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Posts by Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com

Resource Fairs Provide Valuable Information for Seniors About Home Care and Other Services

When people approach retirement age, they often think more closely about every detail. They want to be sure their investments are working out, that they’ll have enough money in savings to survive during their Golden Years, and they want to be sure they will have everything they need to live comfortably and safely.

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Home Care Industry Prepares for Significant Jump in Demand for Services

Millions of Baby Boomers are reaching retirement age and that means more men and women are going to be requiring support during their retirement years. Increasing numbers of aging men and women prefer to ‘age in place,’ which essentially means they want to stay in their homes, even if they might require some type of long-term care.

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Demand for Home Care Providers Will Continue Climbing

According to Forbes and AARP, there are an estimated 44 million family caregivers in the United States right now. That number will likely increase as more seniors reach retirement age and prefer to remain at home, even if they have trouble with mobility or various health issues. Home care support is a major component in keeping these men and women safe, healthy, and active, but for so many of these family members, they rarely think about the consequences (or repercussions) of their efforts.

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After Seven Years of Medicaid Cuts to Home Care, Some Now Cry Foul

Now that the Republican effort the repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act seems stalled, it’s time for legislators to regroup and plan their next strategy. Democrats have been vocal about opposition to any such efforts, claiming it is only going to hurt the sick, poor, and elderly. One such claim that various news agencies have been touting recently is the risk of further Medicaid cuts to in home care services.

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Continued Concern Over Home Care Provider Shortage in the U.S.

At this point in time, it’s not much surprise to those within the home care industry that a shortage is looming. The Baby Boomer generation is now retiring and that means the percentage of the U.S. population considered ‘elderly’ will be growing. By 2050, the number of seniors in the country will be doubled what it is now, and if home care support is not available to those who need it, something will have to give.

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Technology, Technology, Technology: The Impact It’s Having on Home Health Care

When push comes to shove, people become innovative. That’s somewhat how things have been in the home care industry for a long time. When the federal government decided to slash Medicaid reimbursements to home care clients by 14 percent in order to help pay for Obamacare, those in the industry knew it was going to cause problems.

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