Beyond Special Diets: How Garden Spot, Lifespark Infuse Wellness in Senior Living Dining Programs

Wellness is a big area of interest in senior living dining programs given the wants and needs of the incoming baby boomer generation. But wellness goes beyond just meeting dietary needs. Senior living operators including Lifespark and Garden Spot Communities are going beyond low-sodium and low-fat meals and are embracing food that is both toothsome […]

Memory Care Operators See ‘Great Opportunity’ for GUIDE Model After Launch

Memory care operators are gearing up for deeper participation in the new Guiding an Improved Dementia Experience (GUIDE) program from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which officially launched this week. More than 400 healthcare organizations are participating in dementia care programs, from senior living operators to health systems and beyond. Organizations including […]

Lifespark Adds Emergency Response Services as Part of Larger Value-Based Care Efforts

Lifespark has bolstered its services in a move aimed at cutting down on unnecessary urgent care and hospital visits and meeting demand for more value-based care arrangements. St. Louis Park, Minnesota-based Lifespark has added in-home urgent response services to its Lifespark Complete program that it has built over the past 20 years, according to Founder […]

Inside the Senior Living Industry’s Value-Based Care ‘Arms Race’

This members-only, exclusive article is part of your SHN+ subscription If the speed at which senior living operators were adopting value-based care models accelerated last year, in 2024 the effort has kicked into an even higher gear. Within the last two months, senior living providers including 12 Oaks, Benchmark Senior Living, and Epoch Senior Living […]

Memory Care Operators Embrace Managed Care Amid Wider Shift to Value-Based Payments

By Jesse Floyd Memory care providers are shifting to a managed care model, seeking to forestall expensive medical crises in favor of working to keep residents as healthy as possible for longer. Residents living with dementia go to the emergency room more than 1.4 million times per year, but such visits are potentially confusing or […]

Value-Based Care ‘Mindset Shift’ Needed to Reach Industry’s Next Evolution

In 2023, value-based care reached a “tipping point,” with big senior living players including Brookdale Senior Living (NYSE: BKD) embracing the trend. Looking ahead to 2024, the industry is preparing to move the needle even further and integrate value-based care into their operations as a way to increase the quality of care and more appropriately […]

Why Value-Based Care Has Reached a Tipping Point in Senior Living

Senior living providers are more focused than ever on providing high-quality health care — and finding ways to be compensated for doing so. This is driving investment in clinical capabilities and pushing the industry to a tipping point on value-based care. These are among my takeaways from the recent American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA) meeting […]