Although the oldest baby boomers won’t turn 80 until 2026, nursing home operators are getting ready now. “There is a silver tsunami coming” of baby boomers who first will require short-term rehabilitation care funded by Medicare and later require long-term and hospice care, said Kelly Gasior, vice president of strategy and housing operations with Livonia-based CHE Trinity Senior Living Communities. A wave of nursing home construction is designed to cover two trends — an aging population with expectations and a greater proportion of short-term rehabilitative stays.

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