States Turn Focus to Home-Based Long Term Care, Despite Limited Budgets

While states are suffering from budgetary restrictions following the recession, the little funding they do have for long term care initiatives is projected to go to home and community based care.  The vast majority of states plan to increase their spending this year on community and home based services, with additional attention to changing their […]

AARP Releases Mobile App for Caregivers

AARP announced today it has launched a new mobile app for caregivers.  Including content from AARP’s online caregiver resource center, the app can be downloaded from iTunes for no charge.  “We’ve put our Caregiving Resource Center from our website into our AARP iPad app so you can have all the housing options, legal and respite […]

AARP Opposes Medicare Plan Outlined in President’s Budget

After outlining potential changes to Medicare and Social Security last week in the President’s projected budget for 2014, AARP responded by saying it is “deeply dismayed” over the changes that are essential to so many aging Americans.  The proposal included cuts in the measure of more than $370 billion over the course of the next 10 […]

AARP: Family Caregivers Now Providing In-Home Medical Tasks

Those who are not officially employed as caregivers but who are family members providing caregiving services are now taking on added responsibilities including some that were previously performed in hospital settings only.  The rise of family caregivers lends itself to this trend, noted by AARP in a new report.  The level of care that non-professional […]

AARP Report: Workplace Discrimination Against Boomer Caregivers a Troubling Trend

Even as the numbers of those providing care to elderly family members or loved ones continues to grow, so does a troubling trend of workplace discrimination among this population, says AARP in a new report highlighting the issues affecting working caregivers. “Workplace discrimination against family caregivers is growing more commonplace and more problematic as baby […]

AARP to Caregivers: You Are Not Alone

A new campaign launched last week by AARP and the Ad Council focuses not on aging Americans, but those providing care to seniors as one of its commercials asks, “I take care of her, but who takes care of me?” The campaign aims to tell the country’s more than 40 million caregivers that their needs are just as […]

AARP: Seniors Fear Presidential Candidates Neglecting Medicare Issues

With the 2012 presidential campaign looming overhead, a July 2012 AARP survey finds aging Americans believe candidates are neglecting key issues, causing seniors to experience increased anxiety about retirement and their ability to afford healthcare as they age. Contributing to seniors’ uneasy feelings about retirement and healthcare are weaknesses in the Medicare and Social Security […]

Should Advanced Practice RNs Be Allowed to Certify Patients for Home Health Care?

Physicians currently function as the gatekeepers to certifying patients for Medicare-covered home health care and hospice benefits, but advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) should be allowed to certify patients for these services as well, recommends a 2011 Institute of Medicine report, The Future of Nursing, Leading Change, Advancing Health. Under the present system, Medicare laws […]