Ozarks First reported that John Carrier is accused of sexually assaulting a woman described by the Nixa Police Department as being under legal guardianship and of diminished mental capacity. The Christian County prosecutor has charged Carrier with sodomy and rape of a resident in the nursing care facility where he worked. A probable cause statement in the case states that Carrier, a caregiver at the Life Enhancement Village in Nixa, had sexual intercourse and deviate sexual intercourse with the woman, despite her resistance.
The Humanitas Retirement Home in the Netherlands has created a program to attract younger residents in nursing homes. The younger residents do not require the services of the nursing home, but actually help out with their neighbors. Jurrien Mentink is a student at a nearby university. He lives in the Humanitas Retirement Home for free, in exchange for volunteering in some capacity 30 hours per month. The program is designed to increase the exchange of communications and culture, with the goal being a very simple one – have students be good neighbors. Mentink has volunteered to give computer lessons, cooked for his neighbors, and sometimes, just hangs out with them. “I bring the outside world in, so my world becomes their world,” said Mentink. Listen to the radio broadcast here.
Senior living providers had a remarkably positive 2014, marked by record investments and acquisitions, growing occupancy rates and swelling demand, according to the annual analysis of the largest senior living providers by the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA).
There were more than 290 acquisitions representing more than $25 billion last year, up from the 2013 record of 225, ALFA reported. Overall, 29 of the top 80 providers on ALFA’s list this year plan to open or acquire additional communities in 2015.
Brookdale Senior Living was the top memory care and assisted living provider and the number two ranked independent living provider (behind Holiday Retirement), on ALFA’s list.
Occupancy rates also soared in 2014, according to ALFA. Both independent and assisted living saw their strongest occupancy rates since 2007. For 2015, assisted living occupancy is expected to rise from 89.3% to 89.6%, while independent living will go up from 91.3% to 92.2%, an all-time high. Senior living was most robust on the Eastern seaboard and in the Midwest.
“We had solid demand in 2014. We had levels of supply to meet that demand, increasing occupancy rates, strong rent growth, and very strong interest from the investor community in terms of acquisition activity,” Beth Mace, chief economist for the National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing & Care Industry stated in a news release.
Researchers from several established institutions just released a new study which shows that chronic constipation and fecal impaction are two areas of care where nursing homes aren’t meeting the needs of the residents. The study was conducted in 34 Spanish nursing homes, using surveys, data, and rectal examinations on consenting participants. This study is the first of its kind since other constipation studies have been based on the use of laxatives. What the researchers found is that chronic constipation is not well controlled in nursing homes, even though it’s very common. Almost 3/4 of all residents had chronic constipation, and half of those exhibited signs of fecal impaction. Part of the problem is that laxatives are not as effective in the older population as they are in others, and if a patient is given a laxative, there is no follow up to see if it worked. The researchers cite other studies done outside of Spain, some in the US, which suggest these results can be generalized to nursing homes elsewhere. The full study can be found here.