Home care

Home Care has traditionally been defined as supportive care provided in a person's home by health care professionals (often referred to as home health care or formal care; in the United States, it is also known as skilled care) or by family and friends (also known as caregivers, primary caregiver, or voluntary caregivers who give informal care). Often, the term home care is used to distinguish non-medical care or custodial care, which is care that is provided by persons who are not nurses, doctors, or other licensed medical personnel, whereas the term home health care, refers to care that is provided by licensed personnel.

A shortage of caregivers -- now

More than 1.3 million new paid caregivers will be needed to meet demand over the next decade.


Startup connects seniors with caregivers


TYWIDE — Santa Monica — along with the rest of the nation — is trending older and a local startup is using new technology to make aging easier.

HomeHero, based in the Downtown office of startup incubator Science Inc., lets seniors and their loved ones find and manage caregivers all from their mobile devices or computers.

Between 2000 and 2010, the number of Santa Monicans over the age of 65 grew by 11 percent and, even more substantial, the number of residents between the ages of 55 and 64 grew 48 percent, according to the U.S. Census. >>> Read more . . .

Growing number of seniors caring for each other

Among personal and home care aides, those 55 and older are the largest single age demographic.


Do contests propel innovation in an industry that lacks infrastructure?

Incubators and contests -- do they enable innovation?  Paul Krugman's interesting article about GE’s competition to find a new design raises a question about how to boost innovation and lower its cost. If you read the article, entitled 'Complexity is Free' – you will discover how a simple contest, fielded internationally, generated a design improvement at almost no cost for GE: "The winning prize pool [was] $20,000, spread out across 8 finalists, with awards ranging from $1,000 to $7,000 each." So for $20K, GE got something it wanted, layered that something into a design process that enables continuous revision to designs without new infrastructure investment (the 'free' in the title.) Does anyone else find it interesting that there was no internal engineer who could figure out how to design a lighter-weight bracket component -- and that a contest was required? Or was this a publicity stunt to generate good will for GE?  >>> Read more . . .

Dispelling myths about aging - Home Instead/Marist poll

Dispelling myths about aging, including lack of money, according to Home Instead/Marist poll.


The Growing Demand for Home Health Aides

A discussion of the workforce providing in-home services.


Finding skilled elder home care workers not easy

A fast-growing industry where many workers lack the training and skills needed for safe and reliable caregiving.


Help your parents get home care

Seniors and their adult children are hiring help to extend their time at home.


A Call for Standards as At-Home Senior Care Workforce Rapidly Expands

Many in-home caregivers struggle to make ends meet. More than 90 percent are women, nearly half are minorities, and 40 percent rely on Medicaid and food stamps.


Aging in Place Technology Watch February, 2013 Newsletter

For engineers and visionaries – a grandmother inspires. I hear it so often – the entrepreneur’s grandmother, father, mother inspired the inventor to move forward with inventions – that includes long-time players like GrandCare Systems, It’s Never Too Late (IN2L) or Eric Dishman and Intel – are good examples – but it also includes brand new entrants like myLively and Serality.   Or an inspired and wealthy founder with a long history of entrepreneurship and business tries something new – GreatCall (from the telecom industry) and now CareZone, founded by an ex-Sun executive. >>> Read more . . .

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