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The Plight of Private Residence Domestic Workers

Ana I. Grande | Posted 10.01.2014 | Latino Voices
Ana I. Grande

Every worker, regardless of their immigration status, should be protected by the law in so much that her well-being, her dignity as a person seeking the American dream for her family, is never at risk.

6 Lessons From a Gen Y Seeking Care for an Aging Grandparent

Kyle Hill | Posted 05.04.2014 | Impact
Kyle Hill

We didn't know these people, and it was hard to identify the really good ones when all we had to go by was some text, a CV and a bathroom selfie.

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.

How I Knew I Found The Right Care For My Baby

Claire Zulkey | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Claire Zulkey

My former boss said something to me once while I was pregnant: "It's not a bad thing if a lot of people love your baby." I don't know if it's normal to feel validated if your daycare provider loves your kid but I do.

Hospice Voices

Kristin Meekhof | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Kristin Meekhof

Hospice is a difficult decision for anyone, but it allowed me to bring my late husband home, somewhere he desperately wanted to be.

Time to Revolutionize the American Way of Aging

Irv Katz | Posted 11.25.2013 | Impact
Irv Katz

I am a part of the human services "industry" and, as such, you can count me among those who have this crazy belief that we could live more fulfilling lives (as in "Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness") if we had a more rational approach to aging.

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.

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.

Home Health Aides: Living Lifelines in Sandy's Hobbled Communities

Marki Flannery | Posted 01.29.2013 | Impact
Marki Flannery

The hurricane amplified the power of teamwork that many experts believe is the future of home- and community-based care, among aides as well as across a diversified team of caregivers.

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.

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.

Learning to Love Hospice

Stu Kreisman | Posted 11.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Stu Kreisman

As I go through this experience, I'm suddenly aware that the word "hospice" is all around us. A lot of people have been through the experience and like me, they have nothing but enthusiastic gratitude for the service and the people.

Fear of Falling: Breaking the Dangerous Downward Cycle

Marki Flannery | Posted 11.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

Remaining physically active is essential, but it is only one part of a larger fall-prevention picture, which also includes medication management, vision upkeep, proper footwear and a safe home environment.

There Is No 'I' in 'Safety Net'

Mary Ann Christopher | Posted 11.06.2012 | Healthy Living
Mary Ann Christopher

At the center of Mrs. Barrow's team is Felicia herself; her needs, her feedback, and her participation are essential. Then, working collaboratively and across all facets of her daily life, she is supported by a nurse-led team of health professionals.

Bringing Public Health Home: A Response to 'What Can Mississippi Learn From Iran?'

Mary Ann Christopher | Posted 10.03.2012 | Healthy Living
Mary Ann Christopher

This is where home- and community-based health care play a vital role, bringing comprehensive care to people where and when they need it, keeping costs down by emphasizing wellness, self-management and continuity of care.

Home Health Aides: We Need to Raise the Bar

Marki Flannery | Posted 09.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

While this survey uncovered far too many "bad apples," home health aides like Zena give us a benchmark to strive for as we seek to fill a ballooning and all-important need: caring for our loved ones as they age.

Home Health Aides: The Dementia Care Balancing Act (Part Two)

Marki Flannery | Posted 08.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

One of the few constants with dementia is change. Levels of memory loss and general awareness can fluctuate greatly.

Home Health Aides: Dementia Care Means Expecting the Unexpected (Part One)

Marki Flannery | Posted 08.05.2012 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

When a client or a loved one has dementia, all activities of daily living (ADL) -- such as bathing, dressing, eating and sleeping -- need to be understood through the lens of the progressive brain disorder.

Home for the Holidays

Leann Reynolds | Posted 02.12.2012 | Healthy Living
Leann Reynolds

Families can use the holidays as a time to reconnect and make time to talk about how to handle circumstances for elderly or ailing loved ones they only see once a year.

What Makes A Good Caregiver?

Marki Flannery | Posted 01.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

Who are the people to whom we entrust our aging parents, our spouses, ourselves in our greatest need, and how can we ensure that they are a good fit for our loved ones?

Would You Do This? Profound Stories of Caregiving

Leann Reynolds | Posted 01.09.2012 | Impact
Leann Reynolds

It can be quite challenging to select just one winner from the many applicants around the country who make up the 65 million family caregivers in the United States. All of these individuals are giving so much to care for a loved one.

Sami Peterson: National Family Caregiver of the Year!

Suzanne Mintz | Posted 12.28.2011 | Healthy Living
Suzanne Mintz

Sami Peterson is like most of the family caregivers I've had the privilege of meeting over the years -- hard working, resourceful, optimistic and exhausted.

Ways to Assess Long-Term Care Insurance Companies

Leann Reynolds | Posted 11.28.2011 | Healthy Living
Leann Reynolds

Long before anyone expects to be thinking about in-home caregivers or nursing homes is precisely when they should be considering long-term care insurance.