As someone who is developing a senior living community for the future, I do a LOT of research about the latest developments and trends in senior housing and living. Here’s some of what we discovered about the lay of the land for 2016 and beyond. Note: This might be too business-oriented for some readers’ tastes; I won’t be offended […]
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(Editor’s note: Our 5-part History of Nursing Homes in the U.S. has proven to be one of the most popular parts of our site, so we’ve consolidated it into one document for easier reading. Enjoy!) The concept of ‘traditional’ nursing homes is undergoing rapid change and the industry is consolidating. Discussions about ‘skilled nursing’ are […]
Our 5-part History of Nursing Homes in the U.S. has proven to be one of the most popular parts of our site, so we’ve consolidated it into one document for easier reading. Enjoy! The concept of ‘traditional’ nursing homes is undergoing rapid change and the industry is consolidating. Discussions about ‘skilled nursing’ are often complicated […]
When Labor Day rolls around, that signals shorter days, falling leaves, and cooler temperatures. For me, my spirit soars! I have rain on the brain. The idea that soon we will be able to enjoy the fireplace almost makes me giddy. I tire of the heat and muggy makes me grumpy. True, the sun doesn’t […]
We live in a nation saturated with specialty coffees, soft drinks, sports drinks and energy boosters. Is it any wonder plain water is considered completely lacking in ‘bling’. As crucial as water is, it seems the majority of the population is in a dehydrated rut, and that can be painful. The Dilution Solution Patients with […]
All retirement destinations have their faults, but when you are talking about actual ‘faults’, California comes right to mind! When people begin evaluating retirement communities, they usually have quite a laundry list: Weather, affordability, taxes, recreational opportunities . . . I’m often amused when I hear people say, “California would be nice, but the earthquakes […]
In 1938 a very bright boy named Hermann J. Muller discovered a protective cap at the end of chromosomes that protects your DNA from damage. He called this a ‘terminal gene’ but because scientists and attorneys like to use Latin (a lot!) he formally named his finding a telomere, from two Greek terms: telos (end) and meros (part).
(This is part 5 of our 5-part series on the history of nursing homes. Previous parts: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.) By 2030, there will be about 72.1 million older persons, more than twice the number in 2000 when people 65+ were 12.4% of the population. That number will grow to 19% by 2030. I […]
(This is part 4 of our 5-part series on the history of nursing homes. Other parts: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 5.) Basically, in a word, GOVERNMENT is all that’s needed to understand nursing homes throughout the 1900’s. By mid-century, federally-funded financing (say that fast 3 times) became available creating a for-profit nursing home construction […]
In shutting the almshouse door, policymakers gave birth to the modern nursing-home industry. In 1954 the Hill-Burton Act provided Federal grants for nursing homes built in conjunction with hospitals which, unfortunately, resulted in nursing homes modeled after hospitals. In the late 50’s, SBA Loans were made available for stand-alone nursing home construction. The passage of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965 provided significant impetus to the private-industry growth of nursing homes. In the 15 years between 1960 and 1975, the number of nursing homes in the United States increased 140%, nursing-home beds increased by 302%, and revenues rose 2,000%. By 1980, 80% of all institutionalized elderly resided in commercially run nursing homes.