The post-acute evolution occurring in the long-term care industry provides plenty of challenges for today’s senior living providers — and also some big opportunities.
That was among the top takeaways of a recent Senior Housing News webinar entitled “The Future of Post-Acute Care in Senior Living.”
“These are very exciting times for all of us who work in the long-term care profession,” said Kathleen Collins Pagels, president of health care consulting firm KC Pagels & Associates. “We know we have to address higher acuity, more complex medical needs, chronic disease management, and we really have to gear up for a wide range of specialty services people can traverse throughout the continuum of long-term care.”
Here are three tips and insights shared during the webinar:
1. Be flexible in care settings
The role of the senior living provider in the overall care continuum is changing, and providers need to be ready to embrace that change to thrive, according to Bob Benson, executive director of Rolling Green Village, a life plan community managed by LCS in Greenville, South Carolina.
“We need to be looking at how it is we increase our value, as providers, to the people we serve,” Benson said during the webinar. “That value is reducing costs and increasing the predictability in the outcome of the care and cost.”
Providers must also be prepared to care for their residents where they want to be cared for, and not just in the settings providers prefer most.
“And that’s a fundamental shift, because we’re very, very institutional-based,” Benson said. “Most of our market wants to stay home, so how do we do that?”
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