Home Care Workers Deserve a Living Wage

A plan for higher home care wages under consideration in New York State could offer a model for how we can care for older people.

#elder-care, #fair-pay-for-home-care, #home-health-care, #labor-and-jobs, #new-york-state, #shortages, #wages-and-salaries

Meet the Underdog of Senior Care

The Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, funded by Medicare and Medicaid, has quietly succeeded in enabling some older Americans to age in place.

#archcare, #elder-care, #elderly, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #home-health-care, #jersey-city-nj, #medicaid, #medicare, #nursing-homes, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

The Challenges Faced by the Democrats

Readers discuss Maureen Dowd’s criticisms of President Biden and the Democrats. Also: A new university; investing in people; unvaccinated home aides.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #colleges-and-universities, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #home-health-care, #nursing-homes, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #university-of-austin

Biden Promised to Fix Home Care for Seniors. Much More Help May Be Needed.

The latest Democratic proposal would funnel $150 billion toward subsidized home and community-based care. Experts worry that may not be enough to ease the severe shortage of workers.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #elderly, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #home-health-care, #medicaid, #nursing-homes, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wages-and-salaries, #your-feed-healthcare

Home Care Is Broken. Can Congress Fix It?

The latest Democratic proposal would funnel $150 billion toward subsidized home and community-based care. Experts worry that may not be enough to ease the severe shortage of workers.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #elderly, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #home-health-care, #medicaid, #nursing-homes, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wages-and-salaries, #your-feed-healthcare

Their Jobs Made Them Get Vaccinated. They Refused.

The willingness of some workers to give up their livelihoods helps explain the country’s struggle to reach herd immunity.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #home-health-care, #labor-and-jobs, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #nursing-and-nurses, #unemployment, #vaccination-and-immunization

Short on Staff, Some Hospices Ask New Patients To Wait

“It causes huge distress to tell a family, ‘We can’t serve you,’” said one state hospice organization director.

#death-and-dying, #elder-care, #elderly, #home-health-care, #hospice-care, #labor-and-jobs, #national-hospice-and-palliative-care-organization, #nursing-and-nurses, #shortages, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

How a Vaccine Mandate Could Worsen a Shortage of Home Care Aides

Some 250,000 home health care workers must get the coronavirus vaccine by Friday, but tens of thousands of them have yet to receive it.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hochul-kathleen-c, #home-health-care, #johnstown-ny, #new-york-state, #nursing-and-nurses, #vaccination-and-immunization, #visiting-nurse-service

Tallying the Cost of Growing Older

Researchers have been studying how much care American adults will require as they age, and for how long.

#center-for-retirement-research-at-boston-college, #elder-care, #elderly, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #home-health-care, #long-term-care-insurance, #nursing-homes, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

Long Hours, Low Pay, Loneliness and a Booming Industry

The ranks of home health aides are expected to grow more than any other job in the next decade. What kind of work are they being asked to do?

#americare, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dessin-yvette, #elder-care, #home-health-care, #labor-and-jobs, #medicaid, #monah-helen, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #working-hours, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

The Pain Wouldn’t Stop — Because Her Medication Had Been Stolen

Too often, seniors who use opioids become targets for exploitation and abuse.

#drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #elderly, #home-health-care, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug, #pain-relieving-drugs, #robberies-and-thefts, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

Home Care Keeps Me Alive. It Should Be Fully Funded.

Most Americans want to stay at home when they’re sick or aging. The U.S. should make it possible.

#health-insurance-and-managed-care, #home-health-care, #united-states-politics-and-government

More Than 80 Percent of Seniors Are Vaccinated. That’s ‘Not Safe Enough.’

The older cohort had a head start on getting immunized against Covid-19, but too many remain unprotected, experts say.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elderly, #home-health-care, #nursing-homes, #research, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization

What I’ve Learned Over a Lifetime of Caring for the Dying

As a doctor who cares for the dying, I know that direct-care aides are invaluable to patients and their families. We need to honor the work they do.

#death-and-dying, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #home-health-care, #hospice-care, #nursing-homes

How a Nursing Shortage Affects Families With Disabled Children

A nursing shortage — driven by the pandemic — has made life miserable for parents with profoundly disabled children. “What if I’m so exhausted that I make a mistake?”

#children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #families-and-family-life, #home-health-care, #medicaid, #nursing-and-nurses, #parenting, #shortages

Will Congress Abandon America’s Seniors?

Republicans are right that elder care only loosely counts as infrastructure. But something must be done about it.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #baby-boomers, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #elder-care, #elderly, #home-health-care, #infrastructure-public-works, #republican-party, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

Family Caregivers Feel the Pandemic’s Weight

Early studies reveal the toll that lockdowns, isolation and stress have taken on those who care for older Americans.

#alzheimers-disease, #anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dementia, #depression-mental, #elderly, #home-health-care, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

Mother and Daughter Do the Same Job. Why Does One Make $9 More an Hour?

A tale of two home care workers.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #home-health-care, #labor-and-jobs, #organized-labor, #wages-and-salaries

Covid Pandemic Forces Families to Rethink Nursing Home Care

Even with vaccines, many older people and their relatives are weighing how to manage at-home care for those who can no longer live independently.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elder-care, #elderly, #families-and-family-life, #home-health-care, #medicaid, #nursing-homes, #your-feed-healthcare

Alexia’s Lifelong Nurse Has to Leave Her. Here’s Why.

For the most fragile New Yorkers and those who care for them, turning 23 brings enormous consequences.

#group-homes-and-supportive-housing, #health-department-nys, #home-health-care, #medicaid, #new-york-state, #nursing-and-nurses, #office-for-people-with-developmental-disabilities-nys, #savino-diane-j, #willowbrook-state-school

Shots For Homebound New Yorkers Have Lagged. A Vaccine Pause Didn’t Help.

Efforts to vaccinate homebound seniors in New York have lagged, and the national pause on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine set them back further.

#bronx-nyc, #brooklyn-nyc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #east-harlem-manhattan-ny, #home-health-care, #new-york-city, #vaccination-and-immunization

Biden Takes On Sagging Safety Net With Plan to Fix Long-Term Care

The proposal to spend $400 billion over eight years faces political challenges and a funding system not designed for the burden it has come to bear.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #disabilities, #elder-care, #elderly, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #home-health-care, #labor-and-jobs, #medicaid, #wages-and-salaries

5 Health Care Jobs on the Rise

Occupations in the industry are increasingly in demand because of an aging population and longer life spans.

#accreditation, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elder-care, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #home-health-care, #hospice-care, #labor-and-jobs, #massage, #medicine-and-health, #nursing-and-nurses, #nursing-homes, #retirement-communities-and-assisted-living, #therapy-and-rehabilitation, #united-states-economy

Biden Plan Spurs Fight Over What ‘Infrastructure’ Really Means

Republicans say the White House is tucking liberal social programs into legislation that should be focused on roads and bridges. Administration officials say their approach invests in the future.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #bridges-and-tunnels, #federal-budget-us, #home-health-care, #infrastructure-public-works, #labor-and-jobs, #law-and-legislation, #organized-labor, #republican-party, #roads-and-traffic, #rural-areas, #states-us, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #white-house-council-of-economic-advisers

Behind Closed Doors, ‘the Difficulty and the Beauty’ of Pandemic Hospice Work

“I did not really understand when people would ask, ‘Why me and why my family?’” a hospice chaplain said. “Now I was asking the same questions.”

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #death-and-dying, #elder-care, #express-inc, #grief-emotion, #home-health-care, #nassau-county-ny, #new-york-city, #quarantine-life-and-culture

The Costly, Painful, Lonely Burden of Care

Health care in the U.S. relies on an “invisible army” of caregivers — mostly women. For many, stunted careers, lost earnings and exhaustion are part of the fallout.

#already-toast-caregiving-and-burnout-in-america-book, #books-and-literature, #families-and-family-life, #home-health-care, #labor-and-jobs, #washington-kate-journalist, #women-and-girls

Can Long-Term Care Employers Require Staff Members to Be Vaccinated?

As legal experts and ethicists debate, some companies aren’t waiting.

#content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elder-care, #home-health-care, #labor-and-jobs, #nursing-homes, #retirement-communities-and-assisted-living, #vaccination-and-immunization, #workplace-hazards-and-violations, #your-feed-science

‘It Should Not Be This Hard’: When Family Members Provide the Care

Readers respond to an Op-Ed essay urging increased support for the millions of Americans providing such assistance.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elder-care, #elderly, #home-health-care, #stimulus-economic, #united-states-politics-and-government

Dad, a Death Sentence and the Planner Who Set Us Straight

A personal finance columnist, a lawyer and an executive whose nonprofit works with cancer patients sound like siblings who would be prepared to deal with their dad’s diagnosis. They still needed help.

#amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis, #elder-care, #financial-planners, #home-health-care, #national-assn-of-personal-financial-advisors, #personal-finances, #xy-planning-network

50 Million Americans Are Unpaid Caregivers. We Need Help.

Biden must make good on his promise to support families with sick loved ones.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elder-care, #elderly, #family-leaves, #home-health-care

How Biden Can Move His Economic Agenda Without Congress

Union leaders and policy experts say the next administration could do plenty on behalf of workers through regulation and other powers.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #home-health-care, #labor-and-jobs, #labor-department-us, #law-and-legislation, #minimum-wage, #organized-labor, #presidential-transition-us, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #united-states-economy

How a Home Health Aide Spends Her Sundays

Multiple showers, multiple buses, multiple patients, multiple masks and gloves.

#content-type-personal-profile, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elderly, #home-health-care, #keisha-gourdet, #mill-basin-brooklyn-ny, #nursing-homes, #quarantine-life-and-culture

Biden’s Plan for Seniors Is Not Just a Plan for Seniors

The incoming administration aims to tackle child care, elder care, preschool and more in one ambitious aid program.

#ai-jen-poo, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #child-care, #domestic-service, #elderly, #family-leaves, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #home-health-care, #long-term-care-insurance, #national-alliance-for-caregiving, #national-domestic-workers-alliance, #nursing-homes, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

Abandoned Retail Sites Become Senior Housing

Former malls and abandoned shopping-center sites are in the midst of a repurposing — and one of those new uses is senior housing.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #elderly, #home-health-care, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #retirement, #retirement-communities-and-assisted-living, #shopping-centers-and-malls

Israeli Charity Treats Ultra-Orthodox Virus Patients at Home

Health experts say the treatment offered by a religious charity is a gamble. It has also fed concern about the community’s acting with increasing autonomy in an already divided nation.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #home-health-care, #israel, #jews-and-judaism

Biden’s Quietly Radical Care Plan

The candidate is talking about child care and elder care in the same breath, and making them part of his economic package. Both changes are long overdue.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #child-care, #elder-care, #elderly, #home-health-care, #presidential-election-of-2020, #united-states

A Covid-19 Lesson: Some Seriously Ill Patients Can Be Treated at Home

To ease pressure on hospitals, Northwell Health brought medical workers, oxygen tanks and intravenous equipment into patients’ homes. Now Florida is taking cues.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #home-health-care, #hospitals, #medicare, #new-york-state, #northwell-health, #nursing-and-nurses, #telemedicine, #westbury-ny, #your-feed-science

The Invisible Essential Workers

America’s neglect of older people extends to the people who care for them at home.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elder-care, #home-health-care, #nursing-homes, #organized-labor, #united-states

Health Care Workers Are the Future. Protect Their Rights.

Fetishizing coding and robots misses the real engines of our economy.

#home-health-care, #labor-and-jobs, #national-domestic-workers-alliance, #wages-and-salaries

Navigating Home Care During the Pandemic

For the several million older Americans being cared for at home, the coronavirus brings new challenges.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elder-care, #elderly, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #home-health-care, #nursing-homes, #quarantines, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

Home Health Care Workers Deserve Hazard Pay During the Pandemic

I love my job, but I can’t even afford medical insurance.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #home-health-care, #labor-and-jobs, #wages-and-salaries, #your-feed-opinionvideo

Long Before the Coronavirus, Immigrant Workers Were Essential

Pandemic or not, immigrants’ work has always been essential.

#black-people, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #curfews, #elder-care, #elderly, #foreign-workers, #home-health-care, #immigration-and-emigration, #labor-and-jobs, #massachusetts, #migrant-labor-agriculture, #nursing-homes, #quarantines, #tests-medical, #uganda

The Coronavirus Shows ‘Essential Workers’ Aren’t Fairly Treated

A living wage is only the first step to real economic dignity.

#home-health-care, #income-inequality, #king-martin-luther-jr, #labor-and-jobs, #minimum-wage, #paid-time-off, #united-states-economy, #wages-and-salaries

How Millions of Women Became the Most Essential Workers in America

One in three jobs held by women has been designated as essential.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #home-health-care, #labor-and-jobs, #nursing-and-nurses, #quarantines, #wages-and-salaries, #women-and-girls

How to Protect Older People From the Coronavirus

People over 60, and especially over 80, are particularly vulnerable to severe or fatal infection. Here are some steps to reduce their risk.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elderly, #epidemics, #home-health-care, #nursing-homes, #retirement-communities-and-assisted-living, #telemedicine, #your-feed-science