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There’s No Care Like Home Care

Meet Melanie, CHHA, serving elders and people with disabilities for nearly 40 years

MelanieMelanie has been a certified home health aide (CHHA) for nearly four decades.

“I have been in the home care field for 37 years,” she says. “I was trained in high school as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) and home health aide (HHA).”

For the past 19 years, Melanie has worked for Collective Home Care, which is based out of Hatfield, Mass., and has been in operation since November 1, 1999. “I have been with this agency since it opened,” says Melanie.

In addition to working with elders and people with disabilities in their homes, Melanie has been doing the scheduling for Collective Home Care’s aides and clients for the past one and a half years. “I love working with the elderly,” says Melanie. “They have so much knowledge on so many things.”

After all these years, Melanie has worked with many different clients. “I have met some wonderful people over the years. I was with one client for 12 years and I still miss him.”

She is most proud of “helping to keep people in their homes for as long as possible.”

If you’re thinking about joining the growing home care field, there are many openings across our region. “If you are a people person, this is a great job,” says Melanie. “You get to hear lots of interesting things.”

Although LifePath does not employ home healthcare workers, the home care agencies with which the nonprofit service agency contracts are frequently looking to add to their team of professionals. Find links to these agencies here.