The Commission on Accreditation for Home Care Launches HomeCareForThe Website to Alert Families About Signs Their Loved Ones Need Home Care Support

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The Home Care for the Holidays campaign is aimed to raise awareness for families that might have questions about helping a loved one who shows signs they may need home care services.

Home care agencies often experience an uptick in requests during the holidays, so this month, New Jersey-based Commission on Accreditation for Home Care (CAHC) has launched its "Home Care for the Holidays campaign" aimed to raise awareness for families that might need to help a loved one find home care support this season.

"The holidays are a time to get together with family and friends. Unfortunately, it’s also become a time when adult children may find their elderly parents may be in need of home care. Our goal is to help families understand the warning signs when home care may be needed and provide information to help them make informed decisions about home care," says CAHC Executive Director Barbara Cording.

The campaign can be found at and features virtual pamphlets with information including:

  •     4 things to look for when visiting mom or dad this holiday season
  •     7 steps for speaking with your family about home care this holiday season
  •     10 questions to ask your home care provider
  •     What types of home care services are accredited

Many people are able to achieve and maintain an optimal level of health, activity and independence at home by utilizing home care services. Sometimes professional services are required, such as those of a registered nurse or physical therapist. At other times, the services most needed are those of paraprofessionals, such as New Jersey Board of Nursing certified homemaker-home health aides to provide and assist with personal care.

In New Jersey, many families opt to find home care services through the non-profit Commission on Accreditation for Home Care (CAHC) that accredits agencies throughout the state. Accreditation means that a provider has demonstrated compliance with the standards of care of the Commission. It is a voluntary process in which the provider has allowed an independent, outside entity to evaluate its program before earning the "seal of approval."

Did you know?: 23% of family caregivers caring for loved ones for 5 years or more report their health is fair or poor; American businesses can lose as much as $34 billion each year due to employees' need to care for loved ones 50 years of age and older. (Source: Caregiving in the United States; National Alliance for Caregiving in collaboration with AARP; November 2009.)

Once accreditation is granted, the provider must undergo annual surveys to ensure ongoing compliance with the accreditation standards of care before accreditation is renewed each year - certainly an added safeguard for families already making a tough decision on behalf of their loved one.

To learn more about home care accreditation, please visit - for more information on signs you should look for in your loved one this holiday season, visit

The non-profit Commission on Accreditation for Home Care was founded in 1986 to protect home care consumers by holding agencies accountable for meeting organizational, personnel and clinical standards. Accreditation is awarded only to those agencies that demonstrate consistent compliance with those standards.


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Barbara Cording or Lita Talbot