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Most Popular Posts of the Week: “Senior” Terms Present Challenges, Brookdale Closes Merger

In case you missed them… here are the top five stories grabbing Senior Housing News readers’ attention this week:  Senior Living Faces Uphill Battle in Use of ‘Senior’ Terminology—Many marketers grapple with the typical terms to describe aging Americans. And recent NPR survey found in large part, the aging population has strong aversions to most… Read More »

Ascension Forms New Nonprofit Senior Living Giant

Ascension, the nation’s largest nonprofit Catholic health system, has announced it will unite the majority of its senior-focused programs under the national organization Ascension Health Senior Care, creating the second-largest not-for-profit long-term care provider in the country. Ascension Health Senior Care will oversee a total of 5,568 senior care/senior living beds and three PACE (Program… Read More »

Dished: Hospitality Meets Senior Living in CCRC Dining Evolution

Dished: Hospitality Meets Senior Living in CCRC Dining Evolution

Photo credit: James Kruml Not all senior living dining programs have the tall order of competing with some of the world’s most renown chefs and restauranteurs. But increasingly, that’s exactly what they are up against as new residents are younger at heart, and with stronger preferences when it comes to dining out. For Chicago’s The… Read More »

In the Pipeline: Senior Housing Construction Projects (7/31/14)

Construction: Planned LCB Senior Living Gains Approval for 84-Unit Project in New Hampshire Norwood, Mass.-based operator and developer LCB Senior Living this week received Planning Board approval to construct its newest project, The Residences at Salem Woods. The 72,000 square-foot, 84-apartment building will include a mix of studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments, along with a… Read More »

Brookdale and Emeritus Complete Merger, Eyeing “Incredible” Senior Living Scale

Two of the country’s largest senior living providers have completed the $2.8 billion merger deal that will make them the largest senior living provider in the nation.  Brookdale Senior Living (NYSE: BKD) and Emeritus Senior Living Corp. (NYSE: ESC) announced today the completion of the merger between the two companies that will create what the company… Read More »

Senior Living Providers Devise New Strategies to Tackle ACOs

In an ever-evolving healthcare landscape that demands higher care quality at lower costs, several senior living providers are engineering various strategies to establish themselves as partners in Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). Diversified service offerings across the post-acute care continuum, or building near existing hospitals and health systems are just a few practices senior living providers… Read More »

The Highest Paying Jobs in CCRCs for 2014

Within continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs), medical social workers’ pay increased the most in 2014 among salaried CCRC employees, according to the latest salary and benefits report on the sector.  Medical social workers’ pay showed a 7.19% increase at $50,729, compared to an average salary of $47,326 in 2013, according to the “Continuing Care Retirement Community… Read More »

NY Times: Navigating a World of ‘Unthinkable’ Nursing Homes

Though roughly 1.4 million Americans are living in nursing homes today, this segment of senior housing isn’t exactly attractive to the average person, The New York Times writes in a recent article.  In fact, nursing homes have developed a bad reputation as “smelly, indifferent places where people go to die,” according to the article, “Nursing Home… Read More »

Don’t Ignore Sex In Senior Living — It Happens

Sex in senior living is a delicate topic, but not one that is too taboo to discuss with staff and residents. In fact, intimate relationships must be discussed to improve resident safety and happiness, said Stella Hatcliffe during a recent Mather LifeWays’ webinar on the topic.  “Sexual health is important to an individual’s self-identity and… Read More »

For CCRCs, the Future is ‘Grow or Die’

CCRCs are looking to grow now more than ever — but they aren’t looking anything like their decades-old counterparts. Some are still breaking ground or building additional units onto their existing campuses, but many more are looking to new, alternative ways to grow more efficiently and cost-effectively. Satellite communities and partnerships are two of the… Read More »

Senior Housing Finance Activity: Ziegler, Capital One, Oak Grove

Here’s a roundup of some of the most recent financing transactions in senior housing and care. Berkadia Secures Over $156M in Financing for Capital Senior Living Berkadia Commercial Mortgage LLC (Berkadia) worked with Capital Senior Living Corporation to arrange $156.6 million in financing for a portfolio of 15 seniors housing properties located across seven different… Read More »