New Certfication Available for Home Health Care Agencies Who Follow Additional Standards

In one state, a state trade association is rolling out new, voluntary standards for members providing home-care services to the elderly. The  Boston Nonprofit Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts, a dues-based association, says the new program will help family members easily identify quality care for both elderly family members and relatives with disabilities.

The foundation has formed a commission to study how senior citizens can remain safe and healthy while still living at home. Given the aging population, privately funded care is growing, but it has not been as closely regulated as the services funded by public programs. That led the alliance to develope new standards which cover areas such as recognizing and reporting elder abuse, ensuring services and costs are clear to customers up-front, and establishing procedures for clients to report problems with aides.

The standards are voluntary, but agencies who follow them will be awarded a special certification. Certifications will be posted on the alliance website, The agency hopes that families will become familiar with the certification and use it as a tool when picking home health care. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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