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Home Health Aides and the Negative Consequences of "Fair Wage" Legislation: Why Good Intentions Aren't Enough

Marki Flannery | Posted 09.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

Until we agree, as a country, that the services provided by America's HHAs are worth finding the extra Medicare and Medicaid dollars to pay them what they deserve, then we will continue to suffer the negative consequences of piecemeal measures--however well-intended they may be.

How To Help Loved Ones Age In Place

Anita Kamiel, RN, MPS | Posted 09.09.2015 | Fifty
Anita Kamiel, RN, MPS

Unfortunately, there comes a point in most seniors' lives where they cannot manage all their basic needs alone. It varies for everyone depending on their state of health, both mentally and physically. A senior's compromised mobility may make them unable to shop for and prepare meals for themselves.

Remember the Direct-Care Workforce This Labor Day: Our Long-Term Care Depends on It

Robert Espinoza | Posted 09.02.2015 | Politics
Robert Espinoza

Direct-care workers provide daily personal care and other supportive services to individuals with functional limitations. While nursing homes and long-term care facilities continue to rely on this workforce, by 2022, two in three direct-care workers will work in home and community-based settings.

The 3 Surprising Medicare Benefits Everyone Should Know About

Anne Tumlinson | Posted 09.02.2015 | Fifty
Anne Tumlinson

If you've noticed that your parent has become frail and in need of care, then you've probably noticed something else ... this care is really crazy expensive!

Victory for Home-Care Workers

Rudy López | Posted 08.27.2015 | Politics
Rudy López

All labor has dignity, especially when it enhances the well-being of the sick among us. Protecting the rights of home care workers is to defend the dignity of not only the worker, but the patient as well.

Advanced Training for Home Health Aides Is Changing the Way Americans Age in Place

Marki Flannery | Posted 07.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

When Mary, a longtime home health aide, was asked to fill in for one of her colleagues recently, she found that her new client wasn't even attempting ...

The Weakest Part Of America's Healthcare System

Anne Tumlinson | Posted 07.23.2015 | Fifty
Anne Tumlinson

So, you've navigated your frail parent's hospital stay and now it's time to go home. You probably can't wait to leave but ... what's coming next is extremely uncertain. Leaving a hospital with a frail older adult in tow is like stepping off a cliff blindfolded.

Samantha Lachman

Domestic Worker Groups Announce Alliance At Clinton Global Initiative Conference | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The growing social movement advocating for domestic workers and, which calls itself the world's largest online care marketplace...

How to Tell When a Household Member Is Impeding Your Loved One's Care

Marki Flannery | Posted 06.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

"Our interventions are often for a limited time, so it ultimately falls on the family to make sure the home environment is working. We're always happy and relieved when a family reaches out to us and asks how they can help."

States Consider Better Pay, Benefits For Home Care Workers As Demand Grows

Stateline | Rebecca Beitsch | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...

New Physical Therapy Partnership Revolutionizes Post-Surgical Hip and Knee Rehab

Marki Flannery | Posted 06.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

When Katherine*, a 70-year-old semi-retired lawyer, was recently discharged from the hospital following hip replacement surgery, the hardest part of h...

6 Key Facts Everyone Should Know About the Federal Court Case for Home Care Workers

Robert Espinoza | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Robert Espinoza

This week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will hear arguments on whether the Labor Department has the authority to extend minimum wage and overtime protections to workers who provide home care assistance to elders and people with disabilities. This federal court case affects all of us.

Here's What the Fight for $15 Strikers Have in Common With You

Mary Kay Henry | Posted 06.14.2015 | Business
Mary Kay Henry

More than 200 cities will see strikes today. Tens of thousands of people will join in and express their support. They are people like you.

Home Health Aides, Patients and Families: The Complex Challenge of Delivering Safety (Part One)

Marki Flannery | Posted 06.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

Although the majority of home care cases go smoothly, we need to ensure that our home health aides, nurses and therapists are also prepared for any difficulties that may arise in dealing with clients or their family members.

How Medicare Covers In-Home Care

Jim T. Miller | Posted 05.16.2015 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Medicare covers a wide variety of intermittent in-home health care services (usually up to 28 hours per week) to beneficiaries if you meet their specific requirements. Here's how it works.

An Update on Advance Health Care Directives

Marki Flannery | Posted 05.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

Drawing up the document itself is fairly simple; the more difficult part comes beforehand, including deciding what kind end-of-life care you do and don't want to receive, and who -- if anyone -- you want to empower to make decisions in your stead.

Giving Caregivers a Raise

Irene Tung | Posted 04.29.2015 | Business
Irene Tung

Home care work is the fastest growing profession in this country. Home care workers bathe your mother and change your grandfather's bandages. They cook for your uncle and help your brother get around the house.

Home Care Workers Take Fight for $15 to the Ballot Box

Catherine Ruckelshaus | Posted 12.20.2014 | Business
Catherine Ruckelshaus

Unpredictable and part-time hours reduce the earnings of home care workers even further -- as a result, the median take-home pay of home care workers in the U.S. equals just over $17,000 per year.

Dave Jamieson

White House Delays Enforcement Of Minimum Wage, Overtime For Home Care Workers | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.08.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Labor Department announced Tuesday that it plans to delay its enforcement of new minimum wage and overtime protections for the count...

Dave Jamieson

White House Might Cave On A New Minimum Wage Rule | Dave Jamieson | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It was once part of President Barack Obama's "We Can't Wait" economic agenda. But now the wait might be getting even longer. The Labo...

We're In This One Together

Michael Hodin | Posted 11.18.2014 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

While we still have a long way to go with Alzheimer's, we are making progress. Researchers and scientists are learning more than ever about prevention strategies and ways to promote "brain health."

Goldstock: 400 Golden Retrievers Gather for One Weekend

Suz Redfearn | Posted 11.02.2014 | Good News
Suz Redfearn

Close your eyes and picture the smiling, fluffy bundle of mirth that is a golden retriever. Now picture 400 golden retrievers galloping across grassy fields to a long dock jutting into quiet lake and each dog launching him or herself into the water with gusto.

Why the Anti-Union Argument Loses Every Time

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

It is ugly individualism that underlies the political ideology of the rich industrialists who are spending billions in an effort to shred Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, and who are attempting to stop the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Unions are an impediment to their grand scheme, so they're coming after us with a vengeance.

Dave Jamieson

Union Plows Ahead After Major SCOTUS Setback | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics

After being dealt a major setback by the Supreme Court just two weeks ago, the Service Employees International Union is plowing ahead in its efforts t...

SCOTUS Ruling Doesn't Gut Public Unions, But Creates New Challenges for Care Workers

Richard Kirsch | Posted 08.30.2014 | Politics
Richard Kirsch

A huge sigh of relief mixed with curses -- that's my reaction to the Supreme Court's decision today to block home care workers in Illinois from being required to pay union dues, while continuing to allow public employee unions to collect dues from all the workers they represent.