October 1, 2017 Comfort Home Care is pleased to announce, we will be expanding our coverage area north! We are now licensed to service the New Hampshire population. We are looking forward to providing the same level of excellent care that we have been providing to patients in Massachusetts for over 10 years now. If you have any questions please call our main number at 978-685-4700
Comfort Home Care’s Kate Cook Named 2016 Unsung Heroine
Work with Foster Kids of the Merrimack Valley Recognized
(BOSTON) –Kate Cook, has been named one of 2016’s “Unsung Heroines” by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women, in honor of her contributions to the Merrimack Valley.
The Unsung Heroine initiative identifies and honors extraordinary women from across the Commonwealth. Cook was nominated for the recognition by State Representative Diana DiZoglio (D-Methuen), who joined the recipient for a celebration in her honor at the Massachusetts State House.
“Kate has worked with me on empowering young women across the region by assisting in the organization of programs that inspire, encourage and motivate them to achieve their highest goals,” said DiZoglio. “Her work with Foster Kids of the Merrimack Valley has been nothing less than extraordinary. Kate is a person who uses her time, talent and enthusiasm to enrich the lives of others and make a positive and lasting difference in our community.”
Cook serves as Director of Sales and Marketing with Comfort Home Care, a visiting nursing agency in Methuen, and is a member of the Board of Directors of Foster Kids of the Merrimack Valley.
“What an honor it was to be recognized along with so many other amazing women in the state. I am blessed to live in a great community of people who work tirelessly to give to others in need! I am so thankful to the support Comfort Home Care gives me in all of my philanthropic adventures.” Kate Cook
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Best of Home Health Care Honored at Awards Event
Association Recognizes Home Care Agency Innovators and Exemplary Staff
Boston, MA – The commitment and compassion of the state’s home care industry was on display at the annual Home Care Alliance Innovation Showcase and Star Awards where ten individuals and three home health agency programs were honored for their role in keeping people independent and healthy at home.
“This event is a chance to say thank you to all home care employees through the awards to these individuals who are the shining examples of a very dedicated workforce that is often unheard, but makes an incalculable impact,” said Home Care Alliance Executive Director Patricia Kelleher.
The annual event is a chance to honor and recognize the individuals and organizations from across the state that are providing the best care and utilizing the best and most innovative practices in home care. This year’s event was held at Granite Links Country Club in Quincy with a mix of keynote speakers and a celebration of all levels of staff at a home care organization.
Individual awardees include:
• Home Health Care Clinicians of the Year:
o Anne Luippold, RN, BSN, ONC – Hospice Clinical Director, Salmon VNA & Hospice, Milford, MA
o Michelle Michaud, RN – Nurse, Circle Home Care, Lowell, MA
o Mary NDegwa, RN – Nurse Case Manager, Comfort Home Care, Methuen, MA
• Home Health Care Manager of the Year: Darlene Connolly – Clinical Manager, Steward Home Care, Westwood, MA
• Home Health Physician of the Year: Dr. David Green – Physician, Emerson Hospital Home Care, Concord, MA
• Legislator of the Year: State Senator Barbara L’Italien (D-Andover)
• Home Care Champion: Meg Doherty – CEO, NVNA & Hospice, Norwell, MA
• Leadership & Collaboration Award: Roxanna Harper & Joann Wagner – Clinical Managers, Baystate VNA & Hospice, Palmer and Ware, MA
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 representing the state’s home-based health care services. Founded in 1969, the Alliance represents 200 private-pay home care and Medicare-certified home health agencies. For more information, visit www.thinkhomecare.org.
“Comfort Home Care is so honored to have Mary NDegwa, recognized as this year’s clinician of the year. Her hard work and dedication to her patients has not gone unrecognized! Mary we salute your awesomeness!” Kate Moreira, Nurse Manager
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Comfort Home Care Receives Home Care Accreditation
Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts Sets Quality and Business Standards
Methuen, MA Worcester, MA – Comfort Home Care, a private-pay home care agency based in Methuen and Worcester, is among a select group of agencies to earn Accreditation from the Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts. The alliance, which represents 190 home health and elder care agencies across Massachusetts, has created an accreditation protocol to promote quality services, ethical business standards, and superior employment practices in an industry that lacks meaningful licensure in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts even while it grows in popularity.
“We are proud to promote these accreditation standards that convey Comfort Home Care’s commitment to quality,” said Diana Dungan, COO “Comfort Home Care strives to provide quality nursing care in the home setting, utilizing a comprehensive team approach to promote independence for the individuals as well as nurture their connections to the community, through education, advocacy and empathy”
The Home Care Alliance launched this Accreditation Program for Private Pay agencies (agencies that are not paid by Medicare or Medicaid), in July, 2010. Agencies seeking accreditation are required to submit documentation to show that they meet standards established by the Alliance.
The standards were developed over several months in consultation with an advisory task force representing agencies throughout the Commonwealth. Training requirements, administrative protocols, and business practices are among the categories that the Alliance reviews for accreditation.
“We wanted to provide leadership for an area that is becoming more and more important to the health care delivery system in Massachusetts,” said Patricia Kelleher, executive director of the Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts. “These standards highlight our agencies’ best practices, and will help guide members of the public as they choose who will take care of their loved ones in their homes.”
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 has grown to represent more than 170 home care and home health agencies across the state. For more information, visit www.thinkhomecare.org.
Comfort Home Care was contacted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as well as The Journal of Nursing Administration (JONA) regarding the Psychiatric-Mental Health Board Certification which took place in May 2014. The article “Certification as a Quality Initiative” published in JONA, October 2015, quoted one of CHC’s own! “We want nurses to continue learning and keep up with ever-changing nursing practice, so Comfort Home Care made certification a requirement, said Jenna Johansen, BSN, RN-BC, Director of Education at Comfort Home Care. We’re a more competitive company, we’re a more productive company, and the bottom line for us is we’re a safe company. When we’re knowledgeable, our clients are safer, and if they are safer, they are healthier.” (Leyden, C. Certification as a Quality Initiative. J Nurs Adm. 2015; 45 (10): 467-468.)
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The Boston Globe Announces Top Places to Work for 2014
Boston (November 13, 2014) – The Boston Globe honors Massachusetts’ best employers in its annual Top Places to Work magazine, which will appear online at BostonGlobe.com/topplaces on November 13 and in The Boston Sunday Globe on November 16. This year, Kronos, Comfort Home Care, Institution for Savings, and MeYou Health took the top honors in their respective size categories, marking the third year that Institution for Savings has topped its category.
For seven years, this popular 48-page standalone magazine has recognized the state’s most admired workplaces based on surveys completed by the people who know them the best — the employees themselves.
Kronos, with 1,160 employees in the region, took the top spot for best workplace in the largest company category. The Chelmsford-based technology company develops workforce management software that helps organizations automate many HR-related functions for their workforce. Its senior executives specialize in making a global company feel local to all employees. For example, during Thanksgiving season senior executives don aprons and serve turkey in the cafeteria.
Comfort Home Care of Methuen leads the large category. With just over 300 workers in the region, CHC is a visiting nurse agency specializing in acute and chronic mental health issues and traditional elder care services. The founder was the company’s only nurse for the first six months and his work in the trenches helps him inspire new employees.
Institution for Savings, founded in 1820, again ranks number one in the medium category. It invests in its 135 employees with above-and-beyond amenities and benefits, such as an in-office gym and profit sharing for every employee, including students who work over Christmas break. More than 25 percent of the company’s workers have stayed with the Newburyport-based bank for a decade or more.
MeYou Health, the Boston-based company at the forefront of the small company category, is a subsidiary of Healthways Inc., delivering web-based products that encourage people to live healthier lifestyles. The company, which hasn’t lost a single engineer in five years, is known for its “unheard of life-work balance” and catered weekly lunches.
“Employer success can’t be measured solely in profits and revenue,” said Boston Globe Business Editor Mark Pothier. “What matters most to employers are their people. This year’s winning companies go above and beyond to motivate and challenge their workers, which tends to encourage innovation and loyalty.”
“Our employees are the heart of this company. Without your continuous hard work we wouldn’t have been able to provide the elite care that we have become known for.” President Brandon Howes of Comfort Home Care says. “You are what make this company #1. Thank you to everyone for loving this company as much as I do!”
In addition to the rankings, the magazine highlights creative corporate perks including healthcare plans that cover up to 90 percent of premiums, a company nap room, and the healthiest card game around called “Fitness Poker.” This year’s magazine will also include a column by Shirley Leung, outlining what some of the winning CEOs say they learned from the firing of Market Basket CEO Arthur T. Demoulas.
The Boston Globe’s 2014 Top Places to Work survey, conducted by employee survey firm WorkplaceDynamics, measured about 73,500 individuals’ responses to statements regarding six key factors related to employee happiness, including company direction, execution, employee connection, work load and responsibility, management, and pay and benefits. Least important factors were pay, benefits and work-life balance, with survey subjects placing much higher importance on employee appreciation, confidence and a meaningful connection to the work. WorkplaceDynamics also found that of all the cities surveyed, employees in Boston were most enthusiastic about their companies.
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In the spring of 2013, Comfort Home Care received full accreditation from the Joint Commission, by receiving its Gold Seal of Approval® for excellence, quality and safety in in-home care.
This award recognizes CHC’s compliance with The Join Commission’s national standards for in-home service and care.
This distinction reinforces our commitment to delivering the best possible skilled visiting nursing and rehab care to both elder adults and individuals with acute, chronic or persistent mental health issues.
By referring your clients to Comfort Home Care, together, we can give them the greatest opportunity to succeed and thrive, both mentally and physically, while at home and living in their community.
Each year, honors Massachusetts’ best employers in its Top Places to Work magazine, by receiving the highest marks in their respective size categories.
For six years, they’ve honored the state’s most beloved workplaces based on surveys completed by the people who know them the best — the employees themselves.
We are pleased to announce that Comfort Home Care’s employees voted to make us the
#2 Top Workplace in the whole state of Massachusetts!!
Our employee’s satisfaction is a direct correlation to the care we provide our patients.
Comfort Home Care strives to provide quality nursing care in the home setting, utilizing a comprehensive team approach to promote independence for the individuals well as nurture their connections to the community, through education, advocacy and empathy.
Our vision is to be recognized as the premier provider of home health services in New England while achieving 100% patient and employee satisfaction. Thank you to our employees for helping us to achieve this vision!