Editor’s Picks: Seniors Take Driverless Car for a Spin

This week, Home Health Care News readers heard why Kindred Healthcare isn’t satisfied being the largest home health provider in the country, how San Francisco-based Honor plans to tackle the Los Angeles market and where in the United States home care rates are rising most sharply.

Here in the newsroom, we enjoyed 10 California seniors’ reactions to taking a spin in a “driverless” car.

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Why Kindred is Not Content Being No. 1 Home Health Provider—Kindred Healthcare (NYSE: KND) is currently the largest home health provider in the country. But in the future, being a health services provider may be less important than Kindred’s role as a manager of the nation’s post-acute system, the Louisville-based company’s CEO said on a quarterly earnings call.

Where Home Care Rates are Rising Most Sharply—As the home care industry is faced with increased labor costs and other challenges, rates are increasing faster than other types of senior care services—and many potential home care clients could be in for some serious sticker shock. Help with household tasks such as cooking and cleaning became 2.56% costlier over the past 12 months, according to latest results from the annual Cost of Care Survey done by insurer Genworth Financial (NYSE: GNF).

How Honor is Gaining Cred in New LA Market—San Francisco-based in-home care provider Honor has recently expanded into its second marketplace: Los Angeles. Home Health Care News spoke with Honor’s Steve Seigel, the new general manager for the Los Angeles market, about his goal of helping the startup gain credibility, market share and a high-quality workforce as it expands into new territory.


Weekend Reads

Confined to Nursing Homes, but Longing (and Ready) for Home—Across the country, many Americans are unwillingly confined to long-term care or skilled nursing facilities when they’d rather—and can—live at home, The New York Times reports.

Honoring Our Parents: 10 Things the Next President Can Do to Help People Age 85 and Older and Their Families—The “crucial national strategic issue” of the growing number of people in the United States aged 85 and older hasn’t yet received much attention this Presidential election season, VNA Health Group CEO Steve Landers writes in this article for the Huffington Post. Landers suggests 10 things the next president can do to help this population.

For Your Viewing Pleasure

WIRED took 10 seniors for a ride in a self-driving shuttle around the University of California at San Diego campus. One senior, in particular, was convinced having a self-driving car would have improved his past love life.

Written by Mary Kate Nelson

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