Long-Term Care

Mary Mayhew seeks managed care extension but eyes future changes

Florida health care officials on Monday formally asked the federal government to extend for two more years a “waiver” to allow the state to keep intact its Medicaid program that relies on steering patients into privately run managed-care plans. The request, published Monday, doesn’t contemplate making any major immediate revisions to Medicaid, the safety-net health […]

Spousal Caregivers Are Caregiving Alone In The Last Years Of Life

Caregiving in the last years of life is associated with increased depression and negative health outcomes for surviving spouses, many of whom are themselves in poor health. Yet it is unclear how often spouses are caregiving alone, how they differ from supported spouses, and whether lack of support affects postbereavement outcomes. We hypothesized that spouses […]

Column: Florida slipping in long-term care for seniors

In 1980, Florida was recognized as a national leader in innovative care for older people with long-term care needs, thanks to its implementation of the Community Care for the Elderly and Home Care for the Elderly programs. These programs provided supportive services such as personal care, homemaker and home health care, to older persons in […]

For families of ALS patients, providing home care can be an infinite challenge

Karen Mey lies motionless beneath a tan electric blanket pulled up to her chin. Next to her recliner, a machine the size of a toaster oven huffs rhythmically like a person in deep sleep, pumping air through a corrugated tube into a plastic valve in her neck. Even though her body is immobile, Mey’s eyes […]

Protect Nursing Home Nurse Aide Training Requirements; Protect Residents’ Right to High Quality Care

Certified nurse aides provide most of the direct hands-on care to the nation’s 1.3 million nursing home residents. Aides’ central role in caregiving means that the training that aides receive to become certified must be adequate and appropriate to ensure that they are capable of providing high quality of care and quality of life services […]