New CMS Telehealth Expansion Could Be ‘Very Good’ for Senior Living During Covid-19

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has temporarily expanded telehealth services to include all Medicare beneficiaries, and senior living residents may stand to benefit as a result. CMS announced on Tuesday that Medicare will now pay clinicians to provide telehealth services on a temporary basis for beneficiaries who live across the country, and […]

Don’t Call It a Pilot: 4 Tips for Driving Innovation in Senior Living

“The industry needs more Kari Olsons.” So said a tech entrepreneur in a recent Senior Housing News “Confessions” article. The entrepreneur believes that many senior living providers lack an effective innovation strategy, but Front Porch is an exception, thanks to Olson’s work as the non-profit’s chief innovation and technology officer. Olson took the stage on […]

Amazon Announces HIPAA-Compliant Alexa Skills, Opening Possibilities for Senior Living

The HIPAA era for Amazon’s Alexa has arrived, opening new possibilities for how senior living providers and residents might utilize the voice technology. Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) launched Alexa’s secure medical skill kit Thursday. Through the new kit, select entities are allowed to build Alexa skills that securely send and receive protected patient health information. So […]

Nonprofits Must Adapt Faster to Senior Living Disruption

Senior living nonprofits must learn to cope with industry disruption soon — or communities could become places that people would prefer to avoid. “If we’re not able to move forward, we risk becoming sort of like the outhouse: functional, workable, but not your first choice,” said Steve Jeffrey, chief strategy and innovation officer for Garden […]

Top Senior Housing News Stories of 2018

For the second year in a row, Jimmy Buffett reigns supreme. The most-read article on Senior Housing News in 2018 was a news story about plans for a third Margaritaville active adult community. Last year, the most-read article was about plans for the first Margaritaville development. The sustained interest in these projects suggests that senior […]

Smart Home Technology Becomes a Must-Have in Senior Living

From voice-activated technologies like Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home, to sensors that can track movement, to smart lights and thermostats, to wearable devices that monitor health indicators, the pieces are now in place to create comprehensive “smart home” environments in senior living — and doing so is a must, if companies want to be well-positioned […]

To Attract Baby Boomers, Senior Living Providers Must Give Them Purpose

Over the next decade, when baby boomers finally start to age into senior housing en masse, they’ll bring with them a host of new needs and desires—and if senior living providers don’t take heed, they’re at risk of becoming obsolete. That’s because, unlike some of their predecessors, many baby boomers simply won’t be happy with “three […]

Front Porch Going Big on Amazon Echo After Successful Pilot

Experts have called voice technology the future of senior living—and now there’s concrete evidence to support their claim. Glendale, California-based senior housing provider Front Porch recently wrapped a pilot program involving Amazon.com’s (Nasdaq: AMZN) Echo device and various “smart home” technologies at Carlsbad By The Sea, a Front Porch continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Carlsbad, California. Front Porch manages and […]