Assisted Living News
This section features news for assisted living providers.
The 2013-2014 Assisted Living Salary and Benefits report shows an average 2.56% hourly increase in pay rates for resident assistants, to $11.49. Staff turnover was 32.38% in 2013, down from 36.04% in 2012, although the past year saw an increased rate in staff vacancies. The report is published by the Hospital and Healthcare Compensation Service and may be obtained from HCS.
Assisted living residents with moderate-to-severe Alzheimer's disease improved their mental ability after singing tunes from musicals like The Wizard of Oz and The Sound of Music.
Influenza and norovirus topped the list of 1,600 disease outbreaks that 12 states identified among assisted living residents from 2010 to 2013. A new study suggests that regulatory changes at the state level could help lower those numbers.
Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to take on a case to resolve a fundamental question about the Fair Housing Act that it has never answered: Can you be found guilty of racial discrimination if you have not engaged in racial discrimination? Just a couple weeks before the court was to hear arguments on this question, members of Congress announced plans to conduct a hearing on disparate impact theory. Then came news that plaintiffs had settled their case.
The number of senior housing units started and under construction has returned to pre-recession levels, according to a new report from the National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing Industry. Robust construction activity among assisted living and memory care properties is driving the trend.