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.


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/.


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