Archive for July, 2010

Elder Care Residential Services on KVEC Radio

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Today Elder Care Residential Services CEO Kitty Wilde RN was interviewed by Deborah Bayles the Radio Host for ” The Best is Yet to Be” on KVEC Talk Radio 920 in San Luis Obispo California.

Kitty Wilde RN guest on KVEC Radio Show "The Best is Yet to Be"

Kitty Wilde RN guest on KVEC Radio Show "The Best is Yet to Be"

The program will air this Saturday 9-24-10 at 12 noon on KVEC  Talk Radio in San Luis Obispo California.
Topics that were discussed today were:
Quality aging in place no matter where the location
Training for Caregivers / Care Partners – First Aid, Blood Borne Pathogens, Dementia Training and Activities of Daily Living
Medication Management
Jitterbug Cell phones – simple cell phones for Seniors
Dakim Brain Fitness – for everyone to help improved cognitive performance (memory and speed of processing)
Eden Alternative principles and the three plagues of , Loneliness, helplessness and boredom accounting for the bulk of suffering among our Elders

Deborah Bayles hosts the radio show called “The Best is Yet to Be”

Deborah thoughts on aging…It occurred to me recently that most of the articles and information out there portray aging as a disease — not a phase of life worth celebrating. I mean, after all, we should count ourselves lucky if we are among the aging. It sure beats the alternative. So I thought, what if there was a forum and a community that actually celebrated aging? What if you could make the rest of your life the best of your life? That’s how this radio show — and this website–got started.

Deborah Bayles Hosting " The Best is Yet to Be" radio show

Deborah Bayles Hosting " The Best is Yet to Be" radio show

Each week she interviews top local experts in their fields on the show to talk about various aspects of positive aging. I figure that rather than look at our future as something to be dreaded, we should enthusiastically affirm “The Best is Yet to Be!”

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Monday, July 19th, 2010


NIC MAP Data Also Shows Shrinking of Construction Pipeline

Annapolis, Md. – Occupancy rates fell for seniors housing in the first quarter of 2010, while rent growth continued but at a slower pace than seen in the previous two years, according to NIC MAP, a data and analysis service of the National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing & Care Industry (NIC). The data for the top 31 metro markets also showed that a significant shrinking of the construction inventory pipeline continues, fueled by a combination of project openings and declining construction starts.

The average occupancy rate fell to 88.0% for seniors housing (both independent living and assisted living properties) during the first quarter of 2010, down from 88.3% in 4Q09. Specifically, the average occupancy rate was 87.9% for independent living properties and 88.1% for assisted living properties in 1Q10. In comparison, the average occupancy rate during 4Q09 was 88.2% percent for independent living properties and 88.4% for assisted living properties.

Independent living supply in the top 31 metro markets totaled 322,225 units in 1Q10, with 283,211 total occupied units. In the same quarter, assisted living supply totaled 174,010 units, with 153,330 total occupied units. The seniors housing inventory has grown 11,826 units during the previous four quarters, while absorption during that time has been 6,108 units.

“We’ve seen a general theme develop over the past few years,” said Michael Hargrave, vice president – NIC MAP. “There’s been erratic absorption over the last four quarters, and inventory growth has outpaced demand, but overall absorption has developed a marginally positive trend.”

In comparison, a long trend of negative absorption for skilled nursing disappeared in the first quarter of 2010 and became marginally positive. Skilled nursing occupancy rates rose to 89.0% in 1Q10, compared to 88.8% in 4Q09. During the previous eleven quarters, demand in this sector had consistently declined. “This was the first quarter of positive absorption in three years,” says Hargrave.


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Current Unemployment Data affects Assisted Living

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Several experts have theories that Assisted Living and Residential Care for the Facilities for the Elderly (RCFE’s) occupancy has been linked to the unemployment rate.

Previous Stats ….According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are nearly 31 million people currently unemployed — that’s including those involuntarily working part time and those who want a job, but have given up on trying to find one. In the face of the worst economic upheaval since the Great Depression, millions of Americans are hurting. “The Decline: The Geography of a Recession,” as created by labor writer LaToya Egwuekwe, serves as a vivid representation of just how much. Watch the deteriorating transformation of the U.S. economy from January 2007 — approximately one year before the start of the recession — to the most recent unemployment data available today.