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Sure You’re Not a Caregiver Now, But …

Posted on 11/12/2012 by | Home & Family blogger | Comments

CaregivingI’ve worked on caregiving issues for AARP for five years now. I started as an erstwhile online producer for AARP.org wanting to bring great family content to the website. (Read: wanted to boost sex and pets content since they get the most clicks, right?) A few months into my tenure here, I was asked to help overhaul the online Caregiving Resource Center. At the time, being a late thirty-something singleton living in Washington,  D.C., I really didn’t know a lot …

Dangerous Caregivers: Few Agencies Screen Workers

Posted on 07/11/2012 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | CaregivingThe person you hire from an agency to take care of your ailing, aging family member — shouldn’t that caregiver have passed a federal background check? Or drug testing? Or be screened for skills and training? Unfortunately, the chances are the agency did none of those things. A troubling new national study finds that nearly half of the agencies that send caregivers to help vulnerable seniors do a poor job of recruiting, screening, testing and training the caregivers they hire. …