CARE Act Enables Family Caregivers at Hospital Level

When it comes to retiring, the vast majority of Americans want to remain in their own homes and age in place, relying on home health aids, home care or family caregivers to help them with medical conditions and day-to-day management.   As a larger portion of the population ages, the roles of family caregivers continue […]

How Communities Could Create Aging-in-Place Zones

Land-use regulations could mean the difference between aging in place and moving elsewhere for many older adults, and restructuring zoning codes might allow more seniors to remain in their homes, a group of researchers has suggested. Practitioners, policymakers and researchers convened in September for a roundtable discussion sponsored by the Urban Institute in conjunction with […]

Immigration Ruling Could Prolong Home Care Staffing Woes

Between wage pressures and work that can take an emotional and physical toll, home care agencies are scrambling to recruit and retain staff. A dwindling labor force has many looking to immigration reform as the sector’s saving grace—but a recent federal ruling has effectively staved off any possibility of changing immigration laws in the immediate […]

5 Radical Ways for Aging in Place in Cities

For a lot of baby boomers, aging in place is a mark of accomplishment, and the majority of older adults want to live in their homes through retirement for as long as possible. However, it’s not always easy, affordable or practical to do so, especially for those who live in urban environments that may not […]

Top States for Highly Rated Home Health Agencies

The public now can evaluate Medicare-certified home health agencies using a five-star system, with the ratings posted online as of Thursday. While the vast majority of HHAs received around three stars, as expected, the ratings also illuminate some aspects of the industry that might be more surprising—including which states are top of the pack and […]

AARP Launches Tool to Create Age-Friendly Communities

The preference to age in place continues to grows, but doing so in certain communities may be more challenging than in others.  With the help of a new tool launched by AARP, consumers and city planners can identify these areas and take steps to make them more livable for Americans across the age spectrum. The […]

Baby Boomers To Put More Pressure on Home Health Demand

Two out of three older adults with disabilities who receive long-term care services at home get their care exclusively from family members; yet, a significant share of the youngest baby boomers, aged 50 to 59, do not have children who might take care of them as they age, according to a new report released Tuesday by […]

AARP Weighs In on “Informal” Senior Caregivers

Despite commonly characterized as “informal” care, the services family caregivers provide is anything but, says a new post on the AARP Blog.  “It’s time to banish the word ‘informal” when referring to the care provided by family members and friends,” writes Lynn Friss Feinberg, a senior strategic policy adverse for the AARP Public Policy Institute.  Doing […]