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New website for senior living launched

New website for senior living launched

New LifeStyles, a senior living resource, has launched a new website.

Long-term care was the strongest healthcare sector for mergers and acquisitions last year, analysis shows

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Long-term care was the only healthcare sector to experience an increase in mergers and acquisitions last year, according to a new analysis from business intelligence firm Irving Levin Associates Inc.

Nursing rates and prices hit historic highs, reports show

Nursing rates and prices hit historic highs, reports show

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The rates nursing home charge and the prices they fetch on the market have hit new highs, reports reveal.

How to do it ... Design

When designers get to work on senior care settings, they must always be concerned about what they put underfoot. Textures, colors, composition, cleanability and many other factors come into play. And yet there is, of course, no single kind of flooring that should exist throughout a facility. Experts advise here on how to decide on appropriate surfaces and locations for them.

Senior care reviews: The impact on the family decision

Senior care reviews: The impact on the family decision

Last spring, I wrote about why senior care reviews are here to stay. I outlined how they are important for senior care providers and made some suggestions on ways you could join the conversation. Since then, more senior care review sites have been launched and families have posted tens of thousands of new reviews.

Senior care priorities and questions

Senior care priorities and questions

Why is there such a divergence in senior care when state and federal regulations are pretty much the same across this great country of ours? I suspect the answer lies in how individual organizations prioritize their spending. We must allot more for caregiver training.

Grants to help LTC operators coordinate care with hospitals

Grants to help LTC operators coordinate care with hospitals

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Four Maryland long-term care facilities stand to benefit from new technology grants that target medical information.

Topical estrogen could help senior care providers scale back antibiotics for recurring UTIs, researchers find

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Topical estrogen treatments are an effective replacement for antibiotics in preventing urinary tract infections in older women, recently published research suggests.

Avante Group partners with Virginia Tech

Florida-based Avanté Group announced a partnership with Virginia Tech's School Architecture and Design interior design program to improve the look of residential healthcare facilities,

State News

State News

A bill requiring nursing home workers to report elder abuse cleared both houses of the legislature and was sent to Gov. John Hickenlooper (D). SB 111 was developed by an elder abuse task force convened in 2012 and sponsored by Sen. Evie Hudak (D-Westminster). Colorado is currently one of three states that do not have an elder abuse reporting requirement for senior care professionals.

Pressure on senior care providers to improve efficiency may be misguided, say Medicare cost researchers

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Providers in areas with low average Medicare costs are not delivering care more efficiently than providers in high-cost areas, according to a new study. Prior studies said Medicare spending could be reduced by nearly a third if all providers adopted the practices of those in low-cost areas.

Healthcare reform precipitates split in Extendicare's U.S. and Canadian operations, CEO says

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Extendicare Inc., which operates more than 240 senior care centers, will be splitting up its U.S. and Canadian businesses, the company announced Thursday.

ONLINE EXPO UNDERWAY: Technology pioneer demonstrates how animated characters can improve senior care

ONLINE EXPO UNDERWAY: Technology pioneer demonstrates how animated characters can improve senior care

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Encouraging residents to talk to animated agents could improve adherence to medication, reduce the need for restraints and lower rehospitalization rates. That's what Timothy Bickmore, Ph.D., said during his Wednesday webcast on the first day of the seventh annual McKnight's Online Expo.

Six days to go: McKnight's Online Expo returns

Six days to go: McKnight's Online Expo returns

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Each week brings more examples of nursing homes fined for Immediate Jeopardy citations. The latest high-profile cases have involved pressure sore care and a resident engaging in inappropriate touching, showing how broadly providers have to look to create effective policies around Immediate Jeopardy.

Study: Boomers most interested in health at 2 'change points'

Baby boomers are most interested in their health and health issues at two key points of their lives, new study results show. The findings give senior care providers new insight as to when key healthcare decisions might be more likely to be made by prospective residents or their adult children.

Long-term care looks for leaders as healthcare industry adds jobs

Long-term care looks for leaders as healthcare industry adds jobs

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A new rise in healthcare jobs is good news for executives in senior care, an expert said Friday.

Preparation key in preventing fatalities at Texas nursing home hit by a tornado

Preparation key in preventing fatalities at Texas nursing home hit by a tornado

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The lack of major injuries or fatalities at a Texas nursing home during a deadly tornado Tuesday reflects the hours spent preparing for such an event, officials said.

WellPoint to acquire CareMore for $800 million

In a move to boost its profile in the senior care industry, insurance behemoth WellPoint Inc. is acquiring the California healthcare provider CareMore Health Group in an $800 million deal.

Assisted living executives see federalization as a major challenge

Assisted living operators need to be more proactive if federal rules for the industry are to be avoided. Greater involvement at the state level, combined with education efforts, is the key to making this happen. That's according to panelists at a Senior Living panel Thursday at the Assisted Living Federation of America's 2011 Conference & Expo in Orlando.

Designing senior living environments for tomorrow

Designing senior living environments for tomorrow

The most difficult part of moving to a senior healthcare community is making the decision to live there. When designing for the wellness and health of seniors, you need to appeal to not only the seniors, but to their adult children.

Healthcare experts to discuss senior care at Brookings forum today

A distinguished panel of healthcare experts will gather today at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., to discuss strategies for improving care for seniors.

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