Boston, MA (PRWEB) June 10, 2014
SALMON VNA & Hospice and Caregiver Homes are working together to enhance patient care and support to live-in caregivers. Through this partnership, both organizations will help patients receive care while living at home longer.
It is widely acknowledged that the number of families providing care to elders or people with disabilities grows daily. Lesser known is a service called Structured Family Caregiving, known as Adult Foster Care in Massachusetts, through which family and non-family caregivers can provide effective care at home while receiving required training and support, as well as a non-taxable financial stipend. Stipend amounts vary by the level of care required and state Adult Foster Care regulations. To utilize these services in Massachusetts, one must be eligible for Medicaid, benefit from 24-hour, live-in care and need help with at least one of these basic functions: bathing, dressing, walking, getting in and out of bed, toileting and/or eating. This program was launched in 2005 and currently serves over 2,100 consumers. Visit http://www.caregiverhomes.com to learn more.
As a certified home health care and hospice agency, SALMON VNA & Hospice can provide short-term skilled nursing and rehabilitation services to Caregiver Homes’ clients if needed. SALMON VNA & Hospice will help spread the word about the assistance Caregiver Homes can provide to consumers and their caregivers. Many report feelings of fulfillment once they have received support and guidance to successfully care for someone while keeping them at home.
SALMON VNA & Hospice expects that their collaboration with Caregiver Homes will offer more long-term care options to patients discharged from the hospital with skilled home care and live-in caregiver support and services, and anticipates a reduction in hospitalizations and ER visits for the people they serve.
In 2012, Westborough-based SALMON Health and Retirement, established in 1952, acquired VNA and Hospice of Greater Milford, established in 1918. SALMON VNA & Hospice now serves more than 20 communities in Central Massachusetts and uses SALMON’s post-acute care network of knowledge gained from community and communal settings. Visit http://www.MilfordVNA.com to learn more.
Caregiver Homes provides training, support and financial assistance to help keep caregiving at home. This unique and cost-effective long-term care service model is called Structured Family Caregiving (SFC) and is known as Adult Foster Care in Massachusetts. The organization, a wholly owned subsidiary of Boston based Seniorlink, Inc., is dedicated to helping elders with complex medical conditions and people with disabilities live with dignity and independence in their communities.
“Caregiver Homes is proud to be working with SALMON VNA & Hospice – an innovative organization,” says Tom Riley, Caregiver Homes’ president and CEO. “Our organizations understand that empowering and supporting non-professional caregivers can help lower overall costs and keep families together; we look forward to working together based on these mutual ambitions.”