Home Care Industry News

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

Preventive Measures May Reduce Challenges for Seniors as They Age

As people age, they will face increasing challenges. Many of these challenges will result in health issues and potential physical limitations. It’s a difficult challenge for some aging seniors to acknowledge their own limitations or even the prospect that their safety has become compromised with age. Unfortunately, if they don’t address these concerns as early as possible and seek help when necessary, they could be putting themselves in a potentially dangerous situation.

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Wisconsin’s Aggressive Crackdown on Medicaid Fraud May Have Hurt Some In-Home Health Care Nurses 

When Wisconsin’s former governor Scott Walker set about to crack down on Medicaid fraud, it was an ambitious undertaking. Medicaid fraud costs the federal and state governments billions of dollars every year. While the intention was to curtail a level of fraud that takes away money from those in need, it may have caught a number of legitimate in-home health care providers in its net. 

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Family Taking a Bigger Role in Home Care Due to Low Wages for Visiting Nurses in Some States 

It’s no secret that family members have taken an active role in looking after aging and disabled loved ones for years. In fact, throughout history it has been the nuclear family that looks after one another, often living in the same house or in such close proximity to one another that they can look after each other with relative ease. 

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Missouri’s DHSS Sees Smaller Savings Than Expected Following Cuts to In-Home Care 

Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services anticipated saving as much as $43 million through cuts it made to in-home care in 2017. However, while there was some savings, the actual amount fell far short of expectations. The cost for these services actually increased between 2014 and 2017, but that was due to an increase in the number of people relying on said services. 

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How the ‘Walmart Effect’ Is Impacting Home Care Agencies’ Ability to Hire and Retain Staff 

Once upon a time Walmart prices were so low compared to the competition that it drove many smaller operations out of business. Mom-and-pop stores throughout the country would immediately feel the pressure of a new Walmart supercenter opening up within driving distance of their doors. Today, however, most other major companies have caught up, removing the Walmart advantage as far as pricing is concerned. While this may not seem to be directly relevant to home care, it is. 

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Some Counties Struggle, but Still Provide In-Home Care Services to Residents in Need 

Counties across the country continue to struggle in finding ways to pay for services their residents require. With increasing numbers of people requiring some type of support at home, it means more Americans may go without. The majority of the population depending on in-home care services are elderly, but disabled adults and those recovering from major medical emergencies, injuries, or surgery might also require some type of long-term care. 

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Toronto-Based Home Health Company Expanding into Boston 

Mavencare is a Toronto-based home health technology company that leverages these innovations to improve quality care to aging men and women in the comfort of their home. It is a startup company that is now expanding operations, including moving into the Boston, Massachusetts region.  The focus of Mavencare is to harness the power of technology to improve quality…

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