Report Highlights Recent Developments In Elder Care
Summaries of news about recent developments in elder care appearbelow.
Elder care managers: The Los\tAngeles Times on Sunday examined how elder care managers\tare "emerging to bridge the gap between far-off relatives and\taging parents who may be overwhelmed by the labyrinth of medical and\tother services designed to help the aged and infirm survive in their\town homes." According to the Times, elder care\tmanagers hire nurses, social workers and counselors who "assess\ta troubled situation, then make referrals or help arrange needed\tservices" for patients. However, the cost of elder care\tmanagers might "be an issue for some families," with fees\tthat range from $75 per hour to $250 per hour, the Times\treports. Some experts also raise concerns because the quality and\tqualifications vary among elder care managers and because the\tindustry lacks adequate regulation. In response, the National\tAssociation of Professional Geriatric Care Managers seeks to\tdevelop quality standards for the industry (Peterson, Los\tAngeles Times, 1/6).
Home care: The Minneapolis\tStar Tribune on Sunday examined how a "shift\tin focus and in resource allotments needs to happen in the near\tfuture to accommodate" the "overwhelming preference for\thome care" among elderly patients. According to the Star\tTribune, despite the recent growth of the home elder care\tindustry, the "infrastructure ... is not yet in place to handle\tthis coming age wave of American retirees." A 1999 Supreme\tCourt decision mandated that the "elderly and disabled have the\tright to enjoy care in the least-restrictive environment possible,"\tbut the "funding of the infrastructure needed to support"\tthe decision "has not followed," the Star Tribune\treports. However, new technology, such as telehealth systems, offers\t"ways to make home care more time-efficient and\tcost-effective," according to the Star Tribune\t(Johnson, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 1/6).
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