Independent living

Looking for a miracle

Will the new Congress finally fix the SGR—and therapy caps? How will the costs of reforms be covered?  Read More »

Older Americans Act reauthorization proposed

Legislation to reauthorize the Older Americans Act has been introduced in the Senate. Read More »

A good egg can keep a resident’s sunny side up

Meals are the best part of the day for most residents, and breakfast is the most important meal. Cutting back on quality might be economical, but your residents can taste the difference. Read More »

A milestone year for Medicare, Medicaid, Older Americans Act, Social Security

2015 is the 50th anniversary of Medicare, Medicaid and the Older Americans Act and the 80th anniversary of Social Security. Provider association leaders recently discussed with Long-Term Living what needs to happen to ensure these programs' future success. Read More »

Court rules against minimum wage, overtime for home care workers

Minimum wage and overtime standards will not apply to home healthcare workers hired by private agencies after a federal district court judge decision to vacate a U.S. Department of Labor rule. Read More »

Few discharged patients get quality data on home health agencies

People who have had joint surgery or other hospital prodedures rarely see the state or federal quality reports about home health agencies when deciding which agency to hire. Read More »

Rebasing impact report concerns home health group

A rebasing impact report issued by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission suffers from data and methodologic flaws, the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare maintains. Read More »

Home care ruling draws cheers and jeers

A ruling by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia is being panned by organizations representing direct care workers and celebrated by those representing their employers. Additional action is expected Jan. 9. Read More »

6 challenges facing those serving seniors in 2015

In this multi-part series, Long-Term Living takes a look at six challenges facing those who serve older adults in the new year. Read More »

A growing demographic: Older Americans with disabilities

The next 20 years will see a rapid increase in the number of older Americans with disabilities as boomers continue to step across the senior threshold. Read More »

Tennessee will use federal funding to experiment with LTSS

Tennessee will receive up to $65 million over the next two years to implement and test its State Health Care Innovation Plan, including the provision of long-term services and supports. Read More »

Ohio CCRC takes $23.3M in bonds

Friendship Village of Dublin will use the funds to continue to pursue various projects included in its master plan over the next five years, according to specialty investment bank Ziegler, which closed on the issue. Read More »

2015 Business Outlook: Service reach

In the second installment of our multi-part series examining challenges facing providers, Long-Term Living takes a look at how those in senior housing and services are adapting their offerings in response to the desire of older adults to “age in place,” wherever they are. Read More »

CMS seeks feedback on home health agency ratings

Do you have something to say about the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services' plan to give five-star ratings to home health agencies? Voice it Dec. 17. Read More »

PHI releases occupational projections, names policy chief

A new analysis examines job growth potential and pay of home care workers and nursing assistants, and the organization conducting it names a new policy chief to advocate on behalf of these workers. Read More »

Incoming ALFA chief’s priorities include fortifying ties, implementing agenda

James Balda tells Long-Term Living that strengthening relationships with state chapters and affiliates and implementing an ambitious agenda will be his priorities when he assumes his new role Jan. 15. Read More »

Searching for after-Thanksgiving deals online

Everyone is looking for a bargain these days. That is especially true for long-term care residents who need to shop smart to get more from their limited funds. Read More »

Largest not-for-profit operators revealed in LeadingAge Ziegler 150

An annual report by LeadingAge and Ziegler has been expanded to include more operators as well as trends in home and community-based services, technology adoption, joint ventures and future growth plans. Read More »

Spending on nursing facility, CCRC care was $155.8 billion in 2013, CMS says

Spending on care in nursing facilities and continuing care retirement communities totaled $155.8 billion in 2013, according to new data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. This amount represents growth of 2.4 percent, compared with 2.0 percent in 2012. Read More »

Let’s make a deal

Pssst! Want a plant? Have I got a deal for you! Residents can drive a hard bargain when they are out looking for the perfect deal even when it’s not Cyber Monday. Read More »

Winter depression in the elderly can be SAD

In long-term care, residents can experience symptoms of seasonal depression, which might go unrecognized unless caregivers and families keep a watchful eye. Read More »

White House Conference on Aging agenda items recommended by associations

Leaders in organizations representing seniors housing and services providers share with Long-Term Living their wish lists for the upcoming White House Conference on Aging. Do you agree with their picks? Read More »

Older Americans have easy access to specialists, survey finds

A survey of older adults in 11 countries turns up interesting data on how efficiently people in industrialized nations can access and interact with their healthcare providers. Read More »

Elder abuse victims to benefit from PA task force recommendations

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court will consider an Elder Law Task Force report as a guide to protect the state's older adults from abuse and neglect. Read More »

Antibiograms: A simple tool to fight antibiotic resistance in the elderly

A small, pocket-sized document can help curb antibiotic drug resistance and improve the treatment and outcomes of the frail and elderly in skilled nursing facilities, according to a recent study. Read More »

OTC cold meds can be hazardous

Treating a cold is not as simple as taking the latest advertised remedy off the shelf. If you live or work in a long-term care setting, let staff and residents know that choosing a cold reliever takes serious thought. Read More »

Aging research to receive $23M in funding from NIA

Two centers and 11 projects studying ways to improve cognition, decision-making, mobility and the independence of older people are expected to receive more than $23 million in funding over five years from the National Institute on Aging. Read More »

ALFA plans big changes

The interim CEO of the Assisted Living Federation of America outlines an ambitious agenda in an exclusive interview with Long-Term Living. Read More »

Home health intervention effective for some depression

Medicare home healthcare nurses effectively integrated a depression care management program into routine practice, but the benefit appeared limited to those who had moderate to severe depression, according to a new study. Read More »

CMS dialysis center ratings to include 9 quality measures

Nine quality measures will be part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Dialysis Facility Compare star rating program for dialysis providers participating in Medicare when it rolls out in January. Read More »