In Home Nursing A Thing Of The Past?

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

The soaring gas prices are now grounding many home nursing assistants in the East.

Health providers at Good Health Services located in Raleigh and in Duplin County say many of their staff members are feeling the gas hike pinch.

The certified nursing assistants say on average they travel up to 50 miles a day to treat their in-home patients. Even though, the nurses are reimbursed for most of their travel they say the allotted reimbursement amount has not caught up with the soaring gas prices.

We spoke with CNA, Beverly Rogers, who says if the gas prices continue to increase, the in home nursing profession may become a thing of the past in rural areas.

Clinical Services Vice President Sandi Massey says she will start searching for certified nursing assistants in the most far out, rural areas, to help relieve the strain on the nurses in Duplin County.

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  • by concerned Location: nc on Jul 10, 2008 at 04:41 PM
    People need to be aware most of these workers do not get fully reimbursed for their expense. The last tax rate was .505 cents per mile and that doesn't cover the wear,tear, tires, maintenance such as oil changes tire rotation and brakes which have to be maintained more frequently because of the number of miles driven not to mention the gas. The car most times are their personal vehicles as well. Some complanies only reimburse half IRS rate and the employee "takes it off on their taxes" (which is a joke). No gas card. Comes out of their personal funds. Be understanding that this puts them at an extra hardship since most drive 100-200 miles a day. The lucky ones if you can call them that are the ones with the small cars with good mpg averages. Others drive larger vehicles not so good on gas due to small kids or large families and can't afford an extra car payment to have a car to work on. They may be forced to look for employment in the hospital or nursing home setting. Therapists too.
  • by to carolyn Location: nc on Jul 10, 2008 at 04:21 PM
    Was this situation due to gas prices? It sounds like this was a last minute call made to these companies. Meaning 2-3 days prior to dates of need. If medicare coverage was involved and MD orders needed, that causes alot of red tape out of the hands of the nursing agencies. Given plenty of notice and md orders so medicare will cover, I bet some company would have been glad to help out, otherwise it would be a private out of your pocket deal.
  • by Carolyn Location: Greenville on Jul 10, 2008 at 10:13 AM
    My granddad takes care of his wife who needs assistance around the clock. A family wedding came up and there was no in-home nursing assistance available for her. We called several different companies and no one was able to assist her for the weekend. We even looked into a possible short-term stay at a nursing home just for the weekend but that was unavailable as well. Long story short, my granddad was unable to attend his grandson's wedding, all because there was no help available for his wife. Especially in Chapel Hill, Durham, Raleigh and Cary there should be some kind of assistance offered.

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