health system, Welltower CEO predicts

Assisted living may become 'more consequential' in health system, Welltower CEO predicts

Assisted living and memory care "may become more consequential" in the healthcare system, and the recent complex deal involving Welltower, ProMedica Health System and HCR ManorCare "is the best example that one can point to" of how that system is changing, Welltower CEO Tom DeRosa said Friday.

Survey reveals opportunities for cultural accommodation in assisted living

Survey reveals opportunities for cultural accommodation in assisted living

Many Hispanic adults participating in a recent poll said they perceive issues related to language, food and religion at assisted living communities. Assisted living communities fared better than nursing homes and home health in some instances, but not in others.

Occupancy inching up at former Elmcroft properties now managed by Eclipse, Ventas says

Occupancy inching up at former Elmcroft properties now managed by Eclipse, Ventas says

Eclipse Senior Living, Brookdale Senior Living and seniors housing in general were on the agenda Friday when real estate investment trust Ventas held its second-quarter earnings call.

Discrimination lawsuit sparks awareness campaign around senior living LGBT issues

Discrimination lawsuit sparks awareness campaign around senior living LGBT issues

A new federal lawsuit alleging discrimination by a Missouri senior living community has sparked a public awareness and education campaign by a national advocacy group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older adults.

Only half of assisted living communities with EHRs exchange health information with pharmacies

Only half of assisted living communities with EHRs exchange health information with pharmacies

Assisted living communities using EHRs for health information exchange most often communicate with pharmacies compared with other settings, according to newly released data. Even then, however, only half of the EHR-equipped communities are exchanging health information with pharmacies.

Deadline today for McKnight's Technology Awards

Deadline today for McKnight's Technology Awards

Today is the day! It's the deadline for senior living and skilled nursing operators to enter the McKnight's Excellence in Technology Awards.

Quality Care Properties shareholders overwhelmingly approve Welltower merger

Quality Care Properties shareholders overwhelmingly approve Welltower merger

Quality Care Properties stockholders overwhelmingly voted in favor of being acquired by fellow real estate investment trust Welltower on Wednesday at a special meeting in Bethesda, MD, where QCP is headquartered. The vote was closer on "golden parachute" payments to executives.

House workforce bill 'good step in right direction' to support care of older adults

House workforce bill 'good step in right direction' to support care of older adults

Provider groups are cheering Monday's passage by the House of Representatives of a bill that would reauthorize federal health professions workforce programs, including education and training in geriatrics.

Tomorrow is deadline for McKnight's Technology Awards

Tomorrow is deadline for McKnight's Technology Awards

Time is running out! Tomorrow is the deadline for senior living and skilled nursing operators to enter the McKnight's Excellence in Technology Awards.

Senior living will grow at skilled care's expense through 2021, report predicts

Senior living will grow at skilled care's expense through 2021, report predicts

Senior living operators can look forward to growth in the coming years, largely at the expense of their skilled-care competitors. So suggests a new report that sizes up the seniors housing and care sector.

More operators may find themselves doing well by doing wellness

More operators may find themselves doing well by doing wellness

As hospitals and insurers focus more on wellness, new options are likely to become available to savvy senior living operators, experts say. New offerings could range from home-delivered meals to gym use to apartment cleaning during hospital stays, to name just a few.

Memo to memory care communities: Don't bogart that medicine, and lighten up

Memo to memory care communities: Don't bogart that medicine, and lighten up

Could synthetic marijuana and bright lights be the next big things in dementia care? New findings revealed at the Alzheimer's Association's International Conference in Chicago suggest both soon might be more prevalent in senior living communities.

Five Star becomes first organization to start new J.D. Power Senior Living Community Certification process

Five Star becomes first organization to start new J.D. Power Senior Living Community Certification process

Five Star Senior Living has become the first organization to commit to a new community certification program that one industry expert says could "take the industry to its next level."

Providers to share dementia-care insights at new roundtable

Providers to share dementia-care insights at new roundtable

Dementia care providers and thought leaders from across the country will share insights and advice Thursday in Chicago during a first-ever Dementia Care Provider Roundtable.

Proposed legislation seeks to improve and expand affordable-housing options

Proposed legislation seeks to improve and expand affordable-housing options

Several senators are calling for a comprehensive look into the challenges facing those who seek affordable seniors housing — and housing overall.

Assisted living community makes a business case to add skilled nursing

Assisted living community makes a business case to add skilled nursing

At a time when many senior living community owners and operators are reducing their number of skilled nursing beds and many investors are shying away from the property type, one Texas assisted living community recently expanded its offerings to include skilled nursing.

Facebook, YouTube most popular social media among older adults

Facebook, YouTube most popular social media among older adults

Facebook and YouTube are by far the most commonly used social media sites by U.S. adults aged more than 65 years, according to recent research by the Pew Research Center.

10 top cities for registered nurses

10 top cities for registered nurses

A new report may focus the job search for today's RNs seeking work in senior living.

Senior living CEO gives himself a pink slip to try to push community into the black

Senior living CEO gives himself a pink slip to try to push community into the black

Christopher Oswald is ending his 18-year stint at Blue Ridge Village in Martinsville, VA, on Friday, having decided to fire himself as CEO in an effort to help his organization survive.

Mountain region is tops for assisted living resident advance directives

Mountain region is tops for assisted living resident advance directives

Assisted living communities in the Mountain region of the United States have the highest documented use of advance directives, according to the CDC.

McKnight's Tech Awards deadline extended

McKnight's Tech Awards deadline extended

The deadline for entry submission to the McKnight's Excellence Technology Awards has been extended by one week to Friday, July 27.

Labor department officially rejects 'persuader rule'

Labor department officially rejects 'persuader rule'

The Labor Department has revoked a rule that requires employers to report whenever they seek assistance from consultants or lawyers to dissuade employees from joining unions.

Billionaire's goal: Diagnosing Alzheimer's disease in living people

Billionaire's goal: Diagnosing Alzheimer's disease in living people

Currently, there is no clinical test to confirm Alzheimer's disease in a living person. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates wants to change that.

High-sugar diet is linked to frailty risk

High-sugar diet is linked to frailty risk

Frailty is a common problem facing many older adults. The challenge can be made worse by a high-sugar diet, a new study finds.

Reports make the case for HCBS over institutional care

Reports make the case for HCBS over institutional care

Community-based long-term services and supports have the potential to increase Medicaid beneficiary satisfaction and save costs, and they're becoming increasingly popular as an alternative to institutional care, according to reports on the Tuesday agenda of a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Open Door Forum.

Independent living administrators in CCRCs see 1.43% salary increase, survey reveals

Independent living administrators in CCRCs see 1.43% salary increase, survey reveals

Independent lining administrators in CCRCs saw an average pay increase of 1.43% in 2018, according to the "Continuing Care Retirement Community Salary & Benefits Report 2018-2019" issued by the Hospital & Healthcare Compensation Service.

Assisted living builder, defrauded of $190,000, to receive restitution, Justice Department says

Assisted living builder, defrauded of $190,000, to receive restitution, Justice Department says

The intended builder of a Mississippi assisted living facility is expected to receive $190,000 in restitution now that a woman has been sentenced for defrauding the entity of that amount.

'Clandestine' facilities pose risks for residents: study

'Clandestine' facilities pose risks for residents: study

Unlicensed residential care facilities could pose serious risks for older adults, including physical, financial and emotional exploitation, abuse and neglect, according to a newly published study.

Music therapy: Passive better than active for those with dementia, study finds

Music therapy: Passive better than active for those with dementia, study finds

Listening to music appears to be more effective in reducing agitation, behavioral symptoms and anxiety for older adults with dementia than does their singing or playing along with music, according to a new study.

CDC: 14% of those 75+ have early symptom of Alzheimer's

CDC: 14% of those 75+ have early symptom of Alzheimer's

Fourteen percent of adults aged 75 or more years have subjective cognitive decline, one of the earliest noticeable symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Baby boomers bode well for CCRCs

Baby boomers bode well for CCRCs

Continuing care retirement communities are expected to hold much appeal to baby boomers, and the good news is, the first wave of boomers will be entering the target age range for such communities within the next five years, notes a new report.

Quality Care Properties resolves shareholder lawsuits ahead of merger vote

Quality Care Properties resolves shareholder lawsuits ahead of merger vote

Less than two weeks before a special meeting at which shareholders will vote on whether to merge with fellow real estate investment trust Welltower, Quality Care Properties announced that it had reached an agreement to resolve two related class action lawsuits.

Assisted living caregivers arrested after resident with dementia reportedly restrained with duct tape

Assisted living caregivers arrested after resident with dementia reportedly restrained with duct tape

Two caregivers at a Florida assisted living community were arrested after one allegedly used duct tape to restrain and silence a resident who has dementia and the other allegedly knew about but did not report the incident.

Assisted living occupancy drops to record low in second quarter

Assisted living occupancy drops to record low in second quarter

The occupancy rate for assisted living continued its downward trend in the second quarter, falling lower than last quarter's record-low average of 85.7% to a low of 85.2%, according to data released Thursday by the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care.

Weather not a major factor in retirement happiness, rankings suggest

Weather not a major factor in retirement happiness, rankings suggest

Financial security and a sense of community may be more important to satisfaction in retirement than factors such as weather, say the experts behind new rankings released Thursday.

Assisted living worker dies after being shot in community parking lot

Assisted living worker dies after being shot in community parking lot

A worker who had been been contracted to help care for a senior living resident was shot in the Texas community's parking lot, allegedly by her husband, and subsequently died, Houston police reported Thursday.

New federal task force will fight fraud

New federal task force will fight fraud

A new federal task force will focus on fighting healthcare fraud, cyber fraud and other fraud targeting older adults, and other types of fraud affecting the government, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced Wednesday.

Your newest prospects want communities that support an active lifestyle: survey

Your newest prospects want communities that support an active lifestyle: survey

The results of a new survey may provide insights into ways independent living and continuing care retirement communities can compete for residents as the oldest baby boomers become more common as prospects.

Dementia care managers in CCRCs see 2.75% bump in pay, survey says

Dementia care managers in CCRCs see 2.75% bump in pay, survey says

Memory care unit managers in continuing care retirement communities, also known as life plan communities, saw an average pay increase of 2.75% in 2018, according to the "Continuing Care Retirement Community Salary & Benefits Report 2018-2019" issued by the Hospital & Healthcare Compensation Service.

Parkinson's incidence to top 1.2 million by 2030 in U.S.

Parkinson's incidence to top 1.2 million by 2030 in U.S.

The incidence of Parkinson's disease in the United States will exceed 1.2 million by 2030, according to new estimates published Tuesday in the journal npj Parkinson's Disease.

Former American Senior Communities vendor sentenced in fraud case

Former American Senior Communities vendor sentenced in fraud case

The fifth and last defendant was sentenced Tuesday for his role in the $19.4 million fraud, kickback and money-laundering scheme that previously led to prison terms for four others associated with American Senior Communities.

McKnight's Senior Living earns awards for writing, website

McKnight's Senior Living earns awards for writing, website

The McKnight's Senior Living staff has earned three awards in Communications Concepts' 2018 Awards for Publication Excellence competition.

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'Splitting up company' is one option for Brookdale, shareholder says

'Splitting up company' is one option for Brookdale, shareholder says

"Splitting up the company," along with joint ventures and outright sales, are options that Brookdale Senior Living should evaluate to potentially maximize the value of its owned real estate, shareholder Jonathan Litt, founder and chief investment officer of Stamford, CT-based Land and Buildings Investment Management LLC, said Monday.

Snapchat video leads to arrest of three senior living workers

Snapchat video leads to arrest of three senior living workers

Three employees of a Georgia senior living community have been arrested after allegedly making a Snapchat video instead of monitoring a resident while she waited for a hospice nurse.

Two more sentenced in American Senior Communities fraud scheme

Two more sentenced in American Senior Communities fraud scheme

Two more defendants were sentenced Monday for their roles in a $19.4 million fraud, kickback and money-laundering scheme that previously led to prison terms for two former American Senior Communities executives.

Assisted living director pay tops $73,000 in CCRCs, survey finds

Assisted living director pay tops $73,000 in CCRCs, survey finds

Pay for directors of assisted living/personal care who work in continuing care retirement communities averaged $73,938 in 2018, according to the "Continuing Care Retirement Community Salary & Benefits Report 2018-2019" issued by the Hospital & Healthcare Compensation Service.

Former American Senior Communities COO gets 57-month prison sentence

Former American Senior Communities COO gets 57-month prison sentence

Former American Senior Communities Chief Operating Officer Daniel Benson was sentenced Friday to 57 months in federal prison for his role in a $19.4 million fraud, kickback and money-laundering scheme that netted his former boss, CEO James Burkhart, a 9 1/2 year sentence a week earlier.

Restraining order prevents work at scene of explosion that killed 2, injured 14

Restraining order prevents work at scene of explosion that killed 2, injured 14

The family of a construction worker injured in a June 26 explosion at a Texas health system has been granted a restraining order against the provider and others involved in an expansion project there so that they "cease all efforts that ... fail to preserve explosion evidence."

Senior living communities discriminated against deaf residents, lawsuit alleges

Senior living communities discriminated against deaf residents, lawsuit alleges

Fourteen senior living communities are the targets of a federal lawsuit that alleges they discriminated against prospective residents who are deaf, based on undercover interactions with "testers" recruited by a fair housing organization.

Provider groups call for immediate implementation of RAISE Family Caregivers Act

Provider groups call for immediate implementation of RAISE Family Caregivers Act

The American Health Care Association / National Center for Assisted Living, LeadingAge and 72 other national organizations, in a June 28 letter, urged Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to begin "immediate and effective implementation" of the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act.

Operator to pay $86,486 to resolve alleged overtime violations

Operator to pay $86,486 to resolve alleged overtime violations

The owners of four California assisted living facilities will pay $86,486 to 19 employees to resolve overtime violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Department of Labor has announced.

Brookdale asks court to reconsider False Claims Act ruling, and two 'friends' file briefs in support

Brookdale asks court to reconsider False Claims Act ruling, and two 'friends' file briefs in support

Brookdale Senior Living is asking the full 6th Circuit Court of Appeals to review a June 11 ruling by a three-judge panel of the court that revived a False Claims Act case against the company that originated in 2012. Two organizations filed "friend-of-the-court" legal briefs supporting that request this week.

Assisted living communities not prioritized for power restoration as hurricane season underway

Assisted living communities not prioritized for power restoration as hurricane season underway

Assisted living communities in Florida counties often targeted by hurricanes have not been added to utility company lists that prioritize power restoration in emergencies. Meanwhile, 40% of Florida assisted living facilities have not complied with a state generator law.

State News

Law requiring dementia training for healthcare professionals is unprecedented, Alzheimer's Association says

Healthcare professionals who treat adults in Massachusetts will be required to undergo training related to Alzheimer's disease under a new law signed Thursday by Gov. Charlie Baker.

AARP report on assisted living response to Hurricane Harvey is 'misleading and unfair,' groups say

A new report that is critical of Texas assisted living operators' preparedness and response to Hurricane Harvey in 2017 is misleading to the public and insulting to industry workers, according to associations representing assisted living operators in the Lone Star State.

Ohio task force recommends new dementia training requirements

Memory care communities in Ohio would face new employee training requirements, and "respite care" would get a new definition, if a task force's recommendations become law.

In Focus

Senior 'stay-cation'

Senior 'stay-cation'

Residents and friends of Juniper Village at Brookline's Wellspring Memory Care in State College, PA, recently took a virtual trip to the beach. Find out more, and learn how to submit your photos!

Help with hydration

Help with hydration

Senior living communities across the country have been helping older adults stay hydrated this summer by creating hydration kits and consistently offering water and other options for liquids. Find out more, and learn how to submit your photos!

A time for toiletries

A time for toiletries

Residents at La Costa Glen retirement community in Carlsbad, CA, have been repurposing hotel toiletries to help a women's resource center. Read more, and learn how to submit your photos!

Product News

GreatCall to be acquired by Best Buy for $800 million

GreatCall to be acquired by Best Buy for $800 million

GreatCall is being acquired by Best Buy Co. Inc. for $800 million in cash, the latter company announced Wednesday. The transaction is expected to close by the end of Best Buy's fiscal 2019 third quarter.

Technology company unveils monitoring device

JNL Technologies has announced the launch of a wearable Wander Monitoring Transmitter meant to provide discreet protection for residents who need it.

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Aug. 15 

Senior 'stay-cation'

State College, PA 

Residents and friends of Juniper Village at Brookline's Wellspring Memory Care in State College, PA, recently took a virtual trip to the beach.

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