Loneliness is a Problem. How Can Home Care Deal With It?

“Loneliness is different than isolation and solitude.  Loneliness is a subjective feeling where the connections we need are greater than the connections we have.  In the gap, we experience loneliness.  It’s distinct from the objective state of isolation, which is determined by the number of people around you.”

– Vivek Murthy, two time (and current) Surgeon General.

We have heard a lot about loneliness and social isolation, particularly during the pandemic with enforced social distancing and near imprisonment of older adults in nursing homes. Two experts on these topics, Carla Perissinotto and Ashwin Kotwal discuss this issue in a new podcast and explain:

  • How loneliness and social isolation overlap and are distinct
  • How common these measures of social well being are in geriatrics and palliative care
  • Why we should care as clinicians
  • How we can ask about them
  • How we should respond to care for patients who are lonely or isolated

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NAHC’s Bill Dombi on the Newsmakers Podcast

As Congress mulls significant legislation affecting the home care sector, McKnight’s Home Care Editor Liza Berger sits down with Bill Dombi, president of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice, to discuss:

  • how health care at home is expanding in historic ways,
  • the reason vaccine hesitancy is a serious problem,
  • why it’s high time to get rid of a home health Medicare cut, and
  • a lot more!

Here’s a snippet of what Bill said.

“We’ve learned just recently that the Better Care Better Jobs Act would not bring $400 billion, it would bring $150 billion. So that’s a creature of the paring down of the so-called ask relative to the White House as well as Congress.

The Congressional Budget Act has not scored the bill. Sources close to the office of Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA), who introduced the bill, recently shared the estimated cost with NAHC, Dombi said. While the amount is significantly smaller than expected, it still marks a positive step forward for the field, Dombi said.

“You can’t look at $150 billion infused into home care and not smile. It is one of the first investments of that kind in home care in many, many years and it sets the stage for a commitment to bring healthcare home to the greatest degree possible.”

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NAHC’s Bill Dombi on the Newsmakers Podcast

Listen to the podcast As Congress mulls significant legislation affecting the home care sector, McKnight’s Home Care Editor Liza Berger sits down with Bill Dombi, president of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice, to discuss: how health care at home is expanding in historic ways, the reason vaccine hesitancy is a serious problem,…

Important Home Care Podcast with Jeff Salter of Caring Senior Service

We encourage you to tune in to this fascinating podcast interview of Jeff Salter, CEO of Caring Senior Service. The interview focuses on non-clinical care of the kind provided by Caring Senior Services and it all just went live Tuesday, February 2. Jeff tells Stan Massey of Transcend that a lot of education is needed to…

New Podcast: Candid Conversations about Home Health

Listen now! The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and the Home Health and Hospice Financial Managers Association (HHFMA) is launching a new podcast series aimed at busy, hard-working professionals in the industry. Home health experts Cindy Krafft of Kornetti & Krafft Health Care Solutions and Karen Vance, Senior Managing Consultant at BKD,…

NAHC President Bill Dombi Gives Policy Update to Home Health Care News

Normally, to receive a home health and hospice policy update from NAHC President William A. Dombi, you need to attend a NAHC conference or be present for one of his many speaking engagements around the country. However, Mr. Dombi recently appeared on the Disrupt podcast of Home Health Care News and he provided an invaluable…

The “Help Choose Home” Podcast Highlights the Benefits of In-Home Care

For years, advocates for health care at home have talked about the value that it brings to the continuum of care. Our voices are being heard and now is the time for us to spread the word in a new, digital way, about receiving and delivering care in a home setting, and we need your…

NAHC Partners in Launching “Help Choose Home” Podcast Series, Highlighting the Benefits of In-Home Care

For years, advocates for health care at home have talked about the value that it brings to the continuum of care. Our voices are being heard and now is the time for us to spread the word in a new, digital way, about receiving and delivering care in a home setting, and we need your…