Monday, September 29, 2014

National Assisted Living Week!

National Assisted Living Week is celebrated every September.  This year, the theme was “The Magic of Music.”  Numerous assisted living communities across the country participated and celebrated in various ways.

For those who have observed long term care for the past 20-30 years, you may have noticed this trend:  nursing home residents of today were on hospital medical/surgical units 20 years ago, and those in assisted living today were in nursing homes 20 years ago.  This shift has resulted in adjustments for the nursing home and assisted living professions.

Factor in the aging of the consumer-oriented Baby Boomer generation.  These folks are accustomed to being able to buy whatever they want, whenever they want, wherever they want.  They are far more likely to seek a second opinion and make their own clinical decisions than previous generations were.  Their microwave mentality values instant results.  They want choices and options; they don’t accept “no” for an answer.  They want convenience, even if they have to pay a little bit more.  They may ask why they have to move locations and change lifestyles in order to access care; why can’t the care come to them?  As they enter long-term care systems, they still want these expectations to be met. 

These trends are leading to the creation of many new models of senior living.  Licensed facilities that rely upon government funding (Medicare/Medicaid) are remaining stagnant in population, while other senior living arrangements are growing.  Baby Boomers want to have medical care available, even if it’s not needed routinely.  Senior living communities now often have medical services available on campus.  Social workers may be available for some degree of case management.  Concierge services may meet other needs.  These seniors may want a condo-style home with a spa, a golf course, and other amenities on the property, with a nurse available in case they sprain an ankle playing tennis. 

As new models of senior living are developing, stay tuned to see how Saint Joseph’s College is keeping up with new trends.  A degree program specializing in Senior Living Leadership is under development.  We are planning to remain on the cutting edge of leadership in aging services!

Monday, September 08, 2014

Proud of our Student/Graduate!

Saint Joseph’s College Online would like to congratulate Constance Noble for successfully completing a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Science Administration degree (May 2014) and for having an excerpt from her Senior Seminar (Course: RS 412) paper published in the National Professional Journal of the American Society of Radiologic Technology (ASRT).  

Connie's paper is on “Service Quality in Mammography” and is published in the September/October issue of Radiologic Technology.  Please join me in congratulating Connie on her accomplishments. If you’d like to read her article online and are a member of the ASRT, please visit their website at  

This is an amazing example of our our programs provide a quality education and result in benefits to the entire industry!  We are proud of your work Connie!