Lois Bowers' Columns
One of the positive effects arising from this pandemic, some industry leaders say, is a growing appreciation of senior living among people whose parents are the age of prospective residents.
One senior living expert recently shared with me three ways senior living surely will change, and another way it will change at least temporarily, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Tyson Belanger served three tours of duty in Iraq as a Marine. Now, as the owner of the assisted living home his parents built 44 years ago, he thinks he has the solution to winning the war on COVID-19. But it’s not cheap, and it requires sacrifice.
I was struck by the themes of hope, strength and togetherness that arose in some of the answers to a question we asked in a recent survey.
COVID-19 is challenging senior living operators in new and numerous ways. Companies are finding ways to help their peer organizations and let their workers know how much they are valued during these unprecedented times, however.
In response to my blog last week, I heard from several readers who shared the creative actions their senior living communities are taking to keep residents healthy and active socially, physically and cognitively.
Many, many examples exist of senior living companies taking extraordinary steps on behalf of older adults at this time. We’d love to hear your stories.
Senior living operators today have much more sophisticated technology at their disposal than did their predecessors, and they’re putting that technology to good use to help ensure the health and safety of residents at this time.
Labor markets are tight, but data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics suggest a few groups that senior living and care operators might want to court for new workers, National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care Chief Economist Beth Burnham Mace said Friday.
The first reported possible outbreak of COVID-19 in a long-term care facility, and the first reported case of COVID-19 in a healthcare worker — a caregiver in that facility, were announced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Saturday. It’s time to prepare, not panic, says one senior living operator’s chief medical officer. Fortunately, many resources are available to help you.
Much has been written before about family caregivers and how they support loved ones as well as the healthcare system, but a new report provides the first state-level estimates of self-rated caregiver health.
For senior living operators, the reason for being in business may seem pretty straightforward, but has your organization put that purpose in writing and shared it with employees?
Adults’ increased feelings of loneliness are affecting engagement, productivity and retention in the workplace. Fortunately, employers can do something about it.
A recent survey suggests good news and not-so-good workforce-related news for senior living operators.
Depending on your age, you may find the phrase “OK, Boomer” humorous or infuriating. But there’s only one way to look at it in the workplace.
It was the comment heard around the world. Well, around the United States. OK, maybe just among those in the long-term care arena and some political junkies.
Eighty-five percent of independent living residents interviewed for a recent small study reported moderate to severe levels of loneliness. The residents also shared some techniques to manage it that may help other older adults and those who serve and care for them, however.
The top five types of ageist behavior in American occur in the workplace, according to a new survey.
Looking for a last-minute gift for a female colleague? Or maybe you’re a woman seeking a holiday splurge for yourself. Or perhaps you’re trying to think of a way to ring in the new year at work. Here’s a great idea.
Now is the time to allay fears and leave no doubt in the minds of current and prospective LGBTQ residents that they will be treated well.