Best Skilled Nursing Design 2022: LTC, Rehab, Memory Care Neighborhoods with Southern Charm

Some things about life in Charleston, South Carolina are slow to change. Known for its cobblestone streets, southern cuisine, and rolling beaches, the concept of preservation is celebrated by the historic city. Yet in the years leading up to the pandemic, Sarah Tipton, CEO of Bishop Gadsden, could sense that the 172 year-old Episcopal retirement […]

How the VA Continues to Build New Nursing Homes When Few Others in the Space Can

With most states operating under certificate of need (CON) laws and access to capital scarce for skilled nursing providers, new construction isn’t expected to pick up for skilled nursing until greater strides are made in COVID-19 recovery for the sector. While there has been some momentum with federally and state-backed projects, primarily through the U.S. […]

Best Skilled Nursing/Post-Acute Design 2021: Innovation Takes Flight in Small-Home Concept

Located on the grounds of Sebille Manor, a former military housing complex, Michigan’s newest state veterans home is the first to serve the southeast and Detroit region. And, it’s doing so with an innovative small-home concept that brings infection control and other benefits in a design-forward manner. The 152,000-square-foot campus of the Michigan Veterans Home […]

‘Hotel-Like’ Accommodations on the Periphery for Nursing Homes As Reimbursement Remains a Sticking Point

With the pandemic imposing the need for skilled nursing facilities to move away from institutional type settings, more SNF operators have taken a page from the hospitality industry — adding concierge-like services and hotel-style accommodations. Generations Healthcare, for instance, recently completed construction on a 116-bed nursing home in Temecula, Calif. – following the opening of […]

We Need to Dramatically Change the Design of Nursing Homes in the U.S.

What once could be considered the norm in skilled nursing facilities — shared rooms, bathrooms and common areas — has recently been and will further be closely scrutinized by industry analysts, operators and the architects who design these facilities as the industry emerges from the height of the pandemic. Martin Siefering, a principal at architecture […]

Generations Healthcare Builds New SNF to Fill Care Gaps, Strengthen Hospital Partnerships

Opening a new skilled nursing facility is no easy task, especially at a time when occupancy has yet to recover to pre-pandemic levels. But for Generations Healthcare, the opportunity to fill a gap in one southern-California town’s post-acute care network made building Temecula Healthcare Center a worthwhile investment. Located just a few minutes from Temecula […]

New $269M VA Skilled Nursing Facility Reimaging the Typical LTC Model

The California Department of General Services (DGS) has begun preconstruction on an ambitious $269-million skilled nursing and memory care center in Napa Valley, a project eight years in the making. DGS’s client, the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet), plans to combine the new 240-bed SNF with three existing facilities on the 615-acre campus. This […]

SNF M&A Landscape Favors Sellers – But Operators Looking to Exit Should Act Now

The skilled nursing scene is increasingly a sellers market, brokers say, as buyers that adopted a cautious approach during the pandemic have changed tack to pursue transactions. Investment interest is more wide-ranging too, with operators and owners, public and private players ready to bid. As a result, prices in the space have climbed and are […]

COVID-19 Hitting Small Skilled Nursing Operators Hardest

Just like with COVID-19 infection, no one was immune when it came to senior housing operators and the subsequent financial challenges created by the pandemic. It affected every community type – all sizes, all business models— including skilled nursing. All have been struggling with occupancy. Recent numbers from CliftonLarsonAllen show that as of January 2021, […]

Single Rooms Could Have Prevented 31% of Deaths for Long-Term Care Residents, International Study Finds

A study spanning several countries found that the infrastructure of long-term care has to change drastically to protect residents from health threats like COVID-19, with simulations finding that 31% of coronavirus deaths in Ontario, Canada, would have been prevented if all residents had had single-occupancy rooms. “Community outbreaks and lack of personal protective equipment were […]

How Otterbein Built a Green House Nursing Home Network — With a $12M Plan to Grow

Like many senior living and care executives, Jill Wilson’s first reaction to the “small home” model of nursing homes was a mixture of curiosity and skepticism. The year was 2004, and Wilson was the chief financial officer of Otterbein SeniorLife, a Lebanon, Ohio-based non-profit that runs senior living communities and standalone nursing campuses. The CEO […]

With Private Rooms ‘Non-Negotiable’ Moving Forward, Time to Renovate Nursing Homes is Now

Whether COVID-19 will usher in a permanent demographic shift toward post-acute and long-term care in the home remains uncertain, but there’s clear evidence that single-occupancy rooms are becoming less of a nursing home luxury and more of the baseline cost of doing business. The demand for privacy had been growing before the pandemic, consulting firm […]

As COVID Reveals Fatal Flaws in Nursing Home Design, Industry Vet Levin Sees Opportunity in Renovations

Of all the systemic flaws that led to the still-unfolding disaster in American nursing homes, the design of the buildings themselves stands among the most plainly visible. Shared rooms where residents live up to four abreast, with double occupancy still the norm in most facilities. Communal bathrooms where, in addition to suffering the indignity of […]

Five Years in the Making, Thrive Sees Post-COVID Upside in Three New Skilled Nursing Facilities

Developing new post-acute and long-term care infrastructure during normal times isn’t always easy — in fact, for one Illinois company, the phased opening of three new skilled nursing facilities this year represented the culmination of more than five years of work. But as COVID-19 continues to reveal the fatal shortcomings of outdated nursing home design, […]

Greystone Closes $43.9M Portfolio Deal; Tryko Picks Up 200-Bed SNF from Receivership for $14.5M

Greystone this week announced the closure of $43.9 million in Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)-backed financing for three affiliated skilled nursing facilities operated by Centers for Care. The three properties in upstate New York — the Ontario Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Canandaigua, the Steuben Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Bath, […]