How to Tell When it’s Time for Professional Home Health Care

Posted On: May 19th, 2017

If you’re a mother, brother, aunt, cousin or best friend who is caring for a loved one part-time, you’re not alone. You’re one of the more than 44 million U.S. family caregivers, according to the National Alliance for Caregiving/AARP survey. As life expectancy continues to rise, there is an even greater need for family caregivers and home health care. It’s usually apparent when a loved one needs part-time help from a friend or relative; however, it may not be so obvious when that loved one needs additional professional help.

“In many cases, a family caregiver has a tough time admitting that he or she needs help caring for a loved one,” explains Karen Kulp, CEO of HomeCare Associates (HCA). “It’s essential for these hardworking and caring individuals to take time for themselves, or they risk becoming sick, depressed or burnt out from the physical and emotional stresses.”

HomeCare Associates offers the following signs that it may be time to consider hiring professional home health care help:

  • If your loved one’s personal grooming is slipping; he or she has stopped bathing, brushing teeth or dressing appropriately.
  • If your loved one has given up doing everyday activities; he or she no longer does laundry, washes dishes, goes grocery shopping, talks on the telephone or pays bills; forgets to eat and take medications; leaves the stove and other appliances on, creating safety hazards in the home.
  • If your loved one has experienced a change in emotional, mental or physical conditions; he or she has a hard time remembering names, situations and locations; begins to wander and gets lost easily; has difficulty understanding others and becomes isolated; experiences sudden mood swings; has a hard time making decisions; falls frequently, or has suffered a stroke or other major physical impairment.
  • If you—the caregiver—are becoming overwhelmed; you are late or absent from work, becoming resentful of care-giving and spending less time with your children and/or spouse.

“If you’ve noticed these signs in you or a loved one, it’s time to think about hiring professional help,” Kulp said. “Discuss options with your loved one, his/her doctor and other family members. Then, agree on a plan and take the next steps together.” Learn more about our home health care services.

Home care is an affordable option for seniors and others. Working with a professional home care agency provides you with a resource to help guide you through the process of developing an effective care program. At Home Care Associates, we can set up a complimentary home care assessment to gain a full understanding of your specific needs, evaluate the level of care required and explore available options to help you cover the costs. Gaining a solid understanding of the many benefits of home care will help you make a well-informed decision and bring you one step closer to getting the assistance you need.


Being the Best Where It Matters the Most

Posted On: April 25th, 2017

What does it mean to be the best at what you do? At HCA we take this question very seriously. When we say we strive to be the best in home health care, we are not simply reciting a catchy marketing slogan. We are emphasizing our commitment to creating a positive impact on others. To us, being the best means consistently conducting our business in a way that improves the lives of both our clients and our employees.

As a testament to this commitment, HCA was once again honored with the “Best for the World” designation by the independent non-profit B Lab. Approximately 1,800 companies around the world receive this recognition based on a rigorous assessment in areas focusing on community, environment, customers and workers. B Lab identifies companies who bring good into the world through their leadership is these key areas.

For HCA, this recognition is attributed to our two main focuses – delivering excellent in-home care services to our clients and creating a beneficial and rewarding work environment for our employees. We concentrate on providing quality jobs to low-income individuals, primarily women of color, and ensuring quality care for elders, individuals who are chronically ill, and individuals with disabilities. To meet this mission, we invest heavily in our entry-level workers because we believe this upfront investment results in a more confident, qualified and committed worker, who in turn will provide the highest quality care to our consumers. This investment includes the creation of our own nationally recognized training program to ensure that our employees have access to the resources they need to be successful in their work and also serving as a worker-owned co-op.

“HCA provides the opportunity for employees to buy into the company and have major decision-making power,” states HCA President Karen Kulp. “During profitable years, HCA pays dividends to its worker-owners. This participatory structure and culture is particularly important in an industry and job where workers spend most of their work hours scattered in clientsʼ homes. After three months of employment, each employee is eligible to purchase one share of stock in the company. Worker-owners elect representatives to HCAʼs board, vote on wages and benefits packages, and participate in setting the strategic direction for the company.”

For more information on B-Corp, visit https://bftw.bthechange.com/. For a full list of the 2016 Best of the World companies, visit http://bftw.bthechange.com/the-list/.


HCA Joins the Fight Against MS

Posted On: May 6th, 2016

On Saturday, April 30th, employees and friends of Home Care Associates participated in Walk MS at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Not only did we have a great time but we also felt good about participating in an event aimed at promoting awareness of Multiple Sclerosis and raising funds for crucial research on the disease. Proceeds from the walk also go to support services and programs designed to help those with MS live their best lives.

Although there is currently no cure for MS, there are effective strategies can help modify the course of the disease, manage symptoms, improve function and safety, and address emotional health. Advances in treating and understanding MS are continually being made and progress towards more research in finding a cure is very encouraging.

Managing Care for MS

Build a Network of Ongoing Support

Don’t be afraid to reach out to friends and family members when you need a helping hand. It is also important that primary caregivers take time out to sustain their own physical and mental health in order to avoid burnout and maximize their capacity to care for a loved one with MS.

Take Advantage of Assistive Devices and Equipment

There are technology and tools designed to make life easier for those living with the disease. Search out companies and networks offering equipment and programs catering to those with limited mobility.

Connect with Local Organizations

MS can be an isolating disease so it is important to create connections that provide support and education on a wide range of issues impacting individuals with MS and their families.

Reach out to organizations such as the National MS Society to learn more about available resources and assistance.

Professional In-Home Care

Working with an in-home health care agency can be extremely helpful when caring for someone with MS. Home care professionals can assist in a variety of ways and serve as another layer of support in making sure you or your loved one remain in a safe and comfortable environment.

The fight against Multiple Sclerosis continues as individuals and organizations band together to call attention to a need for increased research, awareness, services and public policy all focusing on providing support to those impacted by the disease. You can help by donating to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, participating in fundraising activities such as the Annual MS Walk or even creating your own fundraising event. For more information on how Home Care Associates can provide assistance to those with MS, feel free to contact an HCA representative at 215-735-0677 or info@hcapa.com.


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