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Rural Home Care Clients May Lose Access if Congress Doesn’t Act

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Feb 16, 2018
Rural Home Care Clients May Lose Access if Congress Doesn’t Act

Much of the attention surrounding home health care providers in the United States involves men and women in more suburban or urban regions, those living in rural portions of the country have an added challenge: extra costs.

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Commutes in New York City Placing More Strain on Home Care Workers

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Feb 15, 2018
Commutes in New York City Placing More Strain on Home Care Workers

Public transportation, for the most part, seems more convenience than necessity for a large portion of the population that enjoys driving their own vehicle wherever they go. However, for millions of workers throughout major metropolitan regions where transportation costs are prohibitive, riding the bus or subway is the best option. For home health care workers, along with others, it can take a toll.

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Billionaire Soros Funding Effort to Put Universal Home Care on Ballot in Maine

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Feb 14, 2018
Billionaire Soros Funding Effort to Put Universal Home Care on Ballot in Maine George Soros, the billionaire who has funded numerous non-profit political efforts globally, is apparently also behind the latest effort in Maine to make home health care a universal right for residents throughout the state. When a person requires assistance with Activities of Daily Living, yet don’t have the financial resources to pay a home care aide, life can become challenging. The new effort involves a ballot proposal that would require wealthier Maine residents to contribute more in taxes in order to pay the estimated $350 million per year required to make sure every person who needs in-home care services enjoys this level of support. According to a political Press Herald article entitled, Group backed by billionaire seeks universal home care for Maine elderly, disabled, written by Marina Villeneuve: “There is appetite in Maine to make the wealthy contribute more as income inequality grows nationwide, said Mike Tipping, spokesman for the liberal nonprofit Maine People’s Alliance. “It makes a lot more sense to help people age in their home rather than ship them off to a nursing home,” he said. The group’s campaign this month reported receiving a $350,000 boost from the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Community Change Action and the Open Society Policy Center, also based in D.C., a nonprofit funded by Soros, who has long railed against income inequality. The Center for Community Change Action reported that the $150,000 it contributed to Maine’s effort came from the nonprofit linked to Soros.” Republican lawmakers in the state, including Governor Paul LePage, claim that this proposal, if passed, would equal one of the largest tax increases in the state’s history. House Republican leader Ken Fredette said, “What this proposal represents is yet another example of a special interest group taking advantage of the referendum process in Maine to perpetrate one of the largest tax increase in state history on the hardworking people of Maine.” This effort was funded in large part by Open Society Policy Center and the supporters of this ballot initiative submitted 67,000 signatures, well over the required 61,123 needed to move this toward the ballot. There was no information provided by the group regarding how many seniors and disabled adults in Maine are currently unable to rely on in home care support services. Medicaid does offer reimbursement for short-term services for lower income individuals who require in home care support. Maine currently has the oldest average population in the country, yet there has been no evidence to suggest a majority of scrambling to either find home care support or be moved to nursing home care instead.

George Soros, the billionaire who has funded numerous non-profit political efforts globally, is apparently also behind the latest effort in Maine to make home health care a universal right for residents throughout the state. When a person requires assistance with Activities of Daily Living, yet don’t have the financial resources to pay a home care aide, life can become challenging.

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App Helps People Get Home Health Care on Demand in Grand Rapids, Michigan

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Feb 14, 2018
App Helps People Get Home Health Care on Demand in Grand Rapids, Michigan

During a survey census conducted in 2016, it was found that 13 percent of Michigan’s Kent County population was 65 or over. That number is expected to rise in the next couple of decades as the Baby Boomer generation reaches retirement age. With that increase in aging population, the demand for in home care services will also jump, and that’s been seen across the country in recent years.

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New York Law Expands Opportunities for Those in Need of Home Care Support

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Feb 12, 2018
Nurse Giving Senior Male Medication In Bed At Home

As most people in government and health care sectors understand, the demand for in-home care support services is increasing, and will continue to do so for many years. While the industry itself is gripped with challenges, not the least of which involves relatively low wages for high stress work, it also doesn’t offer the kind of advancement available in other fields.

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Home Health Care is Expanding Around the World, and North America Remains the Largest Market Share

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Feb 9, 2018
Home Health Care is Expanding Around the World, and North America Remains the Largest Market Share

The demand for in home care services is increasing. The ‘Baby Boomer’ generation of adults has long been defined as men and women born shortly after the end of World War II and through the mid 1960s. This is a period of time that witnessed an explosive growth in population, especially as soldiers returned from battle and couples aimed to build families. Today, this Baby Boomer generation is retiring and driving up the percentage of elderly in comparison to other age groups, not just in America, but around the world.

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Valuable Lessons of Home Care from One Agency That’s Been Doing This for 50 Years

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Feb 8, 2018
Valuable Lessons of Home Care from One Agency That’s Been Doing This for 50 Years

Any business that gets the chance to celebrate 50 years of operation is a rare breed. When it involves providing home health care and hospice services, it’s something even more special because this type of work was no commonplace just five decades ago, at least not on an agency level and nowhere close to the way things are today.

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Why Some Chronically Ill People Are Having Trouble Getting In-Home Care through Medicare

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Feb 7, 2018
Why Some Chronically Ill People Are Having Trouble Getting In-Home Care through Medicare

In recent months there has been a growing chorus of advocates for the aging and disabled in the United States, and they are calling for home care agencies, caregivers, and local government agencies to step up and ensure that when these men and women need support, they can get it. Unfortunately, there has been increased confusion, especially for those who will require long-term care.

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Petition to Make Home Care Available to All Residents of Maine Submitted

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Feb 6, 2018
Petition to Make Home Care Available to All Residents of Maine Submitted

The Maine People’s Alliance (MPA) secured enough petition signatures to force the state’s legislature to take up the topic of increased home health care access to its residents. Part of the measure the MPA seeks is also to increase wages for the men and women who provide this level of care and support to aging and disabled people in their homes.

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