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Home Care Speakers Bureau: Home, Not Alone

“Have you ever thought what would happen if new graduates went to the community first? Perhaps that is the question we should be asking ourselves as a profession. For a nurse whose only experience is a hospital, the larger world of health care is hard to envision. How can you think in terms of wellness when you’ve only seen sick people? How can you look at patients holistically when you have no idea where they came from or what is likely to face them after they leave the hospital?

— Veneta Masson, Ninth Street Notebook: Voice of a Nurse in the City

By 2040, 80 million Americans will be 65 years and older. 29 million will have some degree of disability and 14 million will be over 85.

Medicare spending on home health grew from just under $10 billion in 2000 to $18 billion in 2015.

In Massachusetts, just under 1,000 families with medically-complex and/or technology-dependent children are enrolled in the state's complex nursing care at home program.

Health care is moving out of the institutional setting and into people's homes. Nursing and other allied health professional positions are following a similar path as the percentage of nurses moving into work a in hospital setting continues to decrease annually. Yet, newly graduated nurses often leave school not having been exposed to the nursing opportunities and high degree of complexity and independence in home health care practice.

Our Home, Not Alone campaign seeks to drive interest in, and confidence about, making a nursing career in home care or hospice.

Our dedicated speakers will bring a presentation to a nursing school class, job fair, or other student assembly on what is home care nursing, how a new graduate might transition and what career paths exist. Here is just a snippet of a presentation:

For more about the Alliance's commitment to home care nursing development, read the report from our June 2019 Symposium:

Speakers are available from such organizations as:

Eastern MA

  • Bayada Home Health Care, Greater Boston, and south
  • Care Group Parmenter, Greater Boston
  • Maxim Home Care, Great Boston, south and north
  • Nationwide Home Care Services, Medford and surrounding area
  • Northeast Clinical Services, Danvers and surrounding area
  • NVNA & Hospice, South of Boston
  • Partners Health Care at Home, Greater Boston
  • South Shore VNA & Hospice, South of Boston
  • VNA Care, Greater Boston

Southeastern MA

  • Bayada Home Health Care, Greater Boston and south
  • Brockton VNA, Brockton and surrounding area
  • Community VNA, Attleboro and surrounding area
  • Community Nurse and Hospice, Fairhaven and surrounding area

North of Boston

  • Aberdeen Home Care, Danvers and surrounding area
  • All Care VNA, Lynn and surrounding area
  • Lahey Health Care At Home, Burlington and surrounding area
  • Neighborhood Home Care, Lynn and surrounding area
  • Northeast Clinical Services, Danvers and surrounding area

Central and Western MA

  • Apex health At Home, Worcester and surrounding area
  • Bay State Home Health, Springfield and surrounding area
  • Berkshire VNA,  Pittsfield 
  • Century  Home Care, Worcester and surrounding area
  • Home Instead Senior Care, Northborough and surrounding area
  • Oriol Health Care, Holden and surrounding area
  • Spectrum Home Health and Hospice, Longmeadow
  • VNA Care, Worcester and surrounding area
  • VNA and Hospice of Cooley Dickinson, Northampton