New Webinar! Paid Time Off: Creating and Structuring a Benefit Program to Recruit, Retain, and Reward

  • Date: Thursday, July 14th, 2022
  • Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET
  • Register now

Many of us take paid time off for granted, but most home care field staff do not receive this benefit so they don’t get paid if they’re not working. Offering this highly desirable benefit is one way to reward employees, distinguish your company from your competitors, and enable you to attract better employees who are loyal and highly motivated. Some states have already adopted paid sick leave programs and that trend is expected to spread, so this could be the perfect time for your agency to get ahead of the government, as well as your competition. Join Private Duty Home Care at NAHC for this lively and informative discussion with a top employment industry expert.

Learning Objectives:

  • Sick time, vacation time, or PTO – how to structure time off to best benefit your organization and your staff
  • Mental health/personal days – why they’re important and what you can do to implement them easily
  • How rewarding staff that works can lead to long-term staff retention and loyalty

Faculty: Greg Henderson, Human Resources Outsourcing Manager at Whirks

Greg Henderson brings over 20 years of military experience and operational knowledge into working first-hand with his clients as the HRO Manager at Whirks. He is engaged in helping small business owners establish awe-inspiring organizations by enhancing their HR solutions to provide purpose, direction, and motivation through an innovative and personable approach. Greg was recently invited to be a member of the exclusive Forbes Human Resources Council and is a regular editorial contributor for Forbes. Host of a weekly LinkedIn video series called From Boots to Loafers, Greg draws on his past military leadership as a focal point for today’s leaders. Greg has a passion to help small business owners achieve their goals which continue to fuel Whirks’ mission for its clients and itself, to get one step better every day. Greg is married to Amanda and they have five children. When he is not in the office, Greg enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and going on daily adventures.

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If you work in hospice as a care provider, Relias needs to hear from you!

Relias is seeking the experiences and perspectives of home and hospice health aides, personal care aides and CNAs, VN/LPNs, and RNs age 18 and older located in the US who care for home health patients.

They’re looking for answers to questions like: How did your education prepare you for practice? How have your responsibilities changed since the COVID-19 pandemic? What might impact your desire to leave your job?

This survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete, and your input will help Relias understand the needs and values of dedicated people just like you, working within this frequently overlooked and undervalued part of the healthcare system.

Participating in this study is 100% voluntary, confidential, and will have no bearing on your present or future roles whatsoever.

Please click here and share your insights!

https://selfserve.decipherinc.com/survey/selfserve/1d24/220502?list=1

Please contact Dr. Elise Valdes at 984-220-8111 or at evaldes@relias.com if you have any questions about this study.

If you work in home health as a care provider, Relias needs to hear from you!

Relias is seeking the experiences and perspectives of home and hospice health aides, personal care aides and CNAs, VN/LPNs, and RNs age 18 and older located in the US who care for home health patients. They’re looking for answers to questions like: How did your education prepare you for practice? How have your responsibilities changed…

If you work in home health as a care provider, Relias needs to hear from you!

Relias is seeking the experiences and perspectives of home and hospice health aides, personal care aides and CNAs, VN/LPNs, and RNs age 18 and older located in the US who care for home health patients.

They’re looking for answers to questions like: How did your education prepare you for practice? How have your responsibilities changed since the COVID-19 pandemic? What might impact your desire to leave your job?

This survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete, and your input will help Relias understand the needs and values of dedicated people just like you, working within this frequently overlooked and undervalued part of the healthcare system.

Participating in this study is 100% voluntary, confidential, and will have no bearing on your present or future roles whatsoever.

Please click here and share your insights!

https://selfserve.decipherinc.com/survey/selfserve/1d24/220502?list=1

Please contact Dr. Elise Valdes at 984-220-8111 or at evaldes@relias.com if you have any questions about this study.

New Home Care Workforce Action Alliance Aims to Solve Staffing Crisis

There is a massive workforce crisis in home care and personal care servics and a massive national effort will be needed to solve this crisis, said leading members of the Home Care Workforce Action Alliance during a web-based press conference on Wednesday.

The Home Care Workforce Action Alliance is a new organization devoted to attracting more people into home care and personal care services, as well as keeping them in the industry. To accomplish this task, members said, the industry must work together as it never has before.

“[Home care stakeholders] would include representatives of patients, the direct care professionals, congress, governors and state legislators, educators and many more,” said William Dombi, president of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC). “We’ve all recognized this is a problem that needs to be addressed, but we all continue to work within our silos. By joining together, we can succeed.”

Among the issues to be tackled, said Dombi, are insufficient compensation, benefits, training, and career growth opportunities

In addition , the effort will require “reform on federal and state policies, reform regarding education, reform on worker supports, and an overall increase in the workforce,” added Dombi.

Some key facts about the crisis are:

  • Since March of 2020, providers have seen a 23% decrease in home care aides working for them, which led to a 28% increase in open shifts since before COVID. The pandemic has only made things worse, exposing the vulnerability of not only older individuals and people with disabilities, but also those who care for them.
  • Providers of in-home care report having to turn down 50% of those seeking care due to a lack of staffing.
  • Nearly half of all direct-care workers abandon the field each year.
  • This hard-working, yet underpaid home care workforce disproportionately comprises women and people of color.
  • The Build Back Better Plan currently being considered by lawmakers in Washington D.C. only skims the surface of America’s home care problem. The original goal of $400 billion in funding has been cut down to $150 billion which will not adequately address the current caregiving crisis.
  • The caregiving workforce needs to increase by 8.2 million jobs to accommodate future needs.

This problem is only going to worsen if it is not addressed. By 2040 there will be 81 million people in the U.S. 65 years or older, compared to only 72 million under the age of 18. What’s more, people turning 65 today have a nearly 70 percent chance to require long-term care and support.

David Totaro, government affairs director at Bayada, and a member of the NAHC Board of Directors, said virtually all providers in Pennsylvania had to deny new cases during the last two years. Bayada is declining an all-time high of new cases, said Totaro. In September 2021, Bayada had to decline about 50 percent of new cases it received, but by the end of March 2022, the company declined almost two-thirds of new cases.

“When there isn’t enough supply to meet the demand, the nation’s most vulnerable population suffers,” Totaro during the press conference. “When this occurs consistently and frequently, most are forced to seek health care services from much more costly settings, such as nursing homes and hospitals.”

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts there will be almost 600,o00 home health and personal care aide job openings each year this decade. Vicki Hoak of the Home Care Association of America, also a leading member of the Home Care Workforce Action Alliance, said it is estimated there will be a shortage of 151,000 paid direct care workers by 2030, with that number to swell to an astounding 355,000 by 2040.

NAHC urges you to go to the Home Care Workforce Action Alliance website to learn more about this critical issue, how you can help, and share your home care story.

New Home Care Workforce Action Alliance Aims to Solve Staffing Crisis

Share your home care story! There is a massive workforce crisis in home care and personal care servics and a massive national effort will be needed to solve this crisis, said leading members of the Home Care Workforce Action Alliance during a web-based press conference on Wednesday. The Home Care Workforce Action Alliance is a…

Federal Grant Will Create New Center to Support the Direct Care Workforce

The federal Administration for Community Living (ACL) plans to create a new initiative that will serve as a technical assistance and capacity-building center for direct care workers providing home and community-based services for older adults and individuals with disabilities. ACL intends to award a five-year grant to a lead entity to create and maintain the National Technical Assistance Center. Estimated total funding will be $1.2 million to $1.3 million, per year for the five-year project period.

Home-based care providers are currently experiencing one of the most difficult workforce environments in decades. Many organizations are unable to meet current demand as a result of inadequate staffing, primarily among the frontline direct care workers and aides that provide a large portion of the hands-on services for vulnerable patients and families.

  • Grant applications are due June 28, 2022
  • An overview informational teleconference will be held on May 17 at 3:00pm ET (Dial-in number: 888-942-9712; Participant passcode: 5313288).
  • Find out more about the details of the grant opportunity HERE

ACL envisions that this new initiative will serve as a central hub for state, private, and federal entities involved in the hiring, recruitment, training, and workforce development associated with the delivery of HCBS. The effort will deepen the collaboration between ACL, the Department of Labor, and other HHS agencies, including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE).

The center will focus on strategies and practices at the systems and provider levels, and will disseminate information and direct technical assistance (TA) to support stakeholders’ efforts to bolster and improve the direct care workforce. The TA Center will offer access to a curated array of model policies, best practices, training materials, technical assistance, and learning collaboratives.

Eligible applicants include public and private non-profit entities, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations as well as institutions of higher education. Given that current DCW workforce challenges are complex and informed by a number of factors, ACL expects that no single organization will be able to single-handedly meet the center’s objectives on its own. Accordingly, grant applicants will need to describe how they plan to partner with other organizations, including those representing the needs of traditionally unserved and underserved, to fully carry out the center’s mission and deliver on its priorities.

Detailed grant information is available HERE. If you have any questions about this grant opportunity, please contact Caroline Ryan at ACL at caroline.ryan@acl.hhs.gov

Federal Grant Will Create New Center to Support the Direct Care Workforce

Information on grants is here The federal Administration for Community Living (ACL) plans to create a new initiative that will serve as a technical assistance and capacity-building center for direct care workers providing home and community-based services for older adults and individuals with disabilities. ACL intends to award a five-year grant to a lead entity…

Federal Grant Will Create New Center to Support the Direct Care Workforce

The federal Administration for Community Living (ACL) plans to create a new initiative that will serve as a technical assistance and capacity-building center for direct care workers providing home and community-based services for older adults and individuals with disabilities. ACL intends to award a five-year grant to a lead entity to create and maintain the National Technical Assistance Center. Estimated total funding will be $1.2 million to $1.3 million, per year for the five-year project period.

Home-based care providers are currently experiencing one of the most difficult workforce environments in decades. Many organizations are unable to meet current demand as a result of inadequate staffing, primarily among the frontline direct care workers and aides that provide a large portion of the hands-on services for vulnerable patients and families.

  • Grant applications are due June 28, 2022
  • An overview informational teleconference will be held on May 17 at 3:00pm ET (Dial-in number: 888-942-9712; Participant passcode: 5313288).
  • Find out more about the details of the grant opportunity HERE.

ACL envisions that this new initiative will serve as a central hub for state, private, and federal entities involved in the hiring, recruitment, training, and workforce development associated with the delivery of HCBS. The effort will deepen the collaboration between ACL, the Department of Labor, and other HHS agencies, including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE).

The center will focus on strategies and practices at the systems and provider levels, and will disseminate information and direct technical assistance (TA) to support stakeholders’ efforts to bolster and improve the direct care workforce. The TA Center will offer access to a curated array of model policies, best practices, training materials, technical assistance, and learning collaboratives.

Eligible applicants include public and private non-profit entities, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations as well as institutions of higher education. Given that current DCW workforce challenges are complex and informed by a number of factors, ACL expects that no single organization will be able to single-handedly meet the center’s objectives on its own. Accordingly, grant applicants will need to describe how they plan to partner with other organizations, including those representing the needs of traditionally unserved and underserved, to fully carry out the center’s mission and deliver on its priorities.

Detailed grant information is available HERE. If you have any questions about this grant opportunity, please contact Caroline Ryan at ACL at caroline.ryan@acl.hhs.gov

Dept of Labor Announces Listening Sessions on Revisions to Overtime Regs

  • Seeking input on executive, administrative, professional exemptions

The U.S. Department of Labor announced a series of listening sessions with workers, employers and workplace stakeholders on potential revisions to regulations used to enforce the Fair Labor Standards Act’s minimum wage and overtime exemptions for executive, administrative and professional employees.

The FLSA requires employers to pay most U.S. employees at least the federal minimum wage for all hours worked, and overtime pay at not less than time and one-half the regular rate of pay for hours worked over 40 in a workweek.

The law, however, provides an exemption from minimum wage and overtime pay for workers employed as “bona fide” executive, administrative or professional employees. To be exempt, employees must generally meet certain tests regarding their job duties and be paid on a salary basis at not less than $684 per week.

“Our goal is to use these sessions to listen, engage workers and hear their perspectives on the possible impact of changes to the regulations,” explained Acting Wage and Hour Division Administrator Jessica Looman. “As we consider the needs of today’s workforce and industry demands, we need public input to ensure that revisions to the overtime regulations fulfill the original intent and promise of the law.”

In fiscal year 2021, the department’s Wage and Hour Division recovered more than $138 million in overtime back wages for more than 145,000 workers. In its FLSA investigations, the division found overtime back wages represented 80 percent of all back wages found due.

The division announced that it will hold a listening session for workers, employee stakeholders and union representatives as follows:

WHO:                         Employees, Employee advocates and union representatives

WHEN:                      Thursday, May 5, 2022 at 6-7 p.m. EDT

WHERE:                    Register for the Southeast Worker Overtime Listening Session Registration