In the Pipeline: Wyoming Lawmakers Mull $5.7 Million SNF

Construction: Planned Wyoming Lawmakers Mull Veteran Retirement Home A new nursing home for veterans could open in Sheridan, Wyo. The Wyoming Veterans Commission and the Legislature’s Joint Transportation, Highways and Military Affairs Committee are discussing whether to build a 24-unit nursing home that would cost $5.78 million and open within five years, the Casper Star Tribune reported. […]

Florida SNF Deaths After Hurricane Irma Ruled as Homicides

The deaths of 12 residents at a Florida nursing home following a power failure in the wake of Hurricane Irma in September have been ruled as homicides. Eight residents of The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills died after the nursing home lost power on Sept. 13, the Sun-Sentinel reported. Though facility was quickly evacuated, six more residents died […]

In the Pipeline: $14.9 Million SNF Planned in Iowa

Construction: Announced SNF Planned in Iowa UnityPoint Health is planning to build a new skilled nursing facility (SNF) in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The SNF will span over 46,000 square feet and have 46 rooms for skilled nursing and short-term rehab services, according to KCRG TV9. Plans for the $14.9 million facility also call for an outpatient therapy […]

In the Pipeline: South Dakota Gets First New SNF Since 1988

Construction: In progress Illinois Community to Offer Short-Term Rehab A forthcoming senior living and nursing facility in Huntley, Illinois, will offer short-term rehab when it opens in December. The 110-bed Alden Estates of Huntley is part of a $51 million project from Alden Realty Services, the Northwest Herald reported. The project will also have independent living, assisted living […]

Nurse Practitioners, Aides Still Among Fastest-Growing Jobs

A rapidly aging U.S. population is expected to drive up demand for nurse practitioners and personal care and home health aides over the next decade, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Total employment is expected to increase by 11.5 million jobs between by 2026, representing a 0.7% annual rate of growth. Much of […]

In the Pipeline: Marquis Plots $5 Million SNF Upgrade in Boston

Construction: Announced Marquis Health Services Plans $5 Million Renovation at Boston SNF Marquis Health Services, the healthcare affiliate of Tryko Partners, is now operating North End Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Boston, according to a press release. The first order of business at the newly acquired skilled nursing facility (SNF) is a $5 million renovation […]

In the Pipeline: FutureCare Building $30 Million Rehab Center in Maryland

Construction: In progress Work Underway for $30 Million Rehab Facility in Maryland Construction is moving along for a new FutureCare Health and Management rehab center in Landover, Md. The $30 million center will have 82 private and 34 semi-private rooms as well as perks and services such as a spa, salon, dialysis, ventilator unit, library, a media […]

Despite Not Covering Personal Care, Medicare May Be Paying for it Anyway

Medicare spends roughly three times more on beneficiaries who need help with two or more activities of daily living (ADLs) due to physical or cognitive impairments than those that don’t, according to a new study from the Long-Term Quality Alliance (LTQA). The group, which represents more than two dozen industry and consumer organizations with the goal of improving outcomes, examined […]

Generator Rule Appeal Leaves Florida SNFs in the Dark

Skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and assisted living communities in Florida are scratching their heads over whether a controversial emergency generator rule from Gov. Rick Scott is still due to take effect, even after a judge struck it down last week. Scott’s order, issued on Sept. 16, gave SNFs and assisted living communities 60 days to install […]

Person-Centered Care May Boost SNF Resident Satisfaction

Nursing homes that employed a person-centered care (PCC) philosophy saw higher resident satisfaction than those that didn’t, according to a new study conducted by Kansas State University and the LeadingAge LTSS Center at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) in Kansas that participated in a statewide program called Promoting Excellent Alternatives in Kansas (PEAK 2.0) saw higher […]

Judge Strikes Down Florida’s Generator Rule for SNFs

A judge has ruled that Florida Gov. Rick Scott cannot order skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) or assisted living communities to install generators, citing lack of emergency conditions. Administrative Law Judge Garnett Chisenhall of Florida’s Division of Administrative Hearings invalidated the rule on Oct. 27 on the grounds that Scott “failed to demonstrate the existence of an immediate […]

In the Pipeline: Miami Jewish Health Plots New SNF

Construction: Announced New York Hospital May Move Nursing Home Into Bigger Digs Auburn Community Hospital is one step closer to moving its Finger Lakes Center nursing home into a currently vacant skilled nursing facility (SNF) in Sennett, N.Y. The nursing home closed in 2015 after a merger with the Mercy Health & Rehabilitation Center in nearby Auburn. New […]

Senior Care M&A Spending Lagged in Q3

The dollar volume of senior housing and care properties changing hands dipped slightly in the third quarter of 2017—but nearly half of all deals that quarter involved skilled nursing properties or portfolios. About $2.5 billion worth of such acquisitions were publicly announced during the second quarter of 2017, according to the most recent statistics from Irving […]

SNF Placement More Likely for Men Lacking Caregivers After Stroke

After suffering a stroke, men without a caregiver were more likely to end up in a skilled nursing facility (SNF) than those with more help, according to a new study published in the Oct. 26 edition of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Within five years of a stroke, 21.3% of the study’s 560 participants were […]

SNFs Renew Push to Change Three-Day Stay Rule

Skilled nursing facility (SNF) operators and industry advocates are urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to change a rule related to the way hospital stays are classified. The Observation Stays Coalition—a group formed in 2010 that includes organizations such as the American Health Care Association (AHCA) and AARP—is leading the charge against the […]

In the Pipeline: Methodist Retirement Plans Texas Rehab and SNF

Construction: Planned Methodist Retirement Communities Plans Texas Senior Living and Skilled Nursing Community Methodist Retirement Communities has announced plans for a new independent, assisted living and memory care community in Fort Worth, Texas. The community, Stevenson Oaks, will include 16 skilled nursing suites, 24 rehab suites, 159 independent living apartment homes with various amenities, 36 […]

Worker Sues SNF Employer Over ‘Invasive’ Fingerprint Scans

An employee of a skilled nursing and rehab center in Illinois is taking his employer to court over mandatory fingerprint scans he says violate a state privacy law. Martin Ragsdale filed suit in Illinois circuit court against Paramount of Oak Park Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park, according to Law360. Ragsdale said […]

MIT Explores How Long-Term Care Could Transform as U.S. Ages

Age-related demographic shifts could one day drive a radical transformation of how some senior living and long-term care facilities are designed and operated, according to a recent report from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Center for Real Estate. The latest census data shows the number of Americans aged 65 or older is projected to total 83.7 million by 2050, according […]

Better SNF Design, Operations Can Engage Residents’ Senses

Though many older adults experience some kind of sensory impairment as they age, the problem doesn’t stop with vision and hearing. Taste, smell and touch can also dull as people age, and not every long-term care provider takes that into account. With that in mind, providers could do much more to help design “sense-sensitive” environments […]

In the Pipeline: 75-Bed SNF Planned in Florida

Construction: Planned Lee Health Opening SNF in Florida Florida health care system Lee Health is opening a 75-bed skilled nursing facility (SNF) in Fort Myers, Fla. All of the forthcoming SNF’s rooms will be private and have bathrooms equipped with showers, reports the News-Press. The SNF is expected to open in the beginning of 2019. […]