2016 OPTIMA Award: An honored memory

What happens when dementia and post-traumatic stress intersect in the nursing home environment? The winner of the 2016 Long-Term Living OPTIMA Award has spent three years developing a program to train caregivers how to interact with veterans—and how to document their positive and negative behavioral interventions to increase everyone’s ability to provide better person-centered care.   Read More »

Facility owner pleads guilty to sexual abuse

A retirement community owner will serve two days in jail and five years of probation for sexually abusing 12 current and former employees and residents. Read More »

Behavioral intervention for veterans: Words that work

Managing behaviors in residents with dementia can be a challenge for caregivers. Veteran residents have special needs and behaviors that can stem from wartime flashbacks, post-traumatic stress and other circumstances. The 2016 OPTIMA Award winner, the Texas Land Board State Veterans Homes, offers suggestions on successful verbal interventions for veteran residents.  Read More »

Former LTC executives plead not guilty to $16M fraud scheme

The former CEO and COO of American Senior Communities and their conspirators made are accused of exploiting vendor relationships to steal discounts and rebates for personal gain. Read More »

Brookdale announces new executive leadership

Brookdale Senior Living has tapped a long-term care outsider as its executive vice president and chief people officer. Read More »

Pat Giorgio wins 2016 NCAL pioneer award

The assisted living association honored Giorgio for her leadership roles on the national level with AHCA/NCAL and her efforts within the state of Iowa. Read More »

How does your memory care facility rank?

Memory care thought leaders gathered in at the Memory Care Forum to discuss the state of the industry and look ahead at what’s to come.  Read More »

Primaris and Digital Collaboration Solutions merge

The merger of the two companies, which had worked as partners since May 2015, will bring new care coordination expertise to Primaris’ growing quality improvement resources. Read More »

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation CEO to step down

Risa Lavizzo-Mourney has announced she will step down as president and CEO the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a position she has held for almost 14 years.  Read More »

One-on-one with… Ruta Kadonoff, Pioneer Network

Long-Term Living caught up with Ruta Kadonoff minutes after wrapping up her first conference at the helm of Pioneer Network to talk about her plans for the organization and revolutionizing aging. Read More »

New certification body launches for assisted living executives

There’s a new certification body in town and its goal is to create standards for the knowledge and skills needed by an assisted living executive director. Read More »

3 LTC communities win Gold award for quality excellence

Three long-term/post-acute communities have won the top quality accolade from the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) National Quality Award Program. Read More »

Md. healthcare provider sentenced for fraud, patient death

A Maryland healthcare provider who operated a portable X-ray business primarily for seniors has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for insurance fraud that resulted in two known patient deaths. Read More »

Ruta Kadonoff: Culture change and a side of bacon

Ruta Kadonoff, the newly-appointed executive director of Pioneer Network, opens the organization's 2016 conference by reflecting on what she's learned from past pioneers, and how together, we can change the culture of aging. Read More »

AL placement company exands C-suite to match demand

Hand in Hand Elder Care is bringing in back up to help with growing referrals as company expands senior living placement offerings. Read More »

AHCA/NCAL names Vincent Mor, PhD, Champion of Quality

The annual award honors significant contributions to quality improvement in long-term and post-acute care. Read More »

5 orgs join forces in chronic care delivery

Five foundations are launching a new collaboration to improve care delivery for those with multiple conditions and a lack of self-care resources, including the elderly. Read More »

AHCA/NCAL honors 2016 award winners

The AHCA/NCAL awards recognize those who have given exceptional care and efforts to residents in long-term and post-acute care, assisted living and ID/DD facilities. Read More »

Ethics and professionalism

Integrity and ethical standards can open doors for caregivers and show how professionalism can be a differentiator both in terms of staff and the business. Read More »

And the 2016 OPTIMA Award winner is…

The judges give the 2016 OPTIMA Award to the Texas State Veterans Homes for its groundbreaking program examining the relationship of military post-traumatic stress to behaviors and dementia and its training program for caregivers. The program is in place at the organization's eight sites across the state.    Read More »

ALF license revoked for violations and risk to residents

State health officials have suspended an assisted living facility’s operating license for two of its buildings. The facility has received dozens of deficiencies and reports of two resident falls in the last six months. Read More »

Leadership for culture change

Culture change is easy to spot after it’s happened. It’s much harder to discern while it’s in progress—when it’s still just a single, bright torch held by a single person. Do you have a staff inspirer at your facility? Read More »

PointRight names new president and CEO

Newly appointed president and CEO Steven Scott will be tasked with scaling predictive data analytics company PointRight for growth in both the payer and provider markets of long-term post-acute care. Read More »

Caught caring

SNF resident blogger Kathleen Mears shares how a little appreciation can go a long way in well-designed employee recognition programs. Read More »

LTPAC exec services and software companies partner

Pathway Health and Prime Care Technologies will help long-term post-acute care providers capture data and use business intelligence to improve enterprise performance.  Read More »

What we now know about long-term care

Activity consultant Susan Rauch, BA, AC-BC, reflects on how far the long-term care industry has come during her 32 years in the field and looks forward to even more advances in the years to come. Read More »

Assisted living from an international perspective

Conferences are always a source for inspiration for what's to come. Long-Term Living spoke with two attendees who came from Chile to attend the Argentum Senior Living Executive conference and learn how to improve long-term care. Read More »

Tick, tock… OPTIMA Award entries due Monday

The deadline to enter the 2016 Long-Term Living OPTIMA Award competition is Mon. May 16 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time. So tidy up those awesome program entries, make sure you’ve followed the instructions, and get your submission in today! Read More »