Online Home Care Network CareLinx Lands ‘Massive’ AARP Partnership

CareLinx has landed a new AARP partnership with “massive” business upside, according to Sherwin Sheik, the online home care network’s CEO. Founded in 2011, San Francisco-based CareLinx connects individuals across the country in need of home care services to its pool of more than 300,000 vetted, licensed and technology-enabled caregivers. The company — purchased in […]

How Family Members Can Become MVPs on Home Health Care Teams

Family caregivers can be a vital part of an overall home health care strategy, especially as more baby boomers begin to age and the in-home care industry continues to deal with labor shortages. Already, some acute care providers are engaging more with patients’ family members to help educate them about follow-up care in the home, […]

WSJ: As America’s Unpaid Caregiver Network Shrinks, Challenges Add Up

When a professional home health agency isn’t an option, family and other unpaid caregivers are often asked to pick up the slack. It’s estimated that more than 34 million people in the United States provide unpaid care to individuals 50 and older. The economic impact of those services is far from trivial. Indeed, unpaid caregivers—largely […]

Rumored Amazon Pilot Would Target Hospital-to-Home Transitions

Two health systems are reportedly working with Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) and a startup called Xealth, with plans to launch a pilot program that could ease patients’ transition between hospital and home. “The idea behind the pilot, which is still under review and is slated to start in a matter of months, is to provide patients […]

Home Care Patients Are Likely Down with Dope

More in-home care patients are probably lighting up and utilizing cannabis, as the number of older Americans that believe medical marijuana is effective for pain relief, appetite loss and anxiety has risen. Four out of five respondents between the age of 50 and 80 said they support allowing medical marijuana if it’s recommended by a […]

Bill to Boost Home Health Over Nursing Homes Fails in Louisiana

A bill in Louisiana that would have shifted more patients toward home health care services has failed, The Advocate reported. The state’s Senate Health and Welfare committee rejected legislation that would have lifted some of the cost burden off institutional care in the state toward more access to in-home care services. Compared to most other […]

Amazon, AARP Reveal Possible Collaboration on Tech for Seniors

Some of Amazon’s (Nasdaq: AMZN) secretive actions in the health care space have been revealed, after its vice president spoke about meeting with AARP for technology collaborations for seniors, CNBC reported Wednesday. This news comes as home health providers have been closely watching the retail giant, which has been making forays into health care and […]

AARP: Technology Wanted in Caregiver Hiring

There are roughly 40 million caregivers providing in-home care to loved ones and family members in the United States, and when these caregivers seek professional seek help from professional at-home caregivers, they overwhelmingly want to use technology to do it. That’s according to a recent study from AARP called Designing Technology for Caregivers: Understanding What Works […]

RAISE Family Caregivers Act Passes Congress

The Recognize, Assist, Include, Support and Engage Family Caregivers Act, or the RAISE Family Caregivers Act, passed the Senate on Jan. 9 and is headed to President Donald Trump for his signature. The act is aimed at identifying recommended actions for health care providers, long-term services and supports (LTSS) providers, state and local governments and existing federal programs […]