The Massachusetts Council for Home Care Aide SerVICES IS NOW THE HOME CARE AIDE COUNCIL


The Massachusetts Council for Home Care Aide Services (Council) has been the voice for paraprofessional home care aide services in Massachusetts since 1967. Council membership includes over 100 Medicare certified, non-certified, and private pay agencies which directly employ home care aides and meet standards of training, supervision, and administration as established by the organization. 

Home care aides are the heart of the Commonwealth's home care system, providing personalized and supportive services that enable our elders and disabled children and adults to remain at home. The Council works with state agencies, the Legislature, the media, and the general public, providing timely information and education on home care services and advocating for priority home care issues and initiatives. 

Throughout our history, the Council has brought together providers from certified home health, homemaker, and private pay agencies to ensure that quality home care aide services are delivered throughout Massachusetts.  The Council has been the leader in setting standards for home care aides and is proud to serve as the question and referral source for standards of practice. 

The Council keeps its members informed of issues affecting home care aide services through our informative Board meetings, regional meetings, monthly newsletter, and email alerts. Most importantly, membership in the Council provides you with the opportunity to network with and learn from other home care providers in order to develop innovative ways to balance the needs of your agency with the needs of your staff and your clients. 

    Great changes are under way at the Council!

    Effective June 7, 2013, the Council has a new home and phone number.  Please update your records with the following new contact information:

    93 Concord Avenue, Suite 8
    Belmont, MA 02478


    The Council would like to thank Jewish Family and Children’s Services for providing a home to our Council for over 15 years!  We have truly appreciated your generosity, kindness, and support.

    MORE CHANGES AHEAD – This month, the Council will officially launch our new website and our email addresses will change as well.  Stay tuned!

    On April 11th, over 89 people attached the Council’s third regional training to review the material outlined in our recently updated “Standards of Practice for Home Care Aide Services in Massachusetts”.  On June 12th, the Council will bring offer this training to our members in Western MA when we hold this training at Greenfield Community College. We are pleased to announce that both Nursing and Social Work CEUs will be provided. 

    Our Standards Manual and companion resource disk contain everything you need to know about offering home care aide services in a certified home health agency, through the state home care program, and in a private pay setting. Our manual delineates requirements for homemakers, personal care homemakers, and home health aides as set forth by the federal Conditions of Participation (CoPs) for Home Health Agencies, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs, and the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission. It is divided into eight distinct sections:
    1.            Hiring Practices
    2.            Position Descriptions
    3.            Training Requirements
    4.            Competency Evaluation
    5.            Field Supervision
    6.            In-Service Requirements
    7.            Disciplinary Action and Termination
    8.            Relevant home care laws and regulations

    Don’t miss this opportunity to send your managers and supervisors to one of these regional trainings where they will receive the most up-to-date information on the Council’s Best Practice Standards.

    To register, please download the 2013 Standards Training Flyer:

    This summer, the Council released its newest training publication – “The Big 10 – Keys to Keeping Consumers at Home: A Transitional Care In-service Training Curriculum for Home Care Aides.”  This three-hour curriculum is designed to teach home care aides how they can best help consumers transition through the health care system and manage their chronic diseases at home. 

    This comprehensive training publication includes a teaching curriculum and resource disk that contains a PowerPoint presentation, student handouts, and Chronic Disease Fact Sheets.  Home care agencies and training providers can use this easy-to-follow teaching tool to provide in-service training to their home care aides on this important topic.  Download our order form for more details: ;

    In June, the Council completed our Year 2 pilot trainings through the Massachusetts Personal and Home Care Aide State Training Program (PHCAST) grant awarded to the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) by the United States Department of Health and Human Services. 

    In Years 1 and 2 of this grant, the Council has been awarded over $500,000 to update and enhance our Home Care Aide Training Curriculum outline and pilot test our new home care aide training model through free regional trainings.  To date, the Council has trained a total of 412 personal care homemakers through this initiative. 

    From June to September 2011, the Council held fifteen (15) free regional trainings, enrolling 188 students and graduating 174. Between February and June 2012, the Council offered an additional twenty (20) PHCAST Enhanced Personal Care Homemaker pilot trainings.  These free trainings took place in: Brockton, Brookline, Burlington, Danvers, Greenfield, Holyoke, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, North Andover, Pittsfield, Taunton, West Barnstable, and Worcester.  The Council enrolled 254 students in these trainings and 238 of these individuals successfully completed the program. 

    The Council has a new Facebook page! Click on the following link to “Like” us and receive regular updates on what we are up to:
    Also, check our pictures from recent events including our Home Care Aide Celebration and our 2011 Personal and Home Care Aide State Training (PHCAST) graduates.