2011 Resource Directories Arrive!

2011 Resource DirectoryMore than 2,200 2011 Home Health Resource Directories arrived at the Alliance’s office today.  We’ll being mailing out copies over the next few weeks.

The 2011 edition  combines thoroughness with ease-of-use to give you the best guide to home care services in Massachusetts.  If you’re a nurse, social worker, GCM, or anyone else who needs to find the best home care agency to fit your patient’s needs, this is the one resource you need.

The Resource Directory lists our 189 agencies alphabetically — 15 more than last year — complete with full contact information and a description of the services they offer.  It also contains a detailed town-by-town cross reference that lets you find local agencies can provide service to your patient.  Sample pages are available here.

New to the 2011 Edition, the Resource Directory explicitly lists which agencies are Medicare Certified and which have received the Alliance’s Agency Accreditation.

You may order copies on our website or by using the form below, or can download an order form to fax back to our office.

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More News Coverage of Accredited Members

Comfort Keepers of MetroWest, South Shore and Cape Cod:

…has hired 50 new caregivers and administrators and expects to hire at a rate of five new employees per week to keep up with increasing demand for in-home senior care services…

In addition to the [improving] economic situation, Mullaney credits the company’s growth in part to their recent accreditation by the Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts. Accreditation for in-home pay care is new to Massachusetts, and Comfort Keepers was among the first pay-for-care organizations to be accredited.

“Accreditation allows Comfort Keepers to be a preferred provider with government agencies. We were just approved by Massachusetts Brain Injury to be a preferred provider as well,” Raquel Mullaney said.

Greater Medford VNA & Additional Care

… is among the first in the state to earn accreditation from the Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts.

The alliance, which represents 170 home health and elder care agencies across Massachusetts, has created an accreditation protocol to promote quality services, ethical business standards and superior employment practices in an industry that lacks meaningful licensure in the commonwealth of Massachusetts even while it grows in popularity.

“We are proud to be in the initial group of home care agencies to promote these accreditation standards that convey Greater Medford VNA and Additional Care’s commitment to quality,” said the agency’s CEO Marie Knasas. “The peace of mind for our clients is paramount and we are hopeful people will continue to see the advantages of keeping people independent in their homes and communities.”

Bayada Nurses

…has expanded its Massachusetts service area to cover Martha’s Vineyard and the South Coast. Personal care and support services will be provided from Bayada’s Falmouth, service office to clients in Martha’s Vineyard and the Upper Cape (Bourne, Falmouth, Mashpee, and Sandwich), and South Coast (Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Marion, Mattapoisett, and New Bedford).

“We’re thrilled to be able to provide even more people with Bayada’s high quality home health care services, which are delivered with compassion, excellence, and reliability,” said Neal O’Brien, director of Bayada’s Falmouth office….

Each Bayada Nurses Massachusetts office, including Falmouth, is accredited by the Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts and the Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP).

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Sixteen Agencies Accredited

The Alliance established the accreditation program as a means to promote quality services, ethical business standards, and superior employment practices. A list of accredited agencies is available here.

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Announcing Agency Accreditation Program

In the absence of meaningful licensure requirements for home care providers in Massachusetts, the Home Care Alliance has established a series of Accreditation Standards as a means to promote quality services, ethical business standards, and superior employment practices.  The goal of these standards is to ensure that the clients served by agencies accredited by the Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts receive safe, competent, quality, and respectful home care services.

Benefits of Accreditation:

The Home Care Agency Accreditation Program of the Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts allows agencies that provide in-home client services to demonstrate that they meet high standards of quality.  Accreditation:

  • Shows clients and families that your caregivers are direct employees and that you carry workers’ compensation, liability insurance, and an employee dishonesty bond.
  • Demonstrates that your caregivers receive background checks, screening, and proper training for their job.
  • Proves your commitment to following ethical and legal guidelines in your business operations.
  • Provides a competitive edge in the marketplace and can contribute to securing new business.
  • Enhances staff recruitment and development by showing your commitment to fair labor standards.

Accredited agencies receive recognition in several ways:

  • Use of the Alliance’s Accreditation Logo to show your commitment to quality on your website, brochures, and stationery.
  • Listing on the Alliance’s website as an Accredited Agency.
  • For Alliance member agencies, designation as an Accredited Agency in the Alliance’s print directories and in the Find an Agency function on the Alliance’s website, which enhances your visibility and credibility.

To learn more, visit the program’s website and download an application today.

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