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Bipartisan bill calls for $50 million per year to address geriatric workforce issues

Bipartisan bill calls for $50 million per year to address geriatric workforce issues

Bipartisan legislation introduced in the Senate aims to increase the number of geriatric health professionals and direct service workers to support the aging population in the United States.

Gender pay gap less pronounced for caregivers than for some other jobs, Census Bureau says

Gender pay gap less pronounced for caregivers than for some other jobs, Census Bureau says

A gender pay gap exists in caregiver positions, but it is not as great as the gap between men's and women's wages in some other professions, according to recently released data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

2020 opening planned for third Margaritaville community

2020 opening planned for third Margaritaville community

Developers are shooting for an early 2020 opening for Latitude Margaritaville Watersound, in the Florida Panhandle.

Supreme Court arbitration ruling allows employers to prohibit class action lawsuits by workers

Supreme Court arbitration ruling allows employers to prohibit class action lawsuits by workers

Private companies can include arbitration clauses in employment contracts to prohibit employees from filing class action lawsuits against them to fight perceived federal wage and hour and other labor law violations, the Supreme Court ruled Monday in a 5-4 decision.

Learn how to prepare for disasters June 13

Learn how to prepare for disasters June 13

Stan Szpytek, president of Fire and Life Safety and a retired deputy fire chief / fire marshal, will discuss how senior living communities can prepare for emergencies and disasters in the first webinar of the McKnight's Senior Living Online Expo, set for Wednesday, June 13.

New report identifies where seniors are most at risk of social isolation

New report identifies where seniors are most at risk of social isolation

The new edition of an annual report from the United Health Foundation for the first time includes an analysis of where older adults face the greatest and lowest risks of social isolation.

Also in the news for Tuesday, May 22

HC-One, Britain's biggest care home business, reportedly for sale ... Minnesota officials make progress investigating elder abuse reports ... CMS should continue prior authorization projects, GAO says

McKnight's Technology Awards now accepting entries

McKnight's Technology Awards now accepting entries

This year's competition has been expanded to include two tracks with a combined total of 20 categories. The deadline to enter is July 20.

Brookdale's new CEO a 'breath of fresh air' but 'still has much to prove,' shareholder says

Brookdale's new CEO a 'breath of fresh air' but 'still has much to prove,' shareholder says

Brookdale Senior Living's new CEO, Lucinda "Cindy" Baier is a "breath of fresh air," but "she still has much to prove to the investment community to gain trust and credibility," Jonathan Litt, founder and chief investment officer of shareholder Land & Buildings, said Friday.

Former CCRC resident accused of testing ricin on peers pleads guilty to possession

Former CCRC resident accused of testing ricin on peers pleads guilty to possession

A sentence of three years of supervised release in a secure mental health treatment facility has been recommended for a former continuing care retirement community resident who pleaded guilty Friday to possession of ricin.

Exercise may worsen cognitive impairment in those with dementia, study finds

Exercise may worsen cognitive impairment in those with dementia, study finds

Moderate to high-intensity exercise does not slow and in fact may hasten cognitive decline in older adults who have dementia, according to the results of a study published Wednesday in The BMJ. The findings contradict the results of some earlier studies.

New law requires disclosures of relationships between assisted living communities, referral agents

New law requires disclosures of relationships between assisted living communities, referral agents

New disclosures about relationships and fee arrangements between assisted living communities and referral agencies must be made to prospective residents or their representatives under a new law in Arizona.

New Argentum quality initiative includes web resources, plans for certifications

New Argentum quality initiative includes web resources, plans for certifications

Improved resident quality of life is the goal of a new initiative announced Wednesday by Argentum at the organization's Senior Living Executive Conference.

NIC: First quarter sees $1.7 billion in closed seniors housing deals; private buyers especially active

NIC: First quarter sees $1.7 billion in closed seniors housing deals; private buyers especially active

The first quarter of 2018 had $1.7 billion in seniors housing transactions closures, Bill Kauffman, senior principal at the National Center for Seniors Housing and Care said Wednesday.

Advocates say Appropriations Subcommittee bill has good news for seniors but more housing funding is needed

Advocates say Appropriations Subcommittee bill has good news for seniors but more housing funding is needed

Advocates for aging services and affordable housing said they are pleased that a House Appropriations subcommittee bill exceeds the administration's fiscal year 2019 request for Housing and Urban Development funding. More is needed, however, they say.

Argentum announces initiative to improve industry recruiting, retention

Argentum announces initiative to improve industry recruiting, retention

A new Argentum initiative unveiled Tuesday at the organization's Senior Living Executive Conference aims to solve the recruitment and retention challenges facing operators across the senior living industry. The organization also announced an expanded data-collection effort, new board officers and members, and Hero Award winners.

Five Star takes steps to mitigate effects of memory care occupancy challenges

Five Star takes steps to mitigate effects of memory care occupancy challenges

Five Star Senior Living is taking several steps to manage revenue in light of continuing occupancy challenges from new competitors on the private-pay side of its business, especially in memory care, executives said Tuesday on a first quarter earnings call.

Keeping that country feeling

Keeping that country feeling

The Willows at Harrodsburg turned a former steakhouse owned by a country superstar into a senior living community that radiates comfort.

Retaining older workers is important, too, speaker says

Retaining older workers is important, too, speaker says

Many employers are focused on attracting and retaining millennials when they also should be concerned about older workers leaving their organizations, Bruce Tulgan, author and founder of management training company RainmakerThinking, said during a Monday afternoon session at the Argentum Senior Living Executive Conference.

How to get members of my sales and marketing team to sharpen their strategic focus

How to get members of my sales and marketing team to sharpen their strategic focus

The frequently asked questions concept is a very effective and credible marketing communication strategy.

Former social services director gets 10-year prison sentence for $390,000 theft from resident

Former social services director gets 10-year prison sentence for $390,000 theft from resident

The former social services director of a Louisiana senior living community has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and ordered to pay restitution of $390,537 for stealing money from one of the community's residents.

Brent Weil is definitely up to the job

Brent Weil is definitely up to the job

The new vice president of workforce development at Argentum is tackling the field's biggest challenge. Read our exclusive interview with him.

Just getting started

Just getting started

Senior living is a low-tech field no more. From the front door to the front office, technology is making its presence known — and there's a lot more to come.

McKnight's Senior Living Online Expo set for June 13

McKnight's Senior Living Online Expo set for June 13

Registration is now open for the second annual McKnight's Senior Living Online Expo, where attendees can earn up to three continuing education credits and interact with several companies serving the industry. The event will be held Wednesday, June 13.

McKnight's Senior Living earns national award for news coverage

McKnight's Senior Living earns national award for news coverage

The online news section of McKnight's Senior Living was recognized with a national journalism award from the American Society of Business Publication Editors on Thursday night.

Despite headlines, GAO report does not portend major changes for assisted living, industry leaders say

Despite headlines, GAO report does not portend major changes for assisted living, industry leaders say

Some assisted living community operators understandably were concerned in February after the Government Accountability Office released a report about federal oversight of assisted living services offered to Medicaid beneficiaries. Those who look beyond the comments of lawmakers and senior advocates, however, will see that the industry is not the target of the report.

Design briefs, June 2018

c.c. hodgson, Legacy Living, Revel South Bay and independent living.

CMS needs to improve handling of beneficiary data, GAO says

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services needs to improve how it handles shared beneficiary data, according to the Government Accountability Office.

Scrub-a-dub-dub

Scrub-a-dub-dub

Bathing can be a pleasing, even therapeutic activity for senior living residents. The communal spa continues to be an essential element of assisted living.

Combo platter

Combo platter

Residents expect good-looking decor. Operators need furniture that can withstand heavy use. An impossible combination? Not any more.

Death rate from falls increases 31% over 9 years

Death rate from falls increases 31% over 9 years

The death rate from falls among adults aged 65 or more years increased 31% from 2007 to 2016, according to newly published federal data. And it's growing the fastest among those aged 85 or more years.

New Senior moving 51 Holiday properties from leased to managed portfolio

New Senior moving 51 Holiday properties from leased to managed portfolio

New Senior Investment Group is moving a group of 51 Holiday Retirement communities that have "lagged expectations" from its triple-net lease portfolio to its portfolio of managed properties as part of an ongoing strategic review process, the REIT said Thursday.

Anthem making progress under LTC Properties' watchful eye

Anthem making progress under LTC Properties' watchful eye

Anthem Memory Care continues to make progress on community occupancy and leadership stability, LTC Properties' Chairman, President and CEO Wendy Simpson said Thursday during a first-quarter 2018 earnings call

NLRB to look at 'joint employer' standard again

NLRB to look at 'joint employer' standard again

The National Labor Relations Board said Wednesday that it is considering rulemaking to address the standard for determining joint-employer status under the National Labor Relations Act.

Business owner gets probation, must pay restitution for fraudulently billing for assisted living services

Business owner gets probation, must pay restitution for fraudulently billing for assisted living services

The owner of a physical therapy business has been sentenced to three years of probation and was ordered to pay more than $40,000 in restitution for submitting fraudulent Medicare claims for services she provided to assisted living residents, the Justice Department said.

Brookdale making progress but has 'a significant amount of work ahead,' CEO says

Brookdale making progress but has 'a significant amount of work ahead,' CEO says

In the first quarter and beyond, Brookdale Senior Living made progress on the turnaround strategy it announced in February, "but we have a significant amount of work ahead of us," CEO Lucinda "Cindy" Baier told shareholders and analysts Tuesday on the company's first-quarter 2018 earnings call.

NHI looks to keep expanding relationship with Bickford Senior Living

NHI looks to keep expanding relationship with Bickford Senior Living

The deal announced May 1 through which Bickford Senior Living will lease five more communities from National Health Investors is not the limit to the operator's growth with the real estate investment trust, NHI executives said Tuesday during the REIT's first-quarter earnings call.

Senior living of growing importance to Omega, executives say

Senior living of growing importance to Omega, executives say

Senior living still represents a small part of the Omega Healthcare Investors portfolio but is growing in importance, company executives told shareholders and analysts participating in a first-quarter 2018 earnings call on Tuesday.

Older adults scammed out of $342 million on internet in 2017, FBI says

Older adults scammed out of $342 million on internet in 2017, FBI says

The statistic was part of the "2017 Internet Crime Report" released Monday by the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center.

CCRC owes overtime to 454 employees who worked during Hurricane Irma, Labor Department says

CCRC owes overtime to 454 employees who worked during Hurricane Irma, Labor Department says

A Florida continuing care retirement community has agreed to pay $181,663 in back wages to 454 employees who were involved in the evacuation and subsequent care of residents during and immediately after Hurricane Irma.

New Jersey mandates paid sick leave

New Jersey mandates paid sick leave

New Jersey has enacted what the state's governor says is one of the most expansive paid sick leave programs in the country.

Aides dominate staffing hours across seniors housing and care settings

Aides dominate staffing hours across seniors housing and care settings

Aides, to varying degrees, account for most of the staffing hours in assisted living communities, adult day services centers and nursing homes, according to newly published federal data.

Government oversteps authority in proposed rule that would increase costs, liabilities for assisted living facilities, associations say

Government oversteps authority in proposed rule that would increase costs, liabilities for assisted living facilities, associations say

A proposed rule that the Florida Department of Elder Affairs says addresses safety and quality issues in Sunshine State assisted living communities is being challenged by two associations representing operators there.

Caregiver recruiting and retention issues worsen in Wisconsin

Caregiver recruiting and retention issues worsen in Wisconsin

Seniors housing and care operators in Wisconsin increasingly are having difficulty filling caregiver positions, according to a new report from several state provider groups.

HCP sets a course for the future as it reduces exposure to Brookdale

HCP sets a course for the future as it reduces exposure to Brookdale

It may be several years before demand catches up with supply in senior housing, but HCP expects to outperform the competition through five major initiatives, Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer Scott M. Brinker said Thursday on the real estate investment trust's first-quarter earnings call.

Proposal creating Medicare LTSS benefit gains senior living industry support

Proposal creating Medicare LTSS benefit gains senior living industry support

Proposed legislation to create a federal program within Medicare to support those with substantial long-term care costs when they need care is drawing support from senior living industry groups.

Ensign Group in 'very selective' acquisition mode

Ensign Group in 'very selective' acquisition mode

The Ensign Group is actively seeking acquisitions but is growing by being "very selective with each potential acquisition opportunity," executives said Thursday during the organization's first-quarter earnings call.

New sales and cost-reduction initiatives should help future performance, Capital says

New sales and cost-reduction initiatives should help future performance, Capital says

Capital Senior Living saw occupancy dip in the first quarter, but new sales and marketing initiatives, as well as efforts to reduce costs through the centralization of several operating functions, should translate to improved performance in future quarters, company executives said in an after-hours earnings call Tuesday.

Task force recommends $245 million plan to address Illinois veterans home Legionnaires' issues

Task force recommends $245 million plan to address Illinois veterans home Legionnaires' issues

A task force appointed in January by Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is recommending that the state spend up to $245 million, including constructing a new residential building, to help protect residents of the Illinois Veterans Home at Quincy from future cases of Legionnaires' disease.

Ascension Living parent forms global supply chain joint venture with Australia-based organization

Ascension Living parent forms global supply chain joint venture with Australia-based organization

St. Louis-based Ascension, the parent company of senior living operator Ascension Living, has formed a global supply chain joint venture with Sydney, Australia-based Ramsay Health Care to try to reduce costs for both organizations.

9 senior living communities involved in $3.9 million SEC fraud case get new owners

9 senior living communities involved in $3.9 million SEC fraud case get new owners

Nine Georgia and Alabama senior living communities that went into receivership last year after their owner was charged with fraud and had his assets frozen now have new owners.

'Smart' dresser under development could help those with dementia dress alone

'Smart' dresser under development could help those with dementia dress alone

A "smart" dresser that has been tested in the lab ultimately could help people with dementia get dressed with automated help and nobody else in the same room.

McKnight's Senior Living honored for blogs, newsletter

McKnight's Senior Living honored for blogs, newsletter

McKnight's Senior Living has received two awards in the 2018 American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors ASHPE Awards competition, the society announced Monday.

Bill expanding Medicaid fraud investigations wins support but appears stalled

Bill expanding Medicaid fraud investigations wins support but appears stalled

A bipartisan bill that would expand the reach of Medicaid Fraud Control Units to any setting where beneficiaries receive services has gained the backing of the National Association of Attorneys General but appears stuck in the House of Representatives.

Administrator's license suspended after Social Security spending spree

Administrator's license suspended after Social Security spending spree

The Virginia Board of Long-Term Care Administrators has suspended the license of a woman to practice as an assisted living facility administrator, alleging that she used residents' Social Security funds to gamble and pay for vacations, dinners and credit card charges.

First 'LGBT-affirming' senior housing community opens in San Diego

First 'LGBT-affirming' senior housing community opens in San Diego

The grand opening for San Diego's first "LGBT-affirming" senior housing community, North Park Seniors, was Friday.

Ventas 'killed a lot of brain cells' devising Brookdale lease restructuring, CEO says

Ventas 'killed a lot of brain cells' devising Brookdale lease restructuring, CEO says

Real estate investment trust Ventas has agreed to restructure its Brookdale Senior Living leases "to give Brookdale support and stability while it executes its operational turnaround under its new team," Ventas Chairman and CEO Debra Cafaro said Friday on the REIT's first-quarter earnings call.

Federal departments should collaborate to serve affordable seniors housing residents, GAO says

Federal departments should collaborate to serve affordable seniors housing residents, GAO says

The Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Housing and Urban should include the Department of Agriculture in collaborations involving housing and health services for older adults living in affordable seniors housing and other settings, the Government Accountability Office recommended Thursday in a new report.

HUD rent proposal 'would immediately impact seniors' if passed, LeadingAge says

HUD rent proposal 'would immediately impact seniors' if passed, LeadingAge says

Rent reforms proposed Wednesday by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson "would immediately impact seniors" living in subsidized housing if passed, despite assertions to the contrary by federal officials, LeadingAge Vice President of Housing Policy Linda Couch tells McKnight's Senior Living.

Assisted living is area of fastest growth for AHCA/NCAL

Assisted living is area of fastest growth for AHCA/NCAL

Assisted living continues to be the fastest-growing segment of membership for the American Health Care Association / National Center for Assisted Living, NCAL said Thursday in newly issued annual report for 2017.

McKnight's Senior Living earns top honors for website, columns

McKnight's Senior Living earns top honors for website, columns

McKnight's Senior Living has won two Platinum Awards and five additional awards in the 2018 Hermes Creative Awards competition.

Welltower, ProMedica to buy HCR ManorCare landlord Quality Care Properties through joint venture

Welltower, ProMedica to buy HCR ManorCare landlord Quality Care Properties through joint venture

Welltower and ProMedica Health System have formed a joint venture to facilitate the acquisition of HCR ManorCare and Arden Courts real estate assets from their landlord, Quality Care Properties, the real estate investment trust and regional not-for-profit healthcare system announced as Wednesday turned into Thursday.

22 markets see occupancy challenges in first quarter

22 markets see occupancy challenges in first quarter

Twenty-two of the 31 markets tracked by the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing and Care had senior living community occupancy rates that were lower in the first quarter than year-earlier levels, according to NIC.

Brookdale suitor reportedly defaults on $174 million in debts

Brookdale suitor reportedly defaults on $174 million in debts

A Chinese developer said to have been involved in negotiations to buy Brookdale Senior Living last year reportedly has defaulted on more than $174 million in debt.

Only 16% of retirees 'very confident' they can afford long-term care

Only 16% of retirees 'very confident' they can afford long-term care

The percentage of current retirees who are "very confident" that they will have enough money to pay for long-term care should they need it is "down significantly" from last year, say the firms behind newly released survey results.

Little Sisters of the Poor can join Trump in birth control fight, court rules

Little Sisters of the Poor can join Trump in birth control fight, court rules

Little Sisters of the Poor, the group of nuns that operates about 30 senior housing and long-term care homes in approximately 20 states, can join the Trump administration in fighting the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.

Bill would prevent licensing boards from using old nonviolent offenses against applicants

Bill would prevent licensing boards from using old nonviolent offenses against applicants

Licensing boards in California would not be able to use nonviolent offense conviction information that is more than five years old as a reason to deny an application, under a trio of bills announced Monday.

Providers tell CMS to explore telehealth, care coordination, long-term care financing

Providers tell CMS to explore telehealth, care coordination, long-term care financing

Chronic care management via telehealth and remote monitoring, service coordination in affordable housing, and long-term care financing are some of the new directions that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should explore through its Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, according to feedback from providers and associations.

Admissions moratorium issued after staff allegedly do not administer CPR to resident who later died

Admissions moratorium issued after staff allegedly do not administer CPR to resident who later died

The affected assisted living community is related to the rehabilitation center where a Hurricane Irma-related air conditioner outage led to the deaths of a dozen residents in September.

Three sentenced for scheme that defrauded elderly of $16.6 million

Three sentenced for scheme that defrauded elderly of $16.6 million

Three people who made more than $16 million after falsely telling older adults and others that the light-emitting medical devices they sold could safety and effectively treat diabetes, heart disease, emphysema, cancer and dozens of other medical conditions in their residences were sentenced on Friday, the Justice Department announced Monday.

Antipsychotic drug use increasing in assisted living, AARP says

Antipsychotic drug use increasing in assisted living, AARP says

Although the off-label use of antipsychotic medications has decreased in nursing home residents who have dementia, it has increased in those with dementia who live in assisted living communities or at home, according to an analysis of insurance claims data released today by the AARP Public Policy Institute.

20% of long-term care insurance claims begin in assisted living, association says

20% of long-term care insurance claims begin in assisted living, association says

The finding dispels myths that such insurance is used only for nursing home care, according to the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance.

Provider group 'optimistic' about tax law benefits for senior housing and care operators

Provider group 'optimistic' about tax law benefits for senior housing and care operators

A Friday meeting with officials from the Office of Management and Budget left AHCA / NCAL President and CEO Mark Parkinson "optimistic" that assisted living and skilled nursing operators will be able to see tax savings from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, he said.

New Census Bureau data show steady increase in prospective residents

New Census Bureau data show steady increase in prospective residents

Data released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday show a steady increase in the number of adults of the age when many start moving into senior living communities.

McKnight's Senior Living honored for news coverage at ASBPE awards event

McKnight's Senior Living honored for news coverage at ASBPE awards event

The online and print news sections of McKnight's Senior Living accounted for two of the three journalism awards the brand received Thursday night at an American Society of Business Publication Editors event.

New perks that really do work

New perks that really do work

It's no secret that recruiting and retaining employees is the biggest challenge facing senior living and long-term care operators. Sometimes it takes some creativity to stand out to current and prospective workers.

Assisted living connections highlighted in Senate hearing on guardians

Assisted living connections highlighted in Senate hearing on guardians

Cases of financial exploitation of older adults by their legal guardians, including cases indirectly involving assisted living communities, "highlight shocking breaches of trust by people who obtained positions of power or influence over vulnerable seniors," Sen. Susan Collins said Wednesday at a hearing on the topic.

Assisted living facilities sued for discriminating against people who use wheelchairs

Assisted living facilities sued for discriminating against people who use wheelchairs

A group of related assisted living communities in New York City as well as the state's governor, health commissioner and Department of Health are defendants in a lawsuit alleging they discriminate against people with disabilities who use wheelchairs.

CMS revises guidance on penalty period start date for HCBS waiver participants

CMS revises guidance on penalty period start date for HCBS waiver participants

CMS has issued revised guidance related to the penalty start date for asset transfers of Medicaid beneficiaries applying to receive home- and community-based services delivered through 1915(c) waivers, which includes some HCBS offered in assisted living communities.

Merger and acquisition volume sees little change

Merger and acquisition volume sees little change

The first quarter of 2018 saw only one more publicly announced acquisition than the same quarter of 2017 but seven more than the fourth quarter of 2017, according to new data from Irving Levin Associates.

Task force confirms exercise as a falls prevention strategy

Task force confirms exercise as a falls prevention strategy

Exercise or physical therapy, but not necessarily vitamin D, can help prevent falls in older adults, according to new recommendations issued Tuesday by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

With 25 lawsuits settled, Regional Health Properties looks to focus on growing

With 25 lawsuits settled, Regional Health Properties looks to focus on growing

Now that Regional Health Properties has settled 25 professional and general liability lawsuits, the company can focus more on growing, Interim CEO Brent Morrison said Monday during a fourth-quarter and full-year 2017 earnings call.

Assisted living star rating system may be altered or abandoned

Assisted living star rating system may be altered or abandoned

North Carolina's four-star rating system for assisted living communities may be altered, abandoned or kept as-is depending on the feedback that the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services receives in a web-based survey.

Court approves HCR ManorCare bankruptcy strategy

Court approves HCR ManorCare bankruptcy strategy

The prepackaged, $7.1 billion Chapter 11 bankruptcy plan filed in early March by HCR ManorCare, was approved Friday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, DE.

Senior living community expansions focus on independent living

Senior living community expansions focus on independent living

Independent living has been the focus of not-for-profit senior living community expansion projects over the past several years, according to newly published data from Ziegler.

38 senators call for more Alzheimer's funding

38 senators call for more Alzheimer's funding

Thirty-eight senators have asked leaders of the Senate Committee on Appropriations and its Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education to make increased funding for Alzheimer's disease a priority in their appropriations for fiscal year 2019.

Minnesota seeks to speed resolution of senior abuse claims

Minnesota seeks to speed resolution of senior abuse claims

The Minnesota Department of Health plans to implement a new electronic system to help it more quickly respond to and resolve reports of abuse in assisted living communities, nursing homes and other long-term care settings.

Assisted living occupancy hits record low of 85.7%, NIC says

Assisted living occupancy hits record low of 85.7%, NIC says

Assisted living occupancy reached a record low in the first quarter of 2018, according to data released Thursday by the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care.

GAO's assisted living report part of testimony at House hearing on Medicaid

GAO's assisted living report part of testimony at House hearing on Medicaid

Assisted living made an appearance Thursday at a House of Representatives committee hearing on the Medicaid program when a Government Accountability Office report related to the industry was referenced in the written testimony of a witness.

Committee to study, issue report on assisted living facilities

Committee to study, issue report on assisted living facilities

The Nebraska legislature voted 26-13 on Wednesday to create a special committee to study assisted living facilities where residents primarily have diagnoses of mental illness.

Succession planning urgent need in senior living, survey suggests

Succession planning urgent need in senior living, survey suggests

Seventy-three percent of senior living CEOs whose organizations were represented in a recent survey by Ziegler could be retiring within the next 10 years, according to survey results. Sixty-five percent of the organizations don't have formal, written succession plans in place for the CEO position, however.

Employers cannot use past salary as reason to pay women less, court says

Employers cannot use past salary as reason to pay women less, court says

Employers cannot use salary histories as justification for paying female employees less than male ones who perform the same work, a federal court ruled on Monday.

New Alzheimer's definition will 'dramatically' increase those thought to have disease

New Alzheimer's definition will 'dramatically' increase those thought to have disease

A proposed new definition of Alzheimer's disease unveiled Tuesday represents "a major evolution in how we think about Alzheimer's," according to the Alzheimer's Association, but it will "increase dramatically" the number of people considered to have the disease, according to one researcher involved in its development.

Proposed cuts to Medicare, Social Security could follow CBO report, senators say

Proposed cuts to Medicare, Social Security could follow CBO report, senators say

At least two federal lawmakers are concerned that the 10-year projections on the budget and economy released Monday by the Congressional Budget Office will lead to GOP attempts to make cuts to programs such as Medicare and Social Security.

HRA seeks to sharpen its image with prospects via employee etiquette training

HRA seeks to sharpen its image with prospects via employee etiquette training

As many senior living operators look to add more healthcare services to their offerings, this regional development and operating company is instituting a new program to help ensure that hospitality doesn't get lost in the mix.

1,650 workers at facilities in receivership get paychecks

1,650 workers at facilities in receivership get paychecks

The approximately 1,650 employees working at the 10 assisted living communities and 21 nursing homes in Nebraska that were put into receivership on March 23 were paid last week, according to the consulting firm that assumed operations.

Senior living manager pleads guilty to stealing $400,000 by creating imaginary workers

Senior living manager pleads guilty to stealing $400,000 by creating imaginary workers

A senior living manager who created imaginary employees has pleaded guilty to fraudulently obtaining almost a half million dollars.

Unchecked resident likely was dead for two days: officials

Unchecked resident likely was dead for two days: officials

A senior living resident was dead for two days before being discovered by her visiting daughter, according to a report filed last week by the Minnesota Department of Health.

Workers successfully challenge pension funding based on 'church plan'

Workers successfully challenge pension funding based on 'church plan'

In a case ripe with implications for religiously affiliated senior living organizations, employees at a Kentucky medical center earned a key victory in a lawsuit alleging inadequate pension funding.

Insurers likely to add and trim senior living benefits, thanks to relaxed Medicare rule

Insurers likely to add and trim senior living benefits, thanks to relaxed Medicare rule

Medicare managed care enrollees soon may enjoy enhanced senior living benefits, thanks to a new rule. But existing coverage also may be reduced or eliminated when revamped policies hit the marketplace, according to several analysts.

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HC-One, Britain's biggest care home business, reportedly for sale ... Minnesota officials make progress investigating elder abuse reports ... CMS should continue prior authorization projects, GAO says

New law requires disclosures of relationships between assisted living communities, referral agents

New disclosures about relationships and fee arrangements between assisted living communities and referral agencies must be made to prospective residents or their representatives under a new law in Arizona.

New Jersey mandates paid sick leave

New Jersey has enacted what the state's governor says is one of the most expansive paid sick leave programs in the country.

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Bringing in the outdoors

Bringing in the outdoors

Garvey Manor and Our Lady of the Alleghenies Residence recently hosted an outdoor show. Find out more, and learn how to submit your photos!

$3 million milestone

$3 million milestone

Oak Crest in Parkville, MD, recently passed the $3 million mark in the amount of scholarship funds the community has awarded to employees over the past 22 years. Find out more, and learn how to submit your photos!

This activity is the tops

This activity is the tops

Residents of Brookdale Sarasota Central in Sarasota, FL, decorated hats in anticipation of a Kentucky Derby party. Find out more, and learn how to submit your photos!

Product News

VoiceFriend is now Amazon Alexa-enabled

Senior living communities and skilled nursing facilities that use the VoiceFriend automated notification technology now can communicate information and notices to residents, family members and staff via voice-activated Amazon Alexa devices.

K4Connect, HHHunt partnership brings smart tech to two more Spring Arbor communities

K4Connect has broadened its partnership with HHHunt's senior living division, which owns and manages Spring Arbor assisted living communities throughout the Mid-Atlantic, to bring K4Community to two additional Spring Arbor communities in Maryland.

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Bringing in the outdoors

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