Assisted Living

Pay no attention to senior living's identity crisis

Pay no attention to senior living's identity crisis

The latest occupancy numbers for assisted living point to absorption issues. But they may reveal another issue as well.

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.

Staffing

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.

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.

Marketing

News 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.

Editors' Columns Pay no attention to senior living's identity crisis

Pay no attention to senior living's identity crisis

The latest occupancy numbers for assisted living point to absorption issues. But they may reveal another issue as well.

Dementia / Alzheimer's

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.

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.

LTSS / HCBS / PACE

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.

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.

CCRCs / Life Plan Communities

NIC: 5 markets dominate CCRC construction

NIC: 5 markets dominate CCRC construction

More than one-third of all continuing care retirement community unit construction was taking place in five markets as of the fourth quarter of 2017, according to Lana Peck, senior principal of the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care.

CCRCs alone in occupancy increase this year, report says

CCRCs alone in occupancy increase this year, report says

Continuing care retirement communities will be the only segment of senior living and long-term care to see increased occupancy in 2018, according to commercial real estate investment sales, financing, research and advisory services firm Marcus & Millichap.

Argentum / ALFA

People in the news, April 10

People in the news, April 10

Appointments at Argentum, Charter Senior Living, Friendship Village, Kendal Corp. and Mission Senior Living.

Argentum works on Plan B as weather thwarts fly-in

Argentum works on Plan B as weather thwarts fly-in

Argentum is planning to find additional ways to discuss the Government Accountability Office's assisted living-related report, home- and community-based services and other issues after the second day of its Public Policy Institute & Fly-In was canceled due to inclement weather.

NCAL

NCAL updates member targets for turnover, antipsychotic use and more

NCAL updates member targets for turnover, antipsychotic use and more

The National Center for Assisted Living has released updated targets for the four focus areas of its Quality Initiative.

New GAO report focuses on CMS but could have direct effects on assisted living

New GAO report focuses on CMS but could have direct effects on assisted living

A report released Monday by the Government Accountability Office contains a to-do list for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services related to state reporting of deficiencies in care and services provided to Medicaid beneficiaries in assisted living communities. Some federal lawmakers and consumer advocates, however, say they will push for changes in assisted living because of the report's findings.

LeadingAge

LeadingAge, 567 others urge rethinking of 'alarming' proposed HUD mission statement

LeadingAge, 567 others urge rethinking of 'alarming' proposed HUD mission statement

LeadingAge and National Church Residences were among 164 national organizations recently sending a letter urging the Department of Housing and Urban Development to keep creating "inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination" in its mission statement.

People in the news, March 13

People in the news, March 13

Funeral information for Tony Mullen, a founder of the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care. And appointments at Erickson Living, Hunt Mortgage Group, It's Never 2 Late, LeadingAge, Lutheran Senior Services, New Perspective Senior Living, Solvere Senior Living, Stratus Interoperable and Sun Health.

NIC

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.

NIC: 5 markets dominate CCRC construction

NIC: 5 markets dominate CCRC construction

More than one-third of all continuing care retirement community unit construction was taking place in five markets as of the fourth quarter of 2017, according to Lana Peck, senior principal of the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care.

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Spreading thanks

Houston and North Greenbush, NY 

Residents of Brazos Towers at Bayou Manor, a senior living community in Houston, recently held a virtual "gratitude party" for residents of Eastwyck Village of North Greenbush, NY, to thank them for their assistance after Hurricane Harvey.