Independent living

Memory care, mental health programs receive grants

Four programs addressing dementia care or mental health needs in affordable housing have received grants from LeadingAge and the NewCourtland Foundation. Read More »

Home care franchisor BrightStar Care receives Joint Commission award

A national private-duty home care franchisor is one of only two to receive the Enterprise Champion for Quality award since it was established in 2013. Read More »

Socks for Seniors: A holiday campaign

The holidays are coming up quickly. Now is the time to start to think about gifts for residents or a resident project to help less fortunate older people in the community. For more than a decade, one organization has helped to keep seniors' feet warm and dry throughout the winter. Read More »

Jimmo settlement: Will effects be widespread?

The federal government has reached a settlement about one woman's Medicare claims for nursing and therapy services, but it remains to be seen how far its effects will reach. Read More »

6 scooter dangers and how to address them

As motorized devices become more common in senior living environments, so do provider concerns related to safety and legal issues. Here are some tips about what you can and cannot do. Read More »

Providers must change the language of aging, speakers say

Senior living housing and services providers can—and should—direct efforts to alter negative language and perceptions related to age and aging, LeadingAge leaders say. Read More »

HHS creates 2 new centers for older adults, disabled

Improving access to long-term care services and supports, self-directed care and person-centered care will be the aims of two new centers that are part of the Administration for Community Living. Read More »

Ebola and its impact on seniors

The media storm over the Ebola threat is creating fear and suspicion throughout the country. Being aware of the threat is smart, but being obsessed with the remote possibility of infection can be distracting. Read More »

Seniors housing benefiting from economy, report says

The seniors housing industry is benefiting from the improved national economy and housing market, according to a new report. Read More »

New center aims to set policy agenda for family caregivers

As home- and community-based settings increasingly become settings for long-term care, a new center will study ways to improve support services for family members who care for older adults and those with disabilities through new policies and research. Read More »

Seniors housing demand up, construction down, NIC MAP says

”Stronger job growth, growing consumer confidence and the broad recovery in the stock market are contributing to the gains seen in occupancy and rent growth in seniors housing in the third quarter," according to the latest NIC MAP data. Read More »

LTSS quality important to evaluate: report

A new report highlights the importance of evaluating the quality of long-term services and supports in independent and assisted living, skilled nursing, home health and hospice environments. Read More »

One-on-one with…Maureen Hewitt

Maureen Hewitt, president and CEO of InnovAge, explains why the next big growth in long-term care might be providing healthcare and support services beyond the walls of traditional senior care. Read More »

Provider implements technology to keep residents connected

Five senior living properties in Massachusetts have implemented a program to train older adults on using computer technology and to provide ongoing support to help them to stay connected. Read More »

CARF accredits first independent living community

The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities has awarded its first accreditation to an independent living community after implementing standards for such environments in July. Read More »

When the big screen dies

Watching television programs on a big-screen TV gives residents an opportunity to share and socialize. But what happens when the set goes on the blink? Read More »

Congress: The ball is in your court

The building crisis in financing and providing effective long-term care services and supports is an ever-growing problem as discussed in a report by the Commission on Long-Term Care. Read More »

ADL difficulty points to LTSS need, researchers say

Almost half of Medicare beneficiaries aged at least 65 years, among them nursing home residents, reported trouble or the need for assistance with activities of daily living in a recent study. Read More »

Home health workers protest in 5 cities

The aim of the protests matches some goals of two organizations working on behalf of home health workers. Read More »

Fall risks vary with medications, studies find

Prescribing medication is an art form requiring the physician to weigh the delicate balance between a medication’s benefits and potential risks. Read More »

Direct-care worker campaign raises $3.4 million

The Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute is more than a third of the way to its $9 million goal in a campaign with the ultimate purpose of improving the jobs of nursing home assistants, home health aides and personal care aides. Read More »

Join us for a Twitter chat Aug. 26 at 2 p.m. ET

The interface of long-term care and home health will be the topic. Get all the details here. Read More »

Skilled Healthcare, Genesis HealthCare to merge

The 100 percent stock transaction will create one of the largest providers of post-acute care in the country, according to company executives. Read More »

Technology’s usefulness in dementia care to be studied

A $1.2 million federal grant will help researchers assess the usefulness of health monitoring technology for people who have Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, and their family caregivers. Read More »

Can a caregiver sue for on-the-job injury?

The California Supreme Court decides that a rule covering institutional long-term care settings also applies to home health settings. Read More »

Study questions value of some home health providers

The findings of a new study have its authors questioning Medicare reimbursement for for-profit home health agencies. Read More »

Illinois task force to examine state’s LTC services

A new task force will examine the state of long-term care in the Prairie State, including ongoing social and medical services provided inside homes and at other locations. Read More »

Long-term care next VA focus, senator says

The legislative branch of the U.S. government will turn its focus to the renovation and rebuilding of long-term care facilities for veterans, says one lawmaker, but don't expect action right away. Read More »

Decision aids can encourage advanced planning

In long-term care, advance directives, medical power of attorney, living will and so on are acquired during the admissions process. Their importance becomes more relevant as resident experiences changes in health status. Read More »

Fall risk: Older adults safer when walking for pleasure rather than necessity

Older adults are at a greater danger of falling when walking for utilitarian purposes such as shopping and appointments than when walking for recreation, according to a new study. Read More »