Independent Living

From 'Mean Girls' and bingo bans to inclusion

From 'Mean Girls' and bingo bans to inclusion

Are the people who run certain retirement communities unfeeling monsters with no concern for the well-being of residents? I don't think so. I think they are just like me, and many others who manage communities.

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.

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.

SafetyCare Technologies acquires Avalon Technologies

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

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.

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.

Design Decisions: Bring on the wave

Design Decisions: Bring on the wave

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PruittHealth meets the new challenges of catering to the baby boom generation head-on, investing in movie theaters, a spa and more

Amenities gone wild

Amenities gone wild

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Now and then, I agree to leave my safe, dark hole under the porch and interact face-to-face with actual residents of actual long-term care communities. I did this yesterday, wandering freely through an independent and assisted living campus seemingly inhabited and staffed by levelheaded people who were very glad to be there.

Top trends for aging-in-place communities

Top trends for aging-in-place communities

The path to retirement and beyond comes with a lot of new scenery, from navigating health care needs to deciding where to live. The landscape is changing - in thoughtful and well-planned ways - and community developers and managers have taken notice, often leading the way to help seniors through their decision-making process as they age in place.

The myth of CPR

The myth of CPR

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The international attention over the incident concerning an independent living facility's refusal to give CPR, as a matter of policy, has inspired a lot of clutching of pearls regarding long-term care's medical ethics. There were a few big facts that got left out of the original reporting.

NAB initiative seeks to improve administrator job description

The National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards announced the launch of a professional practice analysis. The effort will help NAB better identify domains of practice, tasks performed, and knowledge and skills used by individuals responsible for leadership in organizations that provide long term care supports and services.

Intra-arterial clot therapy does not lead to higher rate of independent living, researchers determine

Clot-busting devices administered through the artery do not improve victims' chances of living independently after a stroke, according to research published Thursday.

Evangelical Lutheran tops nonprofit senior living list

Evangelical Lutheran tops nonprofit senior living list

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The LeadingAge/Ziegler 100 report reflects an increase in independent and assisted living communities, and a decrease in nursing homes as part of the mix. The average system on the list had 2,008 units in 2011, up from 1,990 units in the previous year.

Assisted Living Federation of America kicks off annual conference Wednesday near Dallas

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The Assisted Living Federation of America is welcoming top speakers and educators, vendors and providers from around the country to its annual conference Wednesday through next Friday at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Conference Center in Grapevine, TX. The conference's theme, "Community 2012," will be intertwined into many events for the assisted living, independent living and memory care operators in attendance. Top assisted living management strategies and other hot industry topics will be the subject of educational and general sessions.

Collaboration and social interactions help extend memory, study finds

A collaborative approach in social interactions could be a key to memory retention and independent living later in life, new research reveals.

Assisted living, independent living occupancy rises slightly, new report says

Assisted living, independent living occupancy rises slightly, new report says

Occupancy in the assisted living and independent living sectors has leveled off in the past year after steadily declining since the early part of 2007, according to a soon-to-be-released report from the National Investment Centers for the Seniors Housing & Care Industry.

New report pegs cost of skilled nursing care at $90,000 per year

A new report from independent living consultant Univita Health finds that the national average annual cost for care in a private room at a Medicare-certified nursing home is slightly more than $90,000.

Independent living communities sweeten deals for potential residents

While the economy may be picking up, independent living companies are still feeling the effects of lower occupancy. As a result, many are offering deals to potential residents, according to a news report.

Strive to integrate assisted living into care continuum at retirement communities

Strive to integrate assisted living into care continuum at retirement communities

There should be a seamless transition between levels of care in continuing care retirement communities.

Move toward certifying electronic health records must include long-term care

Move toward certifying electronic health records must include long-term care

Long-term care must have have certified electronic health records to keep pace with the rest of the healthcare industry.

Financial crisis hurting seniors housing market, NIC reports

Financial crisis hurting seniors housing market, NIC reports

Loan performance and capitalization rates in the senior housing sector are beginning to feel the pinch of the nation's credit crunch, according to a new market analysis released Tuesday by the National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing & Care Industry (NIC).

Housing crisis hitting seniors, assisted living providers

Seniors who can't sell their homes due to the housing and financial crises are feeling trapped because they cannot afford to move into assisted living or retirement communities, according to a news report.

Researchers show how Florida vision law keeps seniors over 80 safe on the roads

A Florida law requiring all seniors over 80 to pass a vision test before renewing their driver's license may have lead to a reduction in traffic-related fatalities among that age group. New study results show how.

Occupancy rate stays stable for skilled nursing, drops for assisted living

The average skilled nursing occupancy rate held steady, while rates for assisted living and independent living fell noticeably. That is according to the National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing and Care Industry's Market Area Profiles (NIC MAP) statistics released Thursday.

NIC: Financing in seniors housing falls in first quarter

NIC: Financing in seniors housing falls in first quarter

The amount of financing placed in seniors housing dropped by a precipitous 60% in the first quarter of 2008, according to data released this month from the National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing and Care Industry. That could lead to an easing up on new development.

Senior living property prices hit record high

Senior living property prices hit record high

For the second year in a row, the average price paid per bed for skilled nursing facilities hit a new record in 2007. The average of $55,200 was 6% higher compared with the year before and 75% more than the notable low of 2003, according to analysis results from research firm Irving Levin Associates.

Seniors housing loan volume rises

Seniors housing loan volume rises

Loan volume in the seniors housing and care sector rose by $20.5 billion in the third quarter of 2007, according to a recent report by the National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing and Care Industry. That is a positive sign for the sector as growth has stalled across the housing spectrum.

Tech toys

The nation's top lawmakers are learning more about new monitoring, personal health record and brain fitness technologies for seniors during a special briefing and demonstration today.Senators from the Special Committee on Aging; the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee; and the Medical Technology Caucus are hosting the event to discuss and explore what type of support is needed to promote technological advances that can help our nation's aging population.

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