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01.29 (LTC Leader) ICYMI: Assisted Living Survey Data Now Available in LTC Trend Tracker Read More

01.28 Average assisted living administrator salary tops $100,000 (Lois A Bowers) Salaries for assisted living administrators working in assisted living communities averaged $100,622 in 2019, an increase of 3.6% over 2018, when the average salary was $97,126, according to the 22nd annual “Assisted Living Salary & Benefits Report.” The 236-page report is hot off the presses from the Hospital & Healthcare Compensation Service. Read More

01.22 New Data to Inform Assisted Living Providers About State Survey Performance (NCAL Press Release) The National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) today announced a new partnership with CarePrepare™ to offer assisted living members access to state survey inspection data. NCAL is incorporating the data into the Association’s data tracking software, Long Term Care (LTC) Trend TrackerSM. Read More

01.20 (NPR) Youth Teaching Tech To Seniors Fosters Generational Connections (Megan Kamerick) The United States now has 46 million people age 65 or older. That’s a record number, according to a study by the Pew Research Center. More of these senior citizens are adopting technology, but most also say they need help using new electronic devices such as smart phones. Falling behind on technology puts seniors at risk for social isolation, which makes them vulnerable to poor health and earlier death. It’s also expensive. A study by AARP found isolation is associated with nearly $7 billion in additional annual spending by Medicare. A startup company in Albuquerque has made matching tech-savvy young people with seniors its mission. Teeniors coaches them on using smartphones, computers and tablets. Read More…

01.16 (McKnight’s Senior Living) Report: Senior living residents receiving unsolicited calls to transfer prescriptions (Lois A Bowers) Some assisted living and independent living residents are receiving unsolicited calls to move their prescriptions from their independent pharmacies to Amazon’s PillPack, according to a media report, which describes it as a “growing practice.” Read More

01.14 (LTC Leader) New Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice (MOON) (Dana Ritchie) Hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) are required to provide a MOON to Medicare beneficiaries (including Medicare Advantage health plan enrollees) informing them that they are outpatients receiving observation services and are not inpatients of a hospital or CAH.  According to a January 7, 2020, update from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has renewed the MOON (CMS-10611).  The MOON is unchanged from its current version and only the expiration date is different on this renewed notice. Read More

01.13 (Aging & Mental Health) Qualitative study of loneliness in a senior housing community: the importance of wisdom and other coping strategies. Objective: Older adults are at a high risk for loneliness, which impacts their health, well-being, and longevity. While related to social isolation, loneliness is a distinct, internally experienced, distressing feeling. The present qualitative study sought to identify characteristics of loneliness in older adults living independently within a senior housing community, which is typically designed to reduce social isolation. Read More

01.03 (McKnight’s) Senior living braces for changes in 2020 as top challenges remain (Lois A Bowers) As 2020 begins, the senior living industry is preparing for the changing needs and wants of current and future residents as workforce and occupancy issues continue to challenge operators, according to leaders of several organizations serving providers, who shared their thoughts with McKnight’s Senior Living. READ MORE