Lois Bowers' Columns
The much-anticipated “silver wave” is about to hit senior living, and waiting for it is an expanding number of tools to help prospective residents and their families select new places to live and to help operators draw those consumers’ attention to specific companies and communities. A new such tool launched today.
The drumbeat continues for more funding to help senior living and care providers simply survive in the wake of all of the pandemic-related expenses they have incurred. Or simply the release of funding that already has been promised.
Following Wednesday’s announcement that COVID-19 vaccines will be mandated by the federal government for nursing homes, could a similar national requirement be in store for senior living? It might be if long-term care industry associations get their wish.
Let’s celebrate those workplaces where a high level of vaccination has been achieved and those employees who have taken this step to protect themselves and those they serve.
Senior living and care leaders turned up the pressure on members of Congress on Friday, pointing out the dangers associated with a rumored plan to take $24 billion away from the Provider Relief Fund — meant to help operators with COVID-19-related costs — and repurpose those dollars to help pay for a bipartisan $953 billion infrastructure bill.
Those working in senior living know that the pandemic is not over. You live with the ramifications every day as you take precautions to try to keep staff members, residents and their families healthy and safe. Sometimes, however, things happen despite best efforts, and the news this week brought sobering reminders that vigilance must continue.
A new study adds to the evidence of the negative effects of loneliness on older adults, this time linking it to life expectancy as well as overall health and the need for assistance with activities of daily living.
Thanks to the McKnight’s summer interns, you have the opportunity to learn more about the 2021 McKnight’s Women of Distinction beginning today.
Being optimistic can help people live longer, even at the age of 85 or 90, according to the results of a recent study. But how can people increase optimism?
With senior living occupancy seemingly having bottomed out and now trending upward for several providers as the effects of the pandemic wane, more good news recently came for the senior living industry, especially assisted living.
Senior living operators received some good news last week with the publication of the results of a long-awaited study of COVID mortality rates in the United States in residential senior housing and care settings. But operators still have a to-do list to help attract and reassure prospective residents and their families.
Maybe Phil Mickelson’s recent accomplishment will remind people that 50-year-olds still have plenty of vim and vigor. In a recent survey, people just a few years older than him provided some insights into how they wish to be perceived. The findings may be helpful to those working in senior living.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s incentive to encourage COVID vaccination may be the biggest, but he’s not the only state or city official trying to entice residents to get the shot. And government entities are not the only ones using the carrot approach.
If your community used tech during this past year — simple or advanced — to improve services, care or operations, we want you to be recognized for those efforts.
Two senators are asking the Department of Labor to “prioritize supporting older workers,” and the head of the National Council on Aging has put forth a potentially even bigger idea: that the Labor Department establish an “Older Workers Bureau.” Could their efforts help solve the senior living industry’s biggest challenge, finding and keeping competent employees?
We’re delighted once again in 2021 to offer the McKnight’s Women of Distinction Awards and Forum as a virtual event, May 18 and 19.
Recent COVID-19 outbreaks among vaccinated residents at senior living communities are a reminder that we all should continue to be careful.
Will a new report on long-term care financing spur action where others have not? Time will tell. But time is of the essence.
It appears that the senior living industry remains misunderstood, if reports of a famous rock musician and his wife are accurate.
Attracting medical school graduates to enter geriatrics is a challenge, as evidenced by their recent fellowship choices. Beyond that, however, is the challenge of interesting geriatricians — as well as internal medicine physicians, family practitioners, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and other healthcare professionals — to practice in long-term care facilities. AMDA–The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine may have an answer.