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How Can Seniors Know Who’s About to Take Care of Them at Home?

Michael was 73 and widowed when he found himself in the hospital having suffered a stroke. Listening to his doctor report the news and then finding some family surrounding him (having flown in from other regions around the country) it was difficult for him to accept. He never imagined requiring help just getting out of bed, going to the bathroom, or taking a shower. Yet, this was the new reality facing him.

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Home Care Agencies Shifting Focus of Surveys and It’s Impacting Quality of Care and Service

Earning a state licensure, Medicare or Medicaid certification or accreditation can be quite intensive for a home care agency. As the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has begun providing a rating system for home care agencies, it becomes crucial for the prosperity and even survival of those companies to be in compliance and have a quality rating. These credentialing surveys, then, become vital to the integrity of the agency itself.

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NYC Investigation Finds Majority of Interviewed Home Health Care Agencies Taking Advantage of Aides

It should come as no surprise to individuals who operate within the home health care sector that fraud and abuse can and does happen. As any honest agency owner or caregiver with integrity would admit, that needs to be rooted out as quickly as possible to ensure the safety of all clients, elderly or disabled. Unfortunately, it’s not just clients who are being abused and taken advantage of by some agencies. A recent New York City investigation found that 75% of home care agencies that were investigated had been taking advantage of the caregivers on their staff.

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Hurricane Florence Is a Good Reminder for Those Relying on Home Care to Be Vigilant

Hurricane Florence is dominating the national news, especially along the East Coast. As of the time of the writing of this article, it was anticipated to make landfall somewhere between the northern coast of South Carolina and anywhere up the coast of North Carolina, including smashing into the Outer Banks. Not only is this hurricane expected to be intense, emergency personnel are warning that the combination of high winds, torrential rain, and possible tornadoes are a recipe for disaster.

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Boston Paramedics Treat Some Patients at Home, Improving Care and Reducing Hospital Readmissions

It’s late at night. A siren cuts through the still Boston air. Grinding through traffic, long after 8 o’clock, still makes for a slow trip. The paramedics roll to another call, but they’re not just going about their normal routine; they’ll soon be providing direct medical attention and treatment to an individual at home. That aging senior won’t be taking a trip in the ambulance to the hospital; she will be remaining home, so long as no major complications have arisen.

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As Doctors Bring Care to Patients at Home, It Improves Options for Aging and Disabled Adults

Once upon a time doctors were noted for making house calls. As cities grew and transportation options expanded, they became more rooted in their clinic facilities and hospitals. During the latter part of the 20th century, most people, if they wished to be seen by their doctor or another physician, they had to go to those offices or a hospital. That made it difficult for some seniors and disabled adults to seek adequate medical care.

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Connecticut Home Health Aide Allegedly Admits to Stealing from Client

One the greatest challenges the home care industry as a whole faces happens to be a negative reputation among the general public. Much of these misconceptions that people have about home care aides and even agencies are derived from a few, isolated incidences that have a tendency to gain traction in the media. One such case occurred recently in Connecticut.

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