Home Health Aides: The Front Lines of the Future
Huffington Post
When Sandra Santos*, who is frail and elderly, fainted in her kitchen, her home health aide Angela knew just what to do, calling 911, initiating CPR, and remaining calm throughout. “She didn’t leave my mother’s side,” marveled Mrs. Santos’s daughter. “She handled the situation until help arrived and continued to be professional and level-headed. My family and I were very lucky to have her with our mother that day.” Read more.


HuffPo to America’s Youth: Senior Living Industry Wants You
Senior Housing News
A career in the senior living industry is not something many young people aspire to, but considering the rapidly expanding older population and the potential that creates, maybe it should be on more youths’ radars, writes the Huffington Post. progress report on the Money Follows the Person (MFP) program. Read more.


GOP, Democrats Unite on Home Care
Life Health Pro
The Republicans and Democrats both talk about the need to strengthen the U.S. home care system in their 2012 campaign platforms.
Val Halamandaris, the president of the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NACH), Washington, is welcoming the platform references to home care.
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Healthcare jobs grow amid steady national unemployment
Fierce Healthcare
Hospitals added 5,700 jobs in August, bringing the total to 17,000 additional jobs in the healthcare industry, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) said Friday.
While national unemployment still hovers at 8.1 percent across industries, healthcare, along with the food and drinking market and professional and technical services, saw boosts in employment last month. Read more.


Cut hospital admissions, boost satisfaction with house calls
Fierce Healthcare
As the industry looks to cut unnecessary visits, recent research in the American Journal of Managed Care suggests hospitals consider making house calls.
That’s because the house-call model is associated with lower admissions and higher satisfaction among elderly patients with multiple chronic conditions, American Medical News reported. Read more.


GOP and Democratic Platforms Agree: Aging in Place is Essential
Reverse Mortgage Daily
While they may not agree on much, the Republican Party and Democratic Party seem share some common ground when it comes to one important issue: aging in place for seniors.
Both parties’ platforms, released during their national conventions over the past couple of weeks, include home care for the aging population. Read more.


Reducing Readmissions: It’s Harder than it Looks
Hospital Impact
A centerpiece of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ efforts to enhance the value of healthcare is to reduce preventable hospital readmissions. The volume and cost of these readmissions is significant.
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