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Small increase for SNF occupancy, small decrease for ALFs

Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

The National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing & Care Industry's MAP Data and Analysis Service has released first-quarter 2014 data related to occupancy, rent growth, annual absorption, inventory growth and construction in seniors housing.

Preparedness protected residents, Village Shalom chief says

Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

One person was shot and killed outside an Overland Park, Kan., senior living community on Sunday, but the outcome could have been worse had staff members not been prepared for such an event, the community’s president and CEO says.

Feds keep the pressure on

Bob Gatty

A new “doc fix” law and MedPAC report seek to tighten spending for long-term care facilities.

Five Star partners with celebrity chef Brad Miller

April 17, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

Senior living and healthcare services company Five Star Quality Care has hired celebrity chef Brad Miller to create signature recipes to incorporate into the company’s menu and to host on-site community events.

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month

April 17, 2014     Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor

It's not too late to inform your residents and community about Parkinson's disease, a chronic, progressive and life-changing movement disorder.

Hospice, home health operations change hands

April 16, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

An acquisition a hospice and home healthcare provider adds another state to one company's activities, affecting 180 employees and multiple counties in the process.

NCOA: Medication therapy management programs 'severely underutilized'

April 16, 2014     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Older adults aren’t taking advantage of one of the most important benefits under Medicare Part D, says the National Council on Aging.

6 steps to clean restrooms

April 16, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

Taking these actions can help keep your facility sanitary—and make it easier for residents and visitors to tell.

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Joerns, RecoverCare announce merger

April 16, 2014     Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor

Products, equipment sales and support will be enhanced as two major healthcare equipment providers unite.

Internet use cuts depression

April 16, 2014     Richard R. Rogoski

A study shows older adults who go online are less likely to experience depression.

Study questions readability of colorectal cancer websites

April 16, 2014     Richard R. Rogoski

A new study raises questions as to the information available on colorectal cancer screening websites.


Partnership will extend bundled payment program to more SNFs

April 16, 2014     Richard R. Rogoski

A provider of software solutions for skilled nursing facilities partners with a payment program provider to offer bundled payments.


Company offers high-tech decorating option for resident rooms

April 15, 2014     Richard R. Rogoski

Does your facility restrict the use of hanging pictures in resident rooms because of marring? Now seniors can literally paper the walls with photos of family and friends, thanks to this tech company.



Fear or forgetfulness?

April 14, 2014     Kathleen Mears

As we age, some absentmindedness is acceptable. But in long-term care, can negativity and impatience cause enough stress to trigger brain “blips”?

Out of the blue, I fainted

April 7, 2014     Kathleen Mears

Professional caregivers must try to prepare for the unexpected in their daily work, says our resident blogger.

Medical directors: Key to quality care

April 2, 2014     Alan C. Horowitz, RN, JD

A nursing home's medical director bears the greatest ultimate responsibility for ensuring that residents receive quality care. Find out what is required of facilities when it comes to this position.

Residents, nurses and too little time

March 31, 2014     Kathleen Mears

Documentation and other paperwork are part of a nurse’s daily routine. It takes a toll on the personal quality of resident/nurse relationships, however.