Starbucks, Best Buy and TripAdvisor Offer Employee Caregiver Benefits. Here’s Why Home Care Agencies Should Care.

Recognizing the competitive value of home care providers, a growing number of employers in various industries have started offering caregiving benefits as a way to improve workers’ attendance, morale and performance. While programs vary, they often offer employees a set number of subsidized care days per year — preventing workers from taking time off when […]

Best Buy Reaps Benefits from $800 Million GreatCall Acquisition

Retail giant Best Buy (NYSE: BBY) turned heads in August 2018 when it purchased GreatCall — a company that develops and sells smartphones, medical alert devices and other technology products designed to support older adults’ ability to age in place — for $800 million. At the time, the major investment was billed as a way […]

The Top Trends in Home Health Care for 2019

2018 was a banner year for the Medicare-certified home health care industry. Big providers got even larger through creative mergers and acquisitions. Admissions and utilization numbers held strong. New telehealth opportunities started to emerge. And, in general, revenues remained high. The upcoming year brings much uncertainty, however, with the main culprit being the Patient-Driven Groupings […]

GreatCall, Lyft Take Aging in Place Transportation Program Nationwide

The vast majority of America’s older adults hope to remain in their homes and communities as they age. That’s often only possible, however, when they are able to independently leave their homes when needed. To help them do so, San Diego-based GreatCall, a wholly owned subsidiary of Best Buy (NYSE: BBY), is ramping up its […]

How Apple’s New Smartwatch Could Help Home-Based Care Providers

Technology powerhouse Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) on Wednesday gave tech lovers a peek at its redesigned and re-engineered Apple Watch product. By touting the device’s updated health capabilities, such as a new fall-detection feature and heart rate sensor, Cupertino, California-based Apple likely caught the attention of home-based care providers, too. Curbing re-hospitalizations and emergency department visits […]

Best Buy Continues Senior Tech Push with $800M GreatCall Acquisition

Making moves to become a larger force in aging-in-place technology, retail giant Best Buy (NYSE: BBY) has agreed to acquire GreatCall for $800 million in cash. GreatCall has developed and sells senior-friendly smartphones, smartwatches, medical alert devices and other technology to support and extend older adults’ independence. “[Best Buy] has recently been investing in health-related […]

Must-Read News: Star Ratings Unchanged in Q3

Happy Monday, Home Health Care News readers. It’s the start of a new week and, believe it or not, we’re just days away from the start of a new month! But before we close the books on October, here is our weekly roundup of our must-read news. This Week in Review At the top of […]

Best Buy Tests Home Care Monitoring Technology

Forget the latest iPhone release, retail giant Best Buy (NASDAQ: BBY) has unveiled a new technology service as part of its in-store product line-up that aims to serve seniors and baby boomers. The Richfield, Minnesota-based retailer has added its name among other national, well-known brands offering technology solutions to senior care, rolling out its Assured […]