As with a lot of policy proposals in the healthcare arena, this one starts with good intentions. However, it is important to realize that the 'companion services' category of jobs, including in-home caregivers, is not a normal 9-to-5 job. Continuity of care is crucial to the elderly, and people with disabilities. In the case of Alzheimer's and dementia sufferers, switching caregivers frequently can add even more confusion to their lives.
Join us in asking the Obama administration to keep the 'companion services' exemption in the Fair Labor Standards Act.