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Nonprofit Provides Services That Support Independent Living

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People living with disabilities face challenges that others never have to experience. For example, independent living—and everything required to do it— introduces daily challenges. For instance, most of us take travel to and from work for granted, but this is a significant issue for some living with disabilities. Direct Care Innovations loves recognizing organizations seeking […]

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5 Ways DCI Software Maximizes Direct Service Provider Productivity

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Direct care agencies are responsible for caring for some of our most vulnerable citizens. However, ongoing staffing shortages make it difficult to meet the needs of those they serve. Moreover, inefficient processes reduce direct service provider productivity, causing staff to focus more on administrative tasks than providing care. Fortunately, business management software allows these agencies […]

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College to Open Residence Hall for Students with Autism

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Not all students successfully transition into college life. The change can be even more strenuous for those living with intellectual disabilities or autism. Fortunately, several colleges now offer residential experiences tailored to students with autism. In this post, Direct Care Innovations covers these residence hall programs and why we need them. 

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New IDD Transition Program Seeks to Bridge Service Gaps

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Do you know what foster care and Intellectual and Developmental Disability (IDD) services have in common? Both services drop off once young people reach a certain age. Fortunately, After 22, a new Chicago IDD transition program seeks to bridge the gap. In this post, Direct Care Innovations explains. 

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5 Ways to Retain Direct Service Providers

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Without direct care providers/direct support professionals, the agencies Direct Care Innovations supports wouldn’t exist. Therefore, neither would we. When DSPs succeed, grow and climb the ladder in the Intellectual/Developmental Disability (IDD) world, their agencies do, too. For this reason, we take the opportunity to review the DSP staffing deficit and identify ways to help our […]

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How Biden’s Budget Addresses HCBS Caregiver Concerns

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The Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) is a nonprofit foundation dedicated to national and global health policy and news. KFF recently hosted several focus groups consisting of both paid and nonpaid HCBS caregivers. HCBS caregiver concerns varied some; however, chief among the concerns was low wages. Can Biden’s American Jobs Plan help? In this post, Direct […]

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Addressing Food Insecurity for Those Living with Disabilities

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Food insecurity isn’t a new issue. Therefore, government agencies and nonprofits alike tackle the issue in various ways. However, those living with disabilities make up a subset of those dealing with food scarcity, and they have unique needs and challenges. What can we do to address food insecurity for those with disabilities? In this post, […]

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California Caregivers Get $500 Pandemic Bonus

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As care recipients suffer from home healthcare worker shortages across the country, local governments scramble to meet community needs. Lawmakers attempt to fund pay increases and self-directed care at the national level. For example, the Department of Homeland Security deployed the National Guard to four facilities in Wisconsin. In California, caregivers receive $500 state-funded bonuses. […]

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National Guard Provides IDD Services Due to Staffing Shortages

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Direct Care Innovations‘ readers understand our passion for those living with disabilities and those who serve them. We’ve addressed the need for more and better-paid home healthcare workers, and we provide tools for organizations to manage the business and comply with regulations. Concerning direct care staff, Wisconsin’s ongoing shortage is so critical that the National […]

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IHSS Seeks Pay Increase for Home Health Workers

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The In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Public Authority Board of Directors approved a new memorandum of understanding between the SEIU Local 2015 Union and Lake County, CA. The agreement adopts a well-deserved pay increase for home health workers effective January 1. Direct Care Innovations provides business management software for managed care organizations, and we support home […]

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