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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

New assisted living trade association launches in Kentucky

New assisted living trade association launches in Kentucky

The 64-year-old Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities has launched the Kentucky Center for Assisted Living, a state affiliate of the National Center for Assisted Living.

Bill capping punitive damages against facilities fails in Pennsylvania

Bill capping punitive damages against facilities fails in Pennsylvania

A bill to cap punitive damages awarded in lawsuits against assisted living communities, personal care homes and nursing homes was defeated 103-91 Monday in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

Also in the news for Friday, June 22

D.C. bill would bar assisted living communities from accepting new residents with dementia ... Ohio assisted living communities score an average of 85.2 (out of 100) on resident satisfaction survey

Assisted living is not 'community-integrated housing,' Justice Department says

Assisted living is not 'community-integrated housing,' Justice Department says

Assisted living communities cannot be considered "community-integrated housing" for purposes of helping Louisiana comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act in serving people with serious mental illness, according to an agreement recently signed by the U.S. Justice Department and Louisiana Department of Health.

In Focus

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.