NJBA member Home Helpers Home Care of Monmouth County went to Washington DC recently to highlight its experience providing successful home care to those in need and make the case for federal bills to improve access to in-home care for veterans and aging loved ones.
In less than 10 years, there will be more people over the age of 65 than under 18, said Howard Stein, president of Home Helpers Home Care of Monmouth County, who participated in Home Care National Advocacy Day in the nation’s capital with members of the Home Care Association of America to draw attention to the need for more resources to care for seniors.
Stein said he met with members of New Jersey’s Congressional delegation, including Reps. Frank Pallone and Andy Kim, as well as Sens. Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, to share success stories, ongoing concerns and the need for legislation that will make an impact for seniors.
“We’ve always cared for our clients like family and now we must leverage every tool at our disposal to ensure that we continue to provide the best level of care possible,” Stern said. “Our loved ones that choose to age in place should be able to do so and there is significant work that needs to happen to ensure the system can support the trends of significant, growing demand.”
To ensure that in-home care is available to anyone that needs it, Stein asked federal lawmakers to support various bills in Congress that would help build the homecare workforce; increase funding for home and community-based services (HCBS); expand support for family caregivers, including tax credits; and expand access to in-home care for veterans.
Home Care National Advocacy Day on March 29 not only highlighted the legislation needed to sustain a healthcare system in crisis, but also to draw attention to the important work that caregivers in the in-home care industry provide, Stein said.
“Their work not only provides comfort and companionship, but saves countless hospitalizations and readmissions every day,” Stein said. “The medical cost savings by home care is often overlooked.”
Home Helpers Home Care of Monmouth County is a locally owned, community-based business that serves Adelphia, Colts Neck, Eatontown, Farmingdale Freehold, Holmdel, Howell, Lincroft, Matawan, Middletown, Morganville, Red Bank and Wickatunk. For more information, call (908) 975-0400 or visit Home Helpers Home Care of Monmouth County online at www.homehelpershomecare.com/monmouth-county-nj.
Photo Caption: (L-R) Howard Stein, Home Helpers Home Care of Monmouth County owner and president: Miriam Allred Head of Partnership, Careswitch; Ilya Vakhutinsky, CEO of Careswitch.