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To Lease or to Buy in Senior Living? Ask These 4 Questions

Owning versus leasing is not always a clear cut decision, but there are many questions long-term care owners large and small should ask in advance of transitioning into ownership from leasing, or vice versa. Understanding the advantages and disadvantages — including common misconceptions — of one’s next real estate move will help achieve the best… Read More »

Bild & Co. Acquisition Ups Mystery Shopping Services

Senior living speciality marketing company Bild & Co. is making a major foray into mystery shopping through the acquisition of existing provider Primo Solutions. Phoenix, Ariz.-based Primo Solutions and Bild & Co. are both longtime providers of mystery shopping services to senior living and healthcare organization, but the acquisition will further position Bild & Co.… Read More »

Doctors Know Nothing About Skilled Nursing, Survey Finds

In a health care environment where all eyes are on collaboration among hospitals, post-acute care and long-term care providers, a recent study shows doctors actually know little about the services skilled nursing provides. “[Internal] medical residents have insufficient knowledge about the type of care that can be provided at a [skilled nursing facility] SNF and… Read More »

Study Shows Senior Stereotypes Improve Health — If Done Right

Senior living has been grappling with using the right marketing terms and advertisements of late, ditching words and campaigns that peg seniors as just that — seniors.  But new research shows there’s more incentive for providers to focus on the uplifting aspects of the aging population in their outreach initiatives, even those that are stereotypical.… Read More »

Home Health Has Potential, But Faces 3 Real Threats

Home health care may offer untapped opportunities in senior living, and many are already adding in-home services as a way to bridge care gaps or expand services beyond community walls. But these opportunities won’t be available without first overcoming some steep challenges, experts say. Globally, 21% of health care executives cite the shift to home… Read More »

How Post-Acute Care is Redefining the Role of Senior Living

For senior living providers who want to be in the business of forming post-acute care partnerships, they’ll have to abandon certain conventional wisdom and re-examine how they present their organizations to their potential partners. To play in the post-acute care partnership game, senior living providers have to address three criteria: quicker, sicker and the ticker,… Read More »

Hawaii, Iowa Top List of Best Retirement States

The size and growth of the senior population, economic factors and crime were some of the key five categories used to rank Hawaii as the No. 1 and Iowa as the No. 2 states to retire in based on the latest findings from MoneyRates.com. Weather and life expectancy at age 65 were also considered for… Read More »

Movers & Shakers — People and Positions for October, Part II

Commonwealth Care of Roanoke Hires Chief Financial Officer Commonwealth Care of Roanoke, Inc. (CCR) — which offers rehabilitation, long-term care, respite care and memory care services, and operates 12 locations in Virginia — has hired Stan A. Huffman as its new chief financial officer. Previously, Huffman has served as the CEO of a nonprofit senior… Read More »

Senior Living Providers Find Major Growth Opportunity in HCBS

A growing number of senior living providers are reporting successful outcomes from implementing home and community-based services (HCBS), which have seen an uptick in interest from providers looking to reach older Americans who prefer to age in place. Fifty-two percent of the largest not-for-profit system providers offer some sort of home and community-based service off-campus to… Read More »

Xbox Meets Fall Prevention Tech at Senior Living HackFest

Video conferencing technology is essential to any telehealth platform, but what happens when you take a popular video game platform and hack it so it serves a different purpose? The product: a new take on fall prevention for seniors. The platform: Xbox. (Yes, that Xbox.) Held October 18-20 at the 2014 LeadingAge Annual Meeting and… Read More »

USA Today: Ask These Questions Before Signing CCRC Contract

Prospective residents often overlook the financial risks they take on when moving into a continuing care retirement community (CCRC), USA Today suggests, adding that prospects need to ask hard questions about the community’s financial viability before making the transition. Entrance fees for CCRCs, of which there are some 2,000 nationwide, can run anywhere from $100,000… Read More »