Porchlight Contracts with Highland Valley Elder Services

LEE — Earlier this month, Porchlight VNA/Home Care began a new partnership with Highland Valley Elder Services for fiscal years 2016-18. The contract will provide funds for elders in Hampden and Hampshire counties to receive Porchlight’s home-care services.

“We are very excited about this partnership and the opportunity to help more elders remain independent in their own homes,” said Porchlight CEO Holly Chaffee.

Towns served will include Blandford, Chester, Easthampton, Granville, Huntington, Middlefield, Montgomery, Russell, Southampton, Southwick, Tolland, and Westfield. Several of these towns are considered hilltowns of Western Mass., which are often difficult to access with services. The partnership represents a desire to address the needs of vulnerable elders in these communities and allow them access to home-care services to remain independent at home. Services provided by Porchlight will include homemaking and personal care provided by licensed and/or non-licensed caregivers as appropriate.

Porchlight will address the needs of clients in their visual or hearing, cultural and linguistic, memory-impairment, and/or mental-health needs. Porchlight caregivers are offered professional development to meet the demands of their positions, including habilitative training recommended by the Alzheimer’s Assoc.