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The Direct Impact Home Care May Have at Reducing Hospital Readmissions

One of the toughest challenges for hospitals in their effort to reduce readmission rates has been to not just provide quality follow-up care, but the support their patients may need at home. Hospitals that are located in poorer neighborhoods have a tendency to struggle more to reduce these readmissions and have been pressured by the federal government to do more to help after discharge. Home care is one of the best options, but even though millions of potential patients have access to quality agencies across the country, they may not understand how important it can be.

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How Will Illinois Home Care Laws Affect the Elderly Moving Forward?

There are two distinct and stark opposing political forces that have opinions about the state of home care in the country and in certain states. While Illinois has garnered a tremendous amount of media coverage in recent months about the massive fraud that has infected its home care industry, there has also been a major battle between the state’s government and unions.

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Dealing with a Potential Shortage of Home Care Workers in the Coming Years

How serious is the alleged ‘shortage’ of home care aides and other providers? As some might argue, there is going to be a serious problem in the years ahead due to a number of factors. One of the most significant is that the baby boomer generation is now reaching retirement age and as the overall percentage of seniors in the U.S. increases, there will be greater demand for support services.

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Illinois Home Health Aide Facing Charges of Stealing from Clients

While a 22-year-old home health care aide was off-duty, he allegedly returned to some of the homes of his clients to steal various prescription medications. The initial investigation conducted by the Charleston Police Department was paralleled by the Illinois State Police and brought in more information regarding this case that end up in the arrest of Kyle J. White.

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Letting Families Know Where They Can Turn for Help When Home Care Is Needed

Many people end up with numerous questions regarding home care when it’s for themselves or someone they care about. Some people simply don’t know where to turn, what home care actually offers, and whether there’s a benefit to hiring an aide or visiting nurse. Some simply don’t think it’s affordable, even though it’s the most affordable long-term care option there is.

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Some View Home Care as Less Valuable Than Nursing Homes

In response to the Chicago Tribune running an article about Illinois’ rampant home health care fraud, several readers responded, and some of those letters highlight various challenges the home care industry faces as a result of numerous unscrupulous agency owners. Publicity is a major concern for a growing sector within the health care industry. Presenting a truthful and positive message to the general public is a critical component of helping men and women who struggle with mobility or their overall health remain where they’re most comfortable. That comes through the support of home health care services.

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Home Care’s Direct Effect on Alternative Long-Term Care Facilities

More people prefer to ‘age in place’ today. Coupled with a significantly growing elderly population across the country (commonly referred to as Baby Boomers), the demand for home care support services has been on the rise. It is currently the number one job creator in the country, though Medicaid fraud, wasteful spending and services, and low wages have compounded some of the challenges agencies and other providers face. In and around the Greater Boston Area, though, the impact of this growing desire to ‘age in place’ is being felt among nursing homes.

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How Spending Challenges for Home Care May Mirror Health Care

In the health care sector, wasteful spending is rampant. Squandering financial resources can cost billions of dollars every year, and it’s not just in hospitals or with prescription medications; it’s also affecting home care. While pharmacies may deliberately increase the size of bottles beyond what’s needed to maximize sales, they can also cut short certain medications as a way to double sales unnecessarily.

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