WBUR Reports on Home Care Workforce Stuggles

Home care workforce struggles are being highlighted based on data collected by the Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute and reported by WBUR.

The data is staggering and all points to a theme that the New England states will struggle with attracting enough home care workers to meet demand. The six states in the region also have the lowest birthing rates in the country. Combined with a rapidly aging population, researchers conclude that the workforce has to come from outside the region and likely outside of the united States entirely. The story points out the following stats:

As of 2014, more than a quarter of the home health care workers in Massachusetts were foreign-born, according to census data compiled by the Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute. Forty-one percent of the nursing assistants in the state’s assisted living facilities were also born outside of the U.S. And these numbers likely miss immigrants who work part-time or who may be here illegally and working under the radar.

The WBUR story quotes Barry Bluestone, a professor of public policy at Northeastern University who’s run some of the jobs numbers, and predicts that in Massachusetts, “we’re going to need about 93,000 additional home care workers over the next 10 years, or almost 10,000 a year.”

Bluestone lays out that the enormous challenge is potentially compounded by the political landscape:

“These are overwhelmingly immigrant workers, and what I fear is if the current kind of political environment either shuts off immigration, or potential immigrants look at the United States and say this is not a very comfortable or safe place to be,” Bluestone says. “I don’t have any idea how we’re going to fill those 10,000 jobs each year.”

WBUR also had a follow-up piece on their “Morning Edition” show spoke only to 1199 Service Employees International Union as a “representative” of the home care industry and workforce.  SEIU shared national wage data and touted their work to achieve local raises to personal care attendants (PCA), leaving unaddressed the broader problem for home health aides, homemakers and other in-home caregivers related to rates and regulation. Recognizing the difficulty of covering a complex issue in a five-minute radio interview, the Home Care Alliance contacted WBUR with clarifying information and offered the organization’s expertise, along with that of member agencies.

For those looking, employers and job seekers in the home health industry may find career information through the New England Home Care Career Center, which is co-managed by the Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts.


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Unique, Grant-Funded Training Opportunity for Central Mass. Home Care Workers

Registration is OPEN NOW for the first Community Health Worker (CHW) Registered Apprenticeship Program established in Massachusetts and one of only a few in the nation.

The Center for Health Impact TM (formerly known as Central MA AHEC) in Worcester, Massachusetts is delighted to report that the Fairlawn Foundation Fund of the Greater Worcester Community Foundation has awarded funds to establish the creation of a Community Health Worker (CHW) Registered Apprenticeship Program in Central Massachusetts.

Apprenticeship is a flexible training system that benefits both employers and workers through its structured on-the-job learning and job-related classroom instruction. (Learn more about Apprenticeship USA at: https://www.doleta.gov/OA/apprenticeship.cfm.)

The 150-hour course, anticipated to start on April 5th, 2016 (pending enrollment/subject to change) will be offered free of charge to qualified applicants in Central Massachusetts by the Center for Health Impact TM Outreach Worker Training Institute (OWTI) in Worcester. Participants will earn a certificate of course completion aligned with the requirements established by the Massachusetts Board of Certification of CHWs.

To qualify, an individual must be employed or about to be employed with an employer who will:

  • Provide them 2200 hours of on-the-job paid apprenticeship learning and supervision in one calendar year
  • Reward the apprentice for skills gained by an increase in pay within one calendar year
  • Authorize the apprentice to attend the 150-Hour course (120 hours of class time; 30 hours of homework).

Benefits for employers:

  • Access to free CHW core competency training for employees
  • Access to incentives as an employer working with the CHW Registered Apprenticeship Program
  • Well trained and job proficient employees who meet employers’ specific needs
  • Enhanced employee retention
  • Improved service delivery

For questions, or to request the registration package for the Community Health Worker (CHW) Registered Apprenticeship 150-Hour Certificate Course, please contact: Tatyana Gorodetsky,  at tatyana@centerforhealthimpact.org or by phone at: 508-556-1332.

Boston Globe Names HCA Member Agencies as ‘Top Places to Work’

Home care is a tough and rewarding career, but now working for a home care agency could be one of the best places to be employed in general.

Several Home Care Alliance member agencies made a strong showing on the Boston Globe’s “Top Places to Work 2014,” where employee satisfaction surveys are used to judge how well companies treat their workers. This methodology propelled four agencies to be recognized on the annual list.

Comfort Home Care earned the top spot under the “large employer” category with an employee amount between 250 to 999.

In the “mid-size” company rankings with an employee number between 100 and 249 workers, three home care agencies made the list: Visiting Angels of Newton and Canton (#6), Able Home Care (#22), and Community Nurse & Hospice Care (#31).

Among the survey statements are the following:

 Direction: “I have confidence in the leader of this company.”

 Execution: “New ideas are encouraged at this company.”

 Connection: “My job makes me feel like I am part of something meaningful.”

 Management: “My manager cares about my concerns.”

 Work: “This company encourages different points of view.”

 Pay and benefits: “My pay is fair for the work I do.”

 Engagement: “This company motivates me to give my very best at work.”

The Globe invited 1,660 companies to participate in the 2014 Top Places to Work survey. Of those, 366 organizations employing more than 336,000 people went all the way through the process, allowing the Globe to conduct a confidential survey of their workers.

The Home Care applauds the agencies in the “Top Places to Work” ranking and all agencies that keep people healthy and independent at home.

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Congratulations To Our Emerging Leaders

The 2012 graduates of the Emerging Leaders programThe 2012 graduates of the Emerging Leaders program
The 2012 graduates of the Emerging Leaders program

This week was Graduation Day for our 2012/13 Emerging Leaders Class. The Emerging Leaders program is a collaborative effort between the Home Care Alliance of MA and Suffolk University’s Moakley Center for Public Management.  Students in the program attend classes – taught by Suffolk faculty – one full day a month for nine months. Upon completing the program, they receive a Certificate in  Home Care Management, as well as course credits to apply towards a master’s level program at Suffolk.

In a ceremony attended by family, friends and faculty, the graduates heard from class speaker Michelle Landry about how the students bonded over, and overcame,  their fear of writing class papers and about the value of the course information.   Keynote Speaker Meg Doherty, CEO of NVNA and Hospice, congratulated the class on their commitment to learning and leadership despite the sacrifices made and the disruption to their lives and that of their families.  “As leaders,” she told the class, “you will not just do a job, but make a difference.”

Congratulations to this year’s graduation class:  Barbara Belony, Jose DeLaRosa, Janez Hicks, Michelle Landry, Mary O’Malley, Michelle Sweeney, Jenna Tarara, Bernadette Ward and Kathy Wisenski.

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Career Center Expands to Include All of New England

Last June, the Alliance launched its new Career Center to connect Massachusetts home care agencies with the professionals they need to expand and enhance their businesses.  This month, we’re pleased to announce that the Career Center is expanding into the rest of the region, and will include new partner associations from across New England.

As a successful career center requires traffic as much as quality, this expansion will benefit old users as much as new ones by increasing the Career Center’s profile and attracting new applicants.  The Alliance will be marketing the Career Center steadily over the next few months, as will the Home Care & Hospice Alliance of MaineHome Care Association of New HampshireRhode Island Partnership for Home Care, and Vermont Assembly of Home Health Agencies, who will be promoting the Career Center in their states.

The Alliance was also able extend the introductory $100 price for 30-day listings (a savings of 43%) for members who enter a coupon code through the beginning of April.  Members may also use a separate coupon to receive a 20% discount  on any Career Center purchase — including bulk packages — both during and after the introductory period.  For a full explanation of the changes and access to the members-only coupon codes visit the Career Center FAQ (log-in required).

If you haven’t already get started by creating a FREE Employer or Job Seeker profile and start posting your open positions or resumes (existing profiles on the Career Center will operate as before).  Packages of 5 and 10 jobs are available, as are 60 and 90-day listings, as well as a variety of extras to ensure maximum exposure for your listings.

Contact the HCA’s Tom Meyer at (617) 482-8830 or Annissa Couch at (866) 376-0949 x 6047 with questions, or just visit the Career Center.

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Home Care Again Named Among Fastest Growing Jobs

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics again named home health aides and home care aides as two of the top three fastest growing jobs over the coming years.

The Boston Globe featured these jobs as a special section on their website. Of course, many healthcare occupations and especially those in the community, will see large increases to support the expected massive growth in the elderly population.

To search for jobs in home care in Massachusetts, visit our job bank.

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Bayada Nurses Expands Volunteer Recruitment Campaign for Haiti Relief

Home Care Alliance member agency, Bayada Nurses announced that the company’s nationwide recruitment campaign to send volunteer nurses to Haiti has been extended to include licensed practical nurses as well as registered nurses.  The campaign will also  double the number of nurses the company will sponsor.   “There is a great need in Haiti that is on-going.  We want to expand our efforts to help an area that desperately needs assistance,” explains Mark Baiada, president and founder of Bayada Nurses, a national home health care company with office in 18 states.   “We are looking for experienced nurses to travel to Haiti for a minimum of four weeks.  All experienced RNs and LPNs are welcome to apply.  The  effort is not limited to Bayada Nurses employees.  The company has increased the original goal of sponsoring 12 nurses to a new commitment of sponsoring up to 24 nurse volunteers in Haiti.

The company is coordinating volunteer placements in Haiti with Heart to Heart International, a non-profit, humanitarian agency founded in 1993 to provide medical education and aid to hospitals and clinics around the world. Bayada is paying all travel and living costs for volunteers, reimbursing nurses for all recommended inoculations, and providing many of the recommended supplies nurses will need while in Haiti.  Heart to Heart coordinates living accommodations, travel, meals, interpreters, and security for nurses during their stay in Haiti.

For more information about Bayada Nurses for Haiti Volunteer Relief Campaign, or to volunteer, visit www.bayada.com/haiti or email haiti@bayada.com.

2010 Compensation & Surveys – Participation Open

For over fifteen years, the Alliance’s Compensation & Benefits Survey Reports have provided participating agencies reliable, comprehensive, local compensation data on a broad range of job titles in home care.

As we did last year, we are conducting two separate surveys: one for certified agencies, another for private agencies.  We are released the certified agency survey questions  on May 26, 2010, and will release the private care agency survey in June.  Agencies can submit data and receive reports for either or both sections of the survey.

To access the survey materials, visit the Survey Participation Page/Order Form.  Completed surveys must be returned to dwudyka@westminsterassociates.com by June 10, 2010.

The price structure is the same as last year: $149 for the certified survey; $79 for the private care survey; or $199 for both.  Note that these prices are for participating agencies only!  Agencies that do not submit data and payment by will be charged more than double the participant fees to receive the reports.

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2010 Home Care STAR Awards

There are too few opportunities to celebrate the exceptional accomplishments of the everyday heroes who make such an incredible difference in the lives of their patients and clients. A Home Care STAR Award brings some well-deserved recognition for both the individual and the agency they work for. To nominate a colleague via printable form or electronically, visit or Home Care STAR Awards page on the Alliance’s website.

Award Categories include:

  • Clinician of the Year
  • Physician of the Year
  • Manager of the Year
  • Aide of the Year
  • Legislator of the Year
  • Home Care Champion

This year we are inviting clients, families, physicians, and case managers to tell us about the home care stars who have touched your lives.  Winners will be announced at the Alliance’s 2010 Annual Meeting on Wednesday, June 9, 2010, at the Sturbridge Host Hotel; nominations are due by April 16, 2010.

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