SeniorHomes.com Weekly Roundup

This Week in Senior Living News

Aging News:

February brings with it increased attention to heart health. DailyNews weighs in with insight on why exercise is good for the heart — and the body as a whole.

Is aging a disease? AdvanceWeb says no. Check out their article for the full details.

Senior Living News:

More and more Americans age 55 and older are remaining in the workforce, according to a new report by the nonpartisan Employee Benefit Research Institute. In both 2010 and 2011, approximately 40 percent remained in the workforce, a figure that increased from 29 percent in 1993. Read the full story at Forbes.com.

e-Prescribing improves med delivery

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One of our esteemed SeniorHomes.com 2012 Best of the Web judges, Anthony Cirillo, features an informative article on About.com Assisted Living about the growing 90+ population and some useful insights on the dynamics of housing for this demographic.

Caregiver Stories and Advice:

AARP never fails to impress with its informative articles, and their recent look at moving elderly parents is no exception. Check out the article for expert tips for moving an aging parent.

Who will care for mom and dad when they grow old? It’s a common conflict among siblings, and one best dealt with before a crisis hits. Detroit Free Press weighs in on the issue.

Tech Roundup:

Our friends at Long-Term Living Magazine report on a new e-prescribing tool meant for use by assisted living facilities and nursing homes. Can e-prescriptions solve the frequent need for emergent meds, and if so, will this be an effective tool in reducing unnecessary hospitalizations?

Re-branding is a strategy sometimes implemented to overcome negative perceptions of local community hospitals. But is this technique actually effective in improving the care offered? As intuition suggests, no. Kurt Miller reports for MLive.com.

What’s up with those nursing home ratings? Medicare’s 5-star rating system was implemented in 2008, to much chagrin by the industry. And as it turns out, it’s tough to shake low ratings. Get the details from Mansfield News Journal.

Operations and On the Political Beat:

When it comes to choosing a senior living facility for a loved one, is for-profit versus not-for-profit a factor? Anthony Cirillo (About.com Guide to Assisted Living and SeniorHomes.com 2012 Best of the Web judge) reports on yet another study indicating that the quality of for-profit facilities, on average, is lower than their non-profit counterparts. Are lower staff ratios to blame?

Home health care companies may soon be required to pay their staffers minimum wage if a proposal by the Labor Department goes through, according to an article in USA Today. According to the report, the industry has used a loophole that’s been in existence since 1974 to exclude nursing assistants and trained comfort providers from the existing minimum wage requirements.

USA Today has been tough on home health this past week. In another report, the paper says that high turnover affects the quality of care provided by agencies.

Things that make you say, “Huh?” and our favorite unexpected news of the week:

Getting old doesn’t actually suck. Really! Researchers at the Lifespan Emotional Development Lab (LEDlab) have confirmed it, according to a MedicalXpress article.

Bonus: BMA Management’s Newsletter is chock full of great industry news and insights. Check it out!

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