5 Ways to Create an Ideal First Day for Home Care Hires

Even with rapid-fire regulatory changes, potential technology disruption and sweeping consolidation on the horizon, most home care leaders agree: The recruitment and retention of workers is still the industry’s No.1 challenge. With industry turnover hovering above 60% and a national unemployment rate dipping to below pre-2008 levels, it’s crucial home care agencies hit the ground […]

Immigrants Play Large Role in Combating Home Health Caregiver Shortage

A large proportion of home health workers in the U.S. are immigrants, according to a new study compiled with census data. But stricter immigration policies proposed by the Trump administration could reduce the number of foreign-born health care workers and further fuel the nationwide caregiver shortage, some experts say. More than 23% of home health, psychiatric and nursing […]

Home Care Companies Increase Use of Noncompetes, Other Contract Restrictions

For decades, companies have used noncompete clauses to retain top executives and protect trade secrets. But now, similar agreements are becoming more common among low-wage home care workers, which experts say can be a double-edged sword. As the caregiver shortage continues and the demand for home care increases, restrictive agreements will only become more common, […]

Home Health Providers to Tackle Rural Workforce Crisis in New Pilot

With home health providers nationwide facing caregiver shortages, the crisis is especially acute in rural areas. A new demonstration program is trying to come up with solutions by working with home health providers in Minnesota and Wisconsin. This demonstration project is an opportunity to bring new interventions and experiment with possible solutions to the dramatic […]

Young Adults Make Up 16% Of Direct Care Workforce

At some home health care companies, millennials are becoming the majority of the workforce—but younger workers make up just 16% of the direct care workforce overall. That’s according to data from PHI, a worker advocacy organization focused on the direct care workforce. The organization analyzed U.S. Census Bureau data to produce the fact sheet “Younger […]

New Obamacare Repeal and Replace Could Hit Home Health Hard

Efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are back after several months of no action, and the latest health care reform legislation could have an impact on the home health care industry if it prevails. The bill, which is being called the Graham-Cassidy bill after two of its sponsors, Sens. Lindsey Graham […]

Home Care Workers Continue to Face Lower Than Average Wages

Despite vocal outcries by home care workers for a higher minimum wage, and the belief that doing so can have an overall positive impact on the economy, wages for both U.S. home care workers and nursing assistants have either stagnated or “barely kept up with inflation over the last 10 years,” according to research conducted by […]

4 Changes to Strengthen Home Care in the Future

There were more than 300,000 home care aides in New York in 2015, according to the Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute (PHI), making it one of the state’s largest workforce groups. However, with low pay and a growing need for these workers, home care leaders are hoping to find better solutions to address patient needs and boost […]

New Draft of Health Care Bill Maintains Medicaid Cuts

Republicans unveiled a new version of their health care bill in the Senate on Thursday. Several major amendments have been made to the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), but the bill still contains deep cuts to Medicaid funding over the next decade. Medicaid Funding Worries The biggest uproar about the Republican plan has originated from its deep cuts to […]