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February 15, 2010 | By Tracy Weber and Charles Ornstein
More than two decades ago, Congress set out to stop dangerous or incompetent caregivers from crossing state lines and landing in trouble again. It ordered up a national database allowing hospitals to check for disciplinary actions taken anywhere in the country against nurses, pharmacists, psychologists and other licensed health professionals. On March 1 -- 22 years later -- the federal government finally plans to let hospitals use it. But the long-awaited repository is missing serious disciplinary actions against what are probably thousands of health providers, according to an investigation by the nonprofit news organization ProPublica in collaboration with the Los Angeles Times.
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.
September 12, 2000
AccentCare, Irvine-based provider of in-home care-giving services for seniors, said Monday it acquired ContinueCare, an in-home care-giving agency in San Jose. Financial terms were not disclosed. The newly acquired agency will be combined with Victorian Care Providers San Jose office, which AccentCare acquired in July.
November 8, 1999 | BOB ROSENBLATT
Taking care of somebody with a chronic health problem is like running a marathon, a long and grueling experience. "If you give it all your energy upfront, you exhaust yourself," warned Debra Cherry, a clinical psychologist and the assistant director of the Los Angeles Alzheimer's Assn. "You just have to pace yourself."
October 1, 1992 | MARY MITTELMAN, ASSOCIATED PRESS. Mary Mittelman, who has a doctorate in public health, is a research professor at the Aging and Dementia Center of New York University Medical Center. and
Research is pointing the way to improving the lives of those who shoulder the burden of caring for patients with Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of severe intellectual deterioration in the elderly and one of the leading causes of death in the United States. With the nation's elderly population rapidly growing, Alzheimer's disease is taking a tremendous toll on both those who suffer from the disease and on those who care for them.
December 4, 1996 | ANNE LOUISE BANNON
Three grants totaling $18,000 have been given to Caregivers: Volunteers Assisting the Elderly. The grants come to the Ventura group from the Swift Memorial Health Care Foundation, the Wood-Claeyssens Foundation and the FHP Foundation. The Swift foundation gave $3,000 that will be used for operating expenses in Santa Paula. The other two gifts will help cover overall expenses.
March 29, 1992
Researchers at UCLA are seeking volunteers for a study on AIDS care giving. Friends, parents and family members currently giving primary care to someone with AIDS or to someone with HIV may be eligible to participate. The study, sponsored by the UCLA School of Public Health, is designed to learn more about the day-to-day experiences of untrained, non-professional care givers.
November 2, 1989
A free seminar will be held Sunday at Century City Hospital to help care-givers of persons with dementia or Alzheimer's disease cope with the special strains of the upcoming holidays. The program, called "Home for the Holidays," will feature a panel of experts who will talk about such topics as family relationships, expectations, home safety and communication. Handouts will be available on choosing appropriate gifts, travel and other topics of concern.
August 30, 1998
Swift Memorial Health Care Foundation awarded a $4,850 grant to Caregivers: Volunteers Assisting the Elderly to support its Santa Paula-Fillmore program. The nonprofit Caregivers provides free, in-home support for frail elderly people who are at risk of premature placement in care facilities. Airport Director Named Executive of Year * Rodney Murphy, director of airports for Ventura County, has been named Airport Executive of the Year by the Southwest Chapter of the American Assn.
March 23, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
A home day-care provider was charged Monday with felony child abuse for allegedly shaking an infant girl hard enough to cause serious injury. Christina Hipp-Taylor, 34, who ran a business in her home in the 3900 block of East 14th Street, was arrested Friday and remained in custody Monday. Police said the parents of a 5-month-old girl noticed she seemed ill after spending last Tuesday in the woman's care. Parents whose children have been in Hipp-Taylor's care are asked to contact Det.
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