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Home care aides get a raise, but it only makes a dent

Al Norman During debate on the state budget that begins July 1, the state Senate voted unanimously to add $6.1 million to give home care aides a small salary increase. The Senate tapped into some federal funds to raise the pay — but this was the first time since 2008 that these 17,000 workers got […]

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How do I know when my parents need help at home?

By Judith Boyko Caregiving advice is plentiful, but how do we know when our aging parents need assistance or when we need to become a caregiver? Certain indicators may help determine whether it’s time to begin supportive care. These include frequent forgetfulness, balance, walking or mobility difficulties, a decline in maintaining personal hygiene and mismanaging […]

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Elder Affairs: $6.5 million to end home care wait lists

BOSTON, Feb. 28 — Ann Hartstein, Secretary of the Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA), testified before the Joint Committee on Ways and Means about the FY 14 budget which is now being developed on Beacon Hill. “I want to start with demographics, ”Hartstein told lawmakers. “Baby boomers who are now turning 65, are doing […]

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Will the legislature end home care waiting lists?

By Al Norman In September of 2012, a coalition of five elder advocacy groups sent a letter to Gov. Deval Patrick urging him to help end the home care waiting lists. Their letter was never answered. More than 100 activists went to the State House and presented the governor with a cell phone, hoping for […]

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New settlement improves Medicare at home

By Al Norman Two years ago, a U.S. District Court Judge in Burlington, Vermont ruled in the case of Anderson vs. Sebelius that Medicare should pay for home health services to prevent a deterioration in a patient’s condition. Sandra Anderson began receiving home health services from the Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle […]

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Another home care wait list starts today

BOSTON — A second waiting list for elder home care began today. “This is just policy madness,” said Al Norman, executive director of Mass Home Care. “It hurts seniors, hurts taxpayers, and defies common sense.” Though it came as no surprise to the 27 providers of the elderly home care program, the impact will be […]

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