Author Archive: Elizabeth Ecker

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Dished: Why Celebrity Chefs Are Here to Stay in Senior Living

Pictured: Chef Jet Tila     Photo by Myleen Hollero Though they long ago laid their roots in the mainstream through the rise of Rachael Ray and Anthony Bourdain, celerity chefs are still a relatively new phenomenon in senior living. But their presence begs the question as to whether the senior living population has subscribed to… Read More »

WSJ: Provider Looks to Sell Home Health Arm for $700 Million

The owner of home health provider Encompass Home Health Inc. is seeking a buyer for the business arm, and is eyeing a purchase price of $700 million, the Wall Street Journal has reported, citing three people familiar with the situation. Cressy & Co., the owner of the at-home nursing services provider, is looking to sell… 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 »

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 »