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December 2010
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Care Centers Provide Fun, Relief
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Strokes More Deadly on Weekends
Individuals experiencing strokes who entered hospitals on weekends were more likely to die shortly thereafter than patients who sought hospital treatment on weekdays, according to a study highlighted in the Chicago Tribune.

New Heart Test Is Low Tech
A study detailed in The Wall Street Journal suggests older adults' gait speed may be an accurate predictor of their surgical risk.

Brain’s Energy Crisis May Cause Parkinson’s
An article in USA Today cites study findings that indicate Parkinson's disease may result from an energy crisis in the brain that occurs years before symptoms appear.

Editor’s E-Note

We all know that boomers plan to avoid the nursing home scene, particularly those who have experienced poor institutional care for their parents or other older relatives. Of course, we’d all rather age in place, remaining in our homes where we’re comfortable with the furnishings, routine, and neighbors. But that’s not always possible.

As boomers continue to age and many develop diseases and disabilities, nursing homes will become the best viable housing option for many of them, creating the need for such facilities to adapt their living arrangements, amenities, and staff. The boomer generation has basked in its have-it-your-way designation and they’ll no doubt demand more of the nursing homes they’ll opt to populate.

Needless to say, to appeal to baby boomers, nursing homes will need to offer full Internet access and the latest in workout and rehab equipment. They’ll need to fine-tune their focus on wellness. And double rooms? Forget it. Boomers will demand their privacy and influence the ways nursing homes structure rules. And foodservice providers that haven’t yet made significant adjustments to their menus will need to perform some major overhauls for boomers who’ve grown accustomed to gourmet cooking and ethnic favorites. But it all comes at a price—and a hefty one, at that!

This month’s E-News Exclusive reports on the continuing rise in nursing home rates nationwide. Both rates and occupancy continue to increase with no reversal in either trend in sight. For long-term care providers, it’s critical to keep boomers in their sights in all phases of long-term care planning.

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— Barbara Worthington, editor

E-News Exclusive

Nursing Home and Assisted-Living Rates Continue to Rise

Nursing home and assisted-living rates rose significantly from 2009 to 2010, according to the Market Survey of Long-Term Care Costs. Private room nursing home rates rose 4.6% to $229 per day ($83,585 per year), while assisted-living rates rose 5.2% on average to $3,293 per month ($39,516 per year). These increases come on top of increases from 2008 to 2009 when both nursing home and assisted-living costs were up 3.3%.

Costs for home health aides and adult day services remained unchanged during the past year. Home health aide costs remain at an average price of $21 per hour, while adult day services costs remain at $67 per day.

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