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Assisted living providers sound the alarm over lack of COVID-19 aid

The Hill Senior living providers are mounting a last-ditch effort to secure pandemic aid in Democrats’ $1.75 trillion social spending bill after they were largely excluded from previous relief packages. Industry trade group Argentum says that assisted living facilities, which care for around 2 million seniors, have lost $30 billion during the pandemic due to [...]

In the hotel of the future, Josh is ready to serve you

Forbes If you check in to the Kimpton Rowan in Palm Springs, California, you may meet Josh. He’s an automated voice assistant right next to the reading light in your room, and he can do a lot. Josh.ai — that’s his full name — can lower the blinds, turn on your TV and give you [...]

Mobile apps are already changing layouts for hotel design

Skift The hotel industry’s emphasis on pushing more features through smartphone apps during the pandemic has a long-term impact on how future properties are developed. Brands like Yotel were early adopters in using technology to free up space in hotels prior to the pandemic. But major companies like Hilton all the way down to independent [...]

Labor Department issues COVID vaccine requirement for companies with 100 or more employees

McKnights Senior Living U.S. companies employing 100 or more workers must develop, implement and enforce a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy, unless they adopt a policy requiring employees to choose to either be vaccinated or undergo regular COVID-19 testing and wear a face covering at work, under an emergency temporary standard issued by the Department of [...]

Amid the pandemic, shining a spotlight on safety

Facilities Net COVID-19 aside, how safe are your facilities? That’s a big ask, I know, to think beyond a deadly pandemic that so far has lasted nearly two years and continues to dominate conversations for many maintenance and engineering managers.  READ MORE

How to use internet of things technology to prevent water damage

FacilitiesNet Water damage is one of the most frequent and expensive property loss claims filed each year for commercial properties including office buildings, industrial complexes, retail outlets, mixed-use developments, and hotel properties. Unfortunately, over the past few years, water damage claims have increased in both frequency and severity.  READ MORE

What the big hotel chains could learn from hostels

Forbes Hospitality and tourism was one of the industries affected most by the pandemic. Hotels, airlines, and tourism in general took an enormous hit when Covid-19 shut everything down. As the world slowly tries to get back to normal, hospitality is trying harder than ever to keep their businesses running.  READ MORE

How to use internet of things technology to prevent water damage

acilitiesNet Water damage is one of the most frequent and expensive property loss claims filed each year for commercial properties including office buildings, industrial complexes, retail outlets, mixed-use developments, and hotel properties. Unfortunately, over the past few years, water damage claims have increased in both frequency and severity.  READ MORE

Amazon brings Alexa to hospitals and senior living centers

TechCrunch After already targeting verticals like hotels and apartment complexes, Amazon announced today it’s now rolling out new solutions for healthcare providers and senior living centers. The solutions, which are a part of Alexa Smart Properties, are designed specifically to meet the needs of deploying Alexa devices at scale and will allow the facility’s administrators [...]

CBRE updates US lodging forecast to include the Delta variant’s impact

Lodging Magazine The COVID-19 Delta variant’s emergence and spread has hampered plans for group and business travel this fall and winter, spurring CBRE Hotels Research to temper its expectations in September 2021 for Q4 2021 U.S. lodging performance on a national basis. CBRE’s tempered outlook extends into 2022, given the likelihood that corporate travel budgets [...]

Nearly 50% of senior living executives expect margins to increase in the next 6 months

Skilled Nursing News Operators across the senior living spectrum are reporting better margins with nearly half, 49% of respondents, reporting that they expect margins to increase in the next six months, though skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) saw the slowest acceleration in move-ins in the past 30 days.  READ MORE

Key Peninsula’s 1st senior living to use design showing success with COVID rates

The News Tribune The Mustard Seed Project will break ground Saturday on the Key Peninsula’s first assisted-living and memory-care home, built on a model that provides a home-like atmosphere for small living groups, the organization says. The Key Peninsula nonprofit worked with The Green House Project, a national senior advocacy group, to design the complex [...]

6 best practices to improve equipment maintenance

FM Link Equipment maintenance has always been one of the most prominent responsibilities for maintenance managers. Not only does it help reduce machine downtime, but it also helps improve efficiency, throughput, profits, asset reliability, and more — reducing several costs in the process. Responsible maintenance managers, as a result, are constantly searching for ways to [...]

A new study finds over half of workers exposed to noise on the job don’t use hearing protection

FMLink A new study from the CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) estimates that over half of noise-exposed workers didn’t use hearing protection “always” or “usually” when exposed to hazardous occupational noise. Hearing protection device (HPD) non-use was only measured in workers who reported exposure to noise on the job.  READ MORE

Touchless fixtures prepare buildings for a safe return

FacilitiesNet Facilities managers have been taking advantage of touchless technology for years. However, the pandemic has really pushed these innovations to the forefront and made them “must-have” products in order to safely welcome back occupants. Facilities managers and their contractors have been working together to prepare buildings for a safe return to the office by [...]

How to Use Internet of Things Technology to Prevent Water Damage

BUILDINGS Prior to the invention of the lightbulb, buildings were lit primarily by the sun during the day, which limited the distance daylight could penetrate the space through windows. Once electric lighting, improved building materials and mechanical ventilation were introduced, larger designs emerged that pushed occupants further into the building and away from the outdoors, [...]

Proper lighting and control strategies offer multiple benefits in a variety of commercial interior environments

BUILDINGS Prior to the invention of the lightbulb, buildings were lit primarily by the sun during the day, which limited the distance daylight could penetrate the space through windows. Once electric lighting, improved building materials and mechanical ventilation were introduced, larger designs emerged that pushed occupants further into the building and away from the outdoors, [...]

77% of assisted living providers say staffing crisis getting worse

Senior Housing News It’s no secret that staffing challenges have long plagued the senior living industry, but a new survey shows many operators believe those headwinds have intensified in recent months. More than three quarters of assisted living providers — 77% — said their overall workforce situation has gotten “much worse” or “somewhat worse” since [...]

5 Hidden Costs of Deferring Maintenance

FacilitiesNet Every year, billions of dollars in needed maintenance repairs to facility assets are deferred. Inadequate funding is the most often cited reason for deferring maintenance, closely followed by insufficient staffing. But there are other factors. Maintenance managers and personnel may not fully understand all of the tasks that are necessary to properly maintain building [...]

Eco-friendly hotels? Marriott announces plan to reach net-zero emissions by 2050

USA Today Marriott International is getting ready to go net zero. The Maryland-based hospitality company announced Wednesday that it would commit to a target of net-zero value chain greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, the latest travel business to boost environmental efforts as a growing number of travelers seek eco-friendly travel options.  READ MORE