Lois Bowers' Columns
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It should come as no surprise to anyone reading this column that the pandemic has had mental health effects on workers. Recent research on the topic may surprise you, however.
Now that Sens. Warren and Markey and Rep. Maloney realize what the industry has been saying to anyone who would listen for months now — that senior living operators need resources to battle COVID-19, too — it’s time for them to convince their colleagues in the Senate and House of their discovery and then put their (our, actually) money where their mouths are.
Results of a new survey bring potentially troubling news for those in senior living employees and the companies for which they work: Personal exposure to the coronavirus is linked with poor mental health. Fortunately, there are steps that front-line heroes and others can take to lessen the stress they might be feeling related to the pandemic, regardless of whether they have been exposed to the disease.
Someday, when we look back on 2020, we might well say it was the year of technology in senior living.
Coming this summer wherever video games are sold: A product equally offensive to both millennials and senior living residents.
Rodney Alderfer was doing everything he could to protect himself, his family and those in his workplace from becoming sick with COVID-19. He came down with the disease anyway.
Pavlo Kononenko doesn’t think his company’s approach to battling the effects of COVID-19 is unique, but what he described in a recent blog certainly is different from media reports that portray senior living residents as lonely and isolated from fellow residents, and family members as pleading to see them after months of separation.
As Americans paused over the weekend to remember Armed Forces members who died while serving the United States, one veteran was giving thanks to several heroes who “by their sacrifice, saved lives and catastrophe.”
A new campaign aims to make sure more people understand the value of senior living.
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.