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Resident-led solar panel project expected to save $50,000 annually

McKnight’s Senior Living Residents of a Florida continuing care retirement community saw their drive for sustainable energy become a reality with the recent installation of solar panels on the community’s roof. Oak Hammock at the University of Florida in Gainesville is funding the $603,000 project, which will install 682 solar panels at the community.  READ MORE

Facility managers brace for remainder of Atlantic hurricane season

Cleaning & Maintenance Management More than two months into the hurricane season, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says conditions remain conducive for an above-average season. In their annual midseason outlook, NOAA scientists predict a 65 percent chance of an above-normal 2021 Atlantic hurricane season, a 25 percent chance of a near-normal season and a [...]

The importance of an exterior building maintenance plan

REMI Network Exterior building maintenance serves many purposes for facility owners and operators. Not only does a clean and well-cared-for exterior provide appeal and confidence for visitors and residents, but fixing problems at the root cause as they surface prevents financial and operational headaches down the line. This is particularly important for aging properties.  READ MORE

Demand for senior housing driving accelerated move-in pace: NIC

McKnight’s Senior Living Despite rising COVID-19 cases, demand for seniors housing and care continues to increase. That’s according to the latest executive survey from the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care. Roughly 55% to 60% of senior housing and skilled nursing operators who responded to the Wave 31 survey from July 12 to [...]

How hotels are adapting to a shifting landscape

NYREJ Throughout the past year, hotels were forced to undergo significant front-facing changes to stay afloat. However, the need for evolution doesn’t end when masks come off. If front-end enhancements are what allowed hotels to stay relevant and maintain their loyalty with guests, then their continued evolution coupled with back-end efficiencies could well provide the [...]

Assisted living faces ‘looming danger’ without Provider Relief funding, CareTrust CEO says

McKnight’s Senior Living Assisted living operators face “looming danger” due to the federal government’s relative lack of financial support to the sector, CareTrust REIT Chairman and CEO Greg Stapley said Friday on the real estate investment trust’s second-quarter earnings call. Skilled nursing providers, which account for 83% of the REIT’s portfolio, “have fared well as [...]

Brookdale Senior Living to require Covid vaccine for staff, CEO says

CNBC Brookdale Senior Living, a large operator of assisted living and skilled nursing facilities in the U.S., will require its staff to get vaccinated against Covid, CEO Cindy Baier told CNBC on Friday. The move comes as the highly transmissible delta variant leads to an increase in coronavirus cases in the country, including in nursing [...]

What is driving growth in senior housing?

Multi-Housing News At the end of 2020, senior housing occupancy was at historic lows, but as we slowly return to a sense of normalcy, demand for senior living communities continues to improve. “As the world begins to rebound, so does the senior living industry — with move-ins into senior living communities between March and June [...]

Hyatt CEO: Supply chain issues the biggest hurdle to rooms growth

Hotel News Now via CoStar Several factors have aligned to give Hyatt Hotels Corp. executives greater confidence in net rooms growth, which Hyatt President and CEO Mark Hoplamazian said should exceed 6% for 2021 and hover around 7% in the longer term. However, persistent supply chain issues could push several hotel openings planned for this [...]

Industry Establishes Arne Sorenson Social Impact Leadership Award

Lodging Magazine LOS ANGELES—The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), The American Hotel & Lodging Foundation, and The BHN Group announced a new award to recognize and honor the transformational leadership of industry icon, Arne Sorenson, former president & CEO of Marriott International who died earlier this year. The Arne Sorenson Social Impact Leadership Award [...]

Seniors housing operators adjust to shifting labor landscape, say webinar panelists

REBUSINESS ONLINE Hiring and retaining good employees was already one of seniors housing operators’ top challenges before the COVID-19 pandemic struck. Despite the many new problems that the outbreak presented, many in the seniors housing industry saw a potential silver lining: With so many losing jobs in the hospitality sector, among others, would this be [...]

Check it or remove it: The 2 absolute minimum requirements for room attendants

Lodging Magazine Housekeeping standards for cleaning guestrooms often vary amongst brands and franchisors. Luxury brands require housekeepers to perform more meticulous cleaning due to more elegant furnishings and amenities, increased expectations from prospective guests, and higher average room rate. Yet, all guests typically judge a hotel first and foremost on its perceived level of cleanliness, [...]

‘The risk is significant’: Delta variant threatens senior living industry’s COVID-19 recovery

Senior Housing News Earlier this year as the first vaccines flowed into senior living communities, it seemed as though the lockdowns and restrictions of 2020 were soon to be a distant memory. Now, a new and significantly more infectious strain of coronavirus dubbed the delta variant threatens to derail some of that progress, and the [...]

6 Strategic Focus Areas Shaping Senior Living In Light of Covid-19

Senior Housing News By Tim Mullaney The Covid-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the senior living industry, and leadersin the sector are still processing the lessons they have learned and the changes that the pandemic has wrought. In an effort to understand where the senior living sector might be headed next…READ MORE

Post-vaccine: The future of senior living

McKnight’s Senior Living With the ready availability of the COVID-19 vaccine to anyone age 12 and older, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recent announcement that people can resume activities without a mask or distancing was a massive tectonic shift in the landscape of COVID. This latest declaration is exciting after an exceptionally difficult [...]

This is what hotel guests want post-pandemic

Travel Market Report As the world returns to travel, hotel guests are revealing what they want when they return to hotels post-pandemic. According to the J.D. Power 2021 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Study, guests have made it clear they want breakfast and other hotel amenities. “As we transition to a more normalized travel [...]

AHLA and AHLA Foundation announce ‘Hotels are Hiring’ ad campaign

Lodging Magazine To help fill thousands of open hotel jobs and communicate the benefits of a career in the hotel industry, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) and its charitable giving arm, the American Hotel & Lodging Foundation (AHLA Foundation) announced a new advertising campaign called “Hotels Are Hiring” across five major hotel markets. [...]

Post-vaccine: The future of senior living

McKnight’s Senior Living With the ready availability of the COVID-19 vaccine to anyone age 12 and older, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recent announcement that people can resume activities without a mask or distancing was a massive tectonic shift in the landscape of COVID. This latest declaration is exciting after an exceptionally difficult [...]

International Code Council releases 3 wildfire prevention resources

Facility Executive As the pace of wildfire season increases throughout the United States, the International Code Council, the developer of the most widely used and highly regarded set of building safety codes and standards in the world, is emphasizing the importance of fire safety through its three newly released fire prevention titles: 2021 IWUIC® Code [...]

83% of Senior Living Workers Say Technology Amenities Drive Occupancy By Chuck Sudo

Senior Housing News Senior living providers have found offering technology platforms to residents as an amenity is a driver in boosting occupancy, and the platforms are streamlining the workflows of employees. Residents, meanwhile, are now demanding a variety of content and experiences from providers to keep themselves engaged, and want video platforms in order to [...]