assisted living facilities

As Covid-19 Batters The Sunbelt, Have We Learned Anything About Protecting Long-Term Care Residents?

What have we learned from the 50,000+ covid-19 deaths of residents and staff in long-term care facilities? As the pandemic spreads aggressively in states such as California, Texas, Arizona, and Florida, we are about to find out. Multiple studies found that facility-based covid-19 cases and deaths from March-May closely tracked the experience in surrounding communities: If a facility was located [...]

By |2020-07-10T12:41:12-04:00July 10th, 2020|nursing homes|10 Comments

 The Grim Post-COVID-19 Future For Nursing Homes

Someday, most of us will return to life before COVID-19. Nursing homes will not. The deaths of more than 16,000 of their residents from COVID-19 has profoundly disrupted senior living facilities--especially nursing homes-- and will drive historic change in the industry. Robert Kramer, president of the consulting firm Nexus Insights and a long-time observer of nursing home finances, told me, [...]

By |2020-05-04T11:22:15-04:00May 4th, 2020|nursing homes|8 Comments

The Trump Administration Finally Is Requiring Nursing Homes To Report COVID-19 Cases. It Is Not Nearly Enough.

The Trump Administration has finally said it would require nursing homes to report cases of COVID-19 to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and, eventually, to families of residents. The move is welcome, but it is far too little and, for many families, far too late. On Friday, The New York Times reported that more than 36,500 residents [...]

By |2020-04-20T11:13:10-04:00April 20th, 2020|nursing homes|7 Comments

States Are Beginning To Move COVID-19 Patients From Hospitals To Nursing Facilities

Last week, I suggested that in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, nursing homes may need to take patients from over-burdened hospitals. At the same time, care settings such as assisted living facilities (ALFs) might have to accept nursing home residents who must be relocated to make room for those post-acute patients. Now, it looks like that is beginning to [...]

By |2020-03-31T11:49:05-04:00March 31st, 2020|nursing homes|1 Comment

Are There Alternatives To Hospital Care For COVID-19 Patients?   

The coronavirus pandemic is stressing hospital capacity to its limits, and one way to reduce this pressure it to move patient care downstream. That means keeping as many patients as possible out of the hospital in the first place, and getting those who have been hospitalized discharged as quickly as possible to make room for other, more critical patients. The [...]

By |2020-03-23T12:03:38-04:00March 23rd, 2020|Health Care|0 Comments

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 |2016-03-11T13:29:51-05:00March 11th, 2016|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 |2014-11-25T21:10:39-05:00November 25th, 2014|Senior housing|5 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

What You Need to Know About Assisted Living Facilities

What do consumers want to know about assisted living facilities? I was recently asked to participate in a project aimed at answering that question. So, I asked some residents of facilities and their families, as well as people who are considering whether to move in. I thought their questions were interesting, so, I’ll share them and try to provide a [...]

By |2013-05-17T14:42:06-04:00May 17th, 2013|Caregiver tips, Senior housing|2 Comments

The Rising Cost of Long-Term Care Services

The Metlife Mature Market Institute has released its annual survey of the cost of long-term care services, including nursing homes, assisted living facilities, adult day programs, and home care. And the news is not good. On average, provider costs rose far faster than the rate of inflation. The only exceptions were home care services, where costs were unchanged from 2010 [...]