FCS Home Care Program Receives Re-accreditation

Only One-Fifth of NJ Home Care Providers CAHC Accredited

LONG BRANCH, NJ, June 7, 2011 – The New Jersey Commission on Accreditation for Home Care (CAHC) recently reaccredited Family & Children’s Service’s (FCS) Home Care program, giving it high marks for maintaining the highest standards of quality care for its clients and their families.

CAHC is a nonprofit organization that sets industry standards for home care services throughout the state and accredits agencies that meet those standards. Accreditation is a voluntary process. Less than one-fifth of the 900 home care providers in New Jersey are CAHC approved. Once an agency is accredited, it must undergo annual site surveys to ensure continued compliance.

FCS President & CEO Vincent L D’Elia says choosing an accredited agency is an important first step in selecting a good home care provider. “If you are entrusting someone to care for a family member, you want to be sure the person entering your home is qualified and trustworthy,” D’Elia says. “A key advantage of using an accredited agency is that you know that all the employees are screened, supervised and that a registered professional nurse is monitoring the level of care. This may not be the case with an unaccredited agency.”

At FCS, all Certified Home Health Aides (CHHA) must meet language proficiency requirements, undergo a criminal background check and possess certification from the New Jersey Board of Nursing before they begin work. In addition, a Registered Nurse supervises each aide, routinely visiting the client’s home to ensure that personal care plans are safely and properly administered.

If you are interested in learning more about Family & Children’s Service Home Care program, contact the agency at 732-222-9111 or visit us online at www.fcsmonmouth.org.