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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

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

Why skilled care's pain could be senior living's gain

Why skilled care's pain could be senior living's gain

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If you can deliver post-acute care at a lower cost than the skilled care joint down the street, you just might find yourself swimming in a very nice new revenue stream.

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

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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

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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.

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

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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.

Assisted living communities top nursing homes for caregiver pay

Assisted living communities top nursing homes for caregiver pay

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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.

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

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

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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."

New signs that insurance companies might control senior living's destiny

New signs that insurance companies might control senior living's destiny

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It's starting to look like assisted living communities and skilled nursing facilities simply may become spokes connected to a hub controlled by somebody else.

267 senior living communities named 'Caring Stars' for 2018

267 senior living communities named 'Caring Stars' for 2018

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Caring.com is releasing its list of reviews-based honorees today, and 267 independent living communities, assisted living communities, memory care communities, care homes or skilled nursing facilities across 40 states made the cut.

More news for Monday, Oct. 16

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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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.

REIT investments suggest a healthy future for senior living

REIT investments suggest a healthy future for senior living

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Back-to-back earnings calls Friday morning suggested a healthy future for senior living operators, as two large public healthcare real estate investment trusts relayed the growing place that senior living has in their portfolios.

More news for Thursday, July 13

Nursing care occupancy dropped to 86.5% in second quarter ... SEC brings fraud charges against telemarketers who allegedly told seniors to kill themselves ... Senate Aging Committee examines nutrition's role in healthy aging

Sen. Grassley demands details of community's HR, social media policies after worker arrest

Sen. Grassley demands details of community's HR, social media policies after worker arrest

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The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee is seeking details of a Florida memory care community's human resources and social media policies after a worker there allegedly secretly recorded two residents having consensual sexual relations in a private room and then posted the video to Snapchat.

Senior living continues to see job growth, although rate is slowing

Senior living continues to see job growth, although rate is slowing

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The senior living industry has been among the top industries for post-recession job creation, and employment in the industry continues to increase, although the overall rate of growth is slowing, according to a new report from Argentum.

Leave skilled care services to skilled care facilities, attorney warns

Leave skilled care services to skilled care facilities, attorney warns

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Assisted living operators can unintentionally invite lawsuits when they deliver care that goes beyond what a state will allow, warns Nancy Reynolds, an attorney with LeClairRyan.

Independent living hot with investors: report

Independent living hot with investors: report

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Independent living offers the biggest opportunity for investment in seniors housing, according to the latest CBRE Seniors Housing & Care Investor Survey, released Tuesday.

Where your new residents are moving from

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A new survey of visitors to senior care-related websites reveals where older adults are living and, when they are residing in senior living communities, where they moved from. Survey results also detail the experiences of family caregivers.

A Q&A with NIC's Robert Kramer

A Q&A with NIC's Robert Kramer

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Robert G. Kramer, founder and CEO of the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care, recently spoke with McKnight's about the current state and future prospects of independent living, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing, as well as trends in seniors housing.

Success may be as simple as focusing on two areas

Success may be as simple as focusing on two areas

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Senior living operators should focus their efforts on two areas, says elder care policy expert Laura Katz Olson, Ph.D. And one is especially important.

Study finds 'substantial' risk of suicide among LTC residents, cites staff influence

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Suicide risk among residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities is "substantial," according to a study published in the July issue of The American Journal of Public Health.

Nursing home inventory shrank, assisted living hit highest-ever growth rate, quarterly data shows

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Assisted living inventory growth reached a historic high in the second quarter of 2014, while nursing home inventory continued its slight downward trajectory, according to data released Friday by the National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing & Care Industry.

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Feb. 14

Winter wish

Massachusetts

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