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More Support Needed for Family Caregivers

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In the fall of 2022, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (USDHHS) revealed its first collaborative and strategic national plan for providing family caregivers with various supports and resources. The 2022 National Strategy to Support Family Caregivers consists of several hundred action steps that can help relieve family caregivers of the extra burdens […]

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Home Health Care & Its Growing Labor Shortage

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If you’re involved in the home health care industry — as a patient, family member, or provider — the growing labor shortage is probably no surprise to you. Many home health agencies are finding it more difficult to provide effective care to an increasing number of adults in need with fewer home health workers available. […]

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Everything You Need to Know About Respite Care

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Caring for a loved one who is ill or living with a disability at home is a 24/7 job. Consequently, caregivers need to create space to properly care for themselves. Otherwise, you risk burnout and exhaustion, which serve neither you nor your loved one. Direct Care Innovations wants you to know that help is available […]

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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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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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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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Airbnb Makes An Effort to Better Accommodate Individuals Living with Disabilities

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Those living with disabilities, whether they be intellectual or physical, face daily challenges that others take for granted. Take, for instance, vacation travel. Vacation travel is supposed to be an easy, pleasant break from everyday life, but for those with disabilities, it can create stress and hardship. Airbnb, which has come under fire for alleged […]

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