For Immediate Release
Contact: Amie G. Miarecki
Phone: (413)355-9018 Email: Amiarecki@porchlighthomecare.org _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
New Partnership Brings Quality Home Care to Hilltowns- Porchlight Receives Contract with Highland Valley Elder Services _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Lee, MA- Earlier this month, Porchlight VNA/Home Care began a new partnership with Highland Valley Elder Services for fiscal years 2016-2018. The contract will provide funds for elders in Hampden and Hampshire Counties to receive Porchlight’s quality home care services. After receiving notice of the contract award, Porchlight CEO, Holly Chaffee, commented, “We are very excited about this partnership and the opportunity to help more elders remain independent in their own homes.”
Towns served will include: Blandford, Chester, Easthampton, Granville, Huntington, Middlefield, Montgomery, Russell, Southampton, Southwick, Tolland, and Westfield. Several of these towns are considered Hilltowns of Western Massachusetts, which are often difficult to outreach or provide other services. The partnership represents a desire to address the needs of vulnerable elders in these communities and allow them access to home care services to remain independent at home. Services provided by Porchlight will include homemaking and personal care provided by licensed and/or non-licensed caregivers as appropriate.
Porchlight is committed to excellence as an organization and will address the needs of clients in their visual or hearing, cultural and linguistic, memory impairment, and/or mental health needs. Porchlight caregivers are offered professional development to meet the demands of their positions, including Habilitative Training recommended by the Alzheimer’s Association.
About Porchlight VNA/Home Care With the 2014 merger of Porchlight VNA/Home Care (formerly Lee Regional VNA) with Chicopee VNA and Great to Be Home Care, we have over 100 years of providing compassionate, exceptional care. Porchlight is a unique, comprehensive resource for all home health needs, including: skilled nursing, therapies, 24-hour care, and social work. Our offices are located in Lee and Chicopee and our services cover all of Berkshire, Hampshire, and Hampden Counties. As a free-standing non-profit, we also serve as the Board of Health for several towns in Berkshire County and regularly conduct community education and engagement programs to support our mission. We are the only Western Massachusetts agency rated five stars by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. We received several HomeCare Elite™ Awards of Excellence and Massachusetts Department of Public Health deficiency-free surveys demonstrating our commitment to quality and safety. Porchlight VNA/Home Care is simply, “Life As You Know It ®”.
About Highland Valley Elder Services Highland Valley Elder Services serves older adults and their families through collaboration, education, advocacy and a range of programs designed to support them where they live. The agency is a private, not-for-profit corporation serving twenty-four communities in Hampshire and Hampden Counties of Western Massachusetts. Funds for the agency are received from the following main sources: Administration on Aging, through its designation as an Area Agency on Aging and Home Care Corporation/Aging Services Access Point, and Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs. Highland Valley aims to provide the best services, which empower elders to discover their own strengths, talents, and solutions.