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Nursing Home Staffing Issues in Maine Highlight the Need for More Home Care Workers

The federal government has given four Maine nursing homes the lowest possible ranking during to their staffing levels. In some of these nursing homes, the number of patients they take on has been cut, leaving some elderly and disabled men and women unable to receive optimal care when needed. This is one more example of why home care is such a vital factor for an aging population.

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Congress Votes to Repeal Medical Device Tax That Could Affect Some Home Care Services

Medical devices are becoming a more integral part of home health care throughout the country, and Congress recently voted with bipartisan support to cease a 2.3 tax imposed on medical devices enacted to help pay for the Affordable Care Act of 2010. The legislative move won’t have any direct and immediate impact on the industry, though, as a temporary block on this tax had already been in place since 2016, though that was set to expire next year.

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Latinos Find Communication Barriers When Relying on Home Health Care Services: Report

According to an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll, 6 in 10 Latinos report having a difficult time communicating with a health care provider. Of those surveyed, most reported that when they do have trouble, they turn to outside sources for help, which could be family or friends and sometimes others. Not only does this complicate the health care process (which could include home health care), it also diminishes privacy that is often taken for granted by others.

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Significant Home Care Challenges Coming Due to a Shortage of Workers and Historically Low Wages: PBS

It’s been a favorite talking point of political pundits for a number of years: low wages within the home care industry. PBS’ Paul Solman recently conducted an interview with numerous individuals who are involved in the home care sector regarding the potential crisis about to impact elderly and disabled individuals who rely on these workers for daily care and health.

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Unionized Home Care Workers Celebrate Passage of Law That Creates Registry

A mock signing of new legislation in Rhode Island took place recently that will provide a registry for home care providers in the state. On the surface, this legislation may appear to be a great resource and benefit for elderly and disabled adults throughout the state who require in home care support, but opponents to the legislation have marked it another union supporting tool.

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The Rising Cost of Long-Term Care Concerns the Baby Boomer Generation

It’s no secret that the Baby Boomer generation constitutes a large section of the U.S. population. Those born shortly after the end of World War II and the mid-1960s are considered ‘baby boomers’ and while they have witnessed many changes throughout their lifetime, it’s the one thing that could be coming that causes concern: the cost of long-term care.

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Public Misconceptions About Home Healthcare Continue to Run Rampant

The battle over public unions and whether they can compel employees to pay monthly fees, and even whether they can opt out of the union altogether (while still benefitting from increased wages and benefits negotiated with the state by the unions) is a topic that’s running rampant in this country. There are numerous men and women considered public workers and within the home care field, the vast majority of those taking care of disabled or elderly adults at home are family members.

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