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Skilled nursing occupancy drops to 81.6%

June 18, 2018     I Advance Senior Care

For the first time in six years, skilled nursing occupancy failed to increase between the fourth and first quarters as the numbers continued their grim march downward.

Virtual Dementia Tour provides a 20-minute dementia experience

June 18, 2018     I Advance Senior Care

The 20-minute experience simulates the effects of aging and dementia, giving the viewer the opportunity to walk in the loved one’s shoes.

Congressman proposes new Medicare long-term care insurance plan

June 14, 2018     I Advance Senior Care

Representative Frank Pallone (D-NJ), the senior Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, is proposing a new universal Medicare long-term care benefit. 

NYC focused on senior living with $500 million plan

June 14, 2018     I Advance Senior Care

New York City has plans to build thousands of senior housing units on public land in an effort aimed at aiding the city’s low-income older adults.

Top-paid skilled nursing CEO list shifts in 2018

June 13, 2018     I Advance Senior Care

In 2017, Skilled Nursing News profiled the salaries of the seven highest-paid CEOs at the biggest skilled nursing companies for the previous year.

Study shows Visual Association Test valuable in the identification of raised dementia risk

June 13, 2018     I Advance Senior Care

Researchers concluded that the VAT “can help to distinguish those at increased risk of developing dementia (requiring counseling, additional examination, or both) from those in whom watchful waiting is justified.”

Assisted living resident sues facility over bedbug complaint

June 12, 2018     I Advance Senior Care

A 70-year-old woman has sued her assisted living facility, alleging its operators ignored her complaints of bedbugs and told others she was hallucinating or imagining the critters.

Artis to branch out with new community near Chicago

June 12, 2018     I Advance Senior Care

Artis is owned by the Bainum family, which got into the nursing home business in 1959. 

Something to Sleep On— How to Improve Sleep for Residents with Dementia

June 12, 2018     Jane Belt, RN, MS, RAC-MT, RAC-CT, QCP, Curriculum Development Specialist, American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination

When caring for residents with dementia, one quickly realizes that a common problem is sleep—too much or too little. If too little, not only is the resident not getting needed sleep, but the sleepless resident’s behaviors can disturb other residents.

New care units slowest to fill, according to new study

June 8, 2018     I Advance Senior Care

Despite a surprisingly high median occupancy number, the lease-up rate for nursing care units lags behind the other three key asset classes in the seniors housing and care space.

Speaking up: tech firms and AARP partner on voice tech for seniors

June 8, 2018     I Advance Senior Care

Two voice technology startups are partnering with AARP to personalize care for older patients with diabetes.

Video game connects players to dementia

June 7, 2018     I Advance Senior Care

When you’re playing Before I Forget, wandering around a house inspecting everyday objects, trying to trigger a memory, it feels like a lot of narrative-driven video games: you’re attempting to piece together a story using clues left behind.

HHS Secretary Azar eyes new SNF model, long-term care sustainability

June 7, 2018     I Advance Senior Care

HHS Secretary Alex Azar warned nursing homes on Tuesday that his agency will use Medicare to cut down on excessive, expensive care and hospital readmissions to nudge post-acute and long-term services into value-based community care.

2018 Bronze Tennessee Quality Award recipients announced

June 6, 2018     I Advance Senior Care

The award program has three levels: Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Providers begin the quality improvement process at the Bronze level, where they develop an organizational profile with fundamental performance elements such as vision and mission statements and key strengths and challenges.

Sizing Up Nursing Homes Via Technology

June 6, 2018     Raul Valdes-Perez, PhD and Andre Lessa

Wondering how your facility performs compared to others? Automated benchmarking reveals new kinds of comparative insights for successful performance improvement and marketing.

New study shows huge resident, provider interest in new technology

June 5, 2018     I Advance Senior Care

A fund targeting investment companies that are improving the aging experience—including through technology, home-based care and data analytics—has recently closed, with the backing of roughly 100 not-for-profit senior housing providers and specialty investment bank Ziegler. 

Despite new law, many Florida nursing homes lack backup power plan

June 5, 2018     I Advance Senior Care

Only 48 nursing homes and 91 ALFs have reported they have installed equipment and had state site inspections as required by new law this hurricane season.

What You Need to Know About Your Patients with Beverley Laubert

June 4, 2018     I Advance Senior Care

Are your residents telling you everything? Whether due to fear, disorder, disease, or even a general lack of communication channels, long-term care residents may withhold pertinent information about themselves, their medication, or even abuse they have suffered at the hands of your staff.

Medicare's telemedicine options change the future for seniors

June 4, 2018     I Advance Senior Care

Nearly 9 in 10 adults ages 40 and over would be comfortable using at least one type of telemedicine for themselves or an aging loved one, says a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

Woman arrested for exploitation, running an unlicensed assisted living center

June 4, 2018     I Advance Senior Care

Hialeah Police Department officers said they found a house of horrors Thursday.