We are LifePath, Formerly Franklin County Home Care Corporation (FCHCC)
Franklin County Home Care Corporation (FCHCC) has changed its name to LifePath, Inc.
The services LifePath provides will not change in any way
The physical address (330 Montague City Road) and phone numbers (413-773-5555 and 978-544-2259) is the same. LifePath’s voicemail switched to the new name as of March 1, as well as email and website. After March 1, all correspondence will be sent from LifePath, Inc.
“We will continue to serve the community in the same way,” says Roseann Martoccia, Executive Director of LifePath. “Please do not hesitate to contact our staff if you have any questions.”
About the name change: FCHCC is LifePath
“Changing our name was not an easy decision, and we are ready for the opportunity this creates to raise public awareness about the breadth of our work and reach more people who could use our help,” says Martoccia. “This decision was made thoughtfully and with the input of many in the community.”
We listened to you
After listening to feedback from clients and their families, volunteers and donors, other professionals, and their own staff, the agency heard consistently that people in the community trust them to help navigate their options for maintaining independence. Some people did not know that the agency serves regions outside of Franklin County, works with elders and other populations, and offers home care and many other types of services.
LifePath Board President, Regina Curtis
Curtis, has been affiliated with the agency as both a consumer seeking support services and as a member of board. “As a board member for the last 15 years,” says Curtis, “I have been privileged to play a role in this extraordinary organization's growth as an anchor institution that provides a wide array of critical services to an extended community of residents in Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, and Berkshire Counties and in the North Quabbin Region. Under the strong leadership of a committed management team, the footprint of the agency's geographic and programmatic reach has extended to bring the compassionate and excellent skills of staff into five counties, providing services across more than 30 programs serving several thousand people each year.”
“As familiar as it is to most of us, the name, ‘Franklin County Home Care,’ has not kept up with the organization's expansion into new communities and new services provided,” Curtis explains. “The name ‘LifePath’ better speaks to role of the organization in helping community members in the region travel the journey of needed support while maintaining an independent lifestyle. I look forward to telling people that I am a proud board member and consumer of LifePath!”
Seeking help for loved ones
“As a consumer,” says Curtis, “I, like so many in our community, needed assistance in caring for elders in my life with whom I have had a caregiving relationship.”
When each of these individuals wanted to remain in their homes, Curtis knew who to call. “I contacted the agency in the early 90s to provide Meals on Wheels for my elderly mother in her last year.”
Her relationship with the agency continued as she provided care to other loved ones. “For over ten years, I have also consulted regularly with staff for help in determining the best course of action for an elder family member I care for who has had significant medical complications. And in just the past year, I referred a friend's parent for help through the Money Management Program and just recently sought guidance to ensure another elder friend was safe in his home. In each of these cases, I don't know what I would have done without the agency's guidance and support to navigate the myriad of pathways to providing safe care, ensuring access to health insurance, and allowing a life of dignity for those who wish to remain in their homes.”
LifePath will continue to listen first and then help each person find the best options for their unique needs. LifePath will help elders and persons with disabilities maintain independence and quality of life in their own homes and communities, busy caregivers to find relief, and loved ones to choose the right path. As they have been for over 40 years, they’ll be there offering options for independence.