Hearts For Homecare2022-02-24T14:42:43+00:00

HEARTS FOR HOME CARE

A BAYADA Community Supporting Quality Care at Home

HOME HEALTH CARE ADVOCACY AND YOU

Hearts for Home care (H4HC) is an advocacy organization made up of thousands of home care recipients, their friends and family members, and home care professionals concerned about the challenges facing home care today. Our advocacy in health care continues to push towards the ultimate goal: to improve the entire home care ecosystem and to make it more sustainable, particularly for children and older people with complex needs.

We do this by sharing our voices with politicians, media, and key decisionmakers on a variety of issues home care faces.

WHAT IS HOME CARE?

More than 12 million Americans receive home care each year, with that number projected to climb as our population grows older and people are discharged from hospitals quicker and sicker. So what exactly is home care and who does it serve?

Home care is specialized health and social services provided to individuals where they live, keeping them safe and independent in the comfort of their own homes. Recipients often include older Americans, children and adults of any age who are disabled or recuperating from injury, and the chronically or terminally ill. Services can meet a broad scope of needs such as ongoing medical, nursing, social or therapeutic treatments, and assistance with essential daily activities like bathing, toileting, and eating.

Advocating for Joey has empowered me.

As mothers of medically fragile children… when there is an oppurtunity to show an elected official how important this care is, that story paints a picture that a million facts and statistics cannot.

Kateri Morton, Delaware mom and home care advocate
This pandemic ought to serve as illustration for the state of how important home care is in keeping vulnerable and medically-complex children like Massiah at home.
LaToya Martin, Delaware mom and home care advocate
We need to do more to make sure that we’re getting these families the care that they need and they deserve, and to support our home healthcare workers through that.
Sarah McBride, Delaware State Senator

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WHY IS ADVOCACY ESSENTIAL?

Despite the fact that many people in government and regulatory positions agree that home health care is a cost-effective, patient-preferred solution, it continues to be prioritized below institutional care. Not investing in home care will decrease the supply of qualified workers, increase turnover, and compromise the quality of home care services.

That’s why we created the Hearts for Home care program. The more voices in support of home care, the better we can protect the industry and the millions of US residents in need of this care. If politicians, media, and key decisionmakers aren’t aware of the challenges facing home care today–and the essential benefit it provides to our most vulnerable populations—they won’t be part of the solution.

But when organizations like H4HC advocate for those who can’t advocate for themselves, change for the better can happen: new laws are drafted and policies are amended to strengthen support of these important services. Advocacy raises awareness and gets things done, which is why these activities are so essential.

There’s a trio of important issues H4HC is battling today. These include:

  • Low reimbursement rates
  • Caregiver recruitment and retention
  • Care access for our loved ones

We invite you to be a Heart for Home Care today, and join us in the fight to give home care the attention and support it deserves. Join today to help us make a better tomorrow.

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South Carolina families with medically fragile children like the Bowers are diligently advocating for better funding towards lifesaving home-based care.Inadequate funding to home care programs has created a critical workforce shortage as nurses leave for hospitals and facilities where they can make double the wages. Children like Joshua deserve to be at home with their families and nurses like Stephanie deserve equal pay as their colleagues. #carecantwaitscRep. Bill Herbkersman ... See MoreSee Less
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We may be the experts, but YOU are the ones who make the real impact with your stories. Sharing your personal home care experience with legislators is what gives life to our advocacy efforts.Tell us how home care impacts your life 👇 bit.ly/3Pu6CVp ... See MoreSee Less
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We appreciate Delaware State Rep. Mike Smith's dedication and support of home care services. When elected officials grasp the importance of these state funded programs and how critical workforce shortages affects them, they can be leaders for change.Thank you Rep. Smith for your constant advocacy of increasing reimbursement rates and for being a true champion for home care programs in Delaware!! #h4hc #advocacymattersYesterday, I went on a home care visit with Neuro-Care/Total-Care to see firsthand some of the critical care services by some of Delaware’s most vulnerable.A few of the takeaways just reinforced some of the workforce development issues facing us:-you can’t raise the minimum wage in a basic way when certain industries are predicated on reimbursement rates.-going with blanket minimum wage without fixing reimbursement rates created a bigger problem than the minimum wage policy trying to solve problems. Transient businesses like Target and Amazon are taking valuable members of our workforce when they were raising their internal minimum wage anyway (dictated by the market). Now, home care can’t compete because of lower wages due to lack of vision on true minimum wage policy and transient industries filling that void.-home care companies are fronting upfront cost and back ending unemployment insurance costs due to a volatile market that has people not show or go through the process and take another job or simply stay long enough for full benefits then leave. They front the upfront cost of finger printing, drug testing, etc at the rate of roughly $158 per person to have to go back to the drawing board.-we NEED to keep people in their homes as long as we can. It saves almost a 7 time multiplier on institutionalizing that individual in system and gives the individual a better quality life. We need to incentivize aging in place and models that help the patient and caregiver. Sorry for the Wednesday Ted Talk, but I’m passionate about this. AND we’ll all deal with it at some point. After being a caregiver for Nan, I lived it. My visit yesterday and other visits this week only verified it’s the same or similar experience for others! The good news is up I’m for the task, and I know many of my colleagues are as well. We need to stay the course and keep chipping away at the complex problem while the problem continues to multiply. We can do it because we have to! Thanks for your confidence in me. I’m energized to continue the work we started together! ... See MoreSee Less
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Thank you Delaware State Representative, Mike Smith for taking the time to visit with resident, Jim Custer and learn more about the vital support he receives through state funded home care programs!Home care is the most cost effective, safest, and patient preferred option of care. These services allow people like Jim to remain independent, safe, and cared for in the comfort of their homes.But, without appropriate funding from the State, people like Jim are at risk of losing this critical form of care when they can't find enough coverage due to a workforce shortage.We appreciate Rep. Smith's understanding and support of these services!Thank you Mike Smith State Representative Mike Smith for taking the time yesterday to show your support of home care by seeing first-hand the critical services needed by Delaware’s most vulnerable. People like @Jim Custer need legislators to fully understand how important the services they receive are to their ability to stay at home—where they are safest—and within their communities. Demand for home care services is increasing rapidly in Delaware, and we need to make sure our state has the understanding, workforce, and overall ability to ensure access to care. Thank you Rep. Smith for your ongoing support!” ... See MoreSee Less
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