Category Archives: Senior Housing

"Aging in Place" Model Unrealistic

With the first of the 78 million Baby Boomers already reaching age 65 in 2011 and more on the way, the nation’s housing system will require new approaches to meet the “aging in place” demand of this swelling population.

Staying in one’s home not only reflects a “financially sensible housing option” for many seniors, but also helps give meaning to one’s life, says former Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Henry Cisneros in an op-ed for The Miami Herald.

ALFA, Partners To Tackle Elder Abuse

Those who work in care settings, have a unique opportunity to pick up on cues, elder advocates say, in the detection of abuse cases, with the Assisted Living Federation of America leading the charge toward this effort.

Despite hesitation to talk about elder abuse, it’s a growing problem that is plaguing older Americans and is gaining more attention in Washington on dual fronts-its causes and prevention.

Financial abuse alone amounts to $2.9 billion annually according to the Metlife Mature Market Institute, with other forms of fraud and abuse taking steep tolls as well.

“Elder abuse” can be many things, financial exploitation aside. It could be misuse of Power of Attorney, unsanitary living conditions, or lack of care when care is needed.


Assisted Living and Coming Technology Changes

Five Ways Robots Will Change Senior Housing

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While you probably won’t see a fleet of robots staffing an independent or assisted living community in place of human caregivers in the near future, there are plenty of ways that robots are already making senior living more efficient-and are bound to do so in the coming years.

Considering the expected future capabilities of robots and the trajectory of their acceptance, here are a few key-and interrelated-areas robots will profoundly impact the senior housing industry.

Assisted Living Costs and the Recent Recession

The Great Recession can be considered assisted living’s turning point, marking a pronounced shift from being primarily a lifestyle choice to primarily a needs-driven decision for consumers.

“Ten to twelve years ago, assisted living was more lifestyle-driven,” says Allison Guthertz, Vice President, Quality Resident Services at Benchmark Senior Living. “These days when residents move in, they already need help with three to five activities of daily living (ADLs).”

New Background Check Guidance "Handcuffs" Senior Living Providers

Assisted living facilities (ALFs) may find it difficult to comply with newly updated guidance that allows individuals with criminal backgrounds to work in senior living communities.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently updated its guidance on the use of criminal background checks in employment, arguing that employment discrimination based on criminal history is in violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Obama-Care Insurance Exchanges Do Not Affect Medicare

Apparently some seniors on Medicare have expressed confusion or concern about whether the new Health Insurance Marketplace (also referred to as a health care exchange) being implemented under the Health Care Law affects Medicare in any way. It does not.

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has posted the following Question & Answer announcement on its newly updated website:

If I have Medicare do I need to do anything?

“Medicare isn’t part of the Health Insurance Marketplace, so you don’t need to do anything. If you have Medicare, you are considered covered.

Poll Shows CCRCs Deliver Peace of Mind to Residents

CCRCs Attractive to Seniors for Peace of Mind: U.S. News

Peace of mind was named as a primary motivator to move into a continuing care retirement community (CCRC), residents told U.S. News: Money as part of a two-article series on retirement community living. A group of 10 residents-four couples and a widow and widower, ranging in age from 72 to 92-talked about their retirement living experiences at Heron Point, a Maryland CCRC with 270 residents, and their motivations for moving in.

“Regardless of their ages, peace of mind for their children and loved ones was one of the main motivators for packing up their belongings and coming here,” writes U.S. News.

What is Assisted Living?

Assisted living is a type of residence for the elderly and disabled that may need assistance with daily living, but don’t necessarily need around the clock care like is available from nursing facilities. When someone lives in an assisted living residence, they have far more privacy and independence that they would have if they were a resident at a nursing facility. Residents of an assisted living facility are free to come and go whenever they choose.


What is Choice Connections?

Choice Connections is a FREE senior housing advisory service. Whether you are looking for Assisted Living, Residential Care, Independent Living, Nursing Home or Alzheimer’s/Dementia Care, the search to find the “perfect fit” home has never been simpler. Our team of experienced, compassionate senior care experts will help you explore and understand the most appropriate care and funding options.


Why do Clients leave your Home Health Agency...? Can you prevent this?

While this might be overstating the obvious, your clientele always leave your service… But Why?

  • Funds to cover care are exhausted
  • Health issues prevent staying at home
  • Care costs from In-home care outweigh the monthly costs of Assisted Living (family makes a financial decision)

Sound familiar? So what can be done?