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Alzheimer's Caregivers: The Pros and Cons of Placing Your Loved One in a Facility

Marie Marley | Posted 03.18.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

The caregiver may have promised his or her loved one many years before to never put them in any kind of facility for any reason. Breaking that promise would be extraordinarily difficult.

When Dying Meets Denial

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 02.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Dennis

More often than not, denial serves and supports individuals and their families as they integrate the difficult business of dying into their lives. But now and then, we meet someone so fixed in their denial that it indeed stands in the way of their dying how and where they want.

Home Health Care: Post-Stroke Care, From Head to Toe

Marki Flannery | Posted 04.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

At the end of nurse Lorraine Williams' recent home care visit to Professor Samuel Kaplan, he walked her to the apartment's front door. "I was so surpr...

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.

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.

The State of the Direct Care Worker

Carla Washington | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Carla Washington

Another recurring theme in President Obama's State of the Union address was that progress in America does not stand still -- and neither should our efforts to ensure that direct care workers share in the fruits of the American dream.

Home Health Care: A New Start for a New Year

Marki Flannery | Posted 03.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

If you are caring for someone with little or no family or who is reluctant to reach out, a probing conversation might help you discover ways to build or rebuild social connections. Here are some ways to begin.

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.

3 Things You Can Do To Improve Your Parents' Care

Robyn Stone | Posted 12.16.2013 | Fifty
Robyn Stone

It's no surprise that most older adults, when given the choice, say they would prefer to stay in their own homes for as long as possible. But what if those older adults develop physical and cognitive challenges? Who helps them fulfill their preference to age in place?

Dave Jamieson

Obama Finally Delivers On Promise To Workers

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a move that will change working conditions for two million Americans, the Labor Department announced Tuesday the enactment of a new r...

After 75 Years, Minimum Wage Protections Still Elude Home Care Workers

Sarah Leberstein | Posted 08.28.2013 | Business
Sarah Leberstein

One of our nation's cornerstone workplace laws, the Fair Labor Standards Act, turned 75 this week. America's roughly 2.5 million home care workers might not be celebrating the anniversary, however.

Dave Jamieson

A Promise From Obama To Workers Still Unfulfilled

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In December of 2011, President Barack Obama stood at the White House alongside a group of home care workers and announced that his admin...

White Lies: When Fibbing Is... Therapeutic?

Dr. Amy D'Aprix | Posted 08.04.2013 | Fifty
Dr. Amy D'Aprix

When it comes to caring for your loved ones with Alzheimer's or dementia, honesty may not always be the best policy.

Help! My Aging Mom Won't Accept Help From Anyone but ME!

Judy Santamaria | Posted 07.17.2013 | Fifty
Judy Santamaria

Recognizing the need to offload some tasks may be the best way for you to manage your caregiving responsibilities over the long-term.

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.

Happy to 102: An Interview with Ephraim Engleman

Lily Sarafan | Posted 05.06.2013 | Fifty
Lily Sarafan

The last surviving member of the Stanford class of 1933, Dr. Ephraim Engleman, is turning 102 in a few weeks. He serves as a shining example of healthy longevity -- he continues to work part-time and has no intention of retiring.

The State of Quality Care Demands Quality Jobs

Nancy Lundebjerg | Posted 04.15.2013 | Business
Nancy Lundebjerg

Where could we as a nation focus our efforts to ensure available jobs are of good quality? One need look no further than the burgeoning field of eldercare with a particular focus on the direct care workforce.

Invest in Direct Care Jobs to Strengthen U.S. Economy

David Ward | Posted 01.03.2013 | Politics
David Ward

The rapid increase in demand for their services is fueled by an aging baby boomer population and the wounded veterans returning from a decade of combat. And while the opportunity to pursue a noble career helping others maintain their dignity and independence is appealing to job seekers, there's a catch.

Home Care Assistance's Top 10 Achievements of 2012

Lily Sarafan | Posted 03.04.2013 | Business
Lily Sarafan

As 2012 draws to a close, we at Home Care Assistance are also taking time to reflect on our achievements in the past twelve months and how these milestones impact our clients, our caregivers and our communities. Read on for our Top 10 Achievements of 2012.

How to Find and Hire a Good Home Care Worker

Jim T. Miller | Posted 03.03.2013 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Finding a good in-home caregiver that's dependable, likeable, trustworthy and affordable can be challenging, to say the least. Here are some tips and resources that can help.

Loved Ones With Alzheimer's: The Cost of Care

Sean Kell | Posted 02.19.2013 | Fifty
Sean Kell

Memory care, a care type providing unique and intensive assistance to seniors with dementia conditions, has quickly become one of the fastest growing segments of senior care options. It is also quite costly.

Dave Jamieson

Workers Still Waiting On White House's 'We Can't Wait' Initiative

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.13.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A year ago President Barack Obama stood with a group of home care aides and announced that his administration would be extending to them...

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.

How to Prepare Someone With Alzheimer's for the Holidays

Lily Sarafan | Posted 01.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Lily Sarafan

The holiday season is steadfastly approaching, with stores already full of lights and decorations. Preparing for family gatherings is hectic for all, but this time of year can be especially stressful for those with Alzheimer's or dementia.

How Avoidable Hospital Readmissions are Hurting the Economy, the Health Care System and the Patient

Lily Sarafan | Posted 12.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Lily Sarafan

We often mistakenly assume that we can't play a role in the efficiency of our institutions. We can prevent thousands of avoidable hospital readmissions by being proactive and availing ourselves of the resources in our communities.