Hospital-at-home places undue burden on family caregivers
Sarah Stephens Winnay
May 10, 2022
During COVID-19, the trend of “hospital-at-home” was fueled by good intentions to get patients out of the hospital and into a safer setting. But it has resulted in sending some patients home without…
Advice for home care operators: Stay client-centric
Apr 19, 2022
I wanted to share some sales insights with other home care owners and administrators so that they can grow their agencies while remaining client-centric.
Progressive California law grants two types of COVID-19 sick leave
Apr 05, 2022
Bear in mind: While this law only applies in California, it may serve as a template for the rest of the country, particularly if COVID-19 continues to surge again.
The added value of remote patient monitoring for at-home care
Mar 29, 2022
While RPM can, in theory, be used by anyone, it is most advantageous for those who are dealing with chronic illnesses.
To solve the caregiver crisis, we have to overhaul the LTSS system
Mar 21, 2022
There can be no healthy LTSS system, or true freedom for direct care workers, without a fundamental shift in their compensation and agency in their work.
Leaving the hospital? Remember you’re home but not alone
Alan Spiro, M.D.
Mar 15, 2022
While the care team may no longer be physically there, patients should still feel supported throughout their at-home recovery journey.
Bridging the needs gap between home care workers and clients
Mar 08, 2022
Focus on hiring experienced or coachable talent who understand the complex needs of aging clients and training them to use the technology, practical skills and soft skills that they need to succeed in…
Becoming an ’employer of choice’ amid a home care staffing shortage
Mar 01, 2022
While there isn’t a quick fix or a single solution to the staffing crisis, job candidates tell us they’re attracted to organizations with great cultures, stellar reputations, concern for their safety…
Is dialysis a true health equity leader?
Paul Komenda, M.D.
Shaminder Gupta, M.D.
Feb 22, 2022
On its surface, dialysis might look like a model of health equity in the United States. But the way in which chronic kidney disease (CKD) is treated is far from adequate for many.
What does omicron mean for seniors’ overall well-being?
Feb 17, 2022
The emergence of new COVID-19 variants and a rise in infections has only prolonged restrictions that can also create risks to seniors’ health and well-being.
With shift toward acute care at home, providers must emphasize education
Feb 01, 2022
The opportunities that may result from hospital-at-home and other acute care programs abound. They not only present a space for home care providers to flex their muscles, but also to educate clients and…
What the vaccine mandate means to you
Jan 25, 2022
Now that the CMS mandate is in full effect, below are frequently asked questions and answers to help home-based care providers decide what steps they need to take to protect their businesses, clients and…
Preparing for a new reality: Hospice survey enforcement in 2022
Jan 11, 2022
On Jan. 1, 2022, new survey and enforcement regulations for Medicare-certified hospice programs took effect, allowing the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to impose a range of enforcement penalties…
9 home care workforce trends for 2022: How will you adapt?
Dec 21, 2021
From businesses to individuals, we have all been affected one way or another by the pandemic. We can’t deny that how we work and the way we work has changed. For most organizations, including those in…
Home care needs to place more emphasis on the family caregiver
Dec 14, 2021
Your support can take many different shapes. It could be letting them know that there’s a podiatrist in town or explaining how you apply for VA benefits. The healthcare system is hard for patients and…
How COVID-19 has reinforced the critical role of home healthcare
Nov 02, 2021
Most discussion of COVID-19 has focused on hospitals, but as inpatient beds became scarce and people sought other options for care, home health has risen to the challenge, underscoring the benefits it…
Hurricane and natural disaster preparation for home care patients
Oct 26, 2021
Whether it’s the Atlantic hurricane season spanning from June to November, or east coast snowstorm season from December to March, it is crucial that home care patients are prepared for potential impact.
Nurturing our nurses: How fostering the right culture begets the best care
Oct 12, 2021
To ensure we’re not only fostering, but truly living and breathing a people-first ethos, we developed the VITAS Difference — a program that demonstrates and celebrates how each and every team member…
With Flex for Checks, home care agencies lead the way in COVID-19 vaccination fight
Oct 05, 2021
I am very pleased to report that as of Sept. 30 the Flex for Checks program has experienced a very successful initial launch, with more than 1,400 home care and home health agencies currently participating….
As wheelchair-bound therapist, I understand value of PACE for seniors, family caregivers
Sep 21, 2021
I have dedicated my career to giving people their independence back.