April 2018 Issue of McKnight's Senior Living

April 2018 Issue of McKnight's Senior Living

April 2018

Top Developments

Andy Smith out as Brookdale CEO as strategic review process concludes

Andy Smith is being replaced as president and CEO at Brookdale Senior Living, and Daniel Decker will be leaving his position as executive chairman, the ...

Assisted living sets record for price per unit

The average price per unit in assisted living increased by 14% to set a record of $221,250 per unit in 2017, according to new data. ...

Family is biggest influencer of older adult housing and care preferences: study

Family support is the biggest influencer of housing and care preferences among older adults, according to a study published Wednesday in the Journal of the ...

McKnight's Senior Living is a finalist for 4 ASBPE Awards

McKnight's Senior Living is a finalist for four journalism awards from the American Society of Business Publication Editors, the organization announced Thursday.

Strategy and Innovation

Good Samaritan explores merger in era of 'unprecedented change'

One of the country's largest senior living operators may be on the verge of getting even bigger in an effort to meet the challenges of ...

Top senior living concerns are recruiting, retaining, paying, survey says

Staffing and labor issues by far are the biggest concerns of senior living chief financial officers responding to a recent poll by specialty investment bank ...

IRS scams top complaint to Senate Aging Committee fraud hotline for third year in a row

For the third consecutive year, in 2017, IRS impersonation scams were the top type of scams reported to the Senate Special Committee on Aging's fraud ...

Employers can avoid Wage and Hour penalties through pilot program

Employers who inadvertently violated the overtime and minimum wage provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act can avoid penalties through a new pilot program, the ...

What unique challenges do operators face this year?

You've got questions. We've got answers. There are three big challenges.

Policy briefs

Medicaid payments and options for healthcare services.

Marketing Moves

Senior living could lead cultural shift related to aging, report author says

The senior living industry, with innovation and imagination, could drive a new era of healthful aging, one of the authors of a new report from ...

Investors prefer communities that offer both independent and assisted living, survey finds

Senior housing investors are shifting to prefer communities that offer both independent living and assisted living (with or without memory care) on one campus, according ...

It's time for national standards in assisted living, authors argue

The assisted living industry should look to the skilled nursing industry for standards that could be implemented to help improve resident care and operators' bottom ...

Investors look to senior housing to protect against real estate downturns: report

Senior housing is attracting more interest this year than last as investors seek higher yields and protection against real estate downturns, according to new report ...

New assisted living database designed to enable operators, lenders to compare communities nationwide

A new assisted living and memory care quality database by Formation Healthcare Group and Vision LTC has completed beta testing and has been launched publicly ...

Design Success

Lumber, labor continue to affect seniors housing construction: brief

Increased lumber costs and a labor shortage continue to be concerns in seniors housing construction projects across the country, according to a new brief prepared ...

Memory care will be big growth area in 2018, senior living leaders predict

Memory care will be the biggest growth area in senior living and long-term care in 2018, predict executives participating in Lancaster Pollard's "2018 Seniors Housing ...

Nonfatal falls in residential settings account for $29.2 billion in healthcare spending: analysis

Nonfatal falls in assisted living and other residential facilities and home health settings are responsible for the highest dollar amount of healthcare spending for such ...

Starting with good bones

The plumbing, heating and lighting of a community often are the most important facets in providing senior living residents with the comfort they need.

Tech Tools

MatrixCare tops 2018 Best in KLAS rankings for long-term care software

Bloomington, MN-based MatrixCare has ranked highest on the Best in KLAS list of long-term care software companies for the second consecutive year.

Older adults cling to older technology, survey finds

Perhaps not surprisingly, adults aged 70 or more years are more likely to have older technology, such as desktop computers and regular phones, than those ...

Benchmark turns to artificial intelligence to attract, keep real workers

Benchmark Senior Living will harness data, artificial intelligence and predictive analytics in an effort to tackle the senior living industry's biggest challenge, worker recruiting and ...

Tech briefs

Mobile technology and social media mistakes.

Across the Nation

Task force calls for big changes in assisted living, dementia care by 2020

Minnesota will have a new assisted living license and new dementia care certification in less than two years if Gov. Mark Dayton and state lawmakers ...

Georgia bill would require tougher long-term care worker background checks

More thorough background checks would be required of all Georgia assisted living community owners, workers with direct access to residents and applicants for jobs with ...

Assisted living generator rule stalls in Florida House

A rule requiring assisted living communities in Florida to have backup generators has stalled in the state House of Representatives due to concerns about costs ...

California operator pays $194,275 to resolve overtime, recordkeeping violations

An operator of three assisted living homes in California has paid $194,275 in back wages to 13 caregivers and cooks to resolve Fair Labor Standards ...

Federal government sues Wisconsin operator over flu shot requirement

The Justice Department announced Tuesday that it has sued a Wisconsin county that operates a senior living community, alleging that the community discriminated against an ...

The Help You Need

Beyond mystery meat

Food service in senior living has progressed well beyond cafeteria lines with lukewarm dishes sitting under heat lamps. Fine dining has become a trend.

No turning back

Medication services and delivery are evolving in the blink of an eye.

By the numbers

Good data-capture and analysis add up to better outcomes.

A Few Minutes With...

'A lot of heavy lifting left' for Brookdale

The new CEO talks about some significant work ahead for the nation's largest senior living operator.

My Turn

The real crisis in senior housing

The United States needs a new paradigm for caring for older generations, including a new approach to senior living.

Editor's Column

Another caregiver shortage for senior living

If anyone in senior living or long-term care is screaming in relation to the results of this year's Fellowship Matches, they are screams of despair.

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In Focus

May 16

Bringing in the outdoors

Hollidaysburg, PA 

Garvey Manor and Our Lady of the Alleghenies Residence continuing care retirement community recently hosted an outdoor show, "Marching into the Woods."