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Annual Home Care Aide Celebration


SAVE THE DATE: The 2019 Home Care Aide Council Annual Celebration will be held on Thursday, November 14 at The Lantana in Randolph! More details to follow.


Another year of great success honoring our home care industry workers!  


Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Council’s 48th Annual Home Care Aide Celebration on November 7th in Randolph! Over 200 home care staff joined together for this spectacular event that honors the work of home care aides across the Commonwealth.  


This year’s event began with congratulatory remarks by EOEA Secretary Alice Bonner. We extend our sincere thanks to Secretary Bonner for joining us for this important annual event. Following the Secretary’s remarks, Poet Ali provided an inspiring keynote address entitled, “A Language Beyond Words.” 


The Council’s Award Ceremony, recognized home care aides who have worked for their agencies for 10 years or more, providing special recognition to aides who have worked for their agencies for 25 years or more. Our Celebration Booklet recognized over 1,000 home care aides who have worked for their agency for ten or more years. In addition, 108 of these aides had worked that their agency for 25 years or more. We also offered special recognition to the home care agency with the largest attendance at our Celebration this year. 

Congratulations to Medical Resources Home Health. Over 30 home care staff from their agency attended our event this year!


Following our service awards presentation, this year’s award presenters were introduced and the following award recipients were honored:

  • Erin DaSilva from Cape Cod VNA received the Effie Chalmers Waddell Home Care Aide award presented by Lynn Vidler from the Executive Office of Elder Affairs
  • Theresia Picanco from Medical Resources Home  received the Hilda LaRocca Home Health Aide award presented by Michael Festa from AARP Massachusetts
  • Lois Escobar from Friendly Care, Inc. received the new Selma Cohen “Rookie of the Year” Home Care Aide award presented by Karen Shack from Commonwealth Corporation
  • Annmary Durkin from Anodyne Homemaker Services received the Carlene McKenney Scheduler/Coordinator award presented by Lisa Gurgone from Mass Home Care
  • Barbara Byrne from North Shore Elder Services received the Cathe Madden ASAP Case Manager award presented by Lisa Marschke from the UMASS Medical School
  • Sue pratt from Trip Memorial Foundation received the *New* James Carroll Home Care Ally award presented by Patricia Probst from BL Probst Services 


During the award ceremony, we also took time to thank Jim Carroll's family for joining us.  Jim's family received bouquet's from the Council in honor of beloved Jim Caroll.


The Council sends our sincerest thanks to the many organizations that served as sponsors for this year’s Celebration:


             Silver Level                                                                  Gold Level

  Best Home Care N' More                                               ABC Home Healthcare Professionals

  Berkshire Family & Individual Resources                        Caribbean Foundation

  Commonwealth Care Alliance                                        Friendly Care, Inc.

  Greater Boston Home Health Care services, Inc.             International Health Solutions

  Help Services Network, Inc.

  Hebrew Senior Life Home Care

  Mass Home Care

  Home Health Resources, Inc.

  Home Care Alliance of MA



         Platinum Level                                                   Door Prize Drawings Donors

  Seraphic Springs Health Care                                   Anodyne Homemaker Services

  Anodyne Homemaker Services                                 Bethany at Home

  Associated Home Care                                             Home Care Aide Council

  Best of Care                                                           O' Connell Care At Home

  Multicultural Home Care, Inc.                                  South Shore VNA


2018 Celebration Photos

2017 Celebration Photos

2016 Celebration Photos



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