Why Quality Care Begins with Quality Education

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Caregiver training is a valuable tool for employee retention and satisfaction. But it is also a critical factor in improving care delivery. This can lead to other positive outcomes such as increased client satisfaction and a strong reputation. Organizations that understand the connection between training and quality care will not only serve their staff, but […]

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Illinois Amends One Day Rest in Seven Act, Adding Stricter Penalties and More Stringent Notice Requirements

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On May 13, 2022, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into law SB3146, amending the provisions of the Illinois One Day Rest in Seven Act (ODRISA), which addresses both day of rest and meal break requirements for employees in the state.  Fortunately for employers, the amendments do not take effect until January 1, 2023, so there […]

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Higher IRS gas mileage rates no quick fix to caregiver crisis, NAHC says

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The Internal Revenue Service is giving some relief to home care workers struggling to pay higher prices at the pump. Starting July 1, it is increasing the standard mileage rate for business travel by 4 cents to 62.5 cents. Although National Association for Home Care & Hospice President William Dombi applauded the move, he told McKnight’s Home Care […]

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Flurry of immigration legislation would reduce hiring barriers

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Immigrants looking to work in the long-term care industry would see some barriers lowered, including costs and licensing requirements, under a trio of recently introduced House bills. The proposals were introduced Thursday by Reps. Adam Smith (D-WA) and Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) and are designed to bring more workers into the healthcare industry amid a severe […]

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New Obligations for Frontline Sector Employers through Minnesota’s Frontline Worker Pay Program

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On April 29, 2022, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz signed S.F. No. 2677 (2022) into law.  This law authorizes bonus payments to Minnesotans who worked in frontline sectors during the COVID-19 peacetime emergency.  This so-called “Hero Pay” law aims to thank eligible frontline workers for their sacrifices and hard work during the pandemic, when their work put them […]

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Why more long-term care operators are being nudged upstream

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There is continuing debate in long-term care about whether future success lies in upstream (increasingly healthcare focused) or downstream (increasingly service focused) services. Compelling arguments can be made for either option. That being noted, some recent findings leave little doubt about which way the scrum is moving. Read more @ McKnight’s Home Care

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In-Home Care Provider Makes Bet on Medical Private-Pay Services

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An in-home care provider is making a bet. That bet is that while the amount of people needing care will rise over time, the percentage able to afford private-pay home care is going to dwindle. And in order to win out on that population, it needs to be hyper-focused on it. That is – in […]

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Colorado Updates Notice Requirements for Employees Upon Discharge

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Colorado enacted a slew of employment-related legislation in the 2022 legislative session.1 One important new piece of legislation, Senate Bill 22-234, updates the notice requirements regarding unemployment insurance that employers must provide to employees upon termination. Under preexisting Colorado law,2 employers are required to provide a notice to employees at separation of employment that includes: A statement […]

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Overlooked, undervalued: Cornell research seeks to elevate home care workers

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“Stop it, stop it!” Yanick Pierre-Louis, 68, slapped her knees, frustrated they wouldn’t stop trembling. Again, her body refused to do what she wanted. She had just spent an excruciating 25 minutes walking, grimacing with each step, from her recliner in her Brooklyn home to her front door and back, leaning on her walker. Marie […]

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Providers push feds for more support in hiring foreign workers amid workforce crisis

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Amid an ongoing push for legislative fixes that could bring more immigrants into the healthcare workforce, the nation’s two largest nursing home associations are pursuing a regulatory course too. Representatives with the American Health Care Association and LeadingAge on Tuesday met with the Department of Labor in an effort to get the agency to reconsider its denial to […]

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How Healthcare Uses Innovation to Help Seniors Age Independently

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The fastest-growing population in the US are seniors, and they’re very much interested in staying healthy longer and staying at home. With that in mind, healthcare organizations are developing care management programs that allow seniors to age independently, and they’re researching and investing in programs that improve home-based care, including telehealth and digital health. As […]

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Mistakes in leadership

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I forgot. I missed that. I made a mistake. I was wrong. I let my emotions get the best of me. I reacted too quickly. I was short. I jumped to conclusions. Have you ever had a thought like the above? What’s that? You have had more than one? You are not alone. This week […]

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