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Senior Living Execs See Higher Margins, With Major Challenges Ahead

The outlook for senior housing has been defined as strong, despite the recession and real estate downturn. And operating margins are reflecting the positive outlook, having risen from 2.13% to 3.24%—an increase of more than half, according to a new report on senior living providers, released last week.  But there are still major challenges identified… Read More »

ABC News: Paying for Long-Term Care

With long-term care needs of some sort on the horizon for the majority of Americans, how to pay for it is a question rising along with demand.  Many are ill-prepared to pay for it, writes ABC News in a recent article. But knowing the options, costs, and types of assistance that are available can at… Read More »

Senior Housing Execs: Acquisitions Not Slowing Down in 2015

Senior housing investors expect to acquire even more health care real estate in the coming year as they look to growth primarily through acquisition. And despite an anticipated rise in interest rates as well as more regulatory oversight, they are expecting business performance to improve further. Such are the findings of a survey conducted in… Read More »

Most Viewed: Former Brookdale President Leads New Senior Housing Endeavor

In case you missed them… here are the top headlines grabbing Senior Housing News readers’ attention this week.  Former Brookdale Lead Launches New Senior Housing Power Play — With the support of a $500 million investment fund, a new private equity group co-founded by Brookdale Senior Living’s most recent past-co-president and chief of operations John Rijos… Read More »

Readmissions Penalties Grow Higher for 2,600 Hospitals Fined

More than 2,600 hospitals across the U.S. are being fined under Medicare for having too many patients return within 30 days of discharge. While readmissions rates are dropping year over year, the penalty count, the third round of which the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services has conducted since the readmissions reductions efforts began in… Read More »

Sunrise Launches New Care Questionnaire, Aims to Simplify Senior Housing Research

In an effort to help simplify the senior living search process and garner interest in Sunrise Senior Living communities, the company this week is rolling out an online Care Questionnaire that assists prospective residents in determining the type of care that will be the best fit.  The questionnaire has been several months in the making,… Read More »

Chicago Tribune: Farm-to-Table Makes Way to Senior Living

It’s not just the New York Times that is picking up on foodie trends in senior living. A report this week in the Chicago Tribune details one dining experience made available by local Presbyterian Homes continuing care retirement communities in the Chicagoland area; namely a farm-to-table approach to their menus.  Senior Housing News has written… Read More »

PBS: Navigating Assisted Living Options

For around the clock care needs of older adults, there are several options worth exploring from level of care to costs, writes PBS in a column published this week. The public news outlet, which has produced a series of TV and print coverage on assisted living in recent months, details assisted living options in its… Read More »

Provider Sees Big Potential in Reinventing the Senior Living Salon

Provider Sees Big Potential in Reinventing the Senior Living Salon

While many aspects of senior living have made recent strides, from dining services to interior design, one relative newcomer is targeting a specific aspect of senior living that many communities share, but often is not the first target for new resources: the salon. Launched in 2008 through a partnership between two co-founders — John Polatz,… Read More »

Most Shared: The Apple Watch and Senior Care, Made-to-Order CCRCs

Senior Housing News wrote them, you read them and passed them along to your friends and colleagues. Here are the most shared posts from SHN this week: How the Apple Watch Will Revolutionize Senior Care—The long-anticipated Apple Watch was unveiled this week by the tech giant. SHN takes a look at how it stacks up… Read More »

CCRCs Gather on Future Growth, Facing “In or Out” Decision

In or out. It’s a decision that for many non-profit CCRCs, has not yet had to be addressed.  But market factors over the last 10 to 20 years spanning technology changes, traditional innovation, consumer preference and financing vehicles are all leading to a turning point that many of those CCRCs today are facing.  “The continuum as… Read More »