HCA Honored as Best for the World 2018

Posted On: July 25th, 2018

Home Care Associates recently received Best for the World 2018 honors from the non-profit organization B Lab in the categories of Overall; Community; Customers and Workers. The Best for the World honor was presented to a total of 223 B Certified corporations representing 92 different industries and 30 countries. To qualify as Best in the World, a B Corporation must earn a score in the top 10 percent of more than 2,400 other Certified B Corporations evaluated through the B Impact Assessment process. A repeat honoree, Home Care Associates is proud to be designated once again as Best in the World for 2018.

The full B Impact Assessment reviews a company’s practices in the areas of environmental performance, employee relationships, diversity, community involvement and the impact of its products or services on those it serves. Honorees who fall into the top 10 percent are considered to set a gold standard for using business as a source of good.

For Home Care Associates, this award illustrates the company’s commitment to providing the best for both its clients and employees. The categories highlight the company’s mission and the distinction we deliver in the field of home health care. “We are proud to be recognized once again as a Best of the World honoree,” states Tatia Cooper, CEO of Home Care Associates. “We truly strive to make a positive impact in the lives of those we serve and it is our mission to conduct our business in way that brings benefit to both our industry and our community.”

Through the B Impact Assessment, Home Care Associates was found to have met essential criteria in the areas of Community, Customers and Workers, with a focus on how its performance in each of these areas fosters positive relations and a sense of community while providing services that promotes public interest.

B Lab is a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for good. Its vision is that one day all companies compete not only to be the best in the world, but also the Best for the World® and as a result society will enjoy a more shared and durable prosperity.

For more information on the Best of the World 2018 honorees, visit bthechange.com.

Nationally Recognized Philadelphia Worker-Owned Home Care Cooperative Appoints New Leader

Posted On: June 14th, 2018

Tatia Cooper is Elevated to Home Care Associates CEO as Karen Kulp Announces Her Retirement

Tomorrow Tatia Cooper begins a new professional chapter as CEO of Home Care Associates but she’s no stranger to the organization. She began working at the worker-owned cooperative, a nationally recognized welfare to workforce model, back in 1994 as a job coach. She’s had many positions since and couldn’t be more qualified to take on the top leadership role at the Center City based organization that employs more than 200 workers.

That’s according to outgoing CEO Karen Kulp who retires today after 16 years with Home Care Associates. She sees Cooper’s ascension to CEO as the natural progression for a top human services professional. According to Kulp, Cooper has been critical to the cooperative’s mission of providing quality care.

“Cooper is a leader who demonstrates Home Care Associates’ philosophy that quality home care is delivered by individuals who lead quality lives,” Kulp said. “Central to Home Care Associates’ business model is creating quality jobs. With better jobs, our workers better themselves and their families. There’s no one who understands that more than Tatia.”

Home Care Associates’ workers receive above-average pay and benefits such as company-paid health insurance, a pension plan, life insurance, paid time off, free SEPTA trans passes and the opportunity to purchase company stock and become worker owners. Worker owners are entitled to a share of the company’s profits and a vote at the shareholders’ meeting.

“I’ve had great mentors,” Cooper said. She’s ready to take the reins. “At Home Care Associates, we share a commitment, a loyalty and a passion for our clients in need of home care and for our workers who need employment.” She noted with pride that more than 60 percent of Home Care Associates’ employees formerly received public assistance. Client satisfaction is consistently higher than the national average.

Cooper personally developed tools and approaches that impact Home Care Associates’ workers’ success. Included are supportive approaches to housing, health, transportation and child care challenges.

Cooper earned a Masters of Human Services degree from Lincoln University and is a graduate of North Clayton High School in Atlanta. She is one of many family members with careers in health and human services. Cooper resides in Philadelphia.

Founded in 1993, Home Care Associates is certified as a socially-conscious B Corp. For its innovative approach to job training and health care services, Home Care Associates was recognized with the Pennsylvania Homecare Association’s Best Practices Award, the Governor’s Achievement Award, the American Society on Aging’s Best Practice Award, the Better Business Bureau’s Best Health Service Award and the Philadelphia County Assistance Office’s Employer Recognition Award. For more information, contact Lisa Simon, lsimon(at)sprytecom.com, 215.370.5956.

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.


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