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Family alleges long-term care facility banned them due to social media posts, files lawsuit

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Family members of a Texas long-term care resident have sued the facility where she lives, claiming they were banned from visiting due to their social media posts, according to a publication covering legal proceedings in the state.

Assisted living worker shot to death in Alaska, resident claims responsibility

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An Alaska man has been charged with murdering a worker at a small assisted living facility in Anchorage, according to local news reports.

Sentara Life Care launches $16.9M replacement project

Sentara Life Care, the senior services division of Sentara Healthcare, will replace the skilled nursing facility and assisted living village on its 11-acre campus. The Sentara Healthcare board of directors approved $16.9 million for capital funding.

A building in the 'LEED'

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Benchmark's new community has a high-end beach house vibe and eco-friendly features that put it on the cutting edge of senior care

Nursing home population tumbles 20%

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The number of Americans 65 or older residing in a nursing home fell from 1.6 million to 1.3 million during the decade ending in 2010, according to a new federal report.

ISL to manage The Village at Stonebridge

Integral Senior Living has been selected to manage The Village at Stonebridge in McKinney, TX. The facility will open near the end of August, a spokesperson told McKnight's.

What are the scouts saying about your long-term care organization?

What are the scouts saying about your long-term care organization?

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There is no draft in senior living, nor really a need for one. But what if its three most dominant players were to be sized up? How might the scouts rate skilled care, assisted living and home care, respectively? My guess is their reports might look something like this:

Berkadia announces $156 million in financing

Berkadia Commercial Mortgage LLC recently worked with Capital Senior Living Corporation in arranging $156.6 million to finance 15 seniors housing properties located in seven states.

It's not too late: Tech Awards deadline extended

It's not too late: Tech Awards deadline extended

The McKnight's Excellence in Technology Awards application deadline has been extended to July 30.

Also in the news for July 1, 2014 . . .

Former assisted living worker used the facility as his "sexual hunting ground," judge states ... Kindred blasts Gentiva's latest move to scuttle hostile takeover ... FDA approves inhaled insulin diabetes treatment

Also in the news for June 24, 2014 . . .

AHCA applauds Senators' push for expanding vets' long-term care options ... RAND releases policy blueprint for better dementia care ... Man pleads guilty in $205M scheme to place assisted living residents in mental health services ... CMS publishes reimbursement rates for additional doc requests

Assisted living worker stole $20,000 by not registering residents, police charge

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An employee at an Alabama assisted living facility stole about $21,000 by diverting checks from off-the-books residents, authorities charge.

STANLEY releases wireless emergency call system

STANLEY releases wireless emergency call system

STANLEY Healthcare showcased its Arial® 9 Wireless Emergency Call solution with built-in wander management capability at the Assisted Living Federation of America Exposition last week in Phoenix.

Alzheimer's caregiving: The new normal

Alzheimer's caregiving: The new normal

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I dealt first with my wife's Alzheimer's as a 24/7 caregiver at home, and now as a part-time caregiver and full-time advocate since her placement in the dementia wing of an assisted living facility in September. One of the many things I have learned through these years is that each new AD decline in behavior and/or skills always leads to a "new normal" period for us.

Nursing homes suffering from reimbursement shifts to home care, market analysis finds

Nursing homes suffering from reimbursement shifts to home care, market analysis finds

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Reimbursement is shifting to home health, hurting the finances of skilled nursing facilities, a newly released market analysis states.

SafetyCare Technologies acquires Avalon Technologies

SafetyCare Technologies has transitioned from independent living into the assisted living market with the acquisition of Avalon Technologies.

Assisted living security guard killed resident, authorities say

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An 83-year-old assisted living resident allegedly was assaulted by a security guard at the Florida facility and subsequently died from his injuries, authorities announced Monday.

McKnight's calls for 2014 Tech Awards submissions

McKnight's calls for 2014 Tech Awards submissions

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The third annual McKnight's Excellence in Technology awards officially is underway, with submissions now being accepted from the realms of skilled nursing, assisted living and continuing care retirement communities.

McKnight's awards open

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The entry period is now open for McKnight's 3rd annual Excellence in Technology program.

Visitor shot and killed on the grounds of an assisted living community in Kansas

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A woman visiting her mother at an assisted living facility in Kansas was gunned down in the parking lot Sunday, in what authorities are describing as a hate crime.

Skilled nursing edges toward 90% occupancy, absorption rate makes first gain in nearly a decade, NIC data shows

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Skilled nursing facilities' occupancy rate continued to tick up in the first three months of 2014, while absorption flipped into positive territory for the first time in almost a decade, according to the latest quarterly figures from the National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing & Care Industry.

OIG spends $75M on Medicaid oversight, recommends cost-saving measures

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The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General spent $75 million on Medicaid oversight during the last fiscal year, a 4% increase over fiscal 2012, according to a new report.

Median cost of a private nursing home room now exceeds $87,000 a year, Genworth survey finds

Median cost of a private nursing home room now exceeds $87,000 a year, Genworth survey finds

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The median annual cost of a private nursing home room in the United States has increased to $87,600, according to the latest annual survey from insurance company Genworth. This represents a 4.4% increase from a year ago.

End-of-life decisions may cause confusion, anger

End-of-life decisions may cause confusion, anger

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When I lived in Baltimore, a stray, mangy cat adopted us. I am not trying to equate my cat with someone's parent, but I was reminded of Minou's last days when reading the dissertation of Mariette Klein on dementia caregivers. Specifically, how hard it can be to know what healthcare decisions to make for a loved one.

Brookdale, Emeritus merger upends status quo, CEO says

Brookdale, Emeritus merger upends status quo, CEO says

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Brookdale Senior Living is poised to become the largest senior living provider in the country, through a $2.8 billion acquisition of Seattle-based Emeritus Corp.

Improving your staff turnover rate in assisted living

Improving your staff turnover rate in assisted living

Assisted living communities have always had high turnover rates - generally attributed to the prevalence of non-professional/low paying jobs. Estimates for staff turnover range from a low of 21% to a whopping 135%, with an average of 42%.

Berkadia arranges loan

Berkadia Commercial Mortgage announced it had arranged a $49.3 million loan through Fannie Mae for a senior living community in Horsham, PA.

MDI Achieve to buy Right Click Software; MatrixCare and Pathway to partner on ICD-10 transition product

MDI Achieve/MatrixCare entered into a definitive agreement to purchase the assets of Right Click Software, which has an integrated marketing, financial and operational platform for assisted living facilities.

Skilled nursing operator to pay $1 million over claims it failed to pay overtime, allow breaks

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Compass Health has agreed to a $1.1 million settlement in a class action lawsuit alleging that the skilled nursing provider did not pay overtime or allow workers to take needed breaks.

60 seconds with ... NIC's Robert Kramer

60 seconds with ... NIC's Robert Kramer

Q: How did senior housing perform in the last quarter of 2013? A: The numbers overall were good, in terms of continued recovery and strength of market fundamentals. In particular, occupancy was up again, with very strong absorption. It's especially strong in independent living, and that's been a trend in the last year or so.

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