Hospice Makes a Difference for Families Facing a Life-Limiting Illness

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Caring for a loved one and helping that individual age in place, in the comfort of his or her own home, is a gift. But caregiving can also be emotionally and physically draining, especially when a loved one is facing end of life issues. According to Brent Korte, Executive Director of EvergreenHealth Home Care, choosing hospice care for a loved … Read More

What to Consider When Choosing End of Life Care

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Imagine a specialized type of care that addresses the spiritual, emotional, and physical needs of an individual with a life-limiting illness. Imagine that this care is delivered by a team of compassionate experts, specially trained on end-of-life symptom management, who address the needs not only of the individual, but of the immediate family members. Imagine that this type of care … Read More

Hospice Provides Care for Families and their Loved Ones

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While home care options for a terminally ill patient may not seem like a novelty today, this type of care was unusual as recently as the mid-1950s. Dame Cicely Saunders, a British registered nurse, pioneered the notion of caring for terminally ill patients, addressing their pain and symptoms, as well as attending to their emotional and spiritual needs. A key … Read More

Family Caregivers and Professional Caregivers Unite in Common Care Goals

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In the summer of 1994, Gary Barg was a video producer living in Atlanta and preparing for an assignment to cover the Olympic Games. With a few weeks on his hands before his assignment kicked into high gear, Barg traveled to south Florida to support his mother who was caring for her parents. For those two weeks, Barg stepped into … Read More

Factors to Look for When Selecting Quality In-Home Care for Your Senior Loved One

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If you’ve decided in-home care is an appropriate solution to help your parent as he or she is aging in place, you’ve probably begun completing your due diligence by asking for recommendations from friends and family members, researching online reviews for local agencies, and possibly even scheduling interviews with prospective home care agencies or individual caregivers in an effort to … Read More

In-Home Care Is Critical in the Changing U.S. Health Care Industry

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Twenty-five years ago, when Allen Hager, executive chairman of Risemark and founder of Right at Home, first got into home care, 8% of the United States GDP was spent on health care. Today, it’s nearly 18% and expected to hit 20% within the next several years. Hager explains that escalating costs and a societal responsibility to provide long-term care for … Read More

In-Home Care Is Preventative Health Care

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Historically, health care in the United States has functioned by addressing crisis. For older adults, that may mean hospitalization due to illness, a chronic health condition, or a fall. Unfortunately, once a senior enters the hospital for treatment, a cycle of readmission can ensue, with patients getting better and being discharged, only to return with a complication, or similar issue. … Read More

Plan Ahead to Help Seniors Age in Place

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Help Choose Home Podcast: Interview with Steven H.  Landers, MD, MPH, President and CEO of the Visiting Nurse Association Health Group, Inc. While there is much uncertainty in the world today, one thing we can count on: we are all getting older. Aging brings about change, but aging doesn’t have to bring about a loss of independence as you evaluate … Read More

Understanding Aging in Place Home Care Options, Coverage, and Costs

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Help Choose Home Podcast: Interview with Jeannee Parker Martin Perhaps you know a bit about in-home caregiving, but you aren’t really sure if it’s an option for your senior loved one. Where do you find out more information about aging in place? What types of care services are provided? How much does in-home care cost? Does Medicare or Medicaid cover … Read More

Help Choose Home Podcast: Interview with Cathy Cress, MSW

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Choosing Home Care Services for Your Aging Parent Cathy Cress, MSW, shares suggestions for how to go about assessing senior care options and helping aging parents make decisions on the Help Choose Home podcast, which can be accessed on iTunes, Google or other listening devices. In The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy says, “There’s no place like home,” a sentiment that … Read More

Help Choose Home Interview with David Totaro

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The Policy Decisions That Impact Home Health Care As the Chief of Government Affairs for BAYADA Home Health Care, David Totaro’s role is to work with elected officials at the national, state, and local levels to influence policy decisions and positively impact the home health care industry. He has a unique perspective that he shares on the Help Choose Home … Read More

Help Choose Home Interview with Deborah Hoyt

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The Benefits of Care at Home for Senior Loved Ones The saying “everything old is new again” is an apt description of the home care industry in the United States. One hundred years ago, home- and community-based care were the norm. Doctors and nurses made house calls to tend to patients. Then, modernization brought brick and mortar hospitals, skilled nursing … Read More

Help Choose Home Podcast: Considering In-Home Care for Older Adults

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The following blog is a summary of the Help Choose Home podcast episode entitled, “Considering In-Home Care for Older Adults.” The National Association for Home Care and Hospice, Axxess, and corecubed are aligning resources to educate the public about the many benefits of the in-home care industry by launching a national digital grassroots campaign to educate consumers and professionals about … Read More

Huh? How Home Care Industry Lingo Gets in the Way of Connecting with Consumers

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Did you ever meet someone from another culture, try to communicate, and end up resorting to simply smiling politely and nodding? Our cultural differences can create insurmountable barriers, either from language and dialect alone, or even from some of the fascinating idioms each culture has accepted as normal, while others find baffling. For example, Russians may proclaim, “I’m not hanging … Read More