Editors' Columns

Editors’ Columns

John O'Connor's Columns

Need something else to worry about?

I’m no expert on monetary policy and have never played one on TV. But even I am beginning to wonder if these actions might create another problem for senior living operators.

A good time to take stock — of you

We’re all sailing through unchartered waters, but realize that you’ll probably get through these awful challenges — and you might just emerge better for the experience.

When fair criticism goes over the line

Many media reports about senior living and care are taking on a nasty tone related to COVID-19. This week alone, I have seen stories make two very disturbing accusations.

Scapegoating the coronavirus?

There’s little doubt that the virus and bad sector financials are connected. But is the coronavirus maybe getting more credit than it deserves?

Think unions are dead? Think again

It’s no secret that labor unions in America are struggling to remain relevant. But that doesn’t mean efforts aren’t underway to reverse their downward spiral. Or that operators shouldn’t be paying attention to recent developments.

Senior living field getting antsy over ANSI?

A largely unnoticed development now has more than a few operators wondering whether the Trojan Horse carrying federal rules has arrived. But in this case, the proverbial steed was always inside the gate.

The amazing people among us

Dozens of senior living residents took their final breath week. Margaret Lawrence was among them. But she was no ordinary face in the crowd.

Lois Bowers' Columns

3 ways COVID-19 will change senior living forever

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.

Coming together, right now

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.

Quality in action

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.

NIC chief economist shares 3 places to find more workers

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.

Coronavirus has reached long-term care. Prepare, don’t panic

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.

‘OK, Boomer’ is not OK

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.

What should we do about long-term care?

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.

Together, we can address loneliness in senior living

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.

A great holiday gift for the women in your work life

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.
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