When you love someone with dementia, then you know the moments of confusion that occur. But every once in a while, you get a moment of clarity, and it’s usually something deep and personal that’s revealed.
Like when a mother remembers a child’s name. Or when a grandfather begins to tell a story about his younger days of dancing as you drive past the familiar dance hall. Or when dad demonstrates his hobby with ease for the first time in a long time after being given painting supplies.
In early February, 2015, at the 57th Grammy Awards, in front of a live audience, AC/DC’s own guitar player, who suffers from dementia, was on stage playing some of their classic songs. And guess what? He did it flawlessly.
Cherish those moments, and remember that when they happen, everyone wins. Mom, grandpa, artist, rock star – four words, four wins. Cherish those wins, because dementia is one word, and no wins.
In late January, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia reversed the Companion Services / Overtime rule proposed by the U.S. Department of Labor, which would negatively affect many home health care providers.
The original ruling, which went into effect January 1, 2015 made several changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act, or FLSA, impacting employee compensation requirements. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, “the Department has revised its regulations defining companionship services so that many direct care workers, such as certified nursing assistance, home health aides, personal care aides, and other caregivers are protected by the FLSA. The Department also revised the regulations concerning live-in domestic service workers.”
Having the original ruling overturned by the US District Court was welcome news to patients and staff of home health agencies, as this ruling allows for the current worker payment structure to remain in place for the foreseeable future. The ruling also ensures that patients will continue to receive the highest quality of home health care, while easing the burden on state budgets to continue providing Medicaid services.
It is important to note that the Department of Labor has the ability to file an appeal on the ruling, but it is unclear if and when that appeal might take place.
You can read about the decision, here: https://ecf.dcd.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/show_public_doc?2014cv0967-32