Happy Monday, Home Health Care News readers. As we looked for any hints of spring in Chicago last week—and turned up empty-handed—we kept busy to bring you the latest news in the home health and home care industry. Catch up with our must-read news to see what you might have missed.

A new innovation in dementia care is all about recreating happy memories with man’s best friend. A robotic dog in a British care home is making the rounds, helping elicit memories and spark conversations, Reuters reported.

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Last week, three home-based care providers—Great Lakes Caring, National Home Health Care and Jordan Health Services—announced they were combining. The company will have 221 locations across 15 states.

Kindred Healthcare (NYSE: KND) and one of its subsidiaries, Gentiva Certified Healthcare, agreed to settle a class action suit alleging the companies failed to pay some workers minimum wage or provide them adequate breaks, a violation of California law. Kindred and Gentiva agreed to pay $12 million to roughy 1,600 people. Kindred’s home health and hospice business is currently undergoing an acquisition by Humana (NYSE: HUM) and two private equity groups.

Written by Amy Baxter