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Assisted living affects nursing home finances but not occupancy: study

Assisted living affects nursing home finances but not occupancy: study

Although the presence of assisted living communities may create competitive pressures that affect nursing home finances, it does not have a significant negative effect on nursing home occupancy, according to a recent study.

State tests voucher program to help adults with dementia afford assisted living

State tests voucher program to help adults with dementia afford assisted living

Organizations representing assisted living operators in New York are cheering a new pilot program that will subsidize rent for residents with dementia who no longer can afford assisted living.

Daily low-dose aspirin has no effect on healthy life span in older adults: study

Daily low-dose aspirin has no effect on healthy life span in older adults: study

Daily low-dose aspirin did not prolong healthy, independent living in a large clinical study undertaken to determine the risks and benefits of aspirin in healthy older adults without previous cardiovascular events. Results of the study, which was funded in part by the National Institutes of Health, were published Sunday.

NLRB proposes change to 'joint employer' standard

NLRB proposes change to 'joint employer' standard

The National Labor Relations Board proposed a new definition for "joint employer" on Thursday. Public comments will be accepted for 60 days.

Oakmont requests hearing as California passes emergency preparedness law

Oakmont requests hearing as California passes emergency preparedness law

Oakmont Senior Living has requested a hearing about the potential shuttering of two of its California senior living communities over staff members' alleged handling of resident evacuations during a wildfire last year. Meanwhile, a new law in the state implements revised emergency and disaster response planning requirements for senior living communities.

Ballot initiative could hurt assisted living access and affordability, group says

Ballot initiative could hurt assisted living access and affordability, group says

A state ballot initiative that would limit how many people could be assigned to each registered nurse in hospitals and certain other healthcare facilities ultimately would hurt assisted living access and affordability, according to the Massachusetts Assisted Living Association.

Insurance company to expand assisted living coverage as part of $4.85 million lawsuit settlement

Insurance company to expand assisted living coverage as part of $4.85 million lawsuit settlement

CNA Financial Corp. is expected to expand its coverage of beneficiaries in assisted living communities in 11 states as part of a lawsuit settlement worth up to $4.85 million.

Activist shareholder plans to vote against slate of Brookdale directors at annual meeting

Activist shareholder plans to vote against slate of Brookdale directors at annual meeting

Brookdale Senior Living shareholder Land & Buildings intends to vote against the three directors up for election at Brookdale's annual meeting Oct. 4, the investment manager's founder and chief investment officer, Jonathan Litt, said Wednesday.

Updated Apple Watch can detect falls, and HomePod wireless speaker has new features

Updated Apple Watch can detect falls, and HomePod wireless speaker has new features

A watch that can detect falls, and a wireless speaker with new features, were two highlights of Apple's keynote event Wednesday in Cupertino, CA.

Teamwork helps senior living operators face Hurricane Florence

Teamwork helps senior living operators face Hurricane Florence

Holiday Retirement, Erickson Living, Brookdale Senior Living and other senior living companies are preparing for the potential arrival of Hurricane Florence, currently a Category 4 hurricane, at their communities this week. Teamwork is a common key to success.

Learn recruiting and retention best practices and earn a CE credit Sept. 20

Learn recruiting and retention best practices and earn a CE credit Sept. 20

Earn a continuing education credit Sept. 20 while learning how to attract, engage and retain top talent.

3 reasons the senior living management function is becoming more complex

3 reasons the senior living management function is becoming more complex

You've got questions? We've got answers. Here are three reasons the senior living management function is becoming more complex.

Property-level costs concern senior living investors: survey

Property-level costs concern senior living investors: survey

The top concern for seniors housing investors remains increased property-level operating and development costs, according to a report released Monday. Investors also shared where they see their biggest opportunities and whether they plan to increase their investment in seniors housing over the next 12 months.

Ohio Living announces email hack that risks personal information of thousands

Ohio Living announces email hack that risks personal information of thousands

An unknown third party accessed employee email accounts at Columbus, OH-based Ohio Living in July, putting at risk the personal or protected health information of people who "attended an Ohio Living facility and/or received treatment from an Ohio Living facility," the organization has announced.

33 Atrium Health and Senior Living facilities enter receivership

33 Atrium Health and Senior Living facilities enter receivership

Thirty-three Atrium Health and Senior Living facilities have gone into receivership and will be transferred to new operators, the company announced Monday.

Assisted living occupancy down, but so is construction, and rents are up: report

Assisted living occupancy down, but so is construction, and rents are up: report

Occupancy in assisted living will continue to trend downward this year, but the good news for operators is that the construction that contributed to occupancy woes will decrease, and average rents will trend upward, according to a new report.

Senior living community employees accused of stealing more than $600,000 from resident with dementia

Senior living community employees accused of stealing more than $600,000 from resident with dementia

Five staff members of a Chicago independent and assisted living community collectively stole more than $600,000 from a resident with dementia, the resident's guardian is claiming in a court petition.

Drug company involving senior living parent companies now has name, CEO, financing, Rx targets

Drug company involving senior living parent companies now has name, CEO, financing, Rx targets

The not-for-profit generic drug company that parent organizations of senior living community operators and others announced in January now has a name, a CEO, $30 million in support from three national foundations and a focus on 14 drugs.

Regulators seek to revoke licenses over wildfire response; operator says allegations are 'unfounded'

Regulators seek to revoke licenses over wildfire response; operator says allegations are 'unfounded'

California regulators plan to revoke the licenses for two senior living communities where they say administrators and staff members abandoned some residents during a wildfire in October. The communities' operator is refuting the allegations, which company officials said "have not been substantiated."

Yakov Smirnoff proposes senior living development in Branson, MO

Yakov Smirnoff proposes senior living development in Branson, MO

Comedian Yakov Smirnoff has proposed replacing his eponymous theater in Branson, MO, with a mixed-use development, named Yakov Towers, that would include a senior living community.

Former CCRC resident gets probation, fine for ricin possession

Former CCRC resident gets probation, fine for ricin possession

The former resident of a Vermont continuing care retirement community who previously admitted to making, storing and using ricin on fellow residents at the community has been sentenced, the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Vermont said Thursday.

Brookdale Senior Living still tops ASHA 50 lists of owners and operators

Brookdale Senior Living still tops ASHA 50 lists of owners and operators

Brookdale Senior Living once again tops the American Seniors Housing Association's lists of largest senior living owners and operators, which were released Wednesday.

Operations, profitability remain stable for CCRCs, Fitch says

Operations, profitability remain stable for CCRCs, Fitch says

Operations and profitability remain stable for U.S. continuing care retirement communities, according to a newly released report from Fitch Ratings. Ratings pressure could be on the way, however.

Some older adults using Facebook less

Some older adults using Facebook less

Facebook may become a less effective way of reaching prospective senior living residents and their family members if current conditions hold, suggest recently released survey results from the Pew Research Center.

Ovation pilots senior living workforce program with eye toward replication

Ovation pilots senior living workforce program with eye toward replication

A Wisconsin senior living operator is piloting a program it hopes other providers ultimately will be able to replicate to address workforce shortages across the country.

Regional Health Properties threatened with delisting by stock exchange

Regional Health Properties threatened with delisting by stock exchange

Regional Health Properties is at risk of being delisted from a stock exchange again but plans to take steps to regain compliance, the company shared in a Friday filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Sept. 11 webinar will cover proper antibiotic use in senior living

Sept. 11 webinar will cover proper antibiotic use in senior living

Earn a continuing education credit while learning about the proper use of antibiotics in senior living during McKnight's Senior Living's Sept. 11 webinar.

Assisted living supply, charges vary widely among states, new AARP report shows

Assisted living supply, charges vary widely among states, new AARP report shows

The District of Columbia and Missouri represent the ends of the spectrum for average annual charges for private-pay assisted living in a new report released by the AARP.

California on verge of mandating women on company boards

California on verge of mandating women on company boards

California is poised to become the first state to mandate that public companies have at least one woman on their boards of directors.

Michigan merger would create senior living top 75 organization

Michigan merger would create senior living top 75 organization

United Methodist Communities and Porter Hills have announced plans to consider joint governance and leadership, which could lead to a $150 million company serving seniors in 22 Michigan counties.

Operators score 'significant victory' in Florida as judge invalidates 14 code provisions

Operators score 'significant victory' in Florida as judge invalidates 14 code provisions

Two associations representing assisted living operators in the Sunshine State notched a win against the state Department of Elder Affairs Thursday afternoon when an administrative law judge said that 14 rule provisions introduced by the department in April were "invalid exercises of delegated legislative authority."

Town demand could delay opening of $75 million senior living complex

Town demand could delay opening of $75 million senior living complex

The owner of a $75 million, 235,445-square-foot senior living and skilled nursing complex that is almost complete in Jupiter, FL, may be delayed in welcoming residents unless the town waives a requirement that the complex contain a research component as a condition of opening.

Assisted living doctors agree to pay $4 million in False Claims Act settlement

Assisted living doctors agree to pay $4 million in False Claims Act settlement

A Tampa, FL, dermatology practice that provides on-site care for assisted living residents has agreed to pay $4 million to settle allegations that it submitted false claims to obtain Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements for the treatment of non-melanoma skin cancer.

Per-unit price in senior living increases to $175,600 in second quarter

Per-unit price in senior living increases to $175,600 in second quarter

Seniors housing properties continue to draw healthy bids, with buyers paying relatively high prices over the past couple of years, according to the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care.

Labor Department announces new compliance office, websites

Labor Department announces new compliance office, websites

The Department of Labor has created a new office and two new websites in an effort to ensure compliance with federal labor laws and regulations.

McKnight's Fall Online Expo returns Sept. 26

McKnight's Fall Online Expo returns Sept. 26

Mark your calendar for Sept. 26, the date of the McKnight's Fall Online Expo, where participants can earn up to three CE credits.

Appellate court allows case alleging anti-gay slurs and harassment to proceed

Appellate court allows case alleging anti-gay slurs and harassment to proceed

A senior living community in Illinois can be sued for failing to protect a resident from anti-gay slurs and other harassment, a federal appeals court has ruled.

Retention keys: great bosses and a positive company culture

Retention keys: great bosses and a positive company culture

Perhaps senior living organizations should focus more on proving better bosses than better pay?

Night shift work can have grave consequences: draft report

Night shift work can have grave consequences: draft report

Those who regularly work night shifts know it can throw off their body clocks. But a new study suggests the consequences can be far more severe.

Labor Department seeks input on overtime rule changes as pilot program continues

Labor Department seeks input on overtime rule changes as pilot program continues

The Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division will hold several listening sessions around the country to gather feedback and ideas related to its planned update of the federal overtime pay rule, the division announced Monday

Resident's $1 million donation will fund nurse training and research programs

Resident's $1 million donation will fund nurse training and research programs

A resident of a Pullman, WA, independent and assisted living community has committed $1 million in part to try to improve senior living caregivers' recognition and understanding of Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia.

McKnight's Senior Living lauded for headlines

McKnight's Senior Living lauded for headlines

McKnight's Senior Living Senior Editor Lois A. Bowers has earned an award in the Best Headline Writing category of a Society of Professional Journalists' Best Journalism Contest.

Turnover, temp agency use increasing in senior living

Turnover, temp agency use increasing in senior living

The turnover rate among direct care staff and the use of temporary employment agencies to fill vacancies in senior living have increased over the past two years, according to survey results released Friday by Ziegler.

City settles with Justice Department, will pay $410,000 for not approving affordable housing development

City settles with Justice Department, will pay $410,000 for not approving affordable housing development

The Village of Tinley Park, IL, will pay $410,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging that it violated the Fair Housing Act when it refused to approve an affordable housing development in response to race-based community opposition, the Department of Justice announced Friday.

ProMedica to lay off 100, leave 60 more positions unfilled a month after HCR ManorCare deal

ProMedica to lay off 100, leave 60 more positions unfilled a month after HCR ManorCare deal

ProMedica is laying off approximately 100 people and will not fill an additional 60 vacant jobs almost exactly a month after finalizing a deal through which it gained control of assisted living and skilled nursing facility operator HCR ManorCare via a joint venture with Welltower.

Senate passes spending bill with $425 million boost for Alzheimer's research

Senate passes spending bill with $425 million boost for Alzheimer's research

Alzheimer's and dementia research funding in fiscal year 2019 at the National Institutes of Health would see a $425 million increase to a total of $2.3 billion under a bill passed Thursday by the Senate.

Full court won't rehear False Claims Act case against Brookdale Senior Living

Full court won't rehear False Claims Act case against Brookdale Senior Living

A 6th Circuit Court of Appeals panel said Wednesday that the full court will not rehear a June 11 decision that revived a False Claims Act case against Brookdale Senior Living that had that originated in 2012.

CDC issues flu vaccination guidelines for 2018-2019

CDC issues flu vaccination guidelines for 2018-2019

As the senior housing industry prepares for another flu season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has issued its influenza vaccination guidelines for 2018-2019.

'It's a good time for me to retire,' Capital Senior Living's Larry Cohen says

'It's a good time for me to retire,' Capital Senior Living's Larry Cohen says

As Larry Cohen winds down his time as Capital Senior Living CEO, he shares with McKnight's Senior Living what he is most proud of, lessons learned from the past and thoughts on what's in store for the company and the industry.

Independent living is strongest performer over past four years

Independent living is strongest performer over past four years

Independent living has been the strongest-performing senior housing segment overall in the primary markets since the most recent market cycle peak that was reached in the fourth quarter of 2014. That's according to an analysis released Wednesday by the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care.

Michael Cohen's guilty pleas include assisted living connection

Michael Cohen's guilty pleas include assisted living connection

Assisted living-related income helped contribute to the tax evasion charges against attorney Michael Cohen, the Justice Department said in a 22-page criminal information document released Tuesday after Cohen pleaded guilty to eight counts.

Capital Senior Living CEO Larry Cohen to retire

Capital Senior Living CEO Larry Cohen to retire

Lawrence A. Cohen, vice chairman and CEO of Capital Senior Living Corp., will retire effective Jan. 1, the company announced this morning. Cohen has been with the company for 21 years, 19 as CEO.

Marijuana, alcohol abuse accelerate brain aging: study

Marijuana, alcohol abuse accelerate brain aging: study

Cannabis and alcohol abuse accelerate brain aging, according to what is thought to be the largest brain imaging study ever conducted.

AARP: 70% of adults on dementia drugs take them longer than appropriate

AARP: 70% of adults on dementia drugs take them longer than appropriate

Seventy percent of adults who take medication for dementia are taking the drugs longer than deemed appropriate by clinical evidence, increasing the potential for adverse health outcomes and generating unnecessary costs to them and the healthcare system, according to a new study by the AARP Public Policy Institute.

CCRCs have less time to refund entrance fees under new law

CCRCs have less time to refund entrance fees under new law

Continuing care retirement communities will have have less time to return refundable portions of entrance fees to residents or their estates after move-out under a new law signed Friday by New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy.

HUD files housing discrimination complaint against Facebook

HUD files housing discrimination complaint against Facebook

Facebook violates the Fair Housing Act by allowing landlords to use its advertising platform to engage in housing discrimination, including not showing ads to Facebook users who have expressed an interest in a "mobility scooter" or in "accessibility," the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said in a formal complaint filed Friday.

Quick regulatory approval expedites plans for Good Samaritan-Sanford affiliation

Quick regulatory approval expedites plans for Good Samaritan-Sanford affiliation

The leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society and Sanford Health are planning to combine their organizations on Nov. 1, earlier than previously expected, now that the affiliation has cleared regulatory hurdles without objection, they announced Friday.

Oakmont Senior Living agrees to settle wildfire-related lawsuit

Oakmont Senior Living agrees to settle wildfire-related lawsuit

Oakmont Senior Living has agreed to settle a lawsuit that accused staff members at one of its communities of abandoning residents during an October 2017 wildfire.

42% of older adults have a disability: CDC

42% of older adults have a disability: CDC

Approximately 42% of U.S. adults aged 65 or more years have a disability, according to newly released data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Bible study dispute leads to religious-discrimination accusations

Bible study dispute leads to religious-discrimination accusations

Attorneys representing a pro-religious organization have sent a letter to a Fredericksburg, VA-based senior living operator, alleging that rules against Bible studies in a community room constitute religious discrimination.

Regional Health Properties loses $3.2 million in second quarter

Regional Health Properties loses $3.2 million in second quarter

Regional Health Properties Inc. reported a loss of $3.2 million in its second quarter. That amounts to a loss of approximately 23 cents per share.

Builders remain confident in the 55-plus single family housing market

Builders remain confident in the 55-plus single family housing market

Builder confidence in the 55-plus single-family housing market rose by one point in the second quarter, according to the National Association of Home Builders.

Employers gain more sway in determining religious accommodations

Employers gain more sway in determining religious accommodations

Although employees are entitled to religious accommodation, they are not entitled to accommodation by choice, according to a recent court ruling.

Florida cities dominate list of retiree-friendly locales

Florida cities dominate list of retiree-friendly locales

If WalletHub's new list of top retirement destinations is to be believed, Florida appears to be a can't-miss target.

Benzodiazepines identified as latest Alzheimer's risk

Benzodiazepines identified as latest Alzheimer's risk

Benzodiazepine use may modestly increase the odds your residents will get Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study.

Life expectancy decreasing, CDC says

Life expectancy decreasing, CDC says

Life expectancy in the United States decreased in both 2015 and 2016, marking the only decreases in the past 20 years and the first consecutive two-year decline since 1964, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease and Prevention.

Judge tosses key evidence in $1 billion fraud case against ALF owner

Judge tosses key evidence in $1 billion fraud case against ALF owner

The owner of multiple Miami-area assisted living and skilled nursing facilities, accused in 2016 of orchestrating a $1 billion healthcare fraud scheme, scored a major victory in federal court Friday when a judge threw out key evidence against him and said that Justice Department investigators were trying to "obfuscate the evidentiary record."

Support, knowledge of HIV important when caring for LGBT individuals with dementia: report

Support, knowledge of HIV important when caring for LGBT individuals with dementia: report

Find or create support groups, and prepare for an increase in the number of residents with both cognitive impairment and HIV/AIDS. Those are two pieces of advice contained in a new issue brief for aging service providers about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and dementia from SAGE and the Alzheimer's Association.

Law requiring dementia training for healthcare professionals is unprecedented, Alzheimer's Association says

Law requiring dementia training for healthcare professionals is unprecedented, Alzheimer's Association says

Healthcare professionals who treat adults in Massachusetts will be required to undergo training related to Alzheimer's disease under a new law signed Thursday by Gov. Charlie Baker.

Kisco Senior Living pioneers new employee training program inspired by hospitality industry

Kisco Senior Living pioneers new employee training program inspired by hospitality industry

Kisco Senior Living was looking for a way to take its customer service to the next level. The organization found a way to do it that no other senior living operator had found before.

Resident suspected in senior living fire and shooting dies

Resident suspected in senior living fire and shooting dies

A man accused of killing a firefighter and injuring two other people in the California senior living building in which he lived has died.

Assisted living, but not skilled nursing, may benefit from tax law deduction

Assisted living, but not skilled nursing, may benefit from tax law deduction

Assisted living communities may be able to take advantage of a 20% business income tax deduction in the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that may elude skilled nursing facilities, according to AHCA/NCAL's interpretation of a proposed rule issued by the IRS.

LTC Properties is 'firmly in the triple-net camp,' CEO says

LTC Properties is 'firmly in the triple-net camp,' CEO says

LTC Properties is offering financing options beyond triple-net leases to meet the expectations of senior living operators, but when it comes to triple-net leases versus the RIDEA structures that some peers are favoring lately, "we're firmly in the triple-net camp," CEO Wendy Simpson said on the REIT's second-quarter earnings call.

Recent college graduate spends summer as senior living resident

Recent college graduate spends summer as senior living resident

Kari Grindberg, a 22-year-old recent college graduate, may change her career plans after spending a summer as a resident of the WesleyLife retirement community in Pella, IA.

New Senior to pay $50 million to bring management in-house after strategic review

New Senior to pay $50 million to bring management in-house after strategic review

New Senior Investment Group expects to save $10 million annually by bringing its management in-house, the REIT announced Thursday as it released its second-quarter financial results. But first the company will have to pay its current manager $50 million.

Five Star evaluates skilled nursing business to address revenue, occupancy challenges

Five Star evaluates skilled nursing business to address revenue, occupancy challenges

Five Star Senior Living is evaluating all of the skilled nursing units within its continuing care retirement communities to determine whether the space might be more profitable if used differently, President and CEO Bruce Mackey said Thursday.

Brookdale CEO 'hamstrung' by board, says shareholder who recommends changes

Brookdale CEO 'hamstrung' by board, says shareholder who recommends changes

Brookdale Senior Living's board has "hamstrung" President and CEO Cindy Baier in her efforts to maximize shareholder value, activist investor Jonathan Litt said Thursday. He singled out one director in particular.

CVS looks to assisted living for future Omnicare success after disappointing quarter

CVS looks to assisted living for future Omnicare success after disappointing quarter

Assisted living figures prominently in the future plans that CVS Health executives shared Wednesday to improve performance in its Omnicare long-term care pharmacy business.

AARP report on assisted living response to Hurricane Harvey is 'misleading and unfair,' groups say

AARP report on assisted living response to Hurricane Harvey is 'misleading and unfair,' groups say

A new report that is critical of Texas assisted living operators' preparedness and response to Hurricane Harvey in 2017 is misleading to the public and insulting to industry workers, according to associations representing assisted living operators in the Lone Star State.

Ohio task force recommends new dementia training requirements

Ohio task force recommends new dementia training requirements

Memory care communities in Ohio would face new employee training requirements, and "respite care" would get a new definition, if a task force's recommendations become law.

Brookdale road test of turnaround strategy leads to 'renewed focus,' CEO says

Brookdale road test of turnaround strategy leads to 'renewed focus,' CEO says

Recent visits that saw approximately 20 members of the company's senior leadership team work in Brookdale Senior Living communities across the country affirmed that the company is on the right track with its turnaround strategy, President and CEO Lucinda "Cindy" Baier said.

National Health Investors open to joint ventures, RIDEA deals, CEO says

National Health Investors open to joint ventures, RIDEA deals, CEO says

National Health Investors executives said Tuesday that they are pleased with the real estate investment trust's financial performance and are seeking new types of deals with operators outside of the current portfolio, including deals related to skilled nursing facilities.

Senior Housing Properties Trust looks to other segments while senior living challenges continue

Senior Housing Properties Trust looks to other segments while senior living challenges continue

Senior Housing Properties Trust is focusing its acquisitions energy on its life science and medical office building segments as it waits for senior living challenges to lessen, President and Chief Operating Officer Jennifer Francis said Tuesday on a second-quarter earnings call.

Bankruptcy threatens an increasing number of older adults: study

Bankruptcy threatens an increasing number of older adults: study

An increasing number of older adults of retirement age may be headed to bankruptcy court rather than a senior living community, suggests new research.

Manhattan assisted living high-rise project sees cost, height increases, Omega says

Manhattan assisted living high-rise project sees cost, height increases, Omega says

Costs associated with the Manhattan assisted living high-rise being built in conjunction with Maplewood Senior Living have increased $35 million to $285 million in part due to the purchase of air rights that will result in a larger building, Omega Healthcare Investors says.

New law requires training to prevent LGBT discrimination in assisted living

New law requires training to prevent LGBT discrimination in assisted living

Workers at assisted living communities in Massachusetts will be required to undergo training on the prevention and elimination of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity under a new law.

Where senior living inventory growth is the greatest

Where senior living inventory growth is the greatest

Seven metropolitan markets have accounted for 30% of the growth in seniors housing inventory in the past year, according to the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care.

Rent increase, acquisitions up revenue, income despite occupancy decline at Ensign

Rent increase, acquisitions up revenue, income despite occupancy decline at Ensign

Revenue and income were up in Ensign Group's assisted living and independent living services segment in the second quarter compared with the same quarter of 2017, as acquisitions and rent increases helped lessen the effect of an occupancy decline.

Congress pushes CMS to publish PACE final rule by Dec. 31

Congress pushes CMS to publish PACE final rule by Dec. 31

Bipartisan bills introduced in the Senate and House call for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to publish the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly final rule by Dec. 31. The rule could open up new opportunities for PACE enrollees to access care in senior living communities and additional settings.

'Busy and productive' quarter includes numerous Brookdale transitions, HCP says

'Busy and productive' quarter includes numerous Brookdale transitions, HCP says

The second quarter was a "busy and productive" one for HCP, during which time the real estate investment trust completed the majority of its previously announced transitions of Brookdale Senior Living communities, CEO Thomas Herzog said Thursday during a second-quarter earnings call.

Kindred wrongful discharge lawsuit brought by former executive director hinges on medication-related phone call

Kindred wrongful discharge lawsuit brought by former executive director hinges on medication-related phone call

Kindred Healthcare is headed back to court after the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine on July 27 rejected its request for a summary judgment in a wrongful discharge lawsuit filed by a former executive director the company said was fired for violating state regulations by accepting a medication order from a physician over the phone.

12 weeks of bereavement leave may be on tap for New York workers

12 weeks of bereavement leave may be on tap for New York workers

New York employers would be required to give all employees 12 weeks of paid time off if a close relative dies, under a bipartisan bill awaiting Gov. Andrew Cuomo's signature.

Study confirms what many suspect: Assisted living's growth taking a toll on skilled care private pay

Study confirms what many suspect: Assisted living's growth taking a toll on skilled care private pay

Many operators are convinced senior living is growing at skilled care's expense. A new study adds nuance to the numbers.

Sudden spike seen in wages and benefits

Sudden spike seen in wages and benefits

Workers saw their wages and benefits increase by the fastest rate in nearly a decade, a sign that senior living operators are continuing to feel upward wage pressures.

NLRB may revisit email access and unionization efforts

NLRB may revisit email access and unionization efforts

The National Labor Relations board announced Wednesday it will accept briefs on whether to revisit a 2014 ruling that allowed workers to use employer email systems for union-related activities. Comments can be submitted through Sept. 5.

Finding comfort

Finding comfort

Transitioning to life in a senior living community can be a challenge. Operators can help ease the adjustment by making residents feel right at home.

Labor & Policy Briefs, August 2018

Employment-based health insurance, osteoporosis drug lawsuits and new Drug Enforcement Agency head.

Going to extremes

Going to extremes

When it comes to infection control measures in senior living, medical waste disposal can't be taken lightly. But operators actually might be overdoing it.

The heat is on

The heat is on

Keeping skin healthy takes extra vigilance during hot, dry weather months.

Sudden impact

Sudden impact

Furnishings with a 'wow factor' can serve as a super marketing tool for communities while creating a comfortable environment for residents.

State News

State tests voucher program to help adults with dementia afford assisted living

Organizations representing assisted living operators in New York are cheering a new pilot program that will subsidize rent for residents with dementia who no longer can afford assisted living.

Oakmont requests hearing as California passes emergency preparedness law

Oakmont Senior Living has requested a hearing about the potential shuttering of two of its California senior living communities over staff members' alleged handling of resident evacuations during a wildfire last year. Meanwhile, a new law in the state implements revised emergency and disaster response planning requirements for senior living communities.

Ballot initiative could hurt assisted living access and affordability, group says

A state ballot initiative that would limit how many people could be assigned to each registered nurse in hospitals and certain other healthcare facilities ultimately would hurt assisted living access and affordability, according to the Massachusetts Assisted Living Association.

In Focus

Party people

Party people

Watercrest Senior Living Group entertained almost 100 associates and guests at its inaugural "white party," named for the color of clothing attendees were asked to wear. Find out more, and learn how to submit your photos!

From CCRC to maternity

From CCRC to maternity

An expansion at a New Jersey continuing care retirement community will benefit expectant mothers and their babies in Africa. Read more, and find out how to submit your photos!

Here come the residents

Here come the residents

Four Brandywine Living at Princeton residents recently came together to pay homage to the Beatles by reproducing the photo on the cover of the iconic 1969 album "Abbey Road." Find out more, and learn how to submit your photos!

Product News

Eldermark launches contact center and live chat services

Eldermark has launched a new contact center with inbound and outbound call capabilities. The center also supports live chat that integrates with the company's sales customer relationship management and marketing automation solutions.

New senior living recruiting software is text message-based

OnShift has introduced text message-based software to help senior living communities in their recruiting efforts.

In Focus

Sept. 12 

Party People

Vero Beach, FL 

Watercrest Senior Living Group entertained almost 100 associates and guests at its inaugural "white party," named for the color of clothing attendees were asked to wear.

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