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Seniors-4-Seniors Announces Fall Program


Senior citizens are joining forces to educate, advocate, and act on behalf of their peers.

Seniors 4 Seniors is now accepting perspective candidates for the Senior Advocacy Training program starting this October at the Commission on Accreditation for Home Care (CAHC) located in Saddle Brook, New Jersey. This consumer educational program provides intensive training to empower senior citizens to advocate on senior issues and to improve the quality of life for our aging population.

The Department of Labor projects adults age 65 and over will account for 22% of NJ’s total population by 2030. Despite the surge in the population, many local policies and programs are developed with little to no input from seniors. Hence, the more our seniors learn about programs and issues that will affect them, the greater they will be empowered to successfully advocate on the behalf of their community.

CAHC is the leading NJ-based non-profit agency providing home care accreditation for Personal Care Services and In-Home Skilled Nursing in NJ. Included in CAHC’s mission is consumer education, thus the Seniors 4 Seniors program was developed to educate consumers on how to address the concerns of senior citizens in order to become effective change agents.

The 7-session training program, held on Tuesdays and Thursdays in October, teaches seniors how to research issues affecting their community, develop proposals on initiatives, communicate with elected officials and effectively advocate. The course fee of $200 includes all course materials, snacks, beverages and lunch. Scholarships are available to qualifying participants.

If you would like more information about this topic contact Don Winant at CAHC;                  (201) 880-9135 or email



CAHC Proficient Consultants

CAHC recognizes that there is a market for consultants who can assist New Jersey’s home health care service firms with guidance through their CAHC accreditation process.

To receive our most current list of consultants who have achieved the necessary credentials to be awarded CAHC accreditation proficiency, please email or call us at 201-880-9135.


Consultant Criteria Established for CAHC Accreditation Proficiency

CAHC recognizes that there is a market for consultants who can assist health care service firms registered in New Jersey satisfactorily negotiate the accreditation process. Agencies often call our office asking for recommendations of someone they can contact. For that reason we have developed criteria that individuals would need to complete in order to be considered proficient by CAHC as a consultant.

The following workshops total 17 hours of classroom training and attendance is required:

Overview of Standards – 3 hours

HR Intensive Review – Standard VI – 2 hours

The Role of the RN in Accreditation – 3 hours

Performance Quality Improvement – 2 hours

Preparing Your CAHC Application for Submission – 2 hours

Preparing for Your CAHC Survey – 2 hours

Avoiding Common Survey Deficiencies – 3 hours

Following completion of the workshops the potential consultant would be interviewed by the CAHC Director of Accreditation. Once approved the individual would be acknowledged by CAHC and listed on the organization’s website.

For more information, a proficient consultant application or for a list of scheduled workshops, contact Marita Drivanos, CAHC Director of Accreditation, by email at, or call 201-880-9135.

New Resource For Agencies! Save Time And Money With Our Road Map To Accreditation!

CAHC RoadmapNew Jersey’s #1 accrediting body presents an exciting new roadmap designed to get you to your required accreditation easily and quickly while empowering your staff with greater knowledge and better preparedness for your operational success.

CAHC is now including its pre-approved “Library of Forms and Policies” to all CAHC accreditation applicants taking advantage of our special “Road Map to Accreditation” offer. For a $1,500 all-inclusive fee you receive access to an unlimited number of training programs for an unlimited number of your staff until you receive your accreditation. And now, CAHC forms and policies are an added benefit to you.

For more information contact Patrice Wessel, Educator, at 201-880-9135 or







CAHC Recommended Accreditation Start Up Process for Health Care Service Firms

First Attend: Introduction to CAHC Accreditation Workshop   Duration: 2 Hours   Cost: $150 per person. Attendees will meet the staff at the Commission, learn about the CAHC application process, get an overview of CAHC’s standards, review the accreditation fee schedule, discuss time-lines to become accredited and ask questions.

Next Purchase: CAHC Accreditation Standards Manual/Workshop Package   Cost: $1,750 per agency. Package includes CAHC Accreditation Standards Manual and up to 25 hours of workshop training. Topics are appropriate for all agency staff involved in accreditation process and on-going compliance.  They include: 

Overview of CAHC Standards        
Performance Quality Improvement (PQI) Basics   
Clinical Forms Development Roundtable                 
Personnel Forms Development Roundtable      

The Role of the RN in Accreditation   
HR Intensive Review – Standard IV   
Ask the Surveyor Roundtable   
Details Regarding The Package
– The 2015 CAHC Workshop schedule will be published quarterly . Most workshops will be conducted at the CAHC office in New Providence although the training venue may vary depending on topic and location of participating agencies.
– Workshop
attendance should be completed 6 months from the purchase date of the package.
– Beyond the 25 hours other agency staff members may attend a specific workshop for an additional fee.
– Purchase of the CAHC Accreditation Standards Manual/Workshop Package will not guarantee accreditation by the  Commission on Accreditation for Home Care.

For more information contact Patrice B. Wessel, Educator, at the Commission on Accreditation for Home Care. Phone: 908-508-1200    Email: