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Fall Prevention Program Yields 54% Reduction in Assisted Living

Not only are falls among the elderly costly, they’re often unpredictable with disastrous consequences for both the afflicted senior and the community that cares for them. However, one Chicago home health care company is bringing a proven program all the way from New Zealand to help assisted living facilities reduce falls by more than 50%.… Read More »

Committee Shows Where End-of-Life Care Falls Short

While palliative end-of-life care gains prominence among millions of patients and their families, there are several areas where this form of health care delivery falls short, according to a recent report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM). The areas where end-of-life care requires the biggest overhauls include that manner in which palliative care is delivered and… Read More »

Former Brookdale Lead Launches New Senior Housing Power Play

Armed with a $500 million investment fund, a new private equity group co-founded by Brookdale Senior Living’s (NYSE: BKD) most recent past-co-president and chief of operations re-envisions similar success as it plans to ramp up senior living acquisitions with its newfound partners in the coming years. After embarking on a capital campaign last fall, Chicago Pacific Founders… Read More »

Three More Pioneer ACOs Call it Quits

Two years after the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched its Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) model, the initiative is now down to about 60% of its original participants following the exit of three health systems last week. The latest ACOs to leave the CMS program—Franciscan Alliance in Indianapolis; Genesys PHO in Flint,… Read More »

In the Pipeline: Senior Housing Construction Projects (9/25/14)

Construction: Planned HCP Seeks $108 Million Redevelopment for Mixed-Use, MOB Project HCP, Inc. plans to purchase an aging assisted living tower in Fort Worth, Texas and redevelop it into apartments, retail, medical office and parking, reports Forth Worth Business Press. The Irvine, Calif.-based real estate investment  trust (REIT) is seeking $3.9 million in reimbursement for… Read More »

Texas Developer Sees Competitive Edge in Super High-Tech Community

With the ambition of being the most technologically advanced senior living community in Texas, one assisted living facility has taken tech adoption to the nines as it readies for its grand opening next month. From more commonplace technologies such as electronic medical records and nurse-call systems, to complimentary Android tablets and smart devices that remember… Read More »

Annual Caregiving Costs Still Cheaper than Assisted Living

Caring for a family member requires a substantial allocation of time and energy, and for nearly half of families providing care for a loved one, their savings feel the brunt of the impact, according to a new report from Caring.com. About 46% of family caregivers spend more than $5,000 per year on caregiving expenses, as… Read More »

Philips Makes Major Play at Healthcare Tech with New Spinoff

Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG) will spin off its healthcare technology business into a separate company as it eyes tremendous potential to capture further growth in the changing landscape, the company announced Tuesday. The company has been active recently in marketing several of its healthcare products specifically to senior consumers and also within senior living communities. … Read More »

Massachusetts Sounds Alarm on Assisted Living

Discrepancies between assisted living facilities and nursing homes in Massachusetts has raised concerns over how effectively senior living communities are regulated in the state, according an article from The Boston Globe. Highlighting several instances where staffing, negligence and abuse have occurred at various assisted living communities throughout the state, the article attributes Massachusetts’ regulatory shortcomings… Read More »

Most Shared: Mystery Shopping and Salons in Senior Living

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: Philly Low-Income LGBT Seniors Housing Sets National Bar—A new, affordable senior housing community in Philadelphia may soon inspire the development of similar models nationwide considering its lesbian, gay,… Read More »

Senior Living Non-Profit Looks to Acquire Sears Methodist Post-Bankruptcy

Dallas-based Buckner Retirement Services, Inc. (BRS) may soon become the largest non-profit senior living provider in the state of Texas with plans announced Thursday to pursue a potential acquisition of Sears Methodist Retirement System, Inc. The non-profit, faith-based ministry said it plans to pursue an affiliation with or acquisition of the Abilene, Texas-based Sears, which… Read More »