home health care

As Trump Targets Immigrants, Elderly Brace To Lose Caregivers

Mar 26, 2018
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BOSTON — After back-to-back, eight-hour shifts at a chiropractor’s office and a rehab center, Nirva arrived outside an elderly woman’s house just in time to help her up the front steps.

On a rare rainy night in Albuquerque, two dozen students are learning the proper way to care for older people. Teacher Liliana Reyes is reviewing the systems of the body — circulatory, respiratory and so on — to prepare them for an upcoming exam.

These students are seeking to join a workforce of about 3 million people who help older adults remain in their homes. They assist these clients with things like bathing, dressing, and taking medication on time.

Study Says Patients Can Manage Complex Care At Home — And Cut Costs

Mar 21, 2016
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Lauren Silverman

The Holy Grail in health care is finding a way to cut costs and improve outcomes. Researchers at Parkland Hospital in Dallas say they’ve uncovered a way to do both — so that patients who typically have to stay in the hospital for more than a month can go home and care for themselves.

Warren J. Smith III didn’t want to lose his leg, but an infection just kept coming back.

It all started with a motorcycle accident in 2009. Since then, he’d had dozens of operations, round after round of antibiotics and countless days in a hospital bed --isolated in sterile rooms.

Doctor Treats Homebound Patients, Often Unseen Even By Neighbors

Nov 9, 2015

Dr. Roberta Miller hits the road at 8 a.m. to see her patients.

Many are too old or sick to go to the doctor. So the doctor comes to them.

She's put 250,000 miles on her Honda minivan going to their homes in upstate New York. Home visits make a different kind of care possible.

House Calls Could Improve Care of Elderly

Sep 29, 2015
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The elderly population in America is set to double over the next fifty years.  There will be 98 million elderly people - those 65 or older- by 2060, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.  This aging population is going to bring new healthcare challenges and states seeing the biggest increases
--Alaska, Colorado, Nevada, Georgia and Arizona--are looking for innovations to help address the coming grey tide. Arizona is finding house calls could be one way to improve patient well being, as well as decreasing costs

The baby boomers are getting older: This year, 4 million people in America will turn 65.

In her new book, The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America, author Ai-jen Poo says that means the country is on the cusp of a major shift.

"The baby boom generation is reaching retirement age at a rate of 10,000 people per day," she tells NPR's Arun Rath. "What that means is that by 2050, 27 million Americans will need some form of long-term care or assistance, and that's the basis for this book."