Boston, MA, October 07, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- With people living longer and healthier lives, the desire for seniors to remain independent has grown. To help families choose the best possible home-based services for their loved ones, the Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts, a non-profit association of home care providers, has released the “2010 Guide to Private Home Care Services: A Directory of Private Home Care Agencies in Massachusetts.”
The directory offers Massachusetts residents a listing of reputable, professional home care providers by town and county as well as valuable information on how to both choose and pay for home care.
Massachusetts has more than 650,000 caregivers who log an estimated 697 million caregiving hours per year, which ranks 13th in the nation, according to the National Family Caregivers Association (NCFA). Longer life expectancies and an increasing number of seniors from the baby-boomers group who want to remain in their home present challenges to their adult children who often are already balancing a job and family. NCFA reports that 17% of family caregivers are providing 40 hours of care a week or more. This can be an especially difficult balance in such tough economic times.
“Home health care agencies are proud to help seniors remain in the most familiar setting and close to their family and friends,” said Patricia Kelleher, Executive Director of Home Care Alliance. “Our new guide to private home care services is an excellent resource that allows families and individuals to find local agencies, including those that provide specialty services such as dementia care, transportation to appointments or remote patient monitoring.”
In many cases, families are unsure of the different levels of care available, where they can go for reliable caregivers, and how they can pay for such services. The 2010 Guide to Private Home Care Services not only offers a listing of highly-regarded, highly-qualified home care providers, but also helps families navigate the questions they need to ask themselves to assess their needs and find the care that is best suited to them.
For more information on the Home Care Alliance and to download or request a copy of the guide, please visit www.thinkhomecare.org.
About the Home Care Alliance:
With a mission to unite people and organizations to advance community health through care and services in the home, the Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts is a non-profit trade association and advocacy group providing representation, education, communication, advocacy and – ultimately – a voice for the state’s home health industry. Founded in 1969, the Alliance is celebrating its 40th year in existence. To find out more, visit www.thinkhomecare.org.