FCS’s Home Care Program Receives Re-accreditation

Rigorous Process Demonstrates FCS’s Commitment to Quality

Long Branch, NJ, August 1, 2012 – The New Jersey based 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 New Jersey and accredits agencies that meet those standards. As the only state-based accreditation program, CAHC has in-depth knowledge of state rules and regulations and an on-going collaborative relationships with the State Department of Human Services, Health & Senior Services and Law and Public Safety. Accreditation is a voluntary process, and 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.

“We know that the preference of older Monmouth County residents is to remain at home as they age,” D’Elia says. “We want to empower older individuals to continue to make that choice by providing the very best home care available.”

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.

About Family & Children’s Service
For more than 100 years, Family & Children’s Service (FCS) has served Monmouth County as a trusted and essential resource for individuals and families, helping countless people learn, grow, feel, age and live better. Providing services and solutions through a wide variety of programs and volunteer efforts, FCS meets the diverse needs of area residents at all stages of their lives. While every FCS program is unique, each brings hope, compassion and peace of mind to someone in need. FCS is the oldest non-profit organization in Monmouth County, and this longevity is a testament to its ability to address the needs of a changing society with integrity and compassion.

About the Commission on Accreditation for Home Care, Inc
The Commission on Accreditation for Home Care, Inc. was established in 1986 to promote and enforce quality assurance standards for home care in New Jersey.

Over 170 agencies throughout New Jersey have been granted accreditation for Personal Care and In-Home Skilled Nursing Services. For additional information, visit us on the web at www.cahcnj.org or contact the Commission on Accreditation for Home Care at 154 South Street, 2nd Floor, New Providence, NJ 07974 at (908) 508-1200.