Home Care Rule Announced The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division announced a final rule extending the Fair Labor Standards Act’s minimum wage and overtime protections to most of the nation’s direct care workers who provide essential home care assistance to elderly people and people with illnesses, injuries, or disabilities. This change, effective January 1, 2015, ensures that nearly two million workers – such as home health aides, personal care aides, and certified nursing assistants – will have the same basic protections already provided to most U.S. workers. It will help ensure that individuals and families who rely on the assistance of direct care workers have access to consistent and high quality care from a stable and increasingly professional workforce.
To help families, other employers, and workers understand the new requirements, the Department will be hosting five public webinars during the month of October and has created a new, dedicated web portal with fact sheets, FAQs, interactive web tools, and other materials.
Houston Communities Redefine Senior Living Click here to read about what seniors think of living in senior living communities, as well as the activities and care provided there to seniors.
Fall 2013 Direct Care Workers Conference On Monday, August 12, 2013, Care for Elders, in partnership with Harris County Area Agency on Aging and the United Way of Greater Houston, sponsored the Fall 2013 Direct Care Workers Conference. This conference was a continuation from the Spring 2013 Direct Care Workers Conference, which for 16 consecutive years has provided training for front-line staff and work with older adults. For more information on the conference, click here.
METRO System Reimagining - Community Survey METRO is undertaking a planning process - the Transit System Reimagining project - to rethink theri system, including big-picture goals of the system as a whole. Transportation continues to be a significant challenge for many older adults. Your participation is needed in taking the survey. The survey takes about 15 minutes, so please take the time to complete it and pass on to colleagues, clients, and other stakeholders in aging. To take the survey, click here. To learn more about the project, click here.
WHAT'S NEW Care for Elders E-Report The latest Care for Elders Year in Review E-Report highlights the results of initiatives, looking at big picture data, and provides an overview of Care for Elders. MORE.
June 2013 WHAT'S NEW
Congratulations! Care for Elders is pleased to welcome our new director, Josh Reynolds! Josh describes himself as having a true calling to service and is passionate about working with older adults. Josh also has experience with collective impact work, so we welcome him as we look ahead to our next phase in partnership work!