Assisted Living

Assisted living community rating site is unique in country, group says

Assisted living community rating site is unique in country, group says

A new website is rating assisted living communities in San Diego County in what a consumer group says is unique effort in California and the entire country.

Choice will continue to be the predominant trend in senior living

Choice will continue to be the predominant trend in senior living

To remain competitive in today's marketplace, the successful senior living community will offer choice — and plenty of it.

Staffing

Union tactic may delay Missouri's 'right to work' law

Union tactic may delay Missouri's 'right to work' law

The Missouri AFL-CIO plans to present about 300,000 petition signatures to the secretary of state's office on Friday. The move is part of an effort to delay implementation of the state's new "right to work" law.

$385,000 in grants will fund workforce initiatives

$385,000 in grants will fund workforce initiatives

Increasing the quantity and quality of the workforce serving the aging population is the ultimate goal of 17 grants totaling more than $385,000 that recently were awarded to rural LeadingAge Minnesota members.

Marketing

News How to get more mileage from your Facebook efforts

How to get more mileage from your Facebook efforts

Facebook can be a way to reach prospects, build a sense of community among residents and keep older adults engaged with family and friends. Two big issues can keep seniors off the social networking site, according to a new study, and one of the authors shares exclusive insights that could help senior living communities counter them.

Marketplace Columns How to use content marketing to increase occupancy

How to use content marketing to increase occupancy

Millions of Americans could be moving into senior living communities over the next 20 years. Will your community be able to reach this audience and their loved ones with messages that resonate?

Dementia / Alzheimer's

Blocking a key enzyme may help reverse memory loss

Interfering with the enzyme that blocks communication between brain cells may help reverse Alzheimer's-related memory loss, MIT researchers have found.

Fidget spinners show promise in addressing dementia symptoms

Fidget spinners show promise in addressing dementia symptoms

An Ohio senior living community is finding that fidget spinners and cubes seem to produce a calming effect in those with Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

LTSS / HCBS / PACE

More news for Tuesday, Aug. 1

Touring residential facilities, interacting with older adults positively enhances medical residents' knowledge of issues and needs ... Radio and health appliance for people with dementia under development ... Fate of Medicaid HCBS still in the hands of Congress ... Hudson Bay Capital urges Sabra shareholders to reject Care Capital Properties acquisition

$756 billion Medicaid reduction in revised BCRA affected by HCBS pilot projects, CBO says

$756 billion Medicaid reduction in revised BCRA affected by HCBS pilot projects, CBO says

A $16 billion difference in Medicaid cuts between a July 20 version of the Senate's Better Care Reconciliation Act and the June 26 version is due in part to a provision in the revised bill that would fund home- and community-based services demonstration projects, according to an analysis released Thursday by the Congressional Budget Office.

CCRCs / Life Plan Communities

Continuing Care Hall of Fame to induct four

The Continuing Care Hall of Fame will induct four members this year at an Oct. 29 gala at the InterContinental New Orleans.

Residents, staff reap rewards from retirement community's smartphone app

Residents, staff reap rewards from retirement community's smartphone app

Leaders at a New York retirement community say their new smartphone app is bringing convenience to residents and enabling staff members to spend more time with them.

Argentum / ALFA

Proposed rule burdens operators, hurts residents, Florida Argentum says

Proposed rule burdens operators, hurts residents, Florida Argentum says

Officials with Florida Argentum have filed a legal challenge to a proposed rule that they say would financially burden assisted living operators in the Sunshine State and have several negative effects on residents and their families while not recognizing differences between assisted living and skilled nursing.

76 more assisted living directors obtain credential

76 more assisted living directors obtain credential

Seventy-six additional senior living professionals have earned the certified director of assisted living, or CDAL, credential, the Senior Living Certification Commission announced Monday.

NCAL

NJ law increases requirements, decreases some fines in reporting of suspected abuse cases

NJ law increases requirements, decreases some fines in reporting of suspected abuse cases

A new law in New Jersey increases reporting requirements for long-term care workers who suspect abuse or exploitation in their facilities but "inexplicably" reduces the maximum fine by 90% for individuals who don't report such incidents, according to a state provider organization.

'Time to move on' from healthcare reform, or is it?

Provider groups applauded Friday's early-morning failure of the Senate's effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Some in the federal government, however, later suggested that their battle may not be over to prevent the Medicaid cuts contained in reform efforts to date.

LeadingAge

Some days, it's best to let the music do the talking

Some days, it's best to let the music do the talking

Glen Campbell jumped into my life two times.

New report details way to finance LTSS

New report details way to finance LTSS

A universal, catastrophic insurance program sufficiently could finance the needs of those who need long-term services and supports, and a "managed cash" benefit design might best pay for service delivery, LeadingAge concluded in a report issued Wednesday.

NIC

Senior housing transaction volume down 78% in second quarter

Senior housing transaction volume down 78% in second quarter

Senior housing transaction volume in the second quarter was down 78% from the first quarter, mainly because of a decrease in institutional buyers, according to Bill Kauffman, senior principal at the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care.

Inventory growth knocks assisted living occupancy to lowest point since 2009

Inventory growth knocks assisted living occupancy to lowest point since 2009

Occupancy rates for assisted living communities reached their lowest point in eight years in the second quarter, driven down by inventory growth that outpaced healthy absorption rates, according to data released Wednesday by the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care's MAP Data Service.

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Aug. 16

'Pet therapy on steroids'

Chesterfield, MI

It was "pet therapy on steroids" when a special visitor recently roamed the halls of The Village of East Harbor, according to Administrator Carolyn Martin.