Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Fri, 02/28/2014 - 10:45
More than 1.3 million new paid caregivers will be needed to meet demand over the next decade.
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Sat, 02/22/2014 - 11:49
Facebook spends on WhatsApp -- Brookdale buys Emeritus. It’s been an interesting week. Most people do not see a parallel in these two acquisitions, I’m quite sure, since the target user of each is separated by, oh, say 50 years. So what does it mean to consumers that Brookdale, in a 2.8 billion stock deal, will now be the first national and largest owner-operator senior living company in the United States -- with more than 1100 locations in 46 states? What does it mean that Facebook, that completely-closed purveyor of ads, pictures and Likes, spent $16-19 billion, just about the largest tech acquisition price EVER, on a messaging tool with no ads, no games, and no gimmicks that costs virtually nothing to use – other than a smart phone’s data plan? But it’s big overseas in places where Facebook isn't – and best of all, it requires your phone number to use -- which Facebook will now have if it didn't already. >>> Read more . . .
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Fri, 02/21/2014 - 09:27
Nashville, Tenn. and Seattle, Wash., February 20, 2014 -- Brookdale Senior Living Inc. (NYSE: BKD) and Emeritus Corporation (NYSE: ESC) today announced the signing of a definitive merger agreement to create the first national senior living solutions company. The combined companies will serve the growing market for senior living solutions as the single branded provider operating the only nationwide network of senior living communities with fully integrated ancillary services across the continuum of care. >>> Read more . . .
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Thu, 02/20/2014 - 18:30
Why is this good for seniors?
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Thu, 01/02/2014 - 22:41
An interesting collection about the industry -- take a look.
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Tue, 12/24/2013 - 13:25
Not a survey, but noting of use of EHR, care coordination, sensors, and mobile apps.
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Fri, 12/06/2013 - 11:32
Dallas-based accelerator program spawns a new Care Referral service, Cariloop
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Sun, 11/24/2013 - 12:35
Accenture exaggerates wildly -- but what should we think? Rant on. Accenture, seeing a void of 'information' to use to gain new clients, put out an obfuscating headline in a press release last week that precipitates pause. More than pause -- the need for a willing suspension of disbelief: Tech-Savvy Seniors Seek Digital Tools to Manage their Health. To generate that headline, they surveyed 9015 adults internationally, including the US -- and, get this, of those, they included 200 aged 65+ Medicare recipients. Of course, 2 percent of the survey responders is what led some PR genius at Accenture to grab attention with that headline. So what's a senior, anyway? Accenture was pitching global consulting services, naturally, and promoting the report that sat behind the headline -- intended for companies filled with young marketers trying to penetrate the mystique of consumers. But when Accenture foists a fact-like assertion, doesn't this make you want to know -- so what IS the technology adoption rate of the real seniors in the US? In September, Pew's researchers sent this along about those aged 76-80: 8.3% have a smart phone, 60.8 have a regular feature phone and 30.9% have neither type. Odds are that the 30.9% population is not online and thus won't be seeking a digital tool to manage their health. >>> Read more . . .
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Thu, 11/14/2013 - 09:40
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
It is never a single problem or issue that creates a “troubled” long-term care facility, says Alan Funk, President, Pomeroy Health, Inc. To be able to identify the underlying issues and develop appropriate strategies to deal with them, Funk suggests that difficult situations need to be broken up into different components. Funk believes the battle has to be addressed on several fronts, >>> Read more . . .
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Thu, 11/07/2013 - 10:33
Dementia care – it’s 4:00 and what’s happening? In a nearby memory care unit in an Assisted Living community, the movie has ended, the credits rolled. Next up – visitors hear loud yelling and observe a staff member separating and redirecting an able-bodied resident. Count the number of residents in wheelchairs -- nearly half of the unit -- awaiting some physical care before dinner. These residents seem ever-more frail -- likely because they are delaying move-in until the need is urgent. Often it appears that staff is supplemented with home health or companion services -- note that these providers are assigned to individual residents, not the group -- just like the resident-specific role played by visiting hospice workers. It may appear that there are many staffers around, but minus the one-on-one folks, there aren't enough staffers to keep everyone else occupied. Now consider the dependency on staff to engage these otherwise-bored and idle residents. Soon it will be dinner time and the activities person will have left for the day. Staff members (who earn a national average of $11.10/hour) get busy with ADL-related chores before/after meals and before bed. >>> Read more . . .