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Published 10:31 am Thursday, January 12, 2017

CHHC earns accreditation unique to county

A home health care provider in Ironton has seen its business grow since its 2008 launch.

Community Home Health Care, located at 419 Vernon Street, recently became accredited by Community Health Accreditation Partner, becoming the only company in the county to receive the designation.

CHHC, which is co-owned by Tara Boggs and Becky Young, received the accreditation in March 2016, following a two-year process.

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“This will mean we are held to higher standards,” Maggie Chaffin, QAPI coordinator for the company, said. “Our governing body will be held to more requirements and even our aides have to be trained.”

Boggs said this will allow the company to do more waivers.

“We can provide more services to the elderly,” she said.

Chaffin said, in order to receive the accreditation, the company had to keep 10 active clients for two years, and provide free service to them.

The company was founded by Boggs and Martha Sites. Following Sites’ death in 2011, her shares went to her daughter Young.

CHHC has a staff of 58 and currently serves about 80 clients.

“We’re always accepting patients and resumes,” Boggs said.

She said they are taking clients who have Medicare and Medicaid, as well as DODD, ILA and private pay and offer services such as light custodial work, personal care, skilled nursing, physical therapy and occupational therapy.

Chaffin said there is a high need for home health care and the company plans to expand into Gallia, Scioto and Jackson counties.

“We have those counties already approved,” she said.

Young said what makes CHHC unique is that both of its owners have had to deal with home health care firsthand, after caring for their parents.

Chaffin said everything to get the accreditation has been worth it.

“We provide good jobs and care and give families a break, knowing they can trust us,” she said.

The owners gave special thanks to Lynnette Bald ridge, the RN administrator for the company, for getting the accreditation.

“She had gone through the process before,” Boggs said. “She had more of an idea where to go and how to get the info we needed.”

Boggs said the company just wants to help people.

“One day, we’re all going to be there,” she said. “And we’re bringing jobs, while so many in the area are laying off or shutting down.”