Amid Medicaid Woes, Skilled Nursing Providers Switch to Assisted Living

Facing financial headwinds from low Medicaid reimbursements, some skilled nursing providers in Washington are eyeing a switch to other product types — including assisted living. The state’s current Medicaid system, which took effect in 2016, has led to constrained reimbursements across the state. That, in turn, has resulted in serious struggles for providers, even with […]

Elmcroft Senior Living Data Breach Impacts Eclipse Residents, Employees

Former senior housing operator Elmcroft Senior Living announced on Friday a data security incident that may have exposed the personal information of its residents, employees, clients and patients—including some people who now live in or work for Elmcroft by Eclipse Senior Living communities. The Louisville, Kentucky-based company became aware on May 12 of an unauthorized […]

Independent Living Move-In Rates Drop in Q4 of 2017

Average initial move-in rates for both independent living and assisted living properties were below average asking rates for the fourth quarter of 2017, according to data from the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC) released Wednesday. However, the rate of move-ins in assisted living equaled or surpassed the rate for move-outs in […]

65% of Caregivers are Always Looking for a New Job

A majority of caregivers are always looking for a better job, highlighting the stiff competition for labor in senior care. Specifically, 65% of caregivers are “always looking for a better job,” while 97% are open to a job opportunity at any given time, according to new research findings from Chicago-based MyCNAjobs, which offers a suite of […]

Barriers to Entry Keep Physician Assistants Out of Senior Care

Assisted living operators may soon start interacting more with physician assistants and nurse practitioners—if physician assistants can overcome certain barriers to entry in the long-term care (LTC) industry. That’s according to a new report from the University of California at San Francisco, which examined job postings for nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) in 2014 and […]

LCS Names Joel Nelson CEO, Ed Kenny Remains Chairman

Life Care Services (LCS), the third-largest U.S. senior housing operator, has promoted Joel Nelson to CEO and president. The leadership change is effective Jan. 1, 2018, the company announced Thursday. Long-time CEO Ed Kenny (pictured above) will remain chairman of the board of Life Care Companies and LCS Holdings. Based in Des Moines, Iowa, LCS manages and supports a […]

Communities Struggle to Meet Growing Senior Housing and Care Needs

Many local governments are unprepared to pay for the rising costs of their aging residents as demand for senior services grows, with conflicts over spending, services and zoning expected to increase, The Washington Post reported Monday. For example, senior services in Fairfax County, Virginia, helped increase spending by about $43.8 million since 2014, according to an analysis […]