Posts Tagged ‘American Association of Retired Persons’

AARP Encourages its Members to Speak Out Against Medicare Home Health Copays

June 11, 2013

The AARP recently encouraged its members to “speak up now about the future of Medicare” by writing their elected officials in opposition to the reintroduction of copayments for home health care to Medicare, as well as other initiatives that the 37 million-member strong organization sees as harmful to the future of Medicare.

“”It’s important for NAHC members to remember that even though we face many challenges, we are not in this fight alone,” said NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris. “The AARP is also encouraging their members to take action to preserve Medicare and oppose the reintroduction of home health copays.” (more…)

Sarasota Herald Tribune: Nation at Crossroads in Home Care for Elders

May 28, 2013

By , Sarasota Herald Tribune

Chuck and Rosalie Schockweiler need no words as they execute a smoothly choreographed routine in their Englewood home.

He rinses her feeding tube and hands it to her; she shakes it dry and attaches it to a port on her abdomen as he dissolves three pills in water. Chuck fetches her liquid lunch as Rosalie places a plastic receptacle in an ingenious homemade stand that Chuck fashioned from PVC pipe and an old battery charger, weighted “with imported stones from the front yard.”

He pours in the solution, and as she feels it flow into her belly, she smiles — the same glorious, sunny smile he first noticed back when they worked at Venice Regional Medical Center. He chases the meds with a can of liquid nutrition Rosalie must have five times daily, filling the tube and responding to her prompt when it’s time for another pour.

Usually, as Rosalie finishes her meal, Chuck gets himself something to eat and they sit together at the dining table. Then they stand, every single time, for a long, satisfying hug.

It’s a process they repeat about every two and a half hours, with two more feeding sessions for medication alone.

Early in the day, it looks easy. But, Chuck admits, evenings are tougher because his energy flags. (more…)

Home and Community-Based Services More Cost-Effective than Institutional Care, Says Nearly 40 State Studies

April 4, 2013

The AARP recently released a report stating that, based on 38 state studies published from 2005 to 2012, home and community-based services (HCBS) proved to be more cost-effective than institutional care. These studies supported the cost effectiveness of Medicaid balancing away from institutional care and towards HCBS. (more…)

AARP Report: Removing Barriers to Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

November 30, 2012

Report Highlights the Need to Allow
APRNs to Certify Patients for
Home Health and Hospice Services

The AARP Public Policy Institute released a report that explains how removing certain barriers to nursing scope of practice could benefit the health care system. The report argues that access to care would be improved to vulnerable patients if advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) are able to certify home health and hospice services.

APRNs are registered nurses with advanced levels of education and include nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified registered nurse anesthetists, and certified nurse midwives. APRNs provide primary care services to patients, especially those in underserved and rural communities. AARP estimates there are over 270,000 APRNs in the United States. (more…)

Everyone Has a Different Opinion on Medicare, Home Health Copays at Forum

October 12, 2012

Sherry West of Clearwater talks about how she wishes the United States could have a health care system citizens could be proud of during a Medicare forum co-sponsored by AARP and the Tampa Bay Times at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. Holding the microphone is Michelle Cyr, associate state director for advocacy for AARP.

By Patti Ewald, Tampa Bay Times

There is only one thing everyone agrees on about Medicare: The other guy is wrong.

And it’s not just the Democrats and Republicans who feel that way.

The 50 people at a forum Thursday night on the topic listened politely as AARP state director Jeff Johnson led a discussion. But at every break in the action, hands shot in the air for a turn to talk.

The event was hosted by the Tampa Bay Times and AARP at the Poynter Institute, which owns the Times. (more…)

Lee Memorial Offers Patients Talking Pill Dispensers

September 28, 2012

By Frank Gluck, The Fort Myers News-Press

The talking machine that dispenses pills looks vaguely like a coffeemaker, and it nags 87-year-old Doris Low relentlessly.

“Time for your medication,” its robotic voice announces three times a day, reminding Low to take the 17 pills she needs to treat her diabetes, hypertension and heart disease.

It will keep on doing that until she confirms she has.

“I take a lot of medication,” said Low, who was been hospitalized three times this summer alone. “This way I don’t forget about them.”

The Philips Medication Dispenser is one in a long line of new gadgets that monitor the sick outside of hospitals and help address one of the most vexing and expensive problems facing U.S. health care today. (more…)

Study Gives South Florida Poor Score as Place to Grow Older

August 6, 2012
By Sonja Isger, The Palm Beach Post

Who’d have thought South Florida’s sandy beaches and sunny lifestyle could take a back seat in senior appeal to the likes of Provo, Utah, and Madison, Wis.?

But it has — and what’s more, 37 large metro areas are better places to grow old than this piece of paradise, according to a recent study by the Milken Institute in California, which ranked 100 of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas. Even South Florida’s weather came in a paltry 15th. (more…)

Opinion: Home Health Aides Deserve a Living Wage

March 30, 2012

By Dean Baker & Steven L. Dawson
Published in The Washington Post

As Congress gins up its attack on women’s health services, another issue that affects the welfare of women has been getting far less attention. Caregiving in America is a female occupation. Most family caregivers are women — and they constitute 90 percent of paid workers who provide home health services.

Many people do not realize that those who provide home care are not guaranteed the same right to a 40-hour week under the Fair Labor Standards Act as most other workers. Since 1974, home-care aides have been subject to the “companionship exemption,” which deemed “companions to the elderly and infirm” to be much like teenage babysitters: casual laborers who did not need to earn a living wage to support a family. (more…)

Wage Standards Would Be a Burden, Home Health Care Industry Warns

March 21, 2012

By Ledge King, Fort Myers News-Press

Florida’s home health care industry is warning an Obama administration proposal that mandates minimum wage and overtime pay for thousands of its workers will drive up costs and ultimately harm home-bound patients.

Workers’ advocates counter a fairer pay scale would mean less turnover and better care.

The issue is critical to one of the nation’s fastest-growing industries. Almost 12,000 firms nationwide — including about 2,100 in Florida — employ about 2 million home health care workers who help an aging population stay in their homes by providing care such as cooking, bathing, cleaning and companionship. (more…)

Tampa Bay Times: Florida’s Shift to Private Managed Care Means Longer Medicaid Waiting Lists, Study Finds

February 2, 2012

By Stephen Nohlgren, Tampa Bay Times

When the Legislature decided last year to cap Medicaid funding and turn long-term care over to private managed care companies, some experts warned that growing waiting lists would drive people into expensive nursing homes.

A study released Tuesday by the Legislature’s own policy analysts underscores that fear.

Florida has three main Medicaid programs that divert people from nursing homes by providing home health care, aides for chores, assisted living and other services. One uses a for-profit, managed care model. (more…)