Top 5…

Good morning, ProviderNation.

A hearty hooray to the fine folks at the Golden LivingCenter in Tarboro, N.C., Kimball Farms Nursing Care Center in Lenox, Mass., Life Care Center of Sarasota in Florida, Linda Manor Extended Care Facility in Leeds, Mass., and St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted, Minn. They’re the top five, the top dogs, the big cheeses, the head honchos, number ones in the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living annual National Quality Award.

“These centers that have earned a Gold National Quality Award deserve to be recognized as some of the best in the nation,” says Ed McMahon, chair of AHCA’s quality awards committee. “They are leaders in their communities and in our profession, and I congratulate them on achieving this award.”

In other news, long term care insurance is about to become rarer and more expensive, Genworth Financial is hinting; European researchers say they’ve developed “a robot companion” for folks as they get older (haven’t we seen this movie before?); and Greek retirees are leaving nursing homes in droves as the collapsed economy pinches everyone…

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