Alliance Statement on NAHC President Val Halamandaris’ Passing

July 28, 2017

The Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts is deeply saddened by the passing of Val J. Halamandaris, president of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC).

Val dedicated most of his professional life to public service, and transformed the home care industry over the last five decades by fighting for elderly, disabled, and dying Americans. For 20 years, he served as counsel to the Senate and House Committees on Aging before founding NAHC and serving as its president for the last 30 years.

When Val started at NAHC, home care wasn’t what it is today. Institutionalization of the elderly was the standard, and Val sought to change the United States’ policy on this fundamental issue.

“The home care industry suffered an enormous loss this week. Val Halamandaris’ dedication to fighting for Americans’ rights to age in their homes and receive the care that they deserve was unprecedented.We all mourn this loss, but celebrate his 50 years of commitment to our most vulnerable,” said Alliance Board Chair, Holly Chaffee.

Val is survived by his wife, Kathleen, three sons, their wives, six grandchildren, and his brother. A funeral mass will be held for him at 10:00 am on Saturday at St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Caring Institute.

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So… You Want to Start a Home Care Agency?

June 26, 2017

What does it take to start a home care agency in Massachusetts? This downloadble brochure — updated for 2017 — covers the basics, including: What regulatory issues pertain; How to get paid; How to bill insurers; Where to get more help; and How the Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts can serve you one you’re up and running.

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Return to www.thinkhomecare.org.


2017 Annual Report of the Alliance and Foundation

June 19, 2017

The Report documents the companies’ activities, finances, awardees, and accomplishments for the 2016-2017 year.

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Copies of the report are available for digital download.

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2017 Private Care Guides Available

June 12, 2017

Now in its 11th edition, the Guide to Private Home Care Services has connected tens of thousands of families with the home care agencies that best meet their needs. While the Resource Directory is intended for professionals and others who make regular referrals to home care, the Private Care Guides are designed for consumers and are always available at no charge.

Click the images above to order.

The Guides contains county-by-county cross-references, as well as short essays about: What home care is; How to pay for it; How to choose an agency, and; What the advantages are of working with an agency over other options.

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2017 Resource Directories Available!

March 1, 2017

2017-coverThousands of copies of the the Alliance’s primary referral directory have already been shipped to Alliance members, as well as every case manager, hospital, COA, state legislator, and GCMs in Massachusetts.

This year, the Allied & Individual Members section has been re-organized by category to help members find the goods and services they need from vendors they can trust.

Need an copy? They’re available for purchase on our website, as always, with free shipping.

Alternatively, you can also use the Digital Edition of the directory, as well as our online Find an Agency search.

This is the one, indispensable book that anyone making referrals must have. It’s the bible for home care in Massachusetts. — Gina Martin, RN, BSN, BA, M Ed, CCM

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2015 Private Care Guides Now Available

July 22, 2015
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Three editions, for your convenience.

Every day, home care agencies help tens of thousands of Bay Staters live safely – and better – at home. Though health insurance and public programs like Medicare often pay for home care following hospitalizations or during acute illnesses, they do not typically cover chronic or supportive home care services. Private duty home care agencies, however, specialize in these situations.

In order to help connect agencies who provide private home care with the families who need their services, the Alliance is pleased to announce the publication of the 2015 editions of the Guide to Private Home Care Services, which will begin shipping next week.

As like last year, the Guide is split into three regional editions:

The county-by-county cross-references help you easily find local care, and the short essays inside will give you all the information you need to make the best decision for those you love.

All members will receive copies in the mail over the next few weeks. Additional copies are available for order through the links above, and — as always — at no charge for orders of 50 or fewer. Anyone needing a more detailed directory of home care agencies might consider our 2015 Resource Directory, which includes a detailed town-by-town index of 187 agencies from every corner of the state.

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Deborah Wilson Shares Experience Treating Ebola Patients

March 20, 2015

debbiewilson055Deborah Wilson, a nurse with the Berkshire VNA, this week shared her story of treating Ebola patients in Liberia.  The HCA members attending the “Hot Topics” breakfast on “infection Control Best Practices” were mesmerized by her words and pictures.

In the best community health tradition, Wilson talked of challenges that were clinical and treatment related as well as educational.

“Death is a powerful motivator,” She said of village chiefs who were initially skeptical of community health workers who they feared were bringing Ebola in, not treating it.  Most eventually let educators in, she said, but not before six education workers were stoned to death in Guinea.

Wilson talked of work on the 120 bed ward, which consisted of patients lying on a concrete floor.  The devastation across families was so great, she said, because families often contracted disease by washing the dead bodies of loved ones. “Just after death is when a body can be most contagious,” she said.

Her stories and pictures capture the challenges associated with the life-saving Personal Protective Equipment they wore.  Clinicians were often only able to work in the ward for an hour at a time before clothing was soaked through and goggles were too fogged to see.

But Wilson noted that the community health initiative was effective:  the death rate while she was there went from over 80% to 60%.

Her amazing pictures are HERE!

Some of the great articles written from her experience are HERE!

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