Senior Living Articles

Wellness Is Assisted Living’s Prescription For Keeping Residents Healthy

When comparing residents of nursing homes and assisted living, the similarities can be somewhat expected. The average nursing home resident is around 85. The average assisted living resident is a bit older – 87. Both “typical” residents are afflicted with three or more chronic illnesses like diabetes and high blood pressure.

Assisted Living Providers Face Mounting Infection Control Challenges

Residents of senior living communities outside the nursing home world have long enjoyed generally good health relative to their age.

Cybersecurity Issues In Long-Term Care And Senior Living: Know The Threats, Adopt Safe Practices

The healthcare industry is a literal goldmine for hackers. And every single human who intersects with it is a portal to its vast wealth.

Communication Breakdown: Senior Living’s Best Kept Secret?

Few can dispute the fact that information is the most valuable currency in business. Critical decisions rely on its accuracy. In healthcare, lives depend on it.

Eyes Turn Toward The High Cost Of Senior Living

While many Americans in 2019 find themselves riding the wave of a surging economy, many of those approaching retirement age are wringing their hands over the cost of living. Senior living, that is.

Industry Braces For Major Challenge Ahead: Affordable Housing

During 2018, more than 1,550 assisted living construction starts were logged. By the end of that year, the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living reported their assisted living members’ bed count grew by more than 20,400, to a total of 251,108.

Preferred Pharmacy Providers Drive Resident Adoption

During the early days of assisted living, seniors relished the luxuries and freedoms this novel concept brought to life’s closing chapters.

Safety & Compliance Benefits Are The Root Of Single Pharmacy Resident Adoption

Thanks to technology and some very smart people across disciplines from medicine to engineering, there are a million ways to keep senior living residents safe today.

Forecast 2019 The Medicine Of Assisted Living: SNF/AL Lines Continue Blurring?

Health care issues in assisted living will undoubtedly gain greater traction than ever in 2019, reflecting the concerns of Americans in general based on national polling.

Single Pharmacy Reduces Staff Burden, Mitigates Risk

In today’s senior living communities, few issues are more pressing than building stronger workforces while wrestling with the myriad and mounting challenges of aging and long-term care.

Forecast 2019 The Business Of Assisted Living: Growth, Construction & Partnerships

The American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living reports their assisted living members’ bed count grew by more than 20,400, to a total of 251,108 by the end of 2018.

Forecast 2019 The People Of Assisted Living: Residents Enjoy Choices, Operators Feel New Pressures

In its late 2018 forecast white paper, Cantata Health notes how senior living communities must engage similarly-aged constituencies among both the workforce and loved ones of its customers.

Forecast 2019 The Business Of Assisted Living: Following The Money

Under the larger umbrella of senior living, more chronically ill seniors may opt to stay in their assisted living apartment in lieu of a skilled nursing home.

Forecast 2019 The Business Of Assisted Living: All About The Data

For the past few decades, investors and community executives have focused heavily on building upon assisted living’s allure as a hospitality haven where seniors with means could comfortably transition.

Go-To Apps for Memory Care Therapists

For long-term caregivers whose work focuses on physical therapy or speech pathology, the list of tools and resources is extensive.

Professional Development Opportunities As A Staff Retention Tool In The Assisted Living Industry

Assisted living is booming. Along with this growth, there has been new challenges, one of which being staff attrition and turnover.

Updated Aspirin Use Guidelines Released

With aspirin use in the elderly controversial because of their higher bleeding risk, the 2015 Beers Criteria by the American Geriatrics Society previously advised using caution in administering aspirin for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease for adults over the age of 80 and the 2002 ACC/AHA guidelines recommended that the decision to start low-dose aspirin in adults 60-69 with a 10 percent or greater 10-years cardiovascular disease risk should be an individual one.

The Cost Of Assisted Living Could Increase As Resident Acuity Rises

Since assisted living came into being in the 1950s, the industry has seen steady growth throughout the years. With the vast majority of residents being private-pay, assisted living has been spared of the challenges faced by many skilled nursing facilities: chiefly declining reimbursement and unpaid receivables, coupled with the increased scrutiny of government and quasi-government regulators.

Multi-Pharmacy In Assisted Living: Challenges And Opportunities

Seismic changes from demographic and market trends are increasing the demand for assisted living.

A Look At The Regulatory Environment Of Assisted Living Communities

A December 13, 2018 article in The New York Times explored some of the key challenges assisted living memory care providers are facing today.

Memory Care Gaining Stronger Footprint In Assisted Living

The resident demographic in assisted living is undergoing significant changes. While it could have been easily and more narrowly defined as homogenous in the decades since its birth in the 1950s, that’s no longer the case.

Improving Safety For Memory Care Residents Starts With Understanding Risks

Memory care residents is the fastest-growing population in the long-term care assisted living (AL) industry, with four in 10 AL residents suffering from dementia.

Rising Resident Acuity Is Transforming The Assisted Living Sector

The long-term care landscape was a very different place when the first assisted living community opened its doors in Portland, OR, back in 1981.

Assisted Living Beginning To Feel The Sting From Transition Hiccups

Transitions of care from one senior living setting to another are fraught with risk. In spite of all the bells and whistles and policy manuals and webinars, health care staff are still human.

Medication Management Issues In Assisted Living

Balancing equal parts of independence and care have always been a challenging exercise for assisted living communities. Seniors are attracted to such settings for the freedom they offer. Their families and loved ones, meanwhile, are looking more and more to caregivers to provide safe environments that include hyper vigilance of their changing healthcare needs.

Assisted Living: The Final Frontier For Electronic Health Record Adoption?

Seniors in the autumn years of their lives are as complex as any generation – whether it pertains to what they value or how they view the world, as well as their general health.

Stable, Well-Trained And Happy Workforce High Priority For Assisted Living

Employment in senior living today can best be described as one that is rich in demand and poor in supply. It’s simple supply side economics and no matter how one does the math, the answer is the same.

Brisk Tech Adoption Sweeping Assisted Living

To the naysayers about the state of technological sophistication in senior living, consider these findings from a recent LeadingAge Ziegler 150 study, an annual joint project between the nation’s largest association of not-for-profit aging service providers and one of the nation’s leading underwriters of financing for not-for-profit senior living providers.



Millennials: A Dominant Workforce That Will Shape Assisted Living For Years To Come

Few generations in history have been studied or viewed with a more critical eye than Millennials – the group of people born between 1980 and 2000. There are reasons for this. One happens to be the fact that Millennials are now the dominant demographic of American labor, and as such, the senior living workforce.