Inside One Agency’s Staff Retention Efforts

High staff turnover rates have plagued the home care industry in recent years, but one provider is looking to buck that trend. Caregiver turnover rates rose from 39.4% industry wide in 2009 to 61.6% in 2014, according to a study released earlier this year by Home Care Pulse and the Home Care Association of America. […]

Home Care Gearing Up for New Overtime Challenges

The home care industry was reeling after the Department of Labor (DOL) ruled in August that workers were eligible for minimum wage and overtime protections. While some groups signed on to a letter urging the DOL to delay implementation of the new requirements, the protections officially took effect this month. However, there may be more […]

DOL Wage Rule Takes Effect, Provider Reaction Mixed

Federal overtime and minimum wage protections for home care workers officially took effect Tuesday, after a protracted and still ongoing legal battle between the Department of Labor and provider associations. The DOL has said it will not enforce the provisions for 30 days, but as the effective date arrived, some home care providers voiced sharp […]

Business Briefs: New Sentara CEO, Almost Family Completes Acquisition

Sentara Healthcare Announces CEO Stepping Down Sentara Healthcare, a not-for-profit health care system in Virginia and North Carolina, announced CEO David L. Bernd will be stepping down to retire after 21 years of leading the company. Howard P. Kern, who has served as president and chief operating officer, will assume the role of CEO in […]

Respect Outweighs Wages for Home Health Worker Satisfaction

Home heath workers report higher levels of satisfaction with their jobs when they feel respected and valued by their superiors and the agency as a whole, while hourly wage doesn’t necessarily denote workplace satisfaction, according to a survey analysis published late last week. The research aims to pinpoint factors that influence a home health worker’s job […]

Major Workforce Overhaul Needed for Home Health Care Coordination

As health care transformation gets underway, requiring greater care coordination between hospitals and home- and community-based settings, a number of significant challenges threaten to undermine the coordination and care management provided by health care staff, particularly among the home health labor force, a recent report finds. To overcome obstacles associated with job training, recruitment and […]

Home Care Workers Win $15 Minimum Wage in Massachusetts

Home care workers have scored a major victory in a national fight to raise their pay, as Massachusetts has become the first state to enact a $15 per hour minimum starting wage. The announcement came Thursday, following months of negotiations between the union representing home care workers—1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East—and the administration of recently […]