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Top 10 Senior Living Stories of 2013

As you begin the new year, make sure you don’t miss the biggest senior living stories of 2013. Last year’s most widely read topics include public policy updates on laws and regulations affecting senior living providers, the current state of the senior living industry and what to look for in the future, societal perceptions of residents, research into senior health topics, and more.

1.   Largest Senior Living Providers for 2013 
ALFA released its annual list of the largest providers through the March/April issue of Senior Living Executive magazine. In addition to the comprehensive list of senior living providers, ALFA details the top assisted living, independent living, and memory care providers ranked by resident capacity. See how your company compares.

2.   Massive Caregiver Shortage Expected in Coming Decades 
While many seniors today rely on assistance from their adult children and other relatives, the number of potential caregivers in the United States is expected to plummet in the next 20 years, just when the oldest Baby Boomers begin to reach their 80s.

3.   Florida Discusses New Assisted Living Category for Seniors 
After the Miami Herald reported on hundreds of incidents of neglect and physical abuse within “assisted living” communities across the state over 10 years in a 2011 series of articles, industry advocates are stressing the need to define what assisted living really means and the protections it requires.

4.   The Road Ahead – What’s Next for the Senior Living Business? 
What will the senior living industry look like in the next five, 10, even 20 years? Senior Living Executive recently posed that question to a handful of executives and experts who represent a wide swath of the space. Here’s what they had to say

5.   Evolution of Assisted Living Marked by Great Recession’s Impact 
The Great Recession can be considered assisted living’s turning point, marking a pronounced shift from being primarily a lifestyle choice to primarily a needs-driven decision for consumers.

6.   That’s Not Me! Prospects’ Perceptions of Current Residents 
Enter an assisted living community and you’re likely to see people with canes, walkers and wheelchairs, engaged in a program or simply enjoying some quiet time. Many reside there because they need assistance with personal care. New prospective residents see this and many don’t identify with it—whether or not that self-image is a reality.

7.   Memory Care Takes Proactive Approach to Manage Aggressive Behavior 
Senior living providers practice a variety of innovative techniques when managing aggressive behaviors that can be typical of residents with dementia, and they agree one of the biggest components is proactivity.

8.   As Resident Demographic Shifts, Assisted Living Adapts to Change 
As the assisted living resident demographic changes toward higher age and acuity, senior living providers are shifting care models with a clinical focus to accommodate emerging needs. 

9.   States Continue to Improve Assisted Living Laws and Regulations 
Because assisted living is regulated on the state level, there are multiple efforts under way at any given time to update and refresh assisted living rules and regulations. Even when legislators are not in session, they are still making progress on aligning regulations with the changing needs of assisted living residents.

10.   Reduced State Licensing Staff Prompts Providers to Explore Alternatives
Many state regulatory departments are dealing with cutbacks in licensing staff, and assisted living communities in those states can face difficulty getting licensed or surveyed in a timely and consistent manner. The lack of adequate staffing is preventing some communities from opening their doors or being allowed to provide certain services.



 
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