Home-Care-Agency Owner Gary Ferone Weighs in on Controversial New Home-Care Regulation

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In light of an October 11, 2015, article as seen on ctnow.com about a new pay rule that could potentially be problematic for the home-care industry, ‎managing partner at Fairfield Family Care Gary Ferone discusses how the rule affects live-in caregivers.

It is designed for seniors looking for something in between their home and going to an assisted living facility. As many seniors die from depression, we bring them into a beautiful home to aid in the facilitation of proactively treating depression.

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According to the article, under a new Obama administration regulation, people who take care of the elderly or disabled in their homes will be covered by minimum wage and overtime laws. This, in turn, can potentially affect the live-in segment of the industry, as families might switch to two or three aides a week or possibly deduct hundreds of dollars for room and board for workers who have up until now been getting it for free.

“This new pay law really turns everything upside down,” said Ferone, sixty percent of whose business is live-in. “Rotating people for an Alzheimer’s or dementia patient when they have a hard time with change already is a hardship for them, and would mean rotating a new person in every day and a half.”

The speculation is that now, more private payers will go to assisted living facilities, or families will ignore labor laws altogether and hire unqualified people. However, Ferone, for one, only hires qualified live-in caregivers. “We are in a unique position because we can hand-pick the best candidates from a database of over 1,500 people,” said Ferone.

In addition to in-home care, Ferone operates two senior living homes: Fairfield Family Care and Sunshine Senior Residence, the latter of which’s newest home, a five-bedroom ranch home for elderly clients with a need for 24-hour in-home care, will be holding an open house on Tuesday, October 27, 2015, at 27 Fox Hill Road, Stamford, CT.

“This is the first open house of its kind in Fairfield County,” said Ferone. “It is designed for seniors looking for something in between their home and going to an assisted living facility. As many seniors die from depression, we bring them into a beautiful home to aid in the facilitation of proactively treating depression.”

About Sunshine Senior Residence
Sunshine Senior Residence is Fairfield County’s premier memory-care residence. It has a handful of private rooms, cozy floor plans and 24-hour care in a private residence on Lake Claire. For more information, please call (203) 295-3477.

About Fairfield Family Care
Fairfield Family Care specializes in home care for seniors, those with disabilities, and others needing a little extra help and support throughout Connecticut. Its services range from personal grooming, meal preparation and errands to light housekeeping and companionship. It also has caregivers specifically experienced with dementia, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s care. For more information, please call (203) 295-3477.

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