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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...

What is Long Term Care?

Anita Kamiel, RN, MPS | Posted 06.08.2016 | Fifty
Anita Kamiel, RN, MPS

"About 70 percent of people over age 65 need some type of long-term care during their lifetime. More than 40 percent need care in a nursing home for s...

Increasing Wages for Home Health Aides, Part 2: New York's Public-Private Collaboration Points the Way to a Solution

Marki Flannery | Posted 05.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

I look forward to continuing positive results as we address the problem together, in a way that ensures that the comfort, security and reassurance of a home health aide's daily care is available for all of our loved ones, if and when they need it.

Caring for the Caregiver

Anita Kamiel, RN, MPS | Posted 05.04.2016 | Fifty
Anita Kamiel, RN, MPS

With Mother's Day approaching and May being Older Americans month, I started thinking about caregivers at the beginning and at the end of life, for those young and old.

Observations From Below: It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times

Bryan Dooley | Posted 04.26.2016 | Healthy Living
Bryan Dooley

I'm about to lose another personal care assistant (pca). On one level, this sucks because I have to start fresh with a new person coming into my life. I'll have to train them and build rapport, trust and a relationship. On another level, I am very proud of myself. I've done it again. I always manage to leave people in a better place than I found them.

Observations From Below: Silver Tsunami

Bryan Dooley | Posted 04.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Bryan Dooley

The disability community has been warning about a tsunami of a different kind for a few years now. It has potential to be catastrophic in a different way than other disasters. It is often referred to as the Silver Tsunami.

Writing an Eldercare Plan

Anita Kamiel, RN, MPS | Posted 03.30.2016 | Fifty
Anita Kamiel, RN, MPS

We've heard a lot about eldercare plans, but what are they exactly? The term is used interchangeably by various professionals based on what their vie...

Healing Hands Bring Compassionate Care Home As Snow Falls and Waters Rise

Susan Northover | Posted 03.09.2016 | New York
Susan Northover

That's why a team of nurses from the Visiting Nurse Service of New York--some of whom were not even scheduled to work that day--traipsed on foot across the Bronx in fast-falling snow to knock on doors and deliver compassionate care to those who needed it but could not leave their homes.

Hiring A Geriatric Care Manager

Anita Kamiel, RN, MPS | Posted 02.09.2016 | Fifty
Anita Kamiel, RN, MPS

Being a caregiver for an elderly adult can be fraught with unforeseen and challenging situations that many relatives are ill equipped to handle. Managing all the details and logistics required for situating an elderly parent either in their home after a hospital stay or in a facility of some kind can be daunting for a child or senior spouse.

Home Health Aides: Unsung Health Care Heroes

Steve Landers MD,MPH | Posted 01.04.2016 | Politics
Steve Landers MD,MPH

Home health aides, an often overlooked part of the health system, can make the difference between comfort and dignity vs. suffering and neglect. Aides are lifelines for elders in need and family caregivers who often have extensive caregiving duties on top of their work and other responsibilities.

An Open Letter to Mark Zuckerberg

Lou-Ellen Barkan | Posted 12.23.2015 | New York
Lou-Ellen Barkan

As you and your wife consider your philanthropic options, please consider the following: in less than 30 years, as many as 26 million Americans will either have Alzheimer's or be taking care of someone who does.

Attention Medicare Recipients and Advocates: Get Face to Face with a new Paperwork Mess

Steve Landers MD,MPH | Posted 12.16.2015 | Politics
Steve Landers MD,MPH

The Menendez/Roberts fix offers a ray of hope. But, more members of Congress must sign on to make this happen. If you are concerned about home health quality and access for yourself or your loved ones please urge your Senators and Representatives to take action.

We Need A Home Health Aide. How Do I Get One?

Anita Kamiel, RN, MPS | Posted 09.30.2016 | Fifty
Anita Kamiel, RN, MPS

n a prior column, I wrote about the advantages of aging in place and how that sometimes requires the help of a home health aide to care for the elderly loved one. So how do you hire one? The first question is whether to use an agency or find an aide on your own.

Help Others for a Living? Here Are 5 Ways to Care for Yourself So You Can Care for Others

Nancie Vito | Posted 08.24.2016 | Healthy Living
Nancie Vito

Remember, the more care you take of yourself, the better care you can take of others. It's not selfish and it isn't taking anything away from others. On the contrary; it allows you to give the best care you possibly can, without suffering for it.

Technology and Alzheimer's Care

Lou-Ellen Barkan | Posted 07.29.2016 | Impact
Lou-Ellen Barkan

I urge all Alzheimer's caregivers, as well as their friends and family to fully embrace technology and take advantage of the many benefits and improvements it can bring into your lives. But a word of caution: don't let it take over your life and become a substitute for the things that really matter.

Caring About The Caretakers Of Our Parents, Ourselves

Patricia S. Guthrie | Posted 05.15.2016 | Fifty
Patricia S. Guthrie

Currently, three million professional caregivers work in the home care field and an estimated 1.8 million more will be needed in the next decade. Trouble is, you can make more money walking your neighbor's dog than you can caring for your neighbor's father.

Home Health Care Workers Aren't Guaranteed Minimum Wage or Overtime, and the Legacy of Slavery Is the Reason Why

Ariela M. Migdal | Posted 05.06.2016 | Politics
Ariela M. Migdal

What most people don't know is that the exclusion of home health care workers from fair pay is a deliberate and racist wrong that stretches back to Depression-era America, where it was written into our nation's labor law to accommodate Southern segregationists.

Cooling the Flames of Depression During the Dog Days of August

Marki Flannery | Posted 10.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

According to the CDC, individuals 65 and older are more likely to be affected by these serious heat-related ailments, because their bodies don't adjust to the heat as well and because they are more likely to have a medical condition or take medications that impair their ability to handle heat.

White House Summit on Working Families Must Address Needs of Low-Wage Care Providers

Jodi M. Sturgeon | Posted 08.23.2014 | Politics
Jodi M. Sturgeon

These workers provide the paid services that enable other women to continue to work with the peace of mind of knowing their family member is well cared for day in and day out.

National Nurses Week: Home Health Aides Who Became Remarkable Nurses

Marki Flannery | Posted 07.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

Today's newly certified registered nurses emerge ready to take on a career in one of the most rewarding industries, inspired by their own personal sto...

A House Is Not a Home Without Rights for Care Workers

Michelle Chen | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
Michelle Chen

Does a public union belong in the most private of workplaces? Thousands of personal care workers in Illinois who tend to elders and people with disabilities at home wouldn't have it any other way.

Decent Care

Karla Erickson | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Karla Erickson

Racial minority women ‒- and particularly recent immigrant women ‒- have often been employed in informal labor arrangements that included extraordinarily long days, working on holidays, wages well below the minimum wage and absolutely no access to recourse if they were treated unfairly. Evelyn Coke's victory moves us one step away from that history.

Home Health Care: Peace of Mind for Long-Distance Caregivers

Marki Flannery | Posted 10.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

The National Institute on Aging estimates that there are as many as 7 million Americans caring for a loved one from a distance of more than one hour away. As long-distance caregivers well know, the miles can add another layer of challenge to an already challenging responsibility.

Dave Jamieson

Working Poor Falling Further Behind | Dave Jamieson | Posted 08.01.2013 | Business

If there's an economic recovery going on, Elizabeth Castillo hasn't seen the fruits of it. Castillo, 58, works as a home health aide in El Paso, Te...

Caregiving Should Be Middle Class Work

Deborah Weinstein | Posted 08.17.2013 | Politics
Deborah Weinstein

Caregiving is skilled work. Any parent needing child care, or person with disabilities employing a caregiver, will tell you that. But their pay is low and their benefits almost nonexistent.