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Spring Conference Brings Home Care Leaders Together for Education and Networking

Tuesday, June 13, 2017  
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The Home Care Aide Council’s Annual Spring Conference was recently held at the Crowne Plaza in Natick. Approximately 100 home care agency representatives came together to hear from key leaders in the industry, network with colleagues and learn about timely topics. The conference included ten exhibitors who showcased their products and were available to talk to attendees about their business needs. The Council is grateful to ClearCare, Cell Trak, Colonial Life, Garrity Insurance, Home Care IT, iNeedHomeCareNow, Payright Payroll Services, Safe Home Care Project/UMass Lowell, UnitedHealthCare Community Plan, and Uplifting Health and Wellness for supporting the Spring Conference.

At the start of the event, attendees heard from Representative Danielle Gregoire, Co-Chair, Joint Committee on Elder Affairs, about the work that her committee is doing in the current legislative session. Lisa Gurgone followed up on this presentation with a summary of the Home Care Worker Registry Bill that the Council is advocating for. The Council updates, as well as an overview of the work of the Foundation, were part of a dynamic opening session. Meeting participants then got to choose to attend one of three workshops covering a variety of topics including MassHealth Reform, Elders and Medical Marijuana, and Community Partnerships and Supports for Home Care Aides.

The Luncheon Keynote featured Michael Bertoncini of Jackson Lewis PC. His 2017 Home Care Legal Update covered many of the issues that home care agencies are currently struggling with including travel reimbursement, FMLA and the use of electronic devices among direct care workers. He presented several case studies and attendees had the chance to ask questions about the details of these cases.

The day ended with a breakout session that included three workshops, “Aging and Muscle Weakness: Could it be Sarcopenia,” “Implementing and Optimizing Technology in a Changing Home Care Industry,” and “Building Supports for the Future: Age-Friendly and Dementia Friendly Initiatives in Massachusetts.”

All attendees were encouraged to fill out an evaluation form at the conclusion of the meeting. Council staff depend on these evaluations to plan future events. If you attended the conference, but did not fill out the evaluation form, click here. You can print out the form and return the completed evaluation to the office at 124 Watertown Street, Suite 2E, Watertown, MA 02472 or you can fax it to 781.209.5977.