Homewatch CareGivers Targets In-Home Nutritional Support, Partners with Chefs for Senior

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Access to quality nutrition is often one of the overlooked aspects of maintaining a healthy lifestyle for seniors aging in place. But companies that offer home-delivered meals can help boost patient outcomes and lower overall health care costs. Home-based care providers that are partnering with such organizations see the relationship as a “beautiful fit,” especially […]

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Home-Modification Bill Could Lead to Lower Costs, Partnerships for Home Care Providers

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A bill allowing older adults to deduct home-modification expenses from their taxes was introduced in Washington, D.C. last week. If passed, the Home Modification for Accessibility Act would provide a boost to aging-in-place efforts, perhaps spurring greater partnership between home care companies and home-modification businesses. ​​Already, home care industry leaders and home-modification stakeholders are heralding […]

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Seniors’ long-COVID symptoms often overlooked, confused with aging

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Long COVID, or new or ongoing or health problems at least four weeks after a COVID infection, may hit seniors differently, with symptoms that mimic the effects of aging leading to oversight or misdiagnosis. Come occurrences with long COVID include shortness of breath, an elevated heart rate and muscle and joint pain; in seniors, they […]

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The best reason of all to reduce staff turnover

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Any long-term care professional will tell you that finding and keeping qualified employees is getting harder by the day. For reasons that range from The Great Resignation to greener pastures elsewhere, workers in this — and many other fields as well — are giving employers the old sayonara salute. Which means the incredibly difficult job […]

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Home-Based Care Providers See Staffing Tailwinds from Inflation, Travel Nursing Decrease

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The staffing situation has been dire in home-based care for a long time, but there could finally be tailwinds slowly gaining momentum at providers’ backs. There is an increasing amount of evidence suggesting that the home health and home care labor markets could get a boost from two somewhat unexpected types of workers: sidelined ones […]

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5 Questions With Bill Dombi on the Homecare Workforce

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The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), the Home Care Association of America (HCAOA) and BAYADA Home Health Care recently kicked off a new initiative to improve conditions, pay and recognition for homecare workers (read more about it here). NAHC President and CEO Bill Dombi sat down with HomeCare to share more about […]

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Home Care Workforce Action Alliance Formed as Providers Hit All-Time Case-Decline Highs

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It is often said that storytelling can be a powerful tool for change. This is what the members of the newly formed Home Care Workforce Action Alliance are banking on with the announcement of the Voices for Care at Home campaign. The Home Care Workforce Action Alliance is the byproduct of some of the biggest […]

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More home health aides needed by 2030, experts say

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By 2030, all baby boomers will be over the age of 65, meaning one in every five people will be of retirement age. In Florida, it’s one in three, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. As more people face retirement, home health aide workers, like Letsey Perrin, are needed more than ever. Perrin, 40, has worked as a home […]

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Medicaid Regains Power to Deduct From Home Health Workers’ Pay

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State Medicaid programs will regain the authority they lost in the Trump era to withhold union dues and deductions for benefits from home health workers’ payments. The Biden administration final rule (RIN 0938–AU73), published Thursday, is the latest move in a back-and-forth disagreement between Democratic and Republican administrations over how Medicaid programs should interact with home health […]

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A ‘Persistence of Patient Harm’: Hospital Failures Highlight Need for Home-Based Care Investments

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The traditional brick-and-mortar hospital system is broken, often leaving patients in a condition that’s worse than when they first arrived. That’s according to a May report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG). The findings throw further support for facility-based care alternatives, including the types of hospital-at-home models that lean […]

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CVS Health moves further into the home with virtual primary care offering

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CVS Health has launched Virtual Primary Care, adding to its array of home care-related offerings and signaling it may be moving closer to a home care acquisition. Last week, the Woonsocket, RI-based company announced it will begin offering virtual primary care services on Jan. 1, 2023, to members of its wholly owned Aetna insurance plans, self-insured […]

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Home-Based Care Leaders Discuss Staffing-Woe Mitigation, ‘Ghosting’ in Recruiting

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Though staffing remains the top challenge for the home-based care industry, providers agree that there isn’t one universal panacea. Instead, there are various approaches that have yielded results for different agencies across the country. One of these approaches is making sure that potential clinicians and caregivers know about the job opportunities that exist within home-based […]

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