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March 22, 2005 | Paul Pringle, Times Staff Writer
The Terri Schiavo saga resonated Monday in the hospices and nursing homes of California, where doctors and caregivers said they routinely confront the same painful and complicated end-of-life decisions that have placed the Florida woman at the center of a national drama. Paul DenOuden said he frequently encounters families who struggle with wrenching decisions about when and if to end a loved one's life.
April 3, 2014 | By Melissa Healy and Lisa Girion
Federal officials said Thursday they hoped a new "rescue pen" would help reduce the death toll from overdoses involving prescription painkillers. The Food and Drug Administration approved the sale, by prescription, of the prefilled auto-injector of the drug naloxone that caregivers or family members can use to reverse the effects of prescription painkillers, such as OxyContin and Vicodin, and heroin. Available until now only by syringe, naloxone has been a workhorse drug in emergency departments battling the relentless rise in painkiller overdoses over the last decade.
May 11, 2000
A local nonprofit agency has filed a lawsuit in federal district court accusing four state agencies of setting up a pay scale that makes it nearly impossible to attract and keep workers who care for people with developmental disabilities in small, community-based facilities.
March 31, 2014 | By Tony Perry
The nation needs to better acknowledge and support the efforts of the "hidden heroes" from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars: the estimated 1.1 million civilian, volunteer caregivers tending to the needs of wounded and disabled veterans, according to recommendations contained in a Rand Corp. study released Monday. While family members and others have long cared for veterans, the veterans from two recent wars are more likely to have mental health and substance problems, making the task of providing care even more difficult, according to the study, funded by the Elizabeth Dole Foundation.
May 12, 2007 | Molly Selvin, Times Staff Writer
Mothers, not only do you have your own day this Sunday, you also are the primary beneficiaries of a growing body of laws and court rulings that grant workplace protections to caregivers. California is among several states and cities that are passing or considering legislation banning job discrimination against workers with the responsibility of caring for children, aging parents or ill spouses.
June 1, 2007 | Jordan Rau, Times Staff Writer
The California Senate voted Thursday to bar employers from denying promotions or raises to workers who juggle job duties with the demands of caring for children, sick spouses or aging parents. One of the first such efforts in the country, the measure would add "familial status" to the categories of discrimination banned by the state's Fair Employment and Housing Act.
December 7, 2003 | Jean Merl, Times Staff Writer
On her first regular day with a new volunteer program, Margie Mayhams tied a denim apron over her white AARP T-shirt and went to work chopping onions and potatoes in the immaculate kitchen of a Carson couple who, until recently, had been strangers to her. During her training to participate in the AARP's Caregiving, Assistance, Respite, Education and Service program (CARES for short), Mayhams had learned to ask what help her elderly clients wanted most.
June 13, 2005 | Dan Thanh Dang, Baltimore Sun
There are days when Doris Parker wants to throw up her hands in frustration and run screaming into the street. Between a full-time job at the Social Security Administration and tending to her elderly parents who need round-the-clock care, Parker, 57, recognized long ago that she needed help during the day if she was going to keep both parents living in her Baltimore home. "My father was diagnosed with Alzheimer's six years ago, and my mother has slight dementia," Parker says.
March 3, 2008 | Shari Roan, Times Staff Writer
A scarcity of paid caregivers means that, in the future, older people may have to band together to help each other. Older Americans are already pitching in to care for their more frail or even older counterparts as either paid or volunteer workers. That's because finding younger people to work as caregivers is becoming more difficult.
When 86-year-old Eleanor Siegman's health began to fail and she needed personal care at home to stay out of a nursing facility, her daughter thought she had found the perfect person for the job. The live-in care-giver she chose was a certified nursing assistant who seemed trustworthy and compassionate and was recommended by her mother's rabbi. "I don't think you want a better recommendation than that," said Siegman's daughter, a mental health professional who asked not to be identified.
January 20, 2014 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO - A union effort to increase salaries for workers caring for the country's elderly and disabled threatens to backfire in California, where Gov. Jerry Brown wants to limit their hours. A change in federal rules set for next year entitles nearly 2 million home aides nationwide to overtime pay. But Brown, in an effort to keep a lid on costs, has proposed a cap on the time they work in the state's taxpayer-funded home care program for low-income Californians. The proposal, part of the governor's latest budget plan, could particularly affect disabled people who receive more than 40 hours of assistance a week.
January 8, 2014 | By Christopher Goffard, Ari Bloomekatz and Mark Boster
A 71-year-old woman who cared for five mentally impaired adults in a Santa Ana group home scrambled to help them Wednesday morning after a smoke alarm warned her the house was on fire, fire officials said. The caregiver of the four-bedroom group home at 2138 N. Hathaway St. suffered burns to the head and body in the effort, and three of the residents escaped or were pulled out by firefighters. Two others -- identified as women aged 52 and 48 - were found dead in separate bedrooms.
December 24, 2013 | By Saba Hamedy
Brenda Schmitz and her youngest son, Max, then 2 years old, shared a favorite song: "Over the Rainbow. " At the time, Schmitz and her family hadn't seen rain - let alone a rainbow - for five weeks when the wife and mother of four was hospitalized at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines for ovarian cancer. But on the day of her death, in September 2011, a large, bright double rainbow cast across the sky. Her husband, David, said this was the first but certainly not the last time Schmitz would give her family signs that she was watching over them.
September 17, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO - The cost of providing care to elderly and disabled Californians is set to increase in about 15 months because of new federal rules on overtime. The new regulations, announced Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Labor, will require overtime pay for almost 2 million more workers nationwide, including nearly 360,000 caregivers in California's taxpayer-funded home care program. Gov. Jerry Brown's administration estimates that the overtime will cost the state an extra $150 million annually for its In-Home Supportive Services program.
September 4, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
As American parents have grappled with financial peril and other woes over the last decade, grandparents have stepped in to help. Grandparents were the main caregivers for more than 3 million children in 2011 - a 20% increase from the turn of the millennium, the Pew Research Center reported Wednesday. The numbers surged during the economic downturn and have leveled off in its aftermath, Pew said in a report based on an analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data. Sixty percent of those children still have at least one parent at home, but grandparents are responsible for most of their needs.
August 2, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
In the next two decades about 78 million baby boomers in the U.S. will turn 65. As they age, a portion of them will be cared for by their families, and others will no doubt enter facilities for the elderly. But many will rely on a growing cadre of domestic in-home workers. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the demand for the kind of personal-care aides who can help cook, clean and bathe the elderly and disabled is expected to grow by 70% from 2010 to 2020. Today, these caregivers often labor in conditions that would not be tolerated in any other industry.
The communities are built from units of two, one person with a disability, one person without, interlocking parts of a shared life. In pairs they become family, and in pairs they navigate the world from the shelter of "the ark"-L'Arche, as the concept was named by its French Canadian creator. It's a vision, and a model, for care of the disabled. L'Arche has no "patients" or "clients." Disabled residents are "core members," the community's reason for being.
March 21, 2004 | Stephanie Stassel, Times Staff Writer
During his lifetime, Fletcher Jackson has had many friends, but none like Susan Townsend. His days at a Pasadena convalescent hospital begin and end with a phone call to Townsend, who visits him once or twice a week, occasionally bringing her husband and two children. The rattan bookcase in his room is from Townsend's home. The bulletin board she got him is covered with postcards from her recent trips. Sometimes, she surprises him with strawberry ice cream, his favorite.
October 30, 2012 | By Mary MacVean
Getting an early diagnosis of dementia could lead to finding ways to cope - and it could mean feeling bereft at what the future holds. So do you want to know? The early diagnosis of and intervention for Alzheimer's and other dementia has become an increasing priority, but that means the patients and their informal caregivers are left facing many issues regarding their futures that need to be considered, researchers said Tuesday. The researchers, from several British universities, reviewed 102 studies from 14 countries to consider the ramifications on patients and caregivers of a dementia diagnosis.
September 13, 2012 | By Karen Ravn, Special to the Los Angeles Times
It sounds futuristic, but telemedicine - the use of telecommunications technologies to diagnose and treat patients - has been hotly anticipated at least since 1993, when the American Telemedicine Assn. was established. But in the last two years, it has finally "taken off" thanks to better technology and lower costs, says Jim Linkous, the association's CEO. "Today 20 million Americans get some part of their health care remotely," and that number will grow as telemedicine will expand its reach, he says.
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