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 |2015-11-11T14:19:52-05:00November 11th, 2015|Senior housing|0 Comments

The CPR Death at Glenwood Gardens: What Really Happened and Five Lessons You Should Learn

By now you know the story—or at least think you do: A nursing home nurse sees an 87-year-old resident in cardiac arrest and calls 9-11. Despite desperate pleas of the call center operator, the nurse refuses to do CPR and the resident dies. Except most of the story isn't true. Lorraine Bayless lived at a Bakersfield (CA) continuing care community called Glenwood [...]

By |2013-03-06T16:02:05-05:00March 6th, 2013|Aging, Caregiver tips, End of life, nursing homes|4 Comments

The Final Transition: End of Life Care

I recently had the opportunity to participate in a panel on end-of-life care jointly sponsored the Charles E. Smith Life Communities in Rockville MD,  Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, MD,, and Sibley Hospital in Washington, D.C. The session was part of a day-long program on care transitions and highlighted the special importance of  caring for the dying. My fellow panelists and I brought a wide [...]

By |2012-05-04T18:05:03-04:00May 4th, 2012|End of life, Hospitals, nursing homes|0 Comments

Dealing with the Loneliness of Aging

My dad, who had congestive heart failure, lived on the second floor of a garden apartment building that had no elevator. As the disease made him weaker, he could no long walk down the stairs. And for the last year of his life, he was trapped in his own apartment. An "outing" was a slow walk, and eventually, a wheelchair ride about 100 feet to the [...]

By |2011-09-07T14:56:23-04:00September 7th, 2011|Aging, aging in place, Senior housing, transportation|11 Comments

Senate Panel Examines Continuing Care Retirement Communities

The Senate Aging Committee held an important hearing today on Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) where the panel's chairman, Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI), urged that both state regulators and the CCRCs themselves provide more information about their financial risks to residents, as well as other consumer protections. This is what Kohl said: The fact is that while CCRCs are a good residential option [...]

By |2010-07-21T19:55:02-04:00July 21st, 2010|Senior housing|0 Comments

Erickson’s Bankruptcy and the Future of CCRCs

Lots of buzz about the Oct. 20 Chapter 11 bankruptcy and sale of Erickson Retirement Communities, one of the nation's premier developers of Continuing Care Retirement Communites. CCRCs are campus-like settings that promise lifetime care for seniors, from independent living to assisted living to nursing home care. These facilities operate on several different business models but Erickson, like many others, requires a hefty, [...]

By |2009-10-26T09:41:05-04:00October 26th, 2009|Senior housing|0 Comments