If proposed social insurance plans actually were to pass and take effect, senior living operators may find themselves with even fewer private payers and more residents dependent either on Medicaid or one of those new, equally poorly funded government programs.
Our familiarity and alertness to the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 can make residents and patients susceptible to misdiagnosis in cases where another ailment shares similar symptoms, such as blood clots.
Stop using the pandemic as an excuse as to why other projects or programs are not moving forward; use it as motivation for innovation and change.
Internships are a great way to welcome individuals into the senior living profession. When driven by a mindset of scarcity-thinking and fear, however, communities avoid hiring them and miss out on many benefits.
Senior living beyond the pandemic may not look too different externally, but internally, there will be an effect from lessons learned in six areas.
An organization’s culture (or lack thereof) most likely will be highlighted (or exposed) during a time of change. It may be a leadership shift, an acquisition or even the introduction of new processes or technology. Or a pandemic.
Looking back on our response to the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, there are three ways our associates were able to maintain a culture of whole-person wellness.
There is no doubt that the senior living and skilled nursing sectors have been hit hard by the pandemic. We believe, however, that the long-term trends and industry outlook remain solid as vaccinations continue to progress throughout the nation and senior demographics are fundamentally strong.
By improving access to quality care and the efficiency with which that care is delivered, telehealth has the potential to positively affect quality of life — and could serve as a catalyst that drives more mental healthcare for the country’s older adults.
Rather than designing senior living communities to shield residents from the next pandemic, landscape architects are building on trends that took root before the arrival of COVID-19.
The draw for me to join the Sunrise family is very straightforward.
I have been keeping track of some of the conversations I’ve had with nurses and other team members who diligently show up every day to support their residents living in senior communities. Many of them had poignant observations about the residents living with dementia during this pandemic.
With the proper research and preparation, senior living communities can honor the dietary restrictions of residents, guests and staff members, promote the independence and well-being of older adults, and have a point of differentiation from other senior living communities.
We all have felt the ripple effects of the pandemic as it has roared on. Yet despite unyielding stresses, never-ending regulation revisions and overall morass, one thing continues to ring true: Our team members are the lifeblood of our organizations’ success, in good times and in bad.
Loretto has focused on memory care for decades, and over the past five years, we embarked on one of the biggest undertakings of our history to create an innovative and yet practical solution to a major social problem.
The reality is, if we cannot figure out the best ways to communicate, then vaccine adoption will continue to lag, plaguing healthcare workers and the broader public.
As they juggle short-term challenges with adapting to the long-term implications of the pandemic, operators can benefit from the so-called “zoom-in, zoom-out approach” that has been used by many successful companies.
Something as simple as ensuring that a pharmacist is a part of a team-based approach to preventing falls can change care for the better and mean the difference between a resident spending most of their time in their bed or enjoying life to the fullest.
It was Saturday morning, the day after we learned that senior living communities across the country were being asked to close their doors to nonessential visitors. Phones at the 26 communities we manage were ringing nonstop. Residents were fearful. Families were frustrated. And employees were doing their best to hold things together.
Although 2021 has brought a hopeful remedy with the highly anticipated COVID-19 vaccine, numerous obstacles for the senior living industry and its staff remain because of the ongoing pandemic, political tumult, and a constantly changing state and federal regulatory and legal environment.