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Established in 1979, the South Carolina Home Care & Hospice Association (SCHCHA) is a trade organization representing providers of home health, hospice, palliative care, and other in-home care services. SCHCHA is one of the oldest and largest organizations of its kind in the nation, representing agencies and professionals dedicated to providing quality care to patients in their homes and communities.
“We cater to all types of home care agencies and representing them as one organization allows us to have a stronger voice and better serve the unique needs of each segment of home care. Partnerships among healthcare providers have always been important, but since the beginning of the pandemic, the value of collaboration has become even more pronounced,” says President and CEO Tim Rogers. SCHCHA serves 300 member agencies in South Carolina and is managed by the Association for Home & Hospice Care of North Carolina (AHHC).
One of the biggest advantages of in-home care for seniors is that it allows older adults to age in place at home, where they feel most comfortable. In many cases, in-home care is more affordable than institutional forms of care. In-home care also saves state and federal dollars. Recipients of in-home care range in age from infancy to those who have reached the end of life. “We believe home is where everyone wants to be, from beginning to end. And it is a calling for many of us working in home care and hospice to provide quality care and help to enhance or maintain quality of life for those with special needs,” says Rogers.
Some services may be provided outside the home. For example, patients may receive hospice care in a nursing home or an inpatient hospice unit, as well as the home. As Mr. Rogers points out, “In these cases, the patients are kept as comfortable as possible and provided with a team of professionals dedicated to that task. The interdisciplinary team may include a hospice medical director, skilled nurse, social worker, chaplain, therapist, hospice aide and volunteer.”
“Our mission is to provide these agencies with the resources, education, advocacy, and leadership they need so that they may provide the highest quality care to our state’s most vulnerable citizens,” says Rogers. “Therefore, membership with C-TAC makes perfect sense for our Association. SCHCHA’s values are aligned with those of C-TAC and we believe in forming strong partnerships with state and national allies.”
SCHCHA has a staff with over 175 years of combined experience in home care and hospice, including a government affairs team lobbying at the state and federal level, and 3 Registered Nurses on staff for members to ask questions regarding policy and regulation. “We possess the resources and expertise required to speak on the issues that are important to our members,” says Rogers, “and at the end of the day, our collective focus is to ensure our loved ones have the right and the choice to receive care at home, whenever possible. It’s what we all deserve. We are so proud to be members of C-TAC and we look forward to our partnership.”