Lawrence, MA – HomeCare, Inc., a private-pay home care agency of Home Health Foundation, has reaffirmed its commitment to quality care and ethical business practices by earning re-accreditation from the Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts. The Alliance, which represents 190 home health and elder care agencies across Massachusetts, created an accreditation protocol to promote quality services, ethical business standards, and superior employment practices in an industry that lacks meaningful licensure in Massachusetts even while it grows in popularity.
“We are proud to continue to meet these strict accreditation standards that convey HomeCare, Inc.’s commitment to quality,” said John G. Albert, MBA, FACHE, President and CEO of Home Health Foundation. “Peace of mind for our clients and their families is our primary goal. By maintaining our accreditation we demonstrate that we not only promote quality, but we actually deliver on that promise.”
The Home Care Alliance launched this accreditation program for private pay agencies (agencies not paid by Medicare or Medicaid), in July, 2010. Since that time, over 60 agencies have submitted documentation to show that they meet the standards established by the Alliance. The standards were recently revised to raise the bar to make them even more stringent for agencies seeking re-accreditation.
“The Alliance’s accreditation program demonstrates our leadership in an area that is becoming more and more important to the health care delivery system in Massachusetts,” said Patricia Kelleher, Executive Director of the Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts. “The revised standards highlight our agencies’ best practices, and will help guide the public as they choose who will take care of their loved ones in their homes.”
Home Health Foundation, the leader in home health care, is comprised of affiliate agencies Home Health VNA, Merrimack Valley Hospice and HomeCare, Inc. Together the three agencies serve more than 110 communities throughout the Merrimack Valley, Northeastern Massachusetts, and Southern New Hampshire. Merrimack Valley Hospice also serves the Southern Maine region as York Hospital Hospice in partnership with York Hospital.