PDHCA Welcomes Back San Diego Homecare Executive to PDHCA Advisory Board

According to the U.S. Census Bureau projections, the number of Americans turning 65 is expected to exceed 70 million in the next two decades. In addition to the elderly, many people are injured, ill, or disabled at some point and may require help with day-to-day activities. The Private Duty Homecare Association (PDHCA), an affiliate of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), is a trade association of in-home care providers dedicated to helping the elderly, ill or disabled remain in their own homes. Today, the organization announced the re-appointment of San Diego’s own Laurie Edwards-Tate, president and founder of At Your Home Familycare, to the PDHCA advisory board, and introduced six additional new members. Edwards-Tate has been selected to help lead the association and provide experienced insight to address the increasing need for short or long-term in-home care.

“There are many pressing issues within the in-home care industry with active legislation on the table which will greatly affect its future.” said Merrily Orsini, MSSW, chief strategic officer for PDHCA. “With Edwards-Tate’s proven leadership, and her reputation as an independent thinker in the industry and vast knowledge of the business of in-home care, the PDHCA is well represented to continue advocating on behalf of those who wish to remain at home while they age or recuperate.”

A seasoned in-home care executive, Edwards-Tate is dedicated to tackling the standards and quality issues within the long-term in-home care industry, and to position in-home care as an easy to access and easy to understand service nationwide.

New PDHCA board members include: Stanley A. Rynkiewicz III, RN, MSN, WCC and administrator of Dear Meadows Home Health & Support Services, LLC; Brittnei Salerno, president and CEO of La Jolla Nurses Homecare; Lauren Simpson, RN, BSN and CEO of Potomac Home Health/ Support; Sherl Brand, president and CEO of the Home Care Association of New Jersey; Umi K. Chahal, CEO of Choice Home Health & Hospice; and Elaine D. Stephens, executive vice president of home care and hospice for Masonic Health Systems/ Overlook VNA.

In addition to the newly appointed, Shelle Womble, senior director of sales and service for ResCare HomeCare returns as the elected chair, and other re-appointed members of PDHCA’s advisory board are Bob Roth, managing partner of Cypress HomeCare Solutions; Lucy Andrews, CEO of At Your Service Home Care; and Cathy Sparling, executive vice president of Arcadia Health Care. Re-appointed as ex-officio are returning advisory board members Patricia Drea, vice president of operations for Visiting Angels; Karen Thomas, president of Oxford Healthcare Home Health Agency; and Georjean Sweis, national director of private duty for Addus HealthCare, Inc.

For more information about the PDHCA, please visit www.pdhca.org or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pdhca or on Twitter @PDHCA.

About PDHCA
The Private Duty Homecare Association (PDHCA) was established by the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC). It is a trade association of home care providers dedicated to helping the ill and disabled remain in their own homes. PDHCA services focus on providing valuable information to its members, including help in understanding federal guidelines, financial management assistance, networking, business strategy meetings, certification and accreditation, and new product offerings. PDHCA is designed to answer all the questions that private duty home care providers may have regarding their businesses and practices. Please visit PDHCA on the web at www.pdhca.org.

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