Loved Ones Blog

4 Upcoming Trends at Aging2.0 OPTIMIZE 2017

Posted by Donna Cusano on Nov 10, 2017 11:16:00 AM

Aging2.0 OPTIMIZE, next week in San Francisco on Tuesday and Wednesday 14-15 November, annually attracts the top thinkers and doers in innovation and aging services. It brings together academia, designers, developers, investors, and senior care executive visionaries to revolutionize the aging experience of tomorrow. 

Here are four major themes at OPTIMIZE that highlight major industry trends:

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Topics: senior living, healthcare technology, predictive care, wearables, machine-learning, Aging 2.0, digital health, AI

3 Major Ways Technology Is Transforming Senior Living

Posted by Donna Cusano on Oct 13, 2017 11:31:11 AM

How can caregiving be more responsive—more human--using technology? Innovative senior living organizations and leaders are discovering how technology can improve the care experience for residents, families, and staff.

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Topics: assisted living, activities of daily living, senior living, long-term care, senior care, care staff, ADLs, healthcare technology, predictive care, CarePredict, integrated fitness systems, wearables, machine-learning, resident safety

Stop the Leaving! Best Practices to Hire and Retain Quality Senior Living Employees

Posted by Donna Cusano on Sep 15, 2017 11:59:38 AM

Staff retention is a chronic problem for senior living communities and their management. The average turnover rate for all employees is nearly 35% per year, according to Hospital & Healthcare Compensation Service’s 2016 survey of over 1,300 assisted living communities.

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Topics: assisted living, senior living, long-term care, senior care, care staff, healthcare technology, employee turnover, CarePredict, staff retention

Best Practices to Retain More Residents in Your Senior Living Community

Posted by Donna Cusano on Aug 31, 2017 11:38:00 AM

Executives in senior housing are well aware of the problem of resident turnover. With a current occupancy rate of 86.5 percent, a 21- to 29-month average length of stay in assisted living, and a median annual resident turnover of 46.8 percent, senior living communities have increasingly focused on marketing and successful move-ins. 

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Topics: measuring ADLs, assisted living, senior living, fall prevention, senior care, senior housing, care staff, resident turnover, resident retention, ADLs, healthcare technology, predictive care

3 Actionable Ways to Differentiate Your Senior Living Community

Posted by Donna Cusano on Aug 24, 2017 1:21:42 PM

The senior housing market is more competitive than ever. CBRE National Senior Housing has estimated that there are over 22,000 senior housing and nursing care communities. Yet, assisted living occupancy rates continue to fall despite our growing 65+ population.

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Topics: assisted living, senior living, long-term care, senior care, senior housing, care staff

5 Things Family Members Should Know When Choosing Assisted Living (Part 2)

Posted by Donna Cusano on Aug 8, 2017 11:14:00 AM

6. Understand what you are paying for. There are two main areas of cost typically under two separate agreements:

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Topics: assisted living, activities of daily living, senior living, aging seniors, senior loved ones health, long-term care, nursing homes, memory care, aging in place, senior care, independent living, skilled nursing, home care, senior housing, medical assessments, National Center for Assisted Living

5 Things Family Members Should Know When Choosing Assisted Living

Posted by Donna Cusano on Aug 1, 2017 3:32:40 PM

A transition into an assisted living or senior community is like any other move to a new home. It is a major life event, which requires advance research and consideration. There are ways to make this move, if needed, a right and healthy choice that is rational, affordable, and considers everyone’s emotional needs.

Here are five initial suggestions to start your research, which will take you through receiving a contract from a community you and your parent are considering. 

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Topics: assisted living, activities of daily living, senior living, aging seniors, senior loved ones health, long-term care, nursing homes, memory care, aging in place, senior care, independent living, skilled nursing, home care, senior housing, medical assessments, National Center for Assisted Living

“The Conversation”—Helping Your Aging Parent Who Doesn’t Want Help

Posted by Donna Cusano on Jul 19, 2017 1:37:36 PM

Daughter: “Dad, don’t you need some help managing the house and cooking for yourself? You’ve lost some weight. Your checking account isn’t up to date. You don’t hear the phone. And you tripped on the throw rug in the hall and bruised your arm. What if you fall and you can’t get up?”

Dad: “No, I don’t want strangers in the house. Why are you looking at my checking account? My shoe caught on the rug and I picked myself up. I’m fine. Stop treating me like an old helpless person!”

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Topics: assisted living, activities of daily living, senior living, aging seniors, senior loved ones health, long-term care, nursing homes, aging in place, senior care, independent living, medical alarms, Area Agencies on Aging,

How Much are Preventable Hospitalizations Really Costing Seniors and Caregivers?

Posted by CarePredict on Jul 12, 2017 11:53:00 AM

Healthcare costs in 2017 are expected to continue to rise, even outpacing inflation and social security. The biggest concern many people have is how much unnecessary medical spending is costing them.

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Topics: assisted living, activities of daily living, senior living, aging seniors, senior loved ones health, senior health, Alzheimer’s, long-term care, memory care, dementia, measuring ADL, healthcare costs, medicare

Managing the Human Challenge of Dementia in Assisted Living

Posted by Donna Cusano on Jul 6, 2017 11:43:00 AM

For clinical and staff professionals in senior living communities, improving the quality of life for long-term care residents with dementia is part of the everyday mission of care. Over 50 percent of assisted living and nursing home residents have some form of cognitive impairment (Alzheimer’s Association, 2007). The rapid growth of the 85+ population means this will only increase.

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Topics: measuring ADLs, assisted living, activities of daily living, senior living, aging seniors, senior loved ones health, senior health, Alzheimer’s, long-term care, fall prevention, memory care, cognitive function, cognitive decline, dementia, residential care