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Finally Fairness for Home Care Workers

Laphonza Butler | Posted 02.01.2016 | Politics
Laphonza Butler

Caregivers like Stella give so much to our state's elderly and disabled people to make sure they receive the best possible care. Stella wants to take care of her daughter at home and she deserves to make a fair wage doing this strenuous work.

The Secret Weapon We Should Be Using To Battle Alzheimer's

Michael Hodin | Posted 01.21.2016 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

This is the need - and the incredible market opportunity - for technology. Done right, technology could prolong independence for those with Alzheimer's disease, boost workforce productivity by helping their caregivers, and take part in building age-friendly cities, all while increasing revenues for tech companies and innovators.

All Health Care Jobs Should Be Living-wage Jobs

Delores Prescott | Posted 12.17.2015 | Business
Delores Prescott

To ensure all families have access to care when and where they need it, we need more care providers. The first step to building a stable workforce is to make caregiving jobs good jobs, with higher wages and benefits.

Uber Meets Healthcare, the Caregiver Solution for Boomers

Robert Mauterstock | Posted 12.02.2015 | Fifty
Robert Mauterstock

Research has shown the boomers who will need long term care want to stay in their own homes. They don't want to be shipped off to some institution. But the problem will be finding the people to provide the care for them at home.

The Crisis in Our Midst: Ensuring Quality Home Care in an Aging America

Doug Moore | Posted 11.25.2015 | Politics
Doug Moore

November is National Family Caregivers Month, a time to offer gratitude to those who step in to care for their loved ones when they need it most. It is work that requires a great deal of self-sacrifice, and it often goes unnoticed. In November we take time to recognize family caregivers for the role they play in protecting the independence and dignity of so many Americans.

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

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The growing social movement advocating for domestic workers and Care.com, 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...