Assisted Living

Skilled nursing dealmaking continues to be strong, average price per unit hits $78,000

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The trend of strong merger and acquisition activity in the senior housing market has not abated, with the average price per skilled nursing unit up 7% from a year ago. This is according to the latest quarterly figures from business intelligence firm Irving Levin Associates Inc.

CA facilities slapped with $3 million in labor violations fines, workers slept on sofa in garage

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Four assisted living facilities in the San Francisco Bay area are facing a total of $3 million in fines for how they allegedly treated and paid workers, California authorities announced Thursday.

Thanks, Mata Hari

Thanks, Mata Hari

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You Mystery Shoppers have spoken: Assisted living communities do a bad job making a good first impression. If true, it's definitely a problem, and I'd thank you for sharing if I knew your real names.

Assisted living residents say 'homelike' setting not so important

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Contrary to conventional wisdom, assisted living residents might not place a high value on how "homelike" their surroundings are, suggest findings out of St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN.

Falls are top reason for lawsuits against skilled nursing facilities, report states

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Resident falls continue to present the greatest risk of lawsuits to skilled nursing facilities and other long-term care providers, according to a recently released report from insurance company CNA.

Nonprofit providers face alarming market forces, must rally, LeadingAge chairman says

Nonprofit providers face alarming market forces, must rally, LeadingAge chairman says

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Nonprofit long-term care providers must work together to address alarming trends, or their market share could plummet and the sector as a whole could falter, LeadingAge Chairman David Gehm told association members Tuesday.

Is healthcare compliance on life support?

Is healthcare compliance on life support?

Assisted living, long-term care and nursing homes — the senior living industry —is one of the most challenging and compliance-driven industries in the U.S.

Also in the news for Oct. 16, 2014 . . .

HIPAA authorization forms do not have be signed voluntarily to be valid, judge rules ... Aluminum exposure 'inevitably' contributes to Alzheimer's, researcher says ... Judge holds assisted living owners in contempt for retaliating against workers

NIC: Senior housing sets record for absorption, nursing home occupancy flat

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The average occupancy rate for senior housing sailed past 90% in the third quarter, and the absorption rate set a single-quarter record, the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care announced Friday.

Assisted living continues to grow rapidly in expanded markets

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Assisted living growth continues to be concentrated in specific markets, with almost three-fourths of new construction in 10 metro markets, according to new findings released Thursday at the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care Industry annual conference in Chicago.

Employee cleared of sexual assault charges wins $1 million defamation suit against assisted living company

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A former assisted living worker in South Carolina has received a $1 million award after being falsely accused of trying to sexually assault a resident, according to local news sources.

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

CMS releases new version of software for collecting assessment information ... CT hospitals must now inform patients of observation status ... CA assisted living facilities face multiple requirements under new laws ... Govt. launches Open Payments website

MS assisted living worker fired on first day due to pregnancy, government charges

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An assisted living facility in Mississippi fired a worker hours after she started on the job because of her pregnancy, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Judge reverses Medicare appeal ruling in inpatient rehab case

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A federal District Court in Louisiana has reversed a Medicare Appeals Council ruling over denials for rehabilitation claims, including one involving an assisted living resident.

Preventing burns in seniors

Preventing burns in seniors

Hot-water scalding comes when a person accidentally turns on the hot water and the pre-set temperature for the water heater is too high. As an administrator or caregiver at an assisted living facility, you may have seen first-hand what can happen if a senior accidentally turns on water that is too hot. Reducing injury can save both pain and suffering of residents and help facilities avoid potential litigation.

AL operators accused of withholding $2M in unpaid overtime, minimum wages

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Four California assisted living operators are facing eight felony charges related to wage theft, tax and insurance violations, according to local reports.

One-fifth of caregivers take 6 months or longer to choose a senior housing option for a loved one, poll finds

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A significant number of people take six months or longer to choose a senior care or housing option for a loved one, recently released survey results showed.

Is it any mystery why so many beds remain empty?

Is it any mystery why so many beds remain empty?

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Ask skilled care or senior living operators about their biggest operational challenge, and the answer is almost always the same: keeping the place full. A new investigation of the way many operators deal with prospects shows that there's a lot of room for improvement.

Assisted living communities continue to make a terrible first impression on prospective customers, university program finds

Assisted living communities continue to make a terrible first impression on prospective customers, university program finds

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Assisted living communities consistently do not make a good first impression with prospective customers, and they haven't improved this skill set in the last decade, according to data from George Mason University in Virginia.

Also in the news for September 15, 2014 . . .

GA puts controversial nursing home rate hike on hold ... Most Americans OK with gay couples in assisted living ... Commerce Dept: Healthcare revenue rebounded in Q2

Also in the news for September 12, 2014 . . .

AMDA to feds: Will assisted living be excluded from plan to reimburse chronic care services? ... People with rare type AB blood have doubled risk of cognitive decline, researchers say ... Grieving older people are more at risk for infections than younger people, research shows

Also in the news for September 8, 2014 . . .

CMS issues memo on therapy coding changes ... Home care workers join strikes for a higher minimum wage ... National Assisted Living Week kicks off

Cambridge Reality arranges $6.5 million HUD Lean loan

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Cambridge Realty Capital Companies has arranged a $6.56 million HUD Lean loan to refinance Morris Senior Living, a 76-bed assisted living facility located in Morris, IL.

AdCare shifts business plan

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AdCare Health Systems plans to divest its senior living properties and become a holding company, the firm announced.

Sector's housing stock grows at uneven pace, NIC reports

Sector's housing stock grows at uneven pace, NIC reports

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Seniors housing stock collectively rose by 0.1% in the second quarter, putting the sector on pace for a 1.5% annual increase, according to new data from the National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing & Care Industry.

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.

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