• American Demographics magazine reports that more Americans are worried about financing long term care than about paying for retirement. About 60% worry that their spouses will need long term care. The Hartford Financial Services Group (Hartford, CT) is promoting its long term care insurance by offering it to its employees and retirees eligible for benefits, the company said. Under the plan, individuals will be covered for home healthcare and other supportive services.
• The Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) found recently that about half of home healthcare clients receive only some or none of the support services they need. Data collected on 2,013 home health clients of 12 nonprofit Massachusetts agencies in 1993 showed that 85% of clients needed one or more support services help with nutrition, housework, or other routine activities but that nearly half had an unmet need, and 80% had three or more services not being provided.
• To help families find resources to help their ailing elders, the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging and the U.S. Administration on Aging are operating an Eldercare Locator, reported the New Orleans Times-Picayune. The nationwide database provides information on home-delivered meals, transportation, legal assistance, housing options, recreation and social activities, adult day care, senior centers, and home health services. To reach the Eldercare Locator, call (800) 677-1116 weekdays between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.
• The Visiting Nurse Association of America (VNAA) held its annual meeting April 7-9 in Orlando, FL, where speakers explored new approaches to patient care. During an awards banquet, five people were recognized for their contributions to the home health industry. And VNAA industry experts offered hands-on exercises and ideas for innovative business practices.