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SAGE HomeCare Receives Third Consecutive High Quality Rating

Julie Pedersen

Thursday, December 19, 2013 • 1:03pm

SAGE Eldercare was recently awarded its third consecutive Accreditation with Distinction by the Commission on Accreditation for Home Care (CAHC).  Since 1986, CAHC has been protecting the interests of home care consumers and supporting quality home care agencies. 

“Certified home health aides enable older adults to remain living with the comforts and familiarity of their own home,” stated Jessica Rosenzweig Gruber, Executive Director of SAGE Eldercare.  “We are proud that SAGE’s HomeCare service has once again achieved a perfect score from the CAHC accreditation board, earning this continued privilege of being accredited with distinction.   This honor further substantiates SAGE’s tradition of serving older adults with integrity, compassion and quality care.”

Each of the 175 home care agencies that CAHC accredits each year has to be monitored on an ongoing basis, must meet their performance standards, and each employee of the agency is screened.  Each CAHC accredited agency, such as SAGE, has voluntarily chosen to follow above-average standards based on established practices in the home care field. 

CAHC sent an experienced RN Field Nurse Surveyor to monitor compliance and ensure that SAGE HomeCare has met the following standards:

  • Only currently certified home health aides are employed, which requires that they each have successfully completed a 76-hour certification training program approved by the NJ Board of Nursing and that criminal background checks are conducted by the Board of Nursing prior to certification.
  • All home health aides have passed competency tests and attended in-service education programs every year; every two months, a registered professional nurse goes to the home to supervise the certified home health aide and monitor the continuing appropriateness of the plan of care.
  • SAGE takes care of insurance requirements and applicable taxes for the home health aides and nurses (if you hire someone privately, you are responsible for these fees).
  • SAGE has a set of established policies to guide their operation, including the handling of any issues that a patient or patient’s family might have.

“SAGE is accredited with distinction for personal care services, which includes personal care, bathing, grocery shopping, meal planning and preparation, toileting, transfers and ambulation, assistance with therapeutic or exercise regimes, laundry and changing bed linens, light housekeeping, and respite care,” noted Ellisa Lee, RN, Director of HomeCare.  “We have 60 home care aides who are employed through our service and they care for more than 100 clients on an hourly or live-in basis in towns within a twenty mile distance from Summit.”

For the past 60 years, SAGE Eldercare has been helping make the communities we serve an amazing place to age.  The organization provides a wide array of information, support, and services designed to help people lead the most independent and active lives possible.  From helping with errands, to exercise classes, community programs, and home health care, SAGE’s expertise helps you remain in your own home.  SAGE is committed to being the leading provider of programs and services to meet the changing needs of older adults, their families, and caregivers throughout Union, Essex, Morris and Somerset Counties.  For more information, please call 908.273.5550 or visit www.sageeldercare.org.

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