What is Hearts for Home Care?
We all share something in common: We care about high-quality home health care and we care that the people who need these services are able to access them so they can live a better quality of life at home.
And we care that the home health care professionals—nurses, home health aides, and others—who provide these critical services are available to care for those that need care at home.
Despite the fact that many people in government and regulatory positions agree that home health care is the cost-effective, patient-preferred service, it continues to be prioritized below institutional care. State and federal governments continue to reimburse home health care providers for services well below the rate that they reimburse for services performed in hospitals and nursing homes despite data that consistently shows people prefer to be independent at home, together with their loved ones.
In many areas across the country, home care reimbursements from government-funded programs like Medicaid haven’t been increased in years. Even worse, some states have seen reductions in these rates. The very system that is designed to protect the country’s most vulnerable is failing them, leaving some without the care they need to live a life of independence and dignity—and an uncertain future for the rest. What does this mean for you?
What does this mean for you?
Home health care providers are already having difficulty hiring and retaining qualified caregivers at current reimbursement rates. Although many caregivers find home health care a rewarding career, they simply cannot afford to stay in it. They need to provide for themselves and their families, and often, that means taking a position in another setting such as a hospital or nursing home, or leaving healthcare altogether to work in another industry such as fast food or retail. As a result, the supply of workers is dwindling as the demand for services continues to increase.
This is quickly becoming a crisis, especially as baby boomers age and more people need to access quality in-home care. If this cycle continues to occur, not only will more people need home care, but less caregivers will be available to deliver this care.
How can YOU make a difference?
We simply can’t stand by and let this continue—and we haven’t been. We’ve been working hard and speaking out to public officials who can create, protect, and change laws that affect home health care. But we have a lot more work to do and we need as many voices as possible to join ours—including yours. Learn more about the issues that the home care industry faces and how you can be a part of the solution by reading our blog
Join Hearts for Home Care, and let your voice be heard. Together, we can do so much more.