Flu

Flu vaccination flat, pneumococcal vaccination increasing

Flu vaccination flat, pneumococcal vaccination increasing

By

Flu vaccination among adults aged 65 or more years has remained fairly steady since 1997, according to data newly released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics. Pneumococcal vaccination among people in this age group, however, is increasing.

Federal government sues Wisconsin operator over flu shot requirement

Federal government sues Wisconsin operator over flu shot requirement

By

The Justice Department announced Tuesday that it has sued a Wisconsin county that operates a senior living community, alleging that the community discriminated against an employee by not granting her a religious exemption to its flu vaccination requirement.

Flu initiative results in 'significant reductions' in illness, deaths, Capital Senior Living says

Flu initiative results in 'significant reductions' in illness, deaths, Capital Senior Living says

By

Capital Senior Living's first national public health initiative to better protect residents from the effects of the flu resulted in "significant reductions in infections, hospitalizations and deaths nationwide," CEO Larry Cohen said Tuesday on the company's fourth-quarter and full-year 2017 earnings call.

Welltower hopes Brookdale gets 'back to the basics'

Welltower hopes Brookdale gets 'back to the basics'

By

Welltower executives said that they hope Brookdale Senior Living can focus on fundamentals now that the company has announced turnaround plans that include a management shake-up in the wake of the rejection of a buyout offer.

Flu, occupancy less challenging for NHI, leaders say

Flu, occupancy less challenging for NHI, leaders say

By

The severe flu season and supply issues that seem to be affecting occupancy among some senior living operators don't appear to be having as much of an effect in National Health Investors' portfolio, leaders of the real estate investment trust said Friday during an earnings call.

HCP continues to shed Brookdale communities from portfolio

HCP continues to shed Brookdale communities from portfolio

By

Real estate investment trust HCP is selling six Brookdale Senior Living properties to Brookdale and selling or transitioning 68 other Brookdale properties to other operators, REIT executives said Tuesday during an earnings call.

Flu, new supply will affect occupancy, income this year, Ventas predicts

Flu, new supply will affect occupancy, income this year, Ventas predicts

By

A "severe" flu season and a "mismatch of supply and demand" will continue to affect occupancy and net operating income in Ventas' seniors housing portfolio in the short term, the real estate investment trust's executives predicted Friday during a fourth-quarter earnings call.

Give flu vaccination a shot

Give flu vaccination a shot

By

This year's flu statistics are scary. Vaccination could protect you, co-workers, residents and the livelihood of your senior living community.

Study: Flu shots may offer senior living communities a competitive advantage

Study: Flu shots may offer senior living communities a competitive advantage

By

Senior living communities that successfully encourage flu vaccination among staff members may have a marketing advantage over competing communities, suggests new research into consumer preferences.

Healthcare peers still top long-term care workers in flu vaccination

Healthcare peers still top long-term care workers in flu vaccination

By

More long-term care workers than not are getting vaccinated against the flu, but they are less likely than other healthcare workers to get the shot, according to new data released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

How to protect your caregivers from workplace injuries

How to protect your caregivers from workplace injuries

Employee health issues can lead to increased healthcare expenses, a loss of productivity and missed work, affecting both employee and employer. Fortunately, senior living operators can take steps to lessen or prevent such issues.

More news for Friday, March 3

China's Cindat plans to buy $2 billion of U.S. senior care homes ... CMS nominee Verma moves toward confirmation ... Average salary increase for multi-facility long-term care CEOs is $25,000 ... Proposed Omaha development would be health-focused, multigenerational, walkable ... FDA, European Commission agree to mutually recognize inspections of medicine production sites ... High-dose vaccine better at preventing deaths in seniors in bad flu seasons

More news for Friday, Feb. 17

Price increases, aging to push healthcare to 20% of economy by 2025 ... Researcher questions Urban Institute LTSS financing model ... CPF Living CEO John Rijos on the intersection of senior living and hospitality (video) ... Jimmy Buffett partners with Minto Communities on 55+ community ... Study confirms vitamin D protects against colds and flu

CDC: Those who reach 65 can expect to live almost 20 more years

CDC: Those who reach 65 can expect to live almost 20 more years

By

Older adults who reach the age of 65 in the United States will live an average of 19.4 years longer, according to a data brief recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics.

Provider settles EEOC lawsuit for $300,000 after firing workers for not getting flu shots

By

A Pennsylvania health center has agreed to pay $300,000 in back pay and compensatory damages after firing six employees who objected to a flu vaccination policy on religious grounds, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has announced.

More news for Wednesday, Dec. 7

Labor transition team member hates Obama regs ... New survey shows only half of people plan to get flu shots this year ... Opinion: The 21st Century Cures Act — A huge handout to the drug industry disguised as a pro-research bounty ... The moral obligation to address the needs of family caregivers for those with dementia ... Rewarding provider performance: 10 years in

Your flu to-do list

Your flu to-do list

By

It's National Influenza Vaccination Week, and senior living communities can take steps to encourage vaccination among residents and staff members.

Flu vaccination up among LTC workers, down among older adults

Flu vaccination up among LTC workers, down among older adults

By

The good news, public health officials said at a press conference Thursday, is that influenza vaccination is up among those working in long-term care settings. The bad news is that one-third of adults aged 65 or more years are not getting vaccinated.

EEOC files lawsuit after workers are fired for not getting flu shots

EEOC files lawsuit after workers are fired for not getting flu shots

By

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced Monday that it is suing a health system for not granting accommodations to six employees who objected to its flu vaccination policy on religious grounds.

Shots in, sprays out for 2016 - 2017 flu season

Shots in, sprays out for 2016 - 2017 flu season

By

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending injectable flu vaccines but not nasal spray flu vaccines for the 2016 - 2017 influenza season.

Planning an outing to the fair? Avoid the pigs

Planning an outing to the fair? Avoid the pigs

By

If your activities calendar has a trip to an upcoming county or state fair on it, you'll want to bypass the pig exhibits, based on new information from the CDC.

Morning may be best time for flu shots

Morning may be best time for flu shots

By

Senior living communities promoting influenza vaccination among staff members and residents may wish to add a time of day to the recommendation.

Now is the time to take steps to prevent the flu

Now is the time to take steps to prevent the flu

By

With the peak of flu season approaching, a recent poll has troubling findings for senior living operators.

It's National Influenza Vaccination Week

It's National Influenza Vaccination Week

By

It's a good time to remind staff members, residents and families to protect themselves and those around them by getting a flu shot.

Promote flu vaccination among staff, residents, health officials say

Promote flu vaccination among staff, residents, health officials say

By

This year's vaccine should be more effective than last year's vaccine, health officials said at a Sept. 17 press conference, and senior living communities have an important role to play in preventing the spread of illness.

Don't be like Bob

Don't be like Bob

By

A rather disturbing report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reminded me of a former neighbor, "Bob."

Flu shots work, study finds

Flu shots work, study finds

By

As National Immunization Awareness Month comes to a close, a newly published study by Brown University researchers confirms that older adults benefit from influenza vaccination—with an important caveat.

CDC releases 2015-2016 flu shot recommendations

By

Seniors should be vaccinated for the flu before December, according to new vaccination recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC strains to improve next flu vaccine

CDC strains to improve next flu vaccine

By

Next season's flu vaccination is being tweaked for broader protection due to last year's inconsistent coverage of influenza strains, U.S. health officials announced.

In Focus

May 16

Bringing in the outdoors

Hollidaysburg, PA 

Garvey Manor and Our Lady of the Alleghenies Residence continuing care retirement community recently hosted an outdoor show, "Marching into the Woods."

JOB LISTINGS