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Introducing In-Home Care When Your Loved One Says “No”

Desperate though caregivers may be for a temporary respite from their care responsibilites, many care recipients are resistant to strangers coming into their home to help. The help may be perceived as an invasion of privacy, a loss of independence or a waste of money. Yet in-home assistance is often…

Antibiotic Overuse In Home-Care Patients

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A study of Canadian home-care patients suggests doctors may be overprescribing antibiotics for patients receiving ongoing medical care at home. The study, published in the June issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, suggests that more should be done to…

Aging Baby Boomers Will Have To Innovate

As their autonomy fades, tomorrow’s elderly will need to create non-traditional support networks or pay for the care they receive. This is the conclusion of Jacques Légaré, professor at the Université de Montréal, who studies aging baby-boomers, a generation for whom children are relatively rare and stable couples almost an…

National Association for Home Care & Hospice Applauds Joint Commission Positioning Statement Citing the Growing Demand, Effectiveness of Home Care Services

Home care is less expensive, reduces hospitalizations, and ‘key step in achieving optimal health outcomes for many patients’ a WASHINGTON D.C. –The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) praised a Joint Commission positioning statement released this week, which reinforces that safe, quality, highly skilled and high-tech home care…

Home Care & Hospice Community Encouraged by CMS’ Proposed 2012 Hospice Wage Index

WASHINGTON D.C. –The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) today commented on the positive changes proposed by CMS in the “Medicare Program: Hospice Wage Index for Fiscal Year 2012” report: “The proposals set forth by CMS for 2012 hospice care are an encouraging first step toward improving access to…

Home Care & Hospice Community Encouraged by Recent Data Highlighting Cost Effectiveness of Caring for Seniors and Disabled Americans at Home

WASHINGTON D.C.  – The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) today highlighted the results of recent studies by Genworth Financial and the AARP Research & Strategic Analysis that exemplify the multi-faceted value of home care. Comparing the change in average costs in various care settings from 2010 to…

Improving Home Care Critical to Addressing Chronic Disease and Reducing Health Care Costs Nationwide

WASHINGTON D.C. – Val J. Halamandaris, president of The National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC), issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s decision to exclude proposals that would impact seniors’ access to critical home care services: “As Congress and the Administration focus their collective efforts on…

Homecare After Hip Surgery In Seniors Increases Survival Rate

Homecare after hip surgery in seniors increases survival rate Seniors who received home care after discharge from hospital for partial hip surgery (hemiarthroplasty) were 43% less likely to die in the three months following the procedure, found a study published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) However, less than 16%…

Alzheimer’s Better Spotted By Friends And Family Than Traditional Screening Tests

Friends and family of a person who starts showing early signs of Alzheimer’s dementia tend to become aware of those signs earlier than traditional screening tests do, say researchers in an article published in the peer-reviewed medical journal Brain. An individual is usually evaluated by a healthcare professional with a…

Timely Depression Diagnosis Critical To Maintain Health Of Elderly

Depression affects approximately 30 to 40 percent of nursing home residents, but it often goes unrecognized, according to American Geriatrics Society, which can lead to lower quality of life or even suicide. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have found a series of indicators, other than changes in mood…