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  NAHC Report: Issue #3010, 10/11/2016
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New England Seniors Lead the Way in Using Home Care
Training Caregivers Pays Off
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New England Seniors Lead the Way in Using Home Care

Seniors in New England are more likely to use home health care services than seniors anywhere else in the United States, while seniors in Alaska and Hawaii use home health the least, according to a new survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Massachusetts has the highest rate of seniors using home health care, with 133.85 out of 1000 persons 65 years of age or older, whose last episode of home care ended in 2013. Closest to Massachusetts was another New England state, Rhode Island, which came in at 125.91 out of 1000 seniors using home care.

On the other side, Hawaii and Alaska seniors were least likely to use home care, with only 27.02 of 1000 Hawaiian seniors and 28.72 of 1000 Alaskan seniors. Next lowest was South Dakota, with only 33.35 out of 1000 seniors in that state using home health care.

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Training Caregivers Pays Off

Low income elderly and disabled Californians were less likely to be hospitalized or go to the emergency room if their at-home caregivers participated in an intensive training program, according to a new report from researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

A pilot program trained nearly 6000 workers in three California counties, emphasizing infection control, medications, chronic diseases, first aid, CPR and other services. The caregivers were part of the In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program, paid for by the state to care for low income elderly and the disabled.

The rate of repeated emergency room visits declined by 24 percent in the first year after caregivers received training and by 41 percent in the second year, according to the study. Caregivers told UCSF researchers they felt better equipped to handle the technical parts of their job, as well as communicating with doctors and patients.

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DOL Webinar: Preparing for the Overtime Final Rule
Monday, October 17, 2016 11:00:00 AM EDT – 12:00:00 PM EDT

Presented by DOL’s Wage & Hour Division in partnership with the Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy

Monday, October 17, 2016 11:00:00 AM EDT - 12:00:00 PM EDT

Representatives from the Wage and Hour Division will cover the basics of the U.S. Department of Labor’s final rule updating the overtime regulations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), highlight resources and guidance available for employers, and answer compliance assistance questions.
The final rule is effective on December 1, 2016.

While the session will include the opportunity to submit questions during the presentation’s Q&A segment, we also encourage you to submit questions in advance to

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