Home Health & Hospice

DOJ and HHS recently released The Elder Justice Roadmap to combat the abuse of older Americans. In the document, what recommendations do experts make surrounding homecare practices?

Homecare Insider, July 14, 2014

Recommendations surrounding homecare include:

  • Increase education, training, supervision, and incentives for homecare staff (e.g. through surveys, certifications, state licensing agencies, and the implementation of fair pay) to bolster knowledge of how to prevent, identify, report, and respond to instances of elder abuse
  • Implement federal and state standards, as well as new policies that target elder abuse in homecare
  • Increase support for patients (e.g. through access to long-term care ombudsmen)
  • Identify and implement policies surrounding transitions that might heighten the risk of elder abuse (e.g. from a rehabilitation facility or hospital to homecare)