Senior housing

How Providing Social Supports And Care Coordination May Lower Medical Costs For Seniors Living At Home  

What if real estate developers worked with on-site nurses and social workers to help frail older adults and younger people with disabilities stay in their apartments? Could they deliver--in a cost-effective way--social supports and care coordination that would improve the well-being of residents, reduce their health care costs, and benefit property managers? The answer is: They can, especially for older [...]

By |2019-08-07T15:03:07-04:00August 7th, 2019|Senior housing|0 Comments

What We Don’t Know—But Should—About Assisted Living Facilities

Here’s a word association game: I say, “long-term care” and you will probably respond, “nursing home.” But the truth is that there are nearly twice as many assisted living (ALF) and other residential care facilities (more than 30,000 in 2014) in the US than nursing homes (about 15,000). And there are more than 800,000 people living in residential care facilities, [...]

By |2018-02-05T15:45:10-04:00February 5th, 2018|Senior housing|0 Comments

Seniors Had A Terrible Week In Washington. It Could Get Worse

Congress and President Trump took dead aim at seniors and younger people with disabilities this week. First, Congress voted to cut or freeze funding for key federal senior service programs. Then the House passed its bill to replace the Affordable Care Act—a measure that would make health insurance unaffordable for many people aged 50-64, allow insurance companies to sell policies [...]

Why Encouraging Older Adults to Stay In their Homes Isn’t Always Smart

Most of us, most of the time, want to age at home. But the reality is not everyone can, or should. Sometimes staying in your own home as you become increasingly frail is a poor choice. It can be lonely and even dangerous. It can burn out family caregivers. And it even can be more costly than other options, especially [...]

What Assisted Living and Other Residential Care Looks Like

You’ve probably heard somebody say, “assisted living is the new nursing home.” A new study suggests that, in important ways, it is true. People living in residential care communities, including assisted living, care homes, or adult group homes, look a lot like those who once lived in nursing homes. They suffer from serious chronic conditions, need assistance with daily activities [...]

By |2016-03-11T13:29:51-04:00March 11th, 2016|Senior housing|1 Comment

Will Renaming Senior Housing Boost an Industry or Enable Consumer Denial?

Would you rather live in a Life Plan Community or a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC)? The market research folks have the answer: Most older adults, especially those under 65, would much rather live in a Life Plan Community than a CCRC. Even though they are exactly the same thing. A group of facility owners has concluded they need a [...]

By |2015-11-11T14:19:52-04:00November 11th, 2015|Senior housing|0 Comments

Should You Stay In Your Home As You Age Or Move To A Senior Community?

Older adults may be better off living in age-segregated communities than in neighborhoods or buildings filled with young adults or families with kids. They may have better support, access to more services, and even a better sex life. That, at least, is the conclusion of University of Florida professor Stephen Golant, an environmental gerontologist and expert in the housing of [...]

By |2015-10-16T09:28:59-04:00October 16th, 2015|Aging, aging in place, Senior housing|1 Comment

The New World of Assisted Living

Assisted living facilities (ALFs) may be going the way of cable TV.  Still around, but with a limited future. Their residents are changing. Even as their needs become more complicated, they are demanding less institutional-like care.  At the same time, assisted living will have to find its place in a world where medical and social care are becoming better coordinated [...]

By |2014-11-25T21:10:39-04:00November 25th, 2014|Senior housing|3 Comments

Six Questions to Ask Before You Move Into a Senior Living Community: A Resident Tells the Inside Story

What should you know before you move into an independent living senior community? To find out, I asked a long-time resident.  But not just any resident. Len Bachman has been living in an upscale 313-unit independent senior community in Chevy Chase, Maryland for about a decade. In some ways, he’s very typical of his neighbors. Now an active 89, he moved in [...]

By |2014-08-06T09:39:44-04:00August 6th, 2014|Senior housing|2 Comments

Lessons We Can Learn From Frontline’s Expose of Assisted Living

This week, the PBS program Frontline investigated care at the nation’s largest assisted living company—Emeritus Corp.  The program’s message was powerful—and highly controversial:  Residents of some Emeritus facilities are dying as a result of poor care by insufficient and poorly trained staff and a lack of government regulation. I can’t speak to what’s happening at Emeritus, a for-profit company that has [...]

By |2013-07-31T21:10:06-04:00July 31st, 2013|dementia, Senior housing|0 Comments