Time for Solutions: Aging Services Workforce Development

Posted by Julie Boggess on Apr 20, 2021 1:13:02 PM


Aging Services providers are screaming from the mountain tops about the workforce crisis.   Could it be that policy makers are finally listening?

The workforce crisis is about the inability of aging services providers to fill open positions and the lack of competitive wages.

Most definitely,  a hopeful headline announced President Biden's plan investing billions to build an aging services workforce.  

The Value of Excellence in Elder Care

The time is right to seriously discuss the value of quality Elder Care in the United States.  In addition, it is imperative that we intensify  advocacy for improvements to strengthen services and supports for consumers.  Moreover,  we must enhance jobs for 4.6 million home care workers and nursing assistants.

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Topics: Senior Care Professionals, aging services, Aging in the Workplace, caregivers, Aging Service Provider, Professional Caregiver, Hospital Professionals, elder care, home care, aging services workforce, workforce crisis

Tough Choices from Tender Hearts: Caregiving During a Pandemic

Posted by Kathy Dreyer on Oct 25, 2020 7:33:35 PM

About a month ago, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued new guidelines that advocate family visitors to return to nursing homes. At this time only three states are not allowing visits. The guidelines provide specifics on how to visit a family member while remaining safe. Unfortunately, it still means making tough choices between a resident's mental and physical health.

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Topics: The Faith Community, The Family Caregiver, Senior Care Professionals, Family Caregiver, Elders, Professional Caregiver, caregiving, Faith Community, aging, faith communities, families

The World needs more AGE-u-caters! Are you one of them?

Posted by Pam Brandon on Jun 20, 2017 12:50:48 PM

The rapid pace of our aging world is changing the face of every facet of our society from health and long term care, to faith communities and business establishments.  Across the spectrum, issues such as these are at the forefront of leadership discussions:

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Topics: AGE-u-cate Training Institute, Senior Care Professionals, Family Caregiver, Aging in the Workplace, compassionate touch, Dementia Live, Professional Caregiver, Hospital Professionals, Faith Community, Age friendly business, elder care, long term care, Dementia friendly hospital

Senior Care Professionals- Four Tips to Develop Cultural Sensitivity

Posted by Ann Catlin on Nov 25, 2016 6:00:40 AM

As the world becomes increasingly ethnically blended senior care professionals are called upon to care for people from diverse cultures. This is true in hospitals, clinics, long term care, hospice and home care.  To create person centered senior care it’s important to develop multicultural sensitivity while respecting cultural differences of individuals, families and groups.

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Topics: Person-centered, Senior Care Professionals, Senior Care, Professional Caregiver, competence

Hospice Care: Can Compassion be Taught?

Posted by Ann Catlin on Nov 18, 2016 12:59:47 PM

Some think compassion is an attribute reserved for people like Mother Teresa. But compassion isn’t just reserved for those who travel a moral high ground.  Hospice care professionals cultivate compassion for when they are called to the bedside.

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Topics: Senior Care Professionals, Caregiver, Professional Caregiver, Hospice care, Hospice

Senior caregiving: Remember your why

Posted by Ann Catlin on Nov 11, 2016 12:28:00 PM

Anyone working in the field of senior caregiving knows how important it is to find meaning in our work and service. Author Simon Sinek tells us to Start with Why. I’m haunted by the memory of a man who reminded me of why I continue to love senior caregiving.  I met Frank in a nursing home where I was teaching a Compassionate Touch workshop.  I first noticed him because he wasn’t particularly old, at least not by senior care standards, and because he was tall and muscular. He was sitting in a corner in the hallway near the nurse’s station. By his appearance, I was pretty sure he had suffered a stroke some time back.

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Topics: Senior Care Professionals, Senior Care, care staff, Professional Caregiver, caregiving

Eldercare Professional to Family Caregiver

Posted by Ann Catlin on Aug 2, 2016 12:23:12 PM

What happens when an eldercare professional becomes a family caregiver?  This situation hit home when my husband had a cycling accident and fractured his hip. I was surprised by my reaction to suddenly becoming his care partner, juggling the role of home nurse, personal care attendant, meal provider, and problem solver of getting around in our two-story house. Somewhere in the mix I was also moral support and empathizer. The first week centered on creating a new routine, helping with pain management and personal care. Oh, and wound dressing changes. I quickly was reminded why I never became a nurse, calling a nurse-friend in a panic because the dressing from the hospital was stuck to the wound and I was sickened by pulling it off! If I’m perfectly honest, I felt angered at times by this turn of events that intruded our lives- I didn’t have time for this! It didn’t help seeing my active husband now using a walker- making him “old” to my eyes, bringing up fear about what’s to come as we age.

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Topics: Senior Care Professionals, Family, Caregiver, Professional Caregiver, eldercare

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