Articles on "Home Care"

Personal Touch Home Care-Real Life Story
May 28, 2013 8:19 pm

Personal Touch Home Care-Real Life Story

“I was kind of scared,” admitted Michael Bachman when recalling his mother’s sudden move into his home. The Director of Information Technology Client Services at Towson University and an adjunct professor, Michael was preparing for a new school year when his mother, Mildred Bachman, fell and broke her wrist at her home in Allentown, Pa. Mildred’s fall was the first of several health problems that resulted in her moving into Michael’s home. “It’s nearly impossible to envision the amount of […]

Capital City Nurses–Real Life Profile
May 28, 2013 4:52 pm

Capital City Nurses–Real Life Profile

Marion van Binsbergen Pritchard was attending the school of social work in Amsterdam, Holland, when the Germans invaded the country. Like so many of her peers, WWII dramatically altered the course of her life. Her transition from college student to rescue worker was gradual, but seemingly inevitable. Early in the occupation, Marion was asked by her supervisor to take home the young son of a Jewish couple before they were deported. However, her life as an insurgent really began when […]

Specialty Care Services–Real Life Profile
May 28, 2013 3:42 pm

Specialty Care Services–Real Life Profile

Mercedes Palmer started taking care of others at an early age, and was a caregiver for her own father for the last decade of his life when he came to live with her family. “My mother is an amazing woman,” said her daughter, Anne Palmer. “She has a genuine caregiver mentality.” The oldest of four children, Mercedes began caring for the well being of her siblings and father as a result of the premature passing of her mother. At the […]

March 25, 2013 1:09 am


HOSPICE OF THE CHESAPEAKE FOUNDATION WELCOMES NEW BOARD MEMBERS Hospice of the Chesapeake announced today that the following business and community leaders were appointed in February to the Hospice of the Chesapeake Foundation Board of Directors. Tim McDonough, owner of TM Designs, an interior design company based in McLean, VA. McDonough was the lead designer for the Maryland Green Designer Show Home in Gambrills and serves on the Hospice of the Chesapeake’s Gala Committee and is co-chairman of the nonprofit’s […]

February 6, 2013 7:44 pm

Study: Beneficiaries Increasingly Moved to Hospice

Some 42.2% of Medicare beneficiaries died in hospice care in 2009 compared with 21.6% in 2000, according to a retrospective cohort study. However, that finding is clouded by the fact that just over a quarter of those using hospice (28.4%) in 2009 did so for fewer than 3 days and 40.3% of them moved to hospice after intensive care unit (ICU) stays. The researchers found that 24.6% of Medicare beneficiaries died in acute care hospitals in 2009, which was a […]

February 6, 2013 7:21 pm

People on the Move – CareOptions

Care Options one of the most experienced and respected care management company in the Washington metropolitan area is pleased to announce that Linda Kunkel will transition from her position as Director of Caregiving Services department of CareOptions to Director of Marketing at CareOptions.   Diana Gilbert will serve as the new Director of Caregiving Services. For more information: Contacts: Diana (703) 538-6838 email at Linda (703)237-9048 email at

January 25, 2013 2:14 pm

Hospices Turn Away Patients Without Caregivers At Home

NPR reports that Twelve percent of hospices nationwide refuse to accept patients who don’t have a caregiver at home to look after them, according to a recent survey of nearly 600 hospice providers published in Health Affairs. That doesn’t jibe with the reality facing many hospice patients — roughly 42 percent of whom were living in a private home when they died, according to numbers for 2011 provided by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. And it’s not uncommon […]

November 13, 2012 8:19 pm

2012 Survey of Nursing Home, Assisted Living, Adult Day Services and Home Care Costs

According to the newly released 2012 MetLife Market Survey of Nursing Home, Assisted Living, Adult Day Services and Home Care Costs, conducted for the tenth year by the MetLife Mature Market Institute, national average rates for long-term care in the U.S. continue to rise. The average cost of a semi-private room in a nursing home rose 3.7% in 2012, from $214 daily or $78,110 annually in 2011, to $222 or $81,030 annually. Assisted living base rates increased by 2.1%, from […]

A Legacy Built with Care–Elizabeth Cooney Care Network
October 24, 2012 5:05 pm

A Legacy Built with Care–Elizabeth Cooney Care Network

Betty Jane Tate met her future husband in an unlikely place: a kindergarten class¬room. Young Betty Jane and Creston Tate became fast friends, but neither the young playmates nor their peers could have ever guessed what the future would hold. Today, sitting in the home the couple has shared for more than 50 years, Betty Jane laughed as she recalled their uncommon love story. “We’ve really been together since kindergarten,” she said. As they grew older, the pair’s friendship deepened. […]

October 24, 2012 1:09 am

Grant to Study Consumer Preferences Around Decisions for Hospice Care

Altarum Institute’s Center for Consumer Choice in Health Care (CCCHC) has been award a one-year $328,000 grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to study consumer preferences related to quality measures for hospice care during challenging end-of-life transitions. CCCHC is partnering with the American Hospice Foundation to conduct this work. This will be the first study of its kind to assess consumer sentiment about the quality measures for hospice care approved by the National Quality Forum, and to […]