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Insurance Authorizations: How to Get the Home Health Care You Need, When You Need It

Marki Flannery | Posted 11.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

At age 88, Mrs. J. has lived in the same Brooklyn neighborhood for more than a quarter century. A few months ago, she was taken to the hospital with a...

America's Health Literacy Conundrum: A Key to Improving the Nation's Health

Hany Abdelaal, DO | Posted 10.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Hany Abdelaal, DO

A 75-year-old woman with congestive heart failure fails to weigh herself daily and ends up in the hospital when her symptoms suddenly worsen. A 60-yea...

Project HOPE: Overcoming Demographic Barriers to Hospice Care

Rosemary Baughn | Posted 10.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Rosemary Baughn

Launched this past summer, HOPE involves a targeted outreach to medical professionals and potential hospice patients in Harlem Hospital and the surrounding community it serves.

4 Myths That Make The Burden Of Caregiving Even Worse

Anne Tumlinson | Posted 09.22.2015 | Fifty
Anne Tumlinson

In the middle of August, I woke up in a cold sweat, anxious about my many pre-vacation obligations, checked my email and found this message from another mom, 'Fighting the feeling of being utterly overwhelmed.'

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

Nancie Vito | Posted 08.24.2015 | 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.

10 Best Cities For Tech-Assisted Aging In Place

Sherwin Sheik | Posted 08.21.2015 | Fifty
Sherwin Sheik

Technology-assisted living is not only becoming more widespread, but is particularly appealing given that the vast majority of aging adults prefer to stay in their current home as long as they can.

Remembering Helen Holt: A Champion For the Elderly

Sherwin Sheik | Posted 07.30.2015 | Fifty
Sherwin Sheik

While many might consider Medicare the biggest milestone impacting America's elderly population, one could argue that the championing of elder care began with Helen F. Holt (1913-2015), former secretary of state in West Virginia, who passed away earlier this month.

The Quandary of Coordinated Care

Ruth Tarantine, DNP, RN | Posted 06.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Ruth Tarantine, DNP, RN

Rosalyn Carter said it best: "There are only four kinds of people in the world -- those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, ...

Caregivers, Clients and National Leaders to Put State of California on Trial

Doug Moore | Posted 05.16.2015 | Impact
Doug Moore

Providing care for the severely disabled, elderly and others who need round-the-clock care is the fastest growing job in America, and about 2 million people already are working as caregivers.

Black History Is Labor History: How Jim Crow-Era Racism Is Impacting Homecare Workers Today

Doug Moore | Posted 04.19.2015 | Black Voices
Doug Moore

This Black History Month, let's celebrate and honor Black history by recognizing and committing to all of the work we have still to do. No one is equal until we are all equal.

Steps and Missteps

Stacey Gordon | Posted 09.08.2014 | Fifty
Stacey Gordon

They may fall, but when they do, our job is to offer them a hand up, and that hand should not be attached to conditions or control.

Why Harris v. Quinn Is No Sweeping Victory for Conservatives

Capital & Main | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Capital & Main

To understand what the Supreme Court did and didn't hold, you have to go back to a 1977 case called Abood v. Detroit Board of Education.

States Must Find Way to Do Right by Home Care Workers

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 08.27.2014 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

When does justice delayed become justice denied? For the nation's 2 million home care workers, that time may be here. But states have the power to rectify the situation, and they should.

Harris v. Quinn: A Personal View

Keith Kelleher | Posted 08.23.2014 | Politics
Keith Kelleher

Following the progress of the latest anti-labor lawsuit, Harris v. Quinn, I'm reminded of the story of a homecare worker named Evelyn. She had recentl...

The Sexist Agenda Hidden in Harris v. Quinn

Laura Reyes | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Laura Reyes

On its surface, the case known as Harris v. Quinn now before the Supreme Court is yet another attempt to kill off public employee unions. And while that's certainly troubling enough, this case is about more than workers' rights. It potentially opens up yet another front in the war on women.

New Year, New Jobs

Marki Flannery | Posted 03.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

Thanks to several key trends in aging and health care, one of the fastest-growing jobs in 2014 is expected to be that of the home health aide. Each ye...

How Domestic Workers Won Their Rights: Five Big Lessons

Amy B. Dean | Posted 12.18.2013 | Impact
Amy B. Dean

Domestic workers have had some breakthrough wins over the past two weeks. Up until then, these workers were excluded from protections such as a guaranteed minimum wage, paid breaks, and overtime pay.

Vermont Home Care Providers Come Together With AFSCME

Laura Reyes | Posted 07.29.2013 | Politics
Laura Reyes

I was honored to be in Vermont today and to stand with all the members of AFSCME Vermont Homecare United. Together, we will work to improve conditions for home care providers and enhance the lives of all the people we serve.

Thinking of Home Care Workers on Mother's Day

Laura Reyes | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
Laura Reyes

The need for home care workers is dramatically increasing with each passing year. Yet, low wages, long hours and no benefits will continue to drive more workers out of these important jobs. The tragic result will be more Americans with disabilities denied the services they need.

National Nurses Week: Transforming Everyday Life -- Every Day

Marki Flannery | Posted 07.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

National Nurses Week is welcome reminder to acknowledge the highly-skilled, attentive and compassionate nurses and other health professionals who keep our homebound elders living and aging at their best.

Considering Caregiving

Stacey Gordon | Posted 02.20.2013 | Fifty
Stacey Gordon

When Grandma Mollie finally decided to get home-care, she found a caregiver in her community to assist her with certain tasks. In a few weeks, she fired the caregiver, after accusing her of misplacing and then stealing her eyeglasses. She found someone new.

How to Avoid the Home Care Nightmare

Jaime Openden, M.S., CCC-SLP | Posted 01.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Jaime Openden, M.S., CCC-SLP

Providing therapy in the home can be a rewarding and valuable experience, building wonderful relationships between families and therapists that can last for years. Just remember to establish rules from the start and get everyone involved.

Yes on 30 & No on 32: Moving California Forward

Laphonza Butler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles
Laphonza Butler

Propositions 30 and 32 are pivotal for the future of education, public safety and the voice of hard-working families in our state. They both carry major implications for the future of California.

Eldercare: The Healing Power of a Rubber Chicken

Ilaina Edison | Posted 12.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Ilaina Edison

Physical therapist Joe Gallagher's patient, a former New York Giants football player now in his 80s, was lying on the floor, stretching to regain flexibility after two total knee replacements. Progress was slow and painful, so Joe went to a reliable resource in his PT toolbox: humor.

Just Keep on Living: Quality Care for You, and Your Loved Ones Will be a Priority

Reverend Charles E. Williams II | Posted 10.01.2012 | Detroit
Reverend Charles E. Williams II

Proposal 4 will allow seniors and people with disabilities the choice to direct their own care and remain healthy and independent in their own homes, instead of being forced into expensive nursing homes and other institutions.