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  • Caregiverlist’s Standards of Quality for Senior Home Care Agencies (Caregiver List.com)
    There are no national licensure requirements for non-medical Senior Home Care Agencies. Caregiverlist requires participating Senior Home Care Agencies to meet a Checklist of standards which industry professionals view as necessary requirements for safety and consistency in care.
  • Five Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Home Care Provider (Emax Health – 7/21/09)
    When it comes to needing long term care, the overwhelming majority of Americans today receive care in their own home.
  • Home Health Care: Interviewing and Hiring the Right Employee
    Finding a good home health-care employee is like winning the lottery. You often go through many employees before coming up with a winner and just when you and your parent or spouse are comfortable with them, they leave. It may be extremely frustrating and depressing for all concerned. Elderly people, specifically those with Alzheimer's disease, need a routine, and going through several home-care providers only leads to more confusion and anxiety.
  • How to Use Public Benefits to Help Pay for In-Home Care (Caring.com)
    If your loved one has very low income and few assets other than the home he or she lives in, the following benefit programs might pay a limited amount for providing in-home care.
  • Huge Growth Projected for Direct-Care Occupations, DOL Report Shows (PHI – 3/1/12)
    The U.S. Department of Labor has released its employment projections for 2010 to 2020, and the numbers related to direct-care workers are staggering.
  • Medicare.gov – Find out what Medicare does and doesn't cover, compare home health agencies and nursing homes in your area, plan for your long-term care needs and other information.
  • Paying Minimum Wage and Overtime to Home Care Workers A Guide for Consumers and their Families to the Fair Labor Standards Act (US Dept of Labor)
    This guide is meant to help individuals, families, and households who use home care services determine their responsibilities under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the federal minimum wage and overtime law that applies to most home care workers.
  • Safe at Home? Developing Effective Criminal Background Checks and Other Screening Policies for Home Care Workers
    AARP’s Public Policy Institute just released a new report on federal and state approaches to background check screening of home care workers to protect vulnerable adults from harm. (From the link above you can link to the full report and a two-page summary). It includes a 50-state statutory chart.
  • Secrets to Getting the Best Babysitter Service (Family Life – 3/15/09)
    Patti's Comment: As a parent and advocate for caregivers, I thought this article and the resources attached were helpful and can be applied with simple modifications to finding right care givers for your loved ones. Anyone that uses them or makes improvements, please let me know.
  • When Elder Care Problems Escalate, You Can Hire an Expert (NY Times)
    Caring for an elderly parent is emotionally and mentally draining. There are diagnoses to decipher, housing issues to consider, health aides to vet and a raft of legal documents to complete. It can seem overwhelming, even when families are in complete agreement on how to care for an elderly relative. And often they are not.