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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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