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3 Aspects Senior Want from Living Facilities

What Aspects of Assisted Living is Important to Seniors

Everyone has an opinion about what aspects of assisted living is important for seniors. The one opinion that truly matters is from the seniors themselves. Here are the top three features that are important to seniors.

  1. Staffing- Seniors want adequate staffing in their facility. When staff is stretched too thin, both staff and seniors suffer. Not to mention it makes for a stressful living environment.
  2. Personal Freedom- One major concern seniors have about living in an assisted living home is that they will lose their freedom. Being an adult that has to answer to other people like a child is demoralizing. Seniors want a say in when they go to bed, eat, and when they can go outside.
  3. The Best Value- The price of long term care is another concern for seniors. If they have to pay, they want to best quality for their money.

Being in the business of Senior Housing, we take the needs of residents seriously. That is why we provide quality care to our residents. If providing seniors with quality living facility is your passion, then invest with one of our facilities. For more information contact us at 805.633.4649

How Senior Housing is Combating Discrimination

If you keep up with the news at all you’ve likely heard about our country’s growing problem of discrimination. Just recently a report came out highlighting the fact that Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) are not accepting transgender residents and how this is a national problem. With many states changing laws in order to better serve and accept transgender individuals, it was only a matter of time before this issue spread to senior housing. According to the report by the Federal Register, many current nursing home residents are not willing to share a room with someone who is transgender.

So, how do we ethically – and logically – address this issue in senior housing? Again according to the Register, almost 9,000 SNFs are slated to participate in an in-depth training program for a non-discrimination rule that was put into action by the Department of Health and Human Services earlier this month. This law prohibits the following:

  • Discrimination based on race, color, age, national origin, or disability
  • Discrimination based on sex, gender identity, pregnancy, and sex stereotyping

It should be noted that this is the first federal law to ever prohibit sex stereotyping and gender identity discrimination. This is monumental, to say the least, and impacts all different industries, including senior housing.

The non-discrimination training will focus on these new regulations and how senior housing facilities are affected and what adjustments need to be made in order to accommodate transgender individuals and those who identify with a different gender. This training will likely cost upwards of $327 million – as it will eventually educate more than 7.2 million healthcare workers.

This may come as a shock, but the non-discrimination rule has technically been place since 2010 when it was included in a section of the Affordable Care Act. However, the HHS has finally put it into action. We expect its provisions to begin July 18, 2016.

When it comes to discrimination in senior housing, there are numerous different factors that should be considered. From generational differences to being accustomed to rules and regulations that have been in place for many, many years, it is no easy feat to simply change overnight. With this in mind, it is important that we in the senior housing community come together to support one another and those in need of healthcare services. Discrimination is a serious problem that impacts a wide range of people – from your co-worker to your college classmate and even your grandmother. In order to adequately meet the needs of our aging senior population and provide them with accessible healthcare in an independent or assisted living format, we must work to address and overcome these discrimination issues and better serve the population as a whole.

For more information on this new ruling and how it will impact SNFs, please do not hesitate to contact Shep Roylance and the JCH Senior Housing Group. Our years of experience in the industry have given us the knowledge and expertise to move forward and adapt to many different changes, such as this one.

Understanding the Evolving Senior Healthcare Model

At the recent NIC Spring Investment Forum there was a lot of talk surrounding the changing senior healthcare model, and what kind of an impact it will have on investors and those within the industry in general. One of the highlights of the forum was an open discussion amongst industry leaders about how the industry is changing, and what we are going to do about it. As anyone in the senior housing industry knows, things aren’t how they used to be when it comes to Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF). As Baby Boomers enter into retirement, the overall landscape of senior care and their expectations will undoubtedly change. So, what does this mean for senior housing?

First, let’s go over a few of the main talking points from the NIC Spring Investment Forum on this subject:

  • The median age of nursing home residents is increasing
  • Residents have a higher level of acuity than ever before
  • Medicaid and Medicare will continue to play a role
  • Instead of a cost/benefit model, we are shifting towards a nonmedical “quality of life versus quality of care”
  • Quality and measures are at the center of this new model
  • SNFs need to shift their focus and work to provide more social and emotional resources for residents

These are just a handful of the topics that were discussed during that open forum, but they are all important when looking at the changing landscape of senior living. With those points in mind, let’s take a closer look at a few trends we are seeing in senior living today:

More and more people are looking to “age in place”

We expect to see continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) become even more attractive to Baby Boomers and the likes in the coming years. This is due in large part to the fact that CCRC’s provide a high level of continuum care with a variety of options for residents, such as independent living, assisted living, and more.

Access to technology will be a must

While Baby Boomers are not as high-tech as the generations to follow, a large majority of them have turned to the dark side and have iPads, iPhones, laptops, tablets, and everything in-between. Because of this, SNFs will need to adjust accordingly. Furthermore, the wearable tech market for seniors is about to take off, which should also be a consideration for those in senior housing.

Senior co-housing will be a thing

The trend of today to “go green” will transfer over to senior housing, too, as many older Americans will find co-housing options attractive. Think of it as a cross between single-family homes and communal living arrangements, if you will.

Senior housing will “go green”

Along the same lines as the above point, we expect to see a trend of assisted living facilities “go green”, or adopt more eco-friendly practices, such as:

  • Improve indoor air quality
  • Make changes in an effort to meet water conservation measures
  • Weatherize buildings
  • Switch to renewable energy sources

We expect big things from 2016 in senior housing as Baby Boomers continue to enter into their retirement years and make waves in assisted living. For more information on topics discussed at the NIC Spring Investment Forum, or to discuss senior housing investment in general, please do not hesitate to contact the JCH Senior Housing Group.

Seniors Crave Socialization

 

As humans our need for connection is innate and our longing for socialization doesn’t disappear with age.

Long gone are the days of isolated assisted living centers with wheelchair bound seniors. With advancements in healthcare, seniors are more mobile and independent than ever. Seniors are starting to become attracted to senior living centers that are in close proximity to community life such as shopping centers, local events, fitness centers, restaurants, movie theaters and more.

Seniors crave socializing and are looking for senior living homes that facilitate community among residents where they can build relationships throughout their later years. The more social amenities your development holds the more likely seniors will flock to sign up for housing.

For more information and to receive a consultation on your senior living development plans contact JCH Senior Housing Group at 800.719.4262.