Home Health Proves Resilient After Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy’s landfall last week challenged patients and providers across New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and New Jersey.  While many continue to wait for restored power, gas and supplies to arrive in their communities, the storm has also brought with it an overwhelming outpouring of care and compassion from family, friends, and neighbors.  The home health care workforce in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions have joined in the critical relief efforts by assisting patients affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Home health patients and their caregivers face additional challenges in the wake of a super storm like Hurricane Sandy and last year’s Tropical Storm Irene. Many homebound patients rely on care from their aides, nurses and other home care professionals to administer medications and deliver critical health care services. Many patients in affected areas were left completely isolated in dark, cold apartments with no access to the outside world.  Yet while many businesses closed down operations, home health aides and nurses continued to care for their patients despite dangerous conditions at the height of the storm.

The Alliance is proud of the hard working, caring home health professionals who continue to put their patients first in the wake of natural disaster.

Recent news coverage on home health care following the storm

Enduring the Storm for Homebound Patients
The New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/02/nyregion/enduring-the-storm-for-homebound-patients.html?ref=health

The Healthcare Workers Who Saved Seniors from Sandy
Newsweek
http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2012/11/04/the-healthcare-workers-who-saved-seniors-from-sandy.html

Home Health Care Proves Resilient in the Face of Sandy Destruction
Minnesota Public Radio
http://minnesota.publicradio.org/features/npr.php?id=164207669

The Alliance thanks all the dedicated caregiving staff for their efforts during the recent storm.

Home Health News Roundup: Week of August 11 – 17

Senior Care Technology the Antidote to Killer Side Effects of Loneliness from Aging in Place?

Senior Housing News

Loneliness comes with killer side effects for some aging-in-place seniors, but certain technologies geared toward social engagement may provide an antidote, senior care technology developers say.  Read more 

U.S. Should Make ‘Life-Long Homes’ A Priority, Says Henry Cisnerors

Kaiser Health News

What will it take for Americans to age successfully in place? This question has immediate importance for policymakers and families as an estimated 10,000 Baby Boomers turn 65 years old every day. It’s the subject of a new book, “Independent for Life: Homes and Neighborhoods for an Aging America,” authored by more than a dozen leading aging and housing experts and co-edited by Henry Cisneros, a four-term mayor of San Antonio and former secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Read more

U.S. News: 10 Things Aging Americans [Should] Want for a Better Retirement

Senior Housing News

Aging in place is a focal point of a list of ten improvements—which includes home-based healthcare, universal design, and more geriatricians—that aging Americans will want or eventually need as the older population continues its rapid expansion ,according to U.S. News: Money. Read more

CMS Adds Three More Healthcare Organizations to its Pilot Telemedicine Program

Health Tech Zone

Telemedicine is becoming so popular that even the government is doing it. Originally conceived as a way to monitor astronauts’ health in space, it’s now moved decidedly earthward and is bringing many benefits and rewards by caring for patients away from the hospital. Read more

 

Home Health News Roundup: Week of July 14 – 20

Care Transitions Program Shows Home Health Care “Highly Effective” in Reducing Rehospitalizations

Home Healthcare News

A collaborative effort among hospitals, home health agencies, and a Medicaid-managed care program in upper New York has been successful in reducing hospital readmissions, according to a new report. Read more

 

Home Health Care Goes High-Tech

The Asbury Park Press

New technology is making it possible for more care to be administered from home. Read more

 

Home-Based Care Teams Offer Help for Patients With Dementia

U.S. News Health

New research suggests coordinated home healthcare efforts for patients with dementia can improve quality of life and delay the need for nursing home care. Read more

 

Home Monitoring Device Market Surge to Keep Seniors at Home 

Home Healthcare News

The market for in-home health monitoring services is expected to grow from fewer than 3 million to more than 36 million units over the next five years, according to forecasts from ABI Research. Read more

 

Hospitals’ readmission rates still too high, government says

The Washington Post

Despite government efforts and the threat of financial penalties, hospitals are making little headway in reducing the frequency at which patients are readmitted. Read more

 

HHS: Health law project will cut state costs in major programs

The Hill’s Healthwatch

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says a new project under the Affordable Care Act will improve care and cut spending in the Medicaid and Medicare programs. Read more


Home Health News Roundup: Week of July 2 – July 6

Nursing home costs grow as home health costs stay flat, survey shows

A new study by Genworth focused on the change in elder care costs in 2011. While nursing facilities saw costs increase between 1.2 and 4.2 percent, home health costs saw no increase at all.

 

New Numbers on Elder Care

With the addition of elder care to the American Time Use Survey, the Bureau of Labor Statistics can now identify the segment of the population providing care to the elderly, as well as the types and frequency of care provided.

 

Study: Frequent Hospice Visits Can Help People Remain Home at End of Life

According to a new report highlighting the importance of hospice programs, patients who prefer to remain home at end of life are more likely to be able to do so if they get frequent visits from nurses and doctors.

 

New elderly care program controls health costs

A new type of elderly care program is saving money by allowing patients to live at home while receiving care and company at a day care center.

 

Use of electronic health records by post-acute providers improves care transitions, experts say

Experts believe the use of electronic health records by post-acute care providers can improve and ease transitions for patients during the recovery process.

 

CMS Wants to Cut Home Health Agency Payments by $20 Million in 2013

On Friday the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the new home health prospective payment system (HH PPS) rule to cut payment rates to home health agencies by $20 million in 2013. The proposed rule is expected to encourage efficiency and payment accuracy among providers.