Top 10 States for Seniors’ Well-Being

Hawaii not only is a great vacation destination, but a prime location for seniors to settle down: the Aloha State has again ranked as the best state for senior well-being in an annual list from Gallup-Healthways. Arizona follows at No. 2, but this year’s list is not dominated by warm-weather havens. Alaska and some Midwestern […]

Election Ushers in Home Care Minimum Wage Hikes

In what has been described as a stunning set of results, America’s election decided a heck of a lot more than selecting the nation’s next president. It also brought forth a wave of minimum wage increases at the state level that will impact home care businesses and workers. Specifically, four states decided to raise minimum […]

Editor’s Picks: Senior Helpers Sold for $125 Million

This week, we were over the moon that our beloved Cubbies made it to the World Series. Even with a team of Cubs superfans in our Chicago office, we were sure to bring our readers the latest home health and home care news. Readers were interested in the announcement that one of the largest home […]

How Higher Home Care Wages Might Boost the Whole Economy

As a major push for higher minimum wages has swept the country, a new report underscores that boosting wages to $15 per hour specifically for home care workers might help strengthen the economy. In Washington state, 34,686 state home care workers are paid through the Medicaid program and represented by the Service Employees International Union […]

New Company to Help Large Insurers Set Home Health Payments

Some home health providers in Pennsylvania will soon have their payments tied more closely to quality outcomes, as a major insurer joins forces with a newly formed and first-of-its-kind post-acute management company. The new venture, HM Home and Community Services LLC, stems from Allegheny Health Network (AHN), an integrated health care delivery system that serves 29 […]

Rising Labor Costs Hit Addus, Ensign

With minimum wage laws taking effect across the country and new overtime protections in place for home care workers, providers large and small are facing increased challenges in controlling labor costs. Two of the most prominent home health providers in the nation—Addus HomeCare Inc. (Nasdaq: ADUS) and The Ensign Group Inc. (Nasdaq: ENSG)—are no exceptions, […]

The 10 Most ‘Livable’ States for Seniors

Virginia has scored top honors as the move ‘livable’ state for seniors in the country, due in part to its lower than average home health care costs and its good access to in-home care. Home health care costs in the Old Dominion average $39,561 annually, which is lower than the national average of $46,197, according […]

Judge: States Can Limit Home Care Workers’ Choice of Union

States do have the authority to compel home care workers to be represented by a particular union, a federal judge recently ruled, in a case related to a landmark 2014 Supreme Court decision over union payments. That earlier case concerned child care and personal assistant home care workers in Illinois, who argued that they should […]

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 they are for 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 […]