John Hall, Author at McKnight's Long Term Care News

John Hall

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How to do it … infection control compliance

Two months into Phase 3 of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ latest Medicare rules of participation provisions, nursing homes are well-versed in stricter infection control rules around antibiotic prescribing. With those new rules comes a new required role, an infection preventionist, that will require challenging staff mandates. Experts offer sage advice for navigating the changes ahead.

How to do it … Complex resident areas

Designing special care areas entails far more than four walls, a bed and medical equipment. Considering the needs for caregivers, as well as the usual ebb and flow of family and guests — both expected and unanticipated — requires a careful balance. Lighting, furnishings and other elements need to be considered to create a perfect space that is functional, inviting and calm, all at once.

What’s causing all the concern?

Occupancy in the senior housing sector has long been characterized by peaks and valleys. But recent history has hardly been typical.  Occupancy decreased to 87.8% in the second quarter of 2019, from 87.9% a year ago — the lowest level in eight years, as reported by the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care…

Getting wider, not bigger: An investment and planning recipe for survival before the big senior wave

At first blush, expanding any business in a time of declining numbers of customers and sagging construction starts seems illogical. But it’s exactly what may help skilled nursing facilities thrive and prosper in the turbulent years ahead. Some are finding success with asset repurposing. Others are resurrecting with an age-old real estate strategy: mixed use.…

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