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Category: Senior Housing

Stay in Senior Living Residence & Stay Out of the Hospital

Many people begin to develop multiple health conditions as they age, making hospitalization more likely. Researchers have investigated various factors that increase one’s chances of being hospitalized, but little research has focused on characteristics of one’s environment that may help prevent hospitalization. To this end, a recent study investigated the role senior housing plays...

TRENDING NOW: The Ruff Side of Pet Therapy Programs

Pet therapy programs are becoming more common in senior living and health care facilities, but a surprising number of facilities have safety concerns related to pet visitors. Pet therapy programs have been shown to provide health benefits to human participants, such as reduced blood pressure and improved mood, and have increased in prevalence in recent years. But while these programs...

TRENDING NOW: Empty Convents Converted into Housing for Older Adults

A number of projects are underway to convert underutilized convents around Chicago into housing for older adults. These buildings once offered living spaces for nuns, but due to a decline in numbers over the past two decades, they have become empty. These places have a deep history within their respective communities and are already designed for communal living, so instead of leaving...

TRENDING NOW: Skilled Nursing Homes Striving for a Comeback

A recent McKnight’s column titled “The Evolution of Nursing Homes” examines the changing world of skilled nursing homes and how many are convinced that this is no longer a dwindling sector. The article discusses that many within the senior living industry have shifted away from developing skilled nursing communities for a number of reasons. For example, the author mentions how...

Can’t Get No Satisfaction: How Do Respondents’ Personal Characteristics Impact Resident Satisfaction Ratings?

Resident and customer satisfaction surveys are an important way for aging services organizations to gauge how well they meet the needs and preferences of the older adults they serve. However, research has shown that satisfaction scores can be influenced by personal characteristics of the individuals providing the rating, which can be unrelated to the services provided. A recent study...

TRENDING NOW: How Aging Baby Boomers, Diversity Are Changing Assisted Living

Recently, Bankrate published an online article titled Latest Trends in Assisted Living Facilities. The article examines how the senior living industry is changing to accommodate the diverse needs and wants of aging baby boomers. The article discusses that assisted living programs are implementing new features within their walls as an attempt to meet the needs of a variety of older...

All by Myself: Life Plan Community Residents Experience Social Isolation

While research on isolation in community-dwelling older adults (e.g., older adults still living in their own homes) is prevalent, less attention has been focused on examining the experience of social isolation in group residences like Life Plan Communities. Recently, researchers asked both residents and staff in a Life Plan Community to provide their assessment of how socially isolated...

TRENDING NOW: Senior Living Administrators Seek Solutions for Staffing Shortages

Recently Senior Housing News published an article that examines the continuation of staffing shortages within the senior housing community, and how administrators within the industry are finding innovative solutions. The article cites the June 2016 Ziegler CFO Hotline Survey. This survey reported that the average turnover rate within a senior living organization was 30 percent for...

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