Registration is now open for the 2nd National Home Care Cooperative Conference, hosted by the Cooperative Development Foundation (CDF) from November 6 – 9, 2017 at the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation headquarters in Dulles, Virginia.
The conference brings together home care cooperative board members and technical assistance providers with the goal of strengthening existing home care cooperatives and streamlining the process of home care cooperative development by better understanding the challenges of the business. Last year’s Home Care Cooperative Conference attracted more than 65 participants who provided overwhelmingly positive evaluations of the meeting.
This year’s conference will include a day of targeted pre-conference programs. Home care members will attend a training on improving staff communication and feedback conducted by the Paraprofessional Health Institute (PHI), the national leader in identifying and training for “high road” employer practices in the home care industry.
Technical assistance providers attending the conference will participate in a session on strategies for expanding and accelerating home care cooperative development.
Information about the conference, registration and scholarships are available at seniors.coop.
CDF covers expenses related to travel, lodging and registration fees for home care providers to participate in the conference with support from the MSC Fund, Capital Impact Partners, the AARP Foundation and other sponsors.
While home care providers are key to keeping seniors and the disabled out of nursing homes and hospitals, they are some of the lowest paid workers in the United States. Empowering workers and improving working conditions through the cooperative model creates an environment of stable, reliable and consistent care.
In addition to organizing the HCC conference, CDF supports the development of home care cooperatives by coordinating technical assistance for cooperatives and funding research. In 2016, CDF dedicated $194,440 to home care cooperative research and development, with the goal of developing a replicable, scalable model for home care cooperative growth.
Home care research and resources developed by CDF are available at seniors.coop.
The Cooperative Development Foundation promotes community economic and social development through cooperatives. CDF is a thought leader in the use of cooperatives to create resilient communities, including the housing and care needs of seniors. Through its funds, fiscal sponsorships and fundraising, CDF provides grants and loans that foster cooperative development domestically and abroad. CDF’s annual Cooperative Hall of Fame recognizes the accomplishments of outstanding cooperative leaders at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.