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Most Read: Top ACO Lessons Learned by Senior Housing

In case you missed them… here are the top headlines grabbing Senior Housing News readers’ attention this week.  4 Things Senior Living Learned About ACOs in 2014—From not all ACOs are equal to the fact they can save millions, senior housing learned a lot about accountable care organizations this year. SHN details the top four… Read More »

Now Announcing: Senior Housing Design Awards Winners 2014

Senior Housing News has announced the winners of its second-annual design awards competition. Dozens of nominees across seven senior housing categories were analyzed by a panel of expert judges, who selected a winner for each category: Affordable, Assisted Living, CCRCs, Independent Living, Skilled Nursing / Post-Acute, Standalone Memory Care and Rehabilitation / Repositioning. “We continue… Read More »

Will Liquor Laws OK Drinks in Mass. Assisted Living?

Happy hour in assisted living? In some places, it’s still a novelty — or simply not allowed.  Depending on liquor laws, which vary by state and local jurisdiction, some senior living communities cannot sell alcohol to residents. Others host regular happy hours and wine tastings, some offer a BYOB option, and still others operate full… Read More »

NY Times: Nursing Homes are Out, Green House Model is In

Is a nursing home the only option for American seniors for whom assisted living is no longer affordable or suitable? The New York Times poses the question this week in a column by Jane Brody, who explores the rise of the Green House model of care as an alternative to traditional nursing homes.  The Green… Read More »

Senior Housing Finance Activity: RED Capital, Ziegler and More

AHEPA National Housing Corporation Receives HUD Grants for Assist Living Conversion AHEPA National Housing Corporation has received $2.38 million in grants assistance to fund an assisted living conversion program for its Indianapolis-based AHEPA 232 Apartments. The recipient is one of only six grants awarded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development under its assist… Read More »

Senior Star, Bloom Senior Living and More Now Hiring—Apply Today

As operators, investors and service providers get ready for the year ahead in senior living, they’re hiring for new positions across the nation.  Bloom Senior Living, Senior Star and Ventas, among others, are looking to hire talented professionals to fill the roles of Chief Operating Officer, sales coordinator, compliance manager and asset manager—and more. Spread… Read More »

SEC Files Fraud Charges Against Two Former Assisted Living Concepts Execs

The Securities and Exchange Commission is bringing new charges against two former executives of Assisted Living Concepts, alleging the executives listed fake occupants at some of its senior living communities in order to meet lease requirements. The charges, filed and announced by the SEC Enforcement Division, allege that former CEO Laurie Bebo and former CFO… Read More »

ALFA Names New CEO and President

The Assisted Living Federation of America, on the heels of a rebranding effort that will create the “New ALFA,” has named a new president and CEO.  Effective mid-January, the association will be led by new President and CEO James Balda, who has held many association management positions, including his role most recently as senior vice… Read More »

Dished: How Providers Are Getting Creative With Controlling Food Costs

Dished: How Providers Are Getting Creative With Controlling Food Costs

Photo by Scott Elgart As far as senior living selling points go, dining is a major one. And by nature of all of the moving parts involved, it is an area of operations that can be prone to inefficiencies. Add to that the rising costs of food being felt by both institutions and households nationwide, and… Read More »

Forbes: What Will Assisted Living Look Like in 2020?

Assisted living is changing, and fast, writes Forbes columnist Howard Gleckman in an article published this week. Residents are changing, their needs are changing, and the services they require may not longer fit the hybrid model they have assumed somewhere between independent living and nursing home care.  Detailing the higher acuity needs of today’s assisted… Read More »

Massachusetts Officials Propose New Rules for Assisted Living Operators

Massachusetts regulators are proposing new rules around assisted living that would require operators to provide additional employee training and evacuation plans, and would prohibit them from accepting residents who actually need a higher level of care than what assisted living provides.  The changes are aimed at “closing gaps that threatened elders’ safety,” according to a… Read More »