Category Archives: Home Health Workers

Health Care Coverage for Direct Care Workers: 2009 Data Update

Source: Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute, Facts 4, March 2011

From the summary:
A new PHI analysis on health care coverage for direct-care workers found that occupation, industry/setting of employment, and geographic region were key indicators of whether these frontline caregivers had coverage.

The new analysis found that in 2009, of all the nation’s direct-care workers — nursing assistants, home health aides, and personal care aides:

* nearly 1 million (28 percent) were uninsured;
* nearly 20 percent received health coverage through Medicaid or other public insurance at some point during the year; and
* only 47 percent had employer-sponsored coverage — compared to 68 percent of U.S. workers generally.

Personal Care & Support Credential

Source: Direct Care Alliance, February 2011

From the press release:
Direct Care Alliance announced the launch of the Direct Care Alliance Personal Care and Support Professional Credential, a competency-based test that will help improve the quality of long-term care for the elderly and people living with disabilities who depend on personal assistance workers to maintain their autonomy and quality of life.

The credential for personal assistance workers will help professionalize the direct care workforce by: 1) providing elders, people with disabilities and their families with a reliable way to assess the knowledge of those they hire; 2) giving agency employers a customer-centered assessment tool; 3) establishing a national standard for state policy makers; and 4) allowing workers in this field to demonstrate their professionalism and skill.

Why a Domestic Workers Bill of Rights?

Source: Lauren D. Appelbaum, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, UCLA, Research and Policy Brief, no. 6, December 2010

In August 2010, the California State Legislature passed a Resolution for a Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. This resolution highlights the work done by domestic workers in the state and the labor violations faced by these workers. The resolution calls for the fair treatment of these workers, noting that domestic workers have a right to be treated with respect and dignity. On November 29, 2010, New York State enacted a new Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, which guarantees basic work standards and protections for domestic workers. In January 2011, a law that would prohibit the mistreatment and underpayment of domestic workers will be introduced to the California State legislature. If passed, the California law would go beyond its New York counterpart by providing paid days off and severance upon termination, in addition to an eight hour day and minimum wage assurances

Youth In Nursing Homes Seek Alternative Care

Source: Joseph Shapiro, NPR, All Things Considered, December 9, 2010

In a hotel ballroom outside Atlanta, a young man glides his wheelchair to the front of the meeting room. With his twisted hand he hits a button on a small gray box attached to the front of the chair and a machine speaks for him. “I am Mathew Harp, and I am 22 years old.”…
Picture a nursing home and you think of a place for the elderly. But yearly federal nursing home data shows that there are more than 6,000 young people up to the age of 21 living in American nursing homes. And there are thousands more who are in their early 20s….
“I was the youngest person in the nursing home. Most of the others were very old. I had only a few friends that would come and see me. I missed everyone very much,” he said. “And I wanted to leave. I wanted to live with my family so that I would not miss them so much.” After a year in the nursing home, Harp got his wish and, in March, he moved back into his mother’s home. That was possible because a state and federal program paid for the aides who come to his house nine hours every day. They help him get up, get dressed and eat.

Supporting Direct Care Workers in Caring for Aging Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Individuals

Source: Nancy F. McKenzie, Direct Care Alliance, Policy Brief No. 4, September 2010

This briefing paper is an overview of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) elder issues in long-term care institutions, community care and home care. The briefing paper’s aim is to demonstrate how the cultural and legal landscape negatively affects the health of LGBT seniors, and direct care workers’ role in improving the quality of service to LGBT elders.

A Home And Community-Based Service System Reform Blueprint

Source: Rick Surpin, Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute (PHI), Independence Care System (ICS), July 2010

From the summary:
The ICS/PHI blueprint, issued on November 24, is a detailed plan to simplify and rationalize the home and community-based service (HCBS) delivery system in New York City, which consumes $4.4 billion annually in Medicaid expenditures — accounting for at least 80 percent of all HCBS spending in New York State.

Currently, New York City’s HCBS delivery system suffers from a highly inefficient, fragmented, overlapping complexity of programs that provide Medicaid-funded services to elders and people living with disabilities.

The ICS/PHI reform blueprint directly addresses these challenges by proposing four essential reforms to New York City’s Medicaid-funded long-term care services for elders and people with disabilities:
* contain Medicaid costs;
* simplify the delivery system;
* improve quality outcomes by providing care management for consumers with complex needs; &
* stabilize the core HCBS workforce by establishing parity in wages for home care aides.

The blueprint builds on the strengths of the Medicaid-funded home and community-based service system, rather than turning to large managed care entities — which have limited, if any, experience in long-term care.

The Role of Human Factors in Home Health Care: Workshop Summary

Source: Steve Olson, Rapporteur; Committee on the Role of Human Factors in Home Healthcare; National Research Council, 2010
(registration required)

From the summary:
The rapid growth of home health care has raised many unsolved issues and will have consequences that are far too broad for any one group to analyze in their entirety. Yet a major influence on the safety, quality, and effectiveness of home health care will be the set of issues encompassed by the field of human factors research–the discipline of applying what is known about human capabilities and limitations to the design of products, processes, systems, and work environments.

To address these challenges, the National Research Council began a multidisciplinary study to examine a diverse range of behavioral and human factors issues resulting from the increasing migration of medical devices, technologies, and care practices into the home. Its goal is to lay the groundwork for a thorough integration of human factors research with the design and implementation of home health care devices, technologies, and practices.

On October 1 and 2, 2009, a group of human factors and other experts met to consider a diverse range of behavioral and human factors issues associated with the increasing migration of medical devices, technologies, and care practices into the home. This book is a summary of that workshop, representing the culmination of the first phase of the study.

Fact Sheet Highlighting Cuts Affecting Seniors in California’s 2010-11 Enacted Budget

Source: SCAN Foundation, Fact Sheets, October 14, 2010

From the summary:
The SCAN Foundation presents a comprehensive new fact sheet providing a breakdown of how the 2010-2011 California state budget affects the state’s seniors.
See also:
Six California Fact Sheets Highlight Long-Term Care Issues throughout the State
Federal Health Care Reform and its Potential Impact on California’s Long-Term Care System

The 2010 MetLife Market Survey of Nursing Home, Assisted Living, Adult Day Services, and Home Care Costs

Source: MetLife, October 2010

From the summary:
This survey provides national, statewide, and, in certain states (based on population), area-specific costs, average private-pay, daily rates for private and semi-private rooms in a nursing home, monthly base rates in assisted living communities, hourly rates for home health aide and homemaker services, and daily rates for adult day services.