CMS announces $165 million in funding to move people from nursing homes to assisted living and other settings – News – McKnight’s Senior Living

CMS Administrator Seema Verma The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will make up to $165 million in supplemental funding available to states operating Money Follows the Person demonstration programs to help state Medicaid programs boost efforts to move older adults and people with disabilities from nursing homes and other institutional settings to home- and community-based settings, the agency announced Wednesday. Such home- and community-based settings could include assisted living communities that serve Medicaid beneficiaries via waivers. CMS Administrator Seema Verma said the effort is being driven by “the tragic devastation wrought by the coronavirus on nursing home residents.” “Home- and community-based care is not only frequently more cost effective, but is preferred by seniors and adults with disabilities seeking to maintain the dignity of independent living,” she said.…
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Independent Living Consumer Sentiment Solid, Pandemic Exposes Pain Points To Address For Future Success – Senior Housing News

A decisive majority of independent living residents are glad to be in a senior living community during Covid-19, although they see room for improvement in some key operational areas. Meanwhile, staff are generally glad to be working in independent living during this time and believe that their communities have responded well to the pandemic. And providers should be concentrating their efforts on forging strong and consistent connections with prospects, while also considering less traditional models such as senior living co-ops. These are among the findings from the Covid-19 Sentiment Report conducted by Plante Moran Living Forward and Retirement Dynamics. The report compiled findings from a survey of 3,582 independent living residents, 717 prospects and 703 staff members.…
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Cypress Place Senior Living Announces New Leadership Team – PR Web

Cypress Place Senior Living We are very excited to promote Colleen and welcome Gina to our team at Cypress Place. VENTURA, Calif. (PRWEB) September 22, 2020 , one of Ventura’s distinctive independent, assisted living, and memory care communities, announces the addition of Gina Salman as its new Executive Director and Colleen Webb as its new Associate Executive Director, effective September 8, 2020. The campus style structure of Cypress Place is best supported by a leadership team that is comprised of both an Executive Director and Associate Director. Cypress Place spans two large buildings that encompass an assisted living, memory care, and independent living community campus.…
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Senior living needs $5 billion more to address ‘urgent’ COVID-19 needs: Argentum – News – McKnight’s Senior Living

Argentum President and CEO James Balda Senior living providers need an additional $5 billion in funding to address “immediate and urgent needs” related to COVID-19 rapid testing, screening and, ultimately, vaccinations, Argentum’s leader told U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin in a letter Friday. Argentum President and CEO James Balda also “strenuously” urged that additional funding be placed in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Provider Relief Fund in another relief package. “Based on industry estimates, upfront COVID-19 related expenses related to community population needs for testing, staffing and personal protective equipment will surpass $11 billion,” Balda wrote. “To win the COVID-19 battle, senior living communities and the workforce that cares for this vulnerable population must be prioritized, and additional funds for the Provider Relief Fund is critical.”…
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COVID-19 will drive innovation in senior living development: survey – News – McKnight’s Senior Living

Creativity in design, financing, construction, operations and marketing is imperative to the senior living industry moving forward post-COVID-19, according to the results of a survey of for-profit senior living companies. “The State of Senior Living Development Moving Forward” from New York-based architectural design firm Perkins Eastman, found that the view of the industry is optimistic, with an eye toward action and innovation.  Perkins Eastman surveyed 21 CEOs and developmental leaders of senior living companies in July to assess the effects of COVID-19 on the industry in four areas: markets, finance, construction costs, and development opportunities or issues. When it comes to market and societal shifts since the pandemic, senior living averaged a score of 7 on a desirability scale of 1 to 10, and many respondents discussed the need to educate the public on the distinction between skilled nursing providers and other forms of senior living that are focused on lifestyle and hospitality.…
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For nursing home residents and their families, the pandemic has made the 2020 election personal – NBC News

Rose Konecky has been able to see her 80-year-old father only once since March, when his assisted living facility near Fort Worth, Texas, stopped regular visits because of the coronavirus pandemic. Her father, who has Alzheimer’s disease, can’t understand why his family has stopped coming to see him. “He doesn’t remember — all he knows is that we really don’t come and visit. It’s really sad,” she said. Konecky had already been planning to support Joe Biden in November. But her family’s wrenching experience had made her vote more urgent. “It’s made it much more of an emotional choice. Every night before I go to bed, I write postcards to voters,” Konecky, 38, who blames the Trump administration for failing to contain the virus, said.…
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Covid-19 Bulletin: HHS Sends Antigen Tests to 12000 Sites; Older Adults Reconsider Moves to Senior Living – Senior Housing News

Senior Housing News recognizes the seriousness of the Covid-19 pandemic, so we will be periodically updating this bulletin to keep you apprised of developments, focusing on news and information that we identify as especially pertinent to senior living. The team at SHN knows how important your work is right now; we thank you and your teams, and encourage you to reach out to us individually or at editor@seniorhousingnews.com with news items, topics that you believe are important for coverage, or other feedback. Bulletin for Friday, Sept. 18 – Sunday, Sept. 20: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) shipped Covid-19 rapid antigen testing kits to assisted living and skilled nursing facilities this week, the department announced during a webinar on Friday, September 18.…
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Developer proposes 190-unit senior living campus in New Rochelle – Westfair Online

A developer from Mamaroneck that normally specializes in luxury homes has joined with Atria Senior Living and the Related Cos. to propose a 190-unit senior living community that would be on an 11-acre parcel in New Rochelle near Lake Innisfree, which also has been dubbed Lake Isle, as in the country club. The street address is 250 Wilmot Road and the project is called Wilmot Lakeside Living. KOSL Building approached Louisville-based Atria Senior Living and the two organizations then brought Related Cos. on board. Atria already operates senior living facilities in Ardsley, Briarcliff Manor, Ossining, Rye Brook, Darien, Stamford and Ridgefield among its more than 210 locations in the U.S. …
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Pandemic Upshot: Seniors Having Second Thoughts About Where to Live – The Published Reporter

[ADVERTISEMENT] Amazon Best Sellers: Most Popular Books Based On Sales (Updated Hourly) Some people who planned to move to senior housing are now choosing to live independently rather than communally. Others wonder whether transferring to a setting where they can get more assistance might be the right call. Photo credit Shutterstock licensed. VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – Where do we want to live in the years ahead? Older adults are asking this question anew in light of the ongoing toll of the coronavirus pandemic — disrupted lives, social isolation, mounting deaths. Many are changing their minds. Some people who planned to move to senior housing are now choosing to live independently rather than communally.…
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New coronavirus cases reported at two SF Jewish senior homes – J. – The Jewish News of Northern California

Two San Francisco Jewish senior facilities this week reported a total of 11 new novel coronavirus cases among residents and employees — eight at Rhoda Goldman Plaza and three at the S.F. Campus for Jewish Living, including its first patient case. Rhoda Goldman, an assisted-living residence with a memory care unit, reported in an email communication Tuesday to its community members that six memory-care residents and two staff members had received positive results after a round of testing the previous weekend. The testing was spurred by an earlier positive result in the same unit on Sept. 11, according to a person directly familiar with the matter, bringing the total number of resident cases to nine.…
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