Humana Launches Program to Encourage Socialization Among Seniors

New findings from insurance giant Humana (NYSE: HUM) show that nearly 31% of Americans over the age of 65 don’t feel socially engaged. Social isolation has been a prevalent issue for many home health care and home care companies in the U.S. Such companies as LHC Group (Nasdaq: LHCG), FirstLight Home Care and Lifesprk have […]

New Bill Would Allow Health Savings Account Use for Home Care Services

A new bill introduced in the House of Representatives would make it possible for patients to use a health savings account (HSA) for home care services. The bill —H.R. 6813 or the Homecare for Seniors Act— was introduced Sept. 13 and is sponsored by U.S. Representatives Sam Johnson, R-Texas, and John Larson, D-Connecticut. It would […]

How Right at Home, Amedisys, CareLinx Are Rising To Staffing Challenges

Staffing continues to be a major challenge across the in-home care industry, and leaders agree that finding and implementing creative approaches is a top priority. To keep employees engaged, some companies are gamifying job training, others are adding unique benefits and some are zeroing in on their dedication to quality. Most companies agree that a […]

In Florence Aftermath, Amedisys’ Disaster Response Leader Inspired by Personal Experiences

Hurricane Florence has wreaked havoc across North and South Carolina, testing home health agencies’ emergency preparation plans. With 40 care centers across the two states, Amedisys (Nasdaq: AMED) is no exception. Its efforts have been spearheaded by Iris Rancatore, assistant vice president of clinical risk, who began to lead disaster preparations for the provider after […]

Home Care Providers Tap Retirees to Fill Workforce Gaps

Home care providers face relentless pressure to recruit and retain workers, with many focused on the rising number of millennials entering the labor pool. But some providers are finding success by tapping into a different demographic: retirees. “[Retirees] offer significant professional and personal experience that they can bring to the job,” Natasha Bryant, managing director […]

Boston Globe: Lack of Home Care Regulations Endangers Patients

Sept. 19, 2018 update: The Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts released a statement in response to The Boston Globe series stating the articles failed to properly explain the home care system in the state and left readers scared and confused. “The Home Care Alliance and its members have a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to patient […]

M&A and Financing Newsflash: Honor Partners with Help Unlimited, FMS Joins AccentCare

Help Unlimited and Honor Announce Partnership Help Unlimited is partnering with technology-driven home care company Honor to provide more reliable and transparent care for aging adults in a well-known California county. San Francisco-based Honor — backed by $150 million in venture capital since launching in  2015 — is a non-medical home care company that provides care […]

More Seniors Age in Place Thanks to Growth of ‘Villages’ 

For a small group of people in 1999 Boston, moving into a retirement community was not desirable, making them determined to stay in their own homes. The trailblazers found their own solution to enable aging in place — a village. From that beginning, a movement was born, and the growth of villages today is supporting aging in […]

AccentCare Continues to Amp Up Texas Presence with New Acquisition

AccentCare has acquired Accolade Home Care and Hospice. The deal marks Dallas, Texas-based AccentCare’s sixth purchase in Texas since 2017 — and reportedly makes the company’s regional branch the largest home health, hospice and personal care provider in the state. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. AccentCare’s regional branch is branded as Texas Home Health. […]