Category: Market Rate Living or Services

Assisted Living Quality of Life: ALFA Video

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In a continuation of my July 15 post, consider how the assisted living industry portrays its mission and values to consumers and policy makers. This video, produced by ALFA (the Assisted Living Federation of America) presents a well crafted message conveying the solemn commitment of  AL providers to serving older adults. When the Washington Post... Read more »

Assisted Living vs. Skilled Nursing: It's a Mothra vs. Godzilla thing

Although they lack the fearful abilities of the monsters of Japanese sci-fi fame, skilled nursing and assisted living providers are similar to those fictional creatures in their mutual distrust and shared desire to enter the other’s turf.  The 2012 ALFA (Assisted Living Federation of America) Conference convened last week in Dallas saw a continuation of... Read more »

Illinois Ranks 23rd on AARP Scoreboard

As the Illinois budget battles get underway, I am republishing a post covering the current status of long term care services and supports in Illinois, which I first published on October 30, 2011. I’ll return next week with a fresh post. We’ve come a long way….but still have far to go… Last month, AARP’s Public Policy Institute published a... Read more »

Aging In Place In a CCRC

A Key Feature of CCRC Living: Regardless of whether the consumer is in their 60’s or 80’s, moving into a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) is never an easy decision. The impact of the current housing crisis on the decision-making process is lengthening the sales cycle. Moving a consumer from the status of “prospective resident”... Read more »

CCRCs In Illinois: Part 2

GAO Report: As I wrote last week, the report authored by the Government Accounting Office (GAO) in 2010 on CCRC’s was intended to offer a review of the statutory provisions of eight states (Illinois, California, Florida, Ohio, New York, Texas, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania) with respect to “financial oversight and consumer protections.” The states were selected based... Read more »

CCRCs and Entrance Fee Deposits - Part I

Defining the Issue: The recent filing for bankruptcy protection by The Clare (here) prompted some readers to question what effect will the bankruptcy have on the resident’s entrance fee deposit. For those who live in a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) or whose parent(s) live in such a community, this is no small matter. Residents... Read more »

Coming home again (Part I)

Since entering the eldercare field in the late 1980’s I’ve seen home healthcare grow exponentially. By 2009, about 83,000 providers were serving 7.3 million Americans annually. Today, the number of Illinois in-home care providers is almost too long to count (a list of providers is 65 pages long). The popularity of this service is easy enough to understand. Most... Read more »
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    Bruce Lederman has over 25 years experience in the senior care field as a direct care provider and thought leader. Bruce was CEO and president of his own firm that operated skilled nursing facilities in Illinois. He is a former nursing home administrator and has consulted to numerous elder care providers on planning for strategic growth as well as process improvement. Recently he served as board chair of CJE SeniorLife, a leading non-profit elder care provider in the Chicago area. Bruce is currently employed as chief strategy officer for a company providing skilled nursing services in communities throughout Illinois and Missouri.

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