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In 2008, National Church Residences started InCare, a home health program, certified by Medicare and Medicaid, that provides an array of in-home personal-care services to help prevent residents at its affordable senior housing apartment complexes from needing to move into assisted living or nursing facilities.
In his article, Nonprofit Home Health: Learning from NCR's InCare Program, Kass Matt, senior vice president at Lancaster Pollard, examines NCR's drive to include home health in its continuum of care.
And as rare as new nonprofit home care agencies are now, nonprofits historically have been the providers of home and community-based services, and it's not an unreasonable leap to see them taking on more of a role again.
"The world of care has moved back into the community, and the origins of home care were all not-for-profits and public health agencies a long time ago, so it wouldn't be a surprise to see that go full circle," William A. Dombi, vice president for law at the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) says. "Families, churches, and existing community services such as Meals on Wheels will have to coordinate to provide comprehensive home- and community-based services, especially since home-based care is unlikely to be fully funded by any one source in the future."