Post-Acute and Senior Living News – November 2017
“Skilled nursing operators know the cold facts: Finding and retaining quality employees has gotten a lot harder as the improving economy created a job-seeker’s market, especially among more specialized practitioners such as nurses,” Skilled Nursing News reports. “And that’s before considering SNFs’ reputation as a ‘farm system’ where nurses go to pick up a year or two of experience before moving on to settings that are considered more prestigious or exciting — such as hospitals or private practice.” The article continues to expound upon the prestige problem and ways to address it, primarily through building partnerships.
“Retaining a staff of talented, motivated employees has remained one of the most vexing problems for skilled nursing operators, as a recovering economy has drastically increased the competition for the best workers,” according to Skilled Nursing News. “One SNF provider has successfully turned to a clear organizational structure for an answer, while some other senior housing providers have taken even more novel approaches, according to a panel discussion featuring industry executives at the Senior Housing News Chicago Summit last week.” The article elaborates on three areas to consider that can ease this problem: strength through structure, millennial employee motivation, and the red-carpet treatment of employees.
“Focus On The Family recently warned of several fraud schemes targeted at the elderly,” reports News Sentinel. The schemes include identity theft, home-maintenance fraud, telemarketing, sweepstakes/gambling/lotteries, health/medical fraud, and financial fraud.
“Brookdale Senior Living once again tops Argentum’s annual list of the largest senior living providers,” according to McKnight’s Senior Living. “This year’s list, shared in the latest issue of the organization’s Senior Living Executive magazine, features 115 companies with a total of almost 550,000 independent living, assisted living and memory care units. Argentum said that its ranking criteria changed from last year, but the overall top 10 list remains the same except that Five Star Senior Living moved to the No. 3 spot and Enlivant took the 10th spot, bumping Affinity Living to No. 11.”
“The American College of Health Care Administrators announced Wednesday [November 8] that it has named Bill McGinley, CNHA, CALA, CAS, FACHCA, as its new president and CEO,” McKnight’s Long Term Care News reports. “McGinley, a 37-year veteran of the long-term care industry, has worked both as a nursing home administrator and assisted living director. Most recently, he served as executive director of New Pond Village, a continuing care retirement community in Walpole, MA. He succeeds Cecilia Sepp, whose departure from the group was announced in August. Member Rudy Michalek served as interim CEO during the search of a new leader.”