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Senior Living: Staying the Course?

As we continue to grow in the senior living marketplace as quality care providers of outpatient therapy and home health, we continue to see assisted living providers staying the course. They are not adapting or changing based on everything going on around them. Today is a very unique time for senior living providers. They have a huge opportunity to adapt to changing hospital and skilled nursing facility (SNF) partnership needs. Many assisted living providers respond, “But we are assisted living. That doesn’t impact us.”

Oh, but it does. As a hospital beginning or in the middle of preferred provider partnerships, SNFs are being asked to do things that are outside of their four walls, like managing rehospitalizations for 30-90 days post-acute stay. With lowering length of stays, it is nearly impossible to do this without narrowed quality providers in senior living and home health to make sure their residents stay safe post discharge.

If I am a SNF in a preferred provider relationship with a hospital or physicians group, I am going to make sure I work with assisted livings, in particular, to ensure they have quality outpatient and home health network and partnerships built that collect and analyze data and provide safe and effective transitional care along with wellness services to keep our seniors aging in place.

If you are an assisted living and you have not considered changing the course and you now know that you need to, here are some things to consider:

  1. Who do you partner with for home health and what data and communication can they provide to ensure safe and effective care transitions? What are their quality measures and patient satisfaction scores? Check out home care comparisons at:  https://www.medicare.gov/homehealthcompare/compare.html
  2. Do I have effective wellness services in place that help our residents or condo owners (in independent living) age in place?
  3. Do I have a strong outpatient provider who offers intensive therapy services as indicated and that provides quality data to show effective care delivery?
  4. What clinical capabilities do I have or need in order to care for those residents coming from the hospital or SNF sooner and even sicker? What are my state’s regulations around clinical capabilities?

Staying the course may not be an option in today’s market. We will be providing education to senior living providers on the upcoming reimbursement changes to SNFs and Home Health and how that will affect you directly. Stay tuned for more information on our website and on LinkedIn on our company page.

Written by: Kristy Yoskey, MOT, OTR/L, RAC-CT, Senior Vice President 
Kristy's #HigherCalling: "Everyone has a significant purpose in life, mine is to help others become aware of that purpose - every nurse, CNA, rehab professional, on person at a time." 

Tags: senior living, Senior Living Community, Independent Living, AL/IL, Assisted Living