Hiring Caregivers Privately May Be More Expensive Than You Realize

Not long ago, Nancy Beland wrote a great article about the risks that families take when they hire caregivers “privately”, meaning that the families either hire the caregivers themselves or else use a non-employer home care company.  Although she has withheld the names of the parties involved, she tells the story of a family that […]

Does It Matter How Home Care Companies Are Certified?

In California, there are two meaningful certifications available for non-medical in-home care companies. In this article we’ll present a quantification of the relative “strength” of both of them in terms of consumer and worker protection. In later articles we’ll go into more detail about the differences between them.

CAHSAH Home Care Aide Organization Certification

Introduction The California Association for Health Services at Home (“CAHSAH”), is a statewide home care association and the primary advocate of home care services for the western United States. Founded in 1966, CAHSAH has a long tradition of service to the home care industry and to the public. CAHSAH’s mission is to promote quality home […]

Avoiding Scams that Prey on the Elderly

How to Avoid Scams that Target Senior Citizens Because of their perceived vulnerability, seniors are often the target of online, phone, and other types of scams. These scams have the potential to cost thousands of dollars, ruin credit scores, and destroy the wealth that seniors have spent their lives building. In order to avoid these […]

Identity Theft Protection for Seniors

Protecting Senior Citizens from Identity Thieves While they may not know it, senior citizens are prime targets for identity theft among identity thieves that can steal account info, assume their identity to open new accounts, or file taxes in their name. Because many elderly have retirement savings, social security benefits, and are often unprepared for […]

What Case Managers/Discharge Planners Need to Know about Private Duty Home Care Services

This is a guest post written by Elizabeth Hogue, Esq., a well-known attorney in private practice with extensive experience in health care and clients all over the country.  In order to be appropriate for home health or hospice services paid for by any payor, including the Medicare Program, patients must either be able to care […]