Better Serving the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Populations in Assisted Living

It is estimated that by 2030 there will be 3 million lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) older Americans. Traditionally this is a population that has been under-served by assisted living and long term care providers. Older LGBT residents report being treated as if they are heterosexual, experiencing discrimination, and being forced to hide their …

Hospitality in Assisted Living

Assisted living and residential care is a resident centered business. Not only do we care for residents, but we also respect them as consumers of the services we provide. And they are increasingly savvy consumers.

Get Involved, Get Active

I am writing this week’s Tuesday Tip from an airport as I am headed to Washington, D.C. For ALFA’s annual Advocacy Fly-In, where we will join over 100 assisted living professionals who are coming together to advocate for the assisted living principles of choice, independence, and quality of life for America’s seniors.

National Salaries in Assisted Living

The Hospital and Healthcare Compensation Service recently released the 2011-2012 Assisted Living Salary & Benefits Report. According to the survey of over 1,700 assisted living communities all management positions and most other assisted living professions (e.g., nursing, dietary, clerical, etc.) saw a salary increase in 2011. Chief financial officers saw the highest salary increase at …

Signs and Symptoms of a Stroke

According to the National Stroke Association, stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States, killing approximately 137,000 people each year. Although a stroke can happen at any age the risk increases as we get older, which is why it is important for assisted living and residential care providers to be aware …

Bed Rail Safety

In 2009, 803 incidents of individuals caught, trapped, entangles, or strangled in beds with rails were reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Of these incidents, 480 people died; most of whom were frail, elderly, or confused.

National Assisted Living Statistics

Did you know that there are over 31,100 “residential care facilities” in the United States, with a capacity to serve nearly one million residents? The National Center for Health Statistics has released some key findings from the 2010 National Survey of Residential Care Facilities.

Thanksgiving Traditions

Happy Thanksgiving to you, your staff, and your residents! This holiday week provides an opportunity reminder to all of us to be thankful for the many blessings in our lives. Whether it is time with family, a cherished moment with a resident, our a valued new member of your caregiving team, as assisted living and …

Warning Signs of Unsafe Driving

Giving up the ability to drive can be a life changing decision for a senior. Although many senior living residents still drive, most at some point will have to give up the car keys. While you as an assisted living professional will not be the one making this decision for your resident, you may be …

Cost of Care Survey

According to Genworth Financial’s has released their annual Cost of Care Survey.  For the eighth year, Genworth surveyed assisted living, home care, adult day health care, and nursing homes to provide information on the cost of long term care across the United States.