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Report calls for regulatory changes to address acuity, staffing challenges

Report calls for regulatory changes to address acuity, staffing challenges

Many challenges faced by assisted living communities in a populous state can be attributed to staffing requirements that have not kept pace with resident needs that are increasing in acuity, according to a new report.

Healthiest states for seniors: Minnesota can celebrate; Mississippi? Not so much

Healthiest states for seniors: Minnesota can celebrate; Mississippi? Not so much

Minnesota is the healthiest state for older adults, and Mississippi is the least healthy, according to a new report from the United Health Foundation.

Camera-loaning program expansion concerns New Jersey provider groups

Camera-loaning program expansion concerns New Jersey provider groups

The expansion of a camera-loaning program in New Jersey means that families of senior living residents now may be equipped to secretly record the care of their loved ones, but organizations representing operators are concerned that the families may not be equipped to address privacy and other concerns.

More news for Wednesday, April 26

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Senior living represented on MA governor's Aging Council

Senior living represented on MA governor's Aging Council

The CEOs of Benchmark Senior Living and Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly are two of 24 people named to a new group tasked with developing a plan to improve public and private efforts to support healthy aging in Massachusetts.

California LGBT bill applies to assisted living, skilled nursing

California LGBT bill applies to assisted living, skilled nursing

Legislation under consideration in California is designed to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals from discrimination in assisted living communities and nursing homes, according to its author, state Sen. Scott Wiener.

Texas tries to get tougher on assisted living violations

Texas tries to get tougher on assisted living violations

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission would not have to provide assisted living communities with the opportunity to correct certain violations before penalizing them under a bill being considered by the Texas Senate. Nursing homes would be affected similarly.

Bill tightens time to file lawsuits against WV assisted living communities

Bill tightens time to file lawsuits against WV assisted living communities

Residents of assisted living communities and nursing homes would have less time to file medical professional liability lawsuits against the facilities under a bill headed for the desk of West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice.

Kentucky to establish review panels for malpractice cases

Kentucky to establish review panels for malpractice cases

Three-member medical review panels will examine the merits of malpractice and neglect claims against assisted living communities and other healthcare settings before the claims go to court under a new law signed by Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin on March 16.

In Focus

June 21

A flash mob to remember

Indianapolis

Indianapolis International Airport visitors recently were surprised by a flash mob organized by American Senior Communities to raise awareness and funds for the Alzheimer's Association during June, which is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month.