Category: Assisted Living

More than half of states updated assisted living regulations in past year

The National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) released the 2019 edition of the “Assisted Living State Regulatory Review” on October 3. The review found that 27 states updated their assisted living regulations, statutes, and policies between June 2018 and June 2019. The most common state regulations updated aimed to enhance resident protections, with the most […]

Pain Management: CDC Conversation Starters for Patients and Their Doctors

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released four new fact sheets that encourage patients and doctors to discuss pain management options and the potential risks of opioid medication. Information includes: What patients can expect if they are taking opioids Guidance on safer use Prompts for a doctor-patient discussion of treatment goals and plans […]

Study highlights possible negative affect of immigrant policy on elder care

A recent study in Health Affairs found that policies that curtail immigration are likely to compromise the availability of care. Moreover, the anti-immigrant rhetoric and policies that restrict immigration threaten the health and well-being of immigrants who are entrusted with the care of the nation’s elderly and disabled people. According to the study: Nearly one […]

Profile of Older Americans released

Profile of Older Americans, published by the Administration for Community Living, is available with data from 2018. The profile includes key topic areas such as income, living arrangements, education, health, and caregiving, and new this year: emergency and disaster preparedness. Some interesting take-aways from this publication: Over the past 10 years, the population age 65 […]

Toolkit helps assist with intergenerational programming

To promote the development and implementation of intergenerational programs, LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston in collaboration with Generations United, today releases the “Connecting Generations in Senior Housing: A Program Implementation Toolkit.” This new 82-page toolkit provides step-by-step guidance for creating intergenerational programs that can be tailored to the needs of youth and older adult participants. […]

CMS hosts webinar on HCBS Settings Rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is hosting a webinar in June 2019 on the HCBS Settings Rule. The webinar is titled “System Change vs. Compliance Mindset Approach in Implementing the Settings Rule.” It will take place on June 12, 2019, from 1:30-3:00 ET. Here is a description of the webinar from CMS: […]

One in three adults die from hip fracture within the year

According to a recent article in Science Times, one in three adults aged 50 or older dies within 12 months following a hip fracture. The risk of death increases when a patient has an existing health condition and the risk of death may be related to complications from the fracture, such as infection, internal bleeding, […]

Senior living facilities provides Alexa to all residents

In an effort to empower residents, Eskaton Village Roseville in Sacramento, CA, has provided every resident with the Alexa Echo smartphone device. Residents can use the device to play music, turn on lights, games, an entertainment, all by voice. “Eskaton’s expansion into voice is a testament to this organization’s track record and continued commitment to […]

Department of Labor proposes changes to overtime rules

The Department of Labor has published three Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) regarding the minimum salary requirement for an employee to qualify for overtime, which forms of payment can be included and excluded in the “time and one-half” calculation when determining workers’ overtime rates, and clarifications of and revisions to the responsibilities of employers and […]

New guidance published by CMS to states regarding providers of Medicaid HCBS

On March 22, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a letter to state Medicaid directors with new guidance in response to frequently asked questions (FAQ) about the Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) final rule. The FAQs clarify the heightened scrutiny process, as well as whether an individual’s private residence should be assessed […]