New Study Reports Three Times More People Receiving Health Care Support At Home Rather Than In Nursing Homes Or Assisted-Living Facilities
American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance and Homewatch CareGivers, the largest, most experienced international provider of home care for people of all ages, teamed up to conduct a study examining trends in long-term health care and the utilization of associated support services. Among the conclusions of the study is the dramatic growth of people receiving support care at home and the significantly greater percentage of those with long-term care insurance who are able to receive home-based care and stay in the their homes longer. According to the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance, approximately 7.5 million individuals currently receive long-term care at home because of an acute illness, long-term health condition, a permanent disability, or terminal illness.
Family caregivers can significantly reduce suffering in cancer patients at home through use of simple touch and massage techniques. These findings were recently reported at the 6th International Conference of the Society for Integrative Oncology. The study, sponsored by the National Cancer Institute, evaluated outcomes of a 78 minute DVD instructional program and illustrated manual in a sample of 97 patients and their caregivers. The multi-ethnic sample represented 21 types of cancer (nearly half with breast cancer) and all stages of disease. Caregivers included spouses, adult children, parents, siblings and friends. The project was conducted in Boston, MA, Portland, ME, and Portland, OR using English, Spanish and Chinese languages.
Alzheimer's Society has today welcomed the recognition of people with dementia in the Queen's speech and called for dementia to be a priority for all political parties. Responding to proposals to give people with the highest needs free personal care, Alzheimer's Society called for more detail and warned that both money and improved quality of home care was needed to make proposals a success. 'Free personal care at home for those with the highest needs is a welcome development but the challenge to implement this proposal will not be easy. Money is needed to make sure people with dementia aren't being pushed into full time care earlier than needed.
As children head back to school and attention turns to strategies for boosting reading and math achievement for low-income youth, a new study says the quality of early child care may play a role. The study, by researchers at Boston College, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Samford University, is published in the September/October 2009 issue of Child Development. The researchers looked at reading and math achievement of more than 1, 300 children in middle childhood from economic backgrounds ranging from poor to affluent. They used information from the longitudinal Study of Early Care and Youth Development, which was carried out under the auspices of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
News organizations offer advice on how to care for an elderly parent without going broke and how to find health insurance before becoming eligible for Medicare. CBS Money Watch: "The process is quite complicated, and the options are few. To help you wade through the rules, and to make sure you fully investigate what options you have, consider seeking the help of a geriatric care manager or other expert to help you, and your parents, through the process" (Bedway, 9/15). The Baltimore Sun: "It's bad enough that your retirement savings are evaporating. But if you lost your job, retired early, or are turning to self-employment, you'll need to budget for health coverage.
A new thesis from the University of Gothenburg reveals that out of loyalty to the people for whom they provide care, groups of home-help staff sometimes break the rules dictating how their work should be performed. "Sometimes they do more work, or they do it differently, and as it delivers good quality care and keeps things moving the management turn a blind eye to it, " says Marie Hjalmarsson. Marie Hjalmarsson, lecturer in education at University West in TrollhÃ ttan, has conducted a case study of a group of employees within the home-help service in a municipality in West Sweden. The study was implemented in connection with hand-held computers being introduced, primarily so that that the home-helps could register the tasks they performed.