Home Care News Headlines

As Health Care Costs Concern Americans, Home Care Rises as a Viable Support 

If one were to ask the average American whether they would prefer to stay in a hospital or nursing home following a major medical emergency or surgery or if they would rather be home to recover, nearly every single one would choose their home environment. Aging in place is the preferred option for growing numbers of seniors, and while it is certainly more comfortable in many cases, it is often considered more affordable. 

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Seattle’s Home Care Industry Struggles to Attract Workers, Despite Raising Pay 

Seattle’s home care industry is facing a potential crisis: difficulty hiring caregivers. Entry-level and low-wage workers appear to be in short supply. Competition is fierce and since the city has raised the minimum wage to $16 per hour (for larger corporations, but only $12 per hour for government workers), there is no shortage of people looking for these lower wage and entry level jobs, but for anything requiring certification or that is deemed physically and mentally challenging, they may focus on less strenuous opportunities. 

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Video Communication May Help Reduce Rehospitalization Risks While Patients Recover at Home 

While it may be said that elderly individuals are far less likely to take advantage of technological innovations, increasing numbers of seniors own smartphones and tablets. They might have to turn to their grandchildren or even great-grandchildren to show them how to use it and set things up, but once they get the hang of things, they have a tendency to use them more frequently. 

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Changes to Home Care Are Looming within the Next Decade 

The next 10 years are going to see significant changes to the home care industry. Most of the basic support systems — assisting with bathing, toileting, getting dressed, and other physical supports — will likely remain the same, but with technology, the federal government’s pressure to reduce hospital readmissions, and other external factors, more aging seniors will deal with health issues in the comfort of their home as opposed to a hospital setting or nursing home. 

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Faced with a Lull in Technological Innovation, Best Buy Eyes Expansion into Health Care 

For anyone who has paid attention to technological innovation over the past several decades, they will notice that there has been little in the way of significant innovation during the past couple of years. For the most part, whatever innovation that’s coming forth is simply improving speed, compact portability, and storage space. 

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