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NC Home Health Care Aide Charged with Stealing from Aging Client

It’s one of the biggest fears and concerns among elderly and disabled men and women who need support and care at home: being victimized by crime. While home care agencies across the country are taking a more active and vested role in screening backgrounds for potential home care aides and other workers, that doesn’t apply to all agencies.

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Telecommunuting with Doctors Helping Seniors Age in Place More Effectively

Younger generations are often considered more technologically ‘savvy’ than their parents or grandparents, and for aging men and women, struggling to get to a doctor has made living at home comfortably more challenging. Now, though, more patients can connect using Skype or other telecommunication tools, but too often that technology has been a hurdle for some.

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States Providing Cameras on Loan Aimed at Reducing Elder Abuse, but Some Companies Crying Foul

A program that started in one state not too long ago has been copied by several others, and there are a number of elderly and disabled advocates who applaud these others, while some agencies and caregivers question whether this is an invasion of privacy. The program involves states offering hidden cameras on loan to those who may suspect abuse or neglect, but can’t prove it.

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Some News Agencies Becoming Recruiting Partners for Home Care Aides

As the home care industry becomes one of the leading job creators in the country due to an explosion in demand, thanks in large part to the Baby Boomer generation now retiring, recruiting new aides (caregivers) has become a growing challenge for some agencies. With stagnant wages, slashes to reimbursement rates for these services by Medicaid, and other funding challenges, some companies have struggled to find quality, experienced, and dedicated home care providers as well as visiting nurses.

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Montana Home Care Provider Facing Charges of Arson

A home care aide in Montana is facing a series of charges for an assault that took place in an elderly client’s home. Neighbors reported to police that they heard a loud argument and, some time later, a fire began moving through the residence. Holly Lasher was reported to have told those neighbors to not help the elderly woman, who was struggling to get out of her house.

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Formation of a National Electronic Visit Verification Association (NEVVA) Underway as an Outcome of EVV Summit

DEERFIELD BEACH, FL, June 5, 2018 — Tellus, LLC, a leading provider of Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) solutions, sponsored an EVV Summit last week, titled eVVolution. The Summit, held May 30-June 1, 2019, at the Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort in Deerfield Beach, FL, drew more than 130 attendees representing some 70 organizations across home health agencies, managed care organizations and state Medicaid providers. Over the three-day period, attendees participated in an array of sessions and open dialogue covering topics surrounding EVV best practices, implications for self-direction, implementation timing and considerations, fraud, waste and abuse prevention as well as effective training and outreach methodology.

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Federal Pressure to Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates Shows Improved Care for Patients at Home

When the federal government initially proposed fining hospitals for failing to reduce their readmission rates, many of those organizations directly affected by potential fines cried foul. Many hospitals said readmissions were being their ability to control and fining them was only going to lead to fewer opportunities to assist patients who needed care. However, a recent report has found that this pressure has led to some ancillary benefits, including improve support and care at home.

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VA May Help Aging Veterans Get the Care They Need in a Home Setting

Nursing homes are not only one of the costliest long-term care options available in the U.S., they are also commonly the last place people want to be. However, for millions of Americans, there may seem to be no other option aside from these facilities. When aging veterans reach a moment in their lives when Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) become too difficult and they can’t afford help at home and have no families to assist them, and they fall outside the purview of financial assistance through various pensions like Aid and Attendance, it may feel as though there’s no other choice.

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