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America's Home Care Agencies: Leading the Way in Promoting Public Health

Marki Flannery | Posted 12.16.2016 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

When Marie Desil, a home care nurse with my agency, Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY), recently took on the case of Doris*, an elderly woman ...

Listening at Life's End: 'Nothing to Say, Everything to Be'

Rosemary Baughn | Posted 12.01.2016 | Healthy Living
Rosemary Baughn

Karen Asconi, a retired teacher, had just completed extensive training as a hospice volunteer, learning how to visit and comfort people at the end of ...

Letters Of Gratitude Help Bring Thanksgiving Home

Susan Northover | Posted 11.23.2016 | Healthy Living
Susan Northover

A lovely note crossed my desk recently. "You know something?" began the letter from 74-year-old Mrs. P, who received home care for complications from ...

Visiting Nurse Associations of America--Moving Health Care Transformation to the Fast Lane

Marki Flannery | Posted 11.23.2016 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

I've written previously about the increasingly prominent role home health care is playing in shaping how health care is delivered to all Americans--es...

MLTC Solutions that Bring Managed Care Home (Even If It's '25 Miles Away on Top of a Giant Hill')

Hany Abdelaal, DO | Posted 11.07.2016 | Healthy Living
Hany Abdelaal, DO

In the rural upstate town of Canajoharie, New York (population 3,800), hard on the Eerie Canal, an elderly couple in their nineties lives deep in farm...

A New Model For Aging At Home: Care Management -- Every Step Of The Way

Hany Abdelaal, DO | Posted 10.03.2016 | Healthy Living
Hany Abdelaal, DO

The vast majority of older Americans, 90 percent of them, want to age at home. Many have lived in their homes for decades, where they are surrounded b...

Getting To Yes: Overcoming The Barriers To Hospice Care

Rosemary Baughn | Posted 09.26.2016 | Healthy Living
Rosemary Baughn

This benchmark reflects both the valuable benefits of hospice care, and also the progress our city and our nation are making in helping to advance quality of life at the end of life for all of our residents and their families.

Who Will Care For Us As We Age? New Research Raises Big Questions

Robert Espinoza | Posted 09.01.2016 | Impact
Robert Espinoza

Who is this population? What are their economic realities? And will the supply of these workers meet growing demand as millions of Americans grow older in the decades that follow?

How Expanded Roles For Home Health Aides Can Improve The Health Of Older Americans

Marki Flannery | Posted 08.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

Millions of older Americans have a home health aide (HHA) come into their home on a daily basis to assist with essential activities such as bathing, d...

Healthy Mind, Healthy Body: Changing Health Care, Especially At Home

Marki Flannery | Posted 07.28.2016 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

These programs, which are affiliated with VNSNY's Community Mental Health Services division, demonstrate that when it comes to building healthy communities and supporting the well-being of patients like Jean, physical and mental health can't be separated.

Those On The Front Lines Of The Aging Mega-Trend

Michael Hodin | Posted 06.28.2016 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

Welcome to 21st century America -- where we have longer lives than ever before, and more hopes for healthy aging. We are, happily, the beneficiaries of breakthroughs that have given us life spans that not long ago would have been the stuff of science fiction. But we also face serious challenges.

5 Tips for Overcoming an Elderly Parent's Objections to Home Care

Haley Lynn Gray | Posted 05.25.2016 | Fifty
Haley Lynn Gray

When an elderly parent needs assistance, it will probably be obvious to everyone in the family except the parent. Independent people generally cling t...

National Nurses Week -- The Voice on the Phone: New Era, Same Skill and Caring

Hany Abdelaal, DO | Posted 05.10.2016 | Healthy Living
Hany Abdelaal, DO

This National Nurses Week, as we recognize the many wonderful ways that nurses make a difference in our lives every day, let's not forget those excellent listeners and reassuring voices who are standing by on the other end of the phone.

10 Questions You Should Ask Before Hiring a Home Care Agency

Haley Lynn Gray | Posted 03.31.2017 | Fifty
Haley Lynn Gray

When you hire someone to take care of your loved ones, it's important to know a few things about the agency and caregiver you choose. So you'll want to ask these key questions when you're choosing anyone to provide in-home care. You want to know who is coming into your home and that you are getting quality care.

Cutting-Edge Research Leads to More Targeted and Effective Home Health Care

Marki Flannery | Posted 03.23.2017 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

While there is still much to learn, the active research now underway in the home health care field means that we will only get better at delivering targeted, cost-effective home care in the future.

Academy Awards 2016--Foreign Language Films

David Wallechinsky | Posted 02.22.2017 | Entertainment
David Wallechinsky

Eighty nations entered films in the Academy Awards Foreign Language category this year. I saw 75 of the 80 films. It was a good year for South America, a strong year for Europe and a weak year for Asia.

Injustice anywhere: A reflection on homecare and Black History Month

Doug Moore | Posted 02.09.2017 | Black Voices
Doug Moore

In California, this month is particularly poignant for the homecare providers of the United Domestic Workers of America (UDW). On February 1, all of t...

Finally Fairness for Home Care Workers

Laphonza Butler | Posted 02.01.2017 | 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 01.15.2017 | 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 12.17.2016 | 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 12.02.2016 | 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 11.25.2016 | 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 09.24.2016 | 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 09.09.2016 | 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 09.02.2016 | 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.