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Assisted Living Facilities Insurance: Top-Rated Facilities for 2014

Assisted Living Facilities Insurance Top-Rated Facilities for 2014Assisted Living Facilities Insurance: Top-Rated Facilities for 2014

As a program manager or owner of a senior care center, you have many financial and legal considerations to make. It’s important to ensure you are financially protected from claims as a result of an employee incident or resident incident with Assisted Living Facilities Insurance. Equally important, is knowing what makes any particular facility successful and what makes them stand out amongst residents, their families, and potential residents. In late January of this year, senior care resource..


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Senior Living Insurance: Living Longer But Not Always Better

Senior Living Insurance: Living Longer But Not Always BetterSenior Living Insurance: Living Longer But Not Always Better

A study by the Assisted Living Federation of America found that the average life expectancy for Americans rose from 75.2 years in 1990 to 78.2 years in 2010. However, the study also found that despite the longer life span, individuals were in good health without disabilities for an average of 68.1 years, leaving a significant gap.

The gain in life expectancy was attributed to better management of certain diseases, particularly breast and colon cancer and..


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Senior Living Insurance: Green Tips for Your Community

Senior Living Insurance Green Tips for Your CommunitySenior Living Insurance: Green Tips for Your Community

Green living and energy efficiency has been steadily influencing the senior living industry. According to the Assisted Living Federation of America (AFLA), early adopters who have converted their senior living centers to be more energy efficient have demonstrated that savings of 30 percent are possible with no loss of comfort to the seniors or caregivers.

Here are some tips from the AFLA on basic tips you can do right now to green your senior living community.

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Senior Living Insurance: New Drugs to Combat Opioid Abuse

Senior Living Insurance New Drugs to Combat Opioid AbuseSenior Living Insurance: New Drugs to Combat Opioid Abuse

A few months back, we discussed the use of prescription painkillers and the chance of addiction and abuse among the elderly. Now the pharmaceutical industry is taking steps to combat the widespread abuse of opioids.

Backed by a U.S. campaign to slow abuse of prescription painkillers, drugmakers are creating new forms of medicines that don’t lead to misuse and new products that treat dependency. If all goes will it could change the face of the..


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The Effect of Hospitalization on Nursing Home Residents

The Effect of Hospitalization on Nursing Home ResidentsThe Effect of Hospitalization on Nursing Home Residents

Hospitalizations can have adverse effects on patients, especially repeated visits. An article in the New York Times discussed a study published in the journal Neurology. According to the study, elderly patients who are hospitalized are at a much higher risk of cognitive problems afterward. Hospital stays have also been found to interfere with an older person’s physical functioning and ability to perform the so-called activities of daily living including bathing, toileting, dressing, etc.

Furthermore, hospitalizing nursing home..


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Hurricane Preparedness: Senior Living

Hurricane Preparedness Senior LivingHurricane Preparedness: Senior Living

At the Atlantic hurricane season begins, now is the time for nursing homes to review their emergency plans to ensure the safety of their residents and staff.

Previous reviews on nursing homes’ emergency preparedness plans haven’t always been positive. Federal regulations require that Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing homes have written emergency plans and that all employees have emergency preparedness training. However, in a sample study, plans often lacked information suggested by experts and nursing home administrators.

In the study, administrators from five of 20 facilities reported..


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Senior Living: Prescription Painkiller Abuse, Opioids

Senior Living Prescription Painkiller Abuse, OpioidsSenior Living: Prescription Painkiller Abuse, Opioids

Opioid abuse has become a national concern. Despite the notion that addiction and substance abuse is primarily for younger people, it affects every age group from teenagers to adults. The senior population is no exception.

Elderly patients tend to take many medications prescribed by multiple doctors for a variety of ailments and symptoms. The overlap in prescriptions and high amount of drugs they take can increase their risk of prescription drug abuse.

Nonmedical use of prescription drugs is a rapidly growing threat. According to..


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Senior Living Insurance: Benefits of Pets for Elderly

Senior Living Insurance Benefits of Pets for ElderlySenior Living Insurance: Benefits of Pets for Elderly

Owning a pet is a joyful relationship- many pet owners consider them part of the family. And research has shown that pets aren't only good for cuddling. They have actual proven health benefits, especially with older adults.

Older pet owners who are on their own can benefit significantly from having a pet’s companionship. And it is especially beneficial for single residents who would otherwise be on their own. Pets can help their elderly owners reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and..


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Nursing Home Trends: Symptoms of Caregiver Stress

Nursing Home Trends Symptoms of Caregiver StressNursing Home Trends: Symptoms of Caregiver Stress

Oftentimes in the senior living industry, attention is paid to the seniors alone. Research, treatment plans, and senior living communities are all built to center around the unique needs of the aging. However, there is a second group that, while essential to the senior living industry, may be overlooked.

Caregivers are a rapidly expanding group. CNN even goes so far as to call it the “new normal.” As adults are living longer, and the baby boomers are nearing/in retirement,..


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Nursing Homes Take Stance on Elder Abuse

Nursing Homes Take Stance on Elder AbuseNursing Homes Take Stance on Elder Abuse

The number of Americans 65 and over is projected to nearly double by 2030 due to the 74 million baby boomers born during 1946-64. As the population increases, sadly so do elder abuse statistics. Estimates say as many as 2 million seniors are abused, exploited or neglected every year, judging by available statistics and surveys. But many incidents aren't reported, and experts expect there may be more, even as many as one in ten who have suffered some sort of abuse.

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