ProAging Email Network – January

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— Comprehensive Look At U.S. Long Term Care Costs
— Investment Firms Bid to Buy Beverly Enterprises Inc.
— Wanted : Host facility for Benevolent Ballet Fall Prevention For The Elderly seminar
— JSSA HOSPICE RECEIVES JCAHO ACCREDITATION
— JSSA HOSPICE MARKS 20TH ANNIVERSARY
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Dear steve,


Comprehensive Look At U.S. Long Term Care Costs

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New York City has highest assisted living costs; rural Florida the nation’s lowest Richmond, VA (January 13, 2005) — The average cost of long term care in the United States across all services categories was $72,240 in 2004, according to research released today by Genworth Financial. The company modified its annual Cost of Care Survey to provide the industry’s first single-study, comprehensive view of expenses associated with all three major categories: nursing homes, assisted living facilities and home care. The research was conducted among 6,000 providers nationally.According to the study, costs in urban areas were 20 percent higher than non-urban areas. In certain markets, such as urban areas of New York, California and Minnesota, the cost of care was more than 40 percent higher than non-urban areas in those states.

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Investment Firms Bid to Buy Beverly Enterprises Inc.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Shares in Beverly Enterprises Inc. surged more than 25 percent Tuesday after a group of investment firms made a preliminary $1.53 billion bid to buy the nursing home and health care services company.Beverly has 351 skilled nursing facilities, 18 assisted living centers and 52 hospice and home health centers. Through Aegis Therapies, the company provides rehabilitative services to its own facilities and to 585 facilities operated by others. Beverly operates in 37 states and Washington, D.C. Last week, Beverly announced it would change its name to BEI to help reflect that the company is moving beyond its core nursing home business. “We no longer see ourselves as just a nursing home company,” chairman and chief executive William R. Floyd told investors.

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Wanted : Host facility for Benevolent Ballet Fall Prevention For The Elderly seminar

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I am looking for a facility in the Washington/Baltimore area that can spare an activity or meeting room for a day in exchange for free training for two staff members. The Benevolent Ballet program is a unique motivational approach to exercise using classical music and ballet inspired exercises. The program has been featured in Nursing Homes-Long Term Management magazine and The Assisted Living Director newsletter.For more information see the w eb site. Or call Sheila Lehner at 407-889-7770 or lehners1@yahoo.com.

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JSSA HOSPICE RECEIVES JCAHO ACCREDITATION

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By demonstrating compliance with the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization’s national standards for health care quality and safety, the JSSA Hospice has earned the JCAHO Gold Seal of Approval.The JSSA Hospice is a program of the Jewish Social Service Agency of Metropolitan Washington. “We sought reaccreditation because we want to demonstrate our continued commitment to patient safety and quality care,” Sandra Chernin, Hospice Director, said. “We see our JCAHO accreditation as another step towards achieving and maintaining excellence.” The Gold Seal of Approval is for a three-year period.


JSSA HOSPICE MARKS 20TH ANNIVERSARY

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When individuals who are terminally ill want to spend their final days in the comfort of their own homes, they turn to a hospice program. When members of the Jewish community want hospice care that follows Jewish tradition and custom, they turn to the JSSA Hospice.The JSSA Hospice, a program of the Jewish Social Service Agency of Metropolitan Washington, is commemorating its 20th anniversary of providing this very special care. “The JSSA Hospice was created in 1984 in response to a growing demand,” said Sandra Chernin, RN, MSN, JSSA Hospice director. “At the time, JSSA had a thriving home health care program, and many of our patients wanted JSSA to continue to provide care when they chose to stop seeking aggressive medical treatment. We responded by creating the JSSA Hospice.”

JSSA Website…

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