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Thank you, TORCH Chapters, for sponsoring our Coffee Breaks!
Thank you, TORCH Chapters, for sponsoring our Coffee Breaks!
Thank you, ICT & Highland Gardens, for sponsoring our Trade Show!
Published on: 11/6/2018
Thank you, ICT & Highland Gardens, for sponsoring our Trade Show!
Thank you, United Healthcare, for sponsoring our Gala Entertainment!
Published on: 10/30/2018
Thank you, United Healthcare, for sponsoring our Gala Entertainment!
Thank you, PCALIC, for sponsoring our Gala Entertainment!
Published on: 10/30/2018
Thank you, PCALIC, for sponsoring our Gala Entertainment!
Thank you, Molina Healthcare, for sponsoring our Gala Entertainment!
Published on: 10/23/2018
Thank you, Molina Healthcare, for sponsoring our Gala Entertainment!
Thank you, Birkeland Current, for sponsoring our Gala Entertainment!
Published on: 10/23/2018
Thank you, Birkeland Current, for sponsoring our Gala Entertainment!
Thank you, Kindred Hospice, for sponsoring our Keynote Speaker!
Kindred Hospice sponsored our Keynote Speaker, Laura Wayman.
Thank you, Superior Healthplan, for sponsoring our TORCH 2018 Conference!
Superior Healthplan sponsored our TORCH 2018 Conference.
Thank you, Amerigroup, for sponsoring our Keynote Speaker!
Amerigroup sponsored our Keynote Speaker, Laura Wayman, for the TORCH 2018 Conference.

Current News

Wi-Fi Networks and Senior Living
Published on: 11/6/2018
As the Internet of Things expands and devices continue to replace paper systems, senior living operators are striving to help staff work more efficiently to provide better care. Residents, too, are increasingly equipped with a variety of personal electronic devices straining the capacity of a community's existing infrastructure.
By investing in network infrastructure, operators can bring their communities up to speed and remain ahead of the competition.
Education and Resources
Published on: 11/6/2018
Advanced CNA Academy registration now open, Texas OASIS HCBS Dementia Training Course Now Online! Phase IV of the Center for Excellence in Aging Services and Long-Term Care now available!
Jump Start your Startup - attend Boot Camp!
Published on: 10/16/2018
We are pleased to offer a Startup Bootcamp for new ALF owners and managers, and for those who want a refresher on the basics of running an assisted living facility.

HHSC Updates

LTSS Emergency Preparedness Guidance Webinar Now Available Online
Published on: 9/5/2018
Long Term Services Supports providers and other interested parties may view a previously recorded webinar, “Individual Emergency Preparedness Guidance to Support People with Disabilities”.
This webinar is captioned and includes information on community resources and recommendations for staying safe in an emergency, with a special emphasis on hurricane preparedness.
Together Against the Weather, a public service video, provides additional information for those with special needs to plan when a hurricane is coming.
Required Posting: Residents' Bill of Rights
Published on: 4/23/2018
Pursuant to the new rules adopted by the HHSC, which became effective April 5, 2018, a new Resident's Bill of Rights has been released. Each assisted living facility must post the Resident's Bill of Rights, as provided by the department, in a prominent place in the facility and written in the primary language of each resident. A copy of the Resident's Bill of Rights must be given to each resident.

News Archive

Eat These for Better Brain Health
Published on: 6/19/2018
Older men and women who eat a healthy diet tend to have larger brains, which may help to protect against dementia. Those are the findings of a new study from the Netherlands that found that, using a very large cohort of individuals, a diet rich in vegetables, fruit, whole grains, nuts, dairy and fish and low in sugary beverages were associated with larger brain volumes.
Alzheimer's Disease Increases the Risk of Falls
Published on: 6/14/2018
Falls are common in older men and women, and can lead to prolonged hospital stays and serious medical complications. Falls are a particular problem in those with Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new report in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
Know the signs of elder abuse
Published on: 6/13/2018
June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, an opportunity to support the millions of older adults who suffer abuse and exploitation each year. Learn the signs of abuse, and what you can do to protect seniors.
Hurricane Season 2018: How Long It Lasts and What to Expect
Published on: 5/31/2018
Whipping winds, torrential downpours, power outages and floods — hurricane season in the Atlantic brings a host of dramatic and dangerous weather with it.

But when exactly does the Atlantic hurricane season start and how long does it last? And what can people do to prepare in the face of the most dangerous storms on Earth?
A Milestone for Mental Illness Research
Published on: 5/7/2018
Researchers have found a way to use EHRs, or Electronic Health Records, to help identify associations between genetics and mental disorders. This is opening an enormous source of data for researchers who are diving in to researching mental illness compared to using traditional diagnostics. Read more here!
TORCH Welcomes New Executive Director
Published on: 1/19/2018
The Texas Organization of Residential Care Homes is thrilled to announce that the board has hired John Darby as the new Executive Director.

News

Provider Letter PL 18-24: Rules related to License Terms and Survey Frequency
Published on: 10/30/2018
HHSC will begin to transition existing licenses to a three-year term, and has amended the minimum inspection frequency for long term care facilities.
Provider Letter PL 18-23: Adopted Rules related to Licensing Enforcement and Staff Training
Published on: 10/30/2018
The HHSC has released a new provider letter outlining the responsibilities of long term care providers required by HB 2025.
HHSC's online portal, TULIP, and rollout issues
Published on: 10/30/2018
Due to unanticipated problems with TULIP, HHSC is currently unable to print Long Term Care Regulatory licenses for Assisted Living Facilities.
Age of Scale in Senior Housing is Just Beginning
Published on: 10/23/2018
The era of single senior housing community operators is "going the way of the dodo and the dinosaur", as said by Chuck Sudo for Senior Housing News. Read more.
Silverado Builds New Hospice in Illinois
Published on: 10/23/2018
Silverado hosted a belated celebration on October 10th for its new hospice in the Chicago suburb of Des Plaines, Illinois. Read more here!
College in Georgia Brings Life Plan Community
Published on: 10/23/2018
Berry College, located in Rome, Georgia, announced plans earlier this month for The Spires at Berry College, a $130 million development featuring 170 apartment homes, cottages, an amenities package, and a full suite of healthcare services. Read more here!
Bringing in the Baby Boomers
Published on: 10/14/2018
Over the next decade, the "Baby Boomers" will enter into senior living facilities. To bring them in, these facilities will have to give them purpose. Read more
Assisted Living over Living with Family?
Published on: 10/14/2018
It could be that they don't want to be burdens to their children. It could also be that they're placing faith in future innovation. Whatever the reason, a recent survey shows that older adults prefer assisted living over moving in with family. Read more here!
Senior Housing Outshines Other Real Estate Classes
Published on: 10/14/2018
Senior housing is considered one of the best bets for real estate investment and development as we look to 2019. Read more here!
Is your listing included in our search results?
Published on: 9/16/2018
Did you know that the TORCH website has a search functionality that allows viewers to search our database by selected features? These are "categories" that you can add to your listing.

Log into your account on the TORCH website to update your profile and ensure that your listing is being found!
Browse to your profile page, then select "Categories" in the "Website" section on the right side.
EMResource Contact List
Published on: 8/7/2018
EMResource allows communities to register their occupancy and provides a mechanism for determining availability for evacuating communities.
Training Requirements for Facility Managers
Published on: 7/17/2018
The HHSC has recently released a web-based training that meets the requirement for facility managers' annual training on aging in place and retaliation. The ALF rule is found at Texas Administrative Code, Title 40, Part 1, §92.41(f)(6).
Help the HHSC take the next step! EVV Pilot Participants Needed
Published on: 7/10/2018
Would you like to participate in a pilot program of the Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) Electronic Authorization program? Find out more...
Bezos, Buffett, Dimon health venture will be based in Boston
Published on: 7/2/2018
Three of the country’s best-known business leaders have turned to Dr. Atul Gawande, a Boston surgeon and best-selling author, to head their new company aimed at reinventing how health care is delivered.
Proposed Changes to Licensing Standards Open for Public Comment
Published on: 7/1/2018
The June 22, 2018 issue of the Texas Register includes several proposed rule changes, some of which affect Assisted Living Facilities.
New Online Licensure Application System - Coming Soon
Published on: 6/13/2018
In the coming months, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission will introduce TULIP, an online system for submitting long-term care licensure applications.