Activism Trees promote carbon sequestration

Published on November 29th, 2016 | by Steve Hanley

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Home Care Assistance Promotes Carbon Sequestration By Planting 5,000 Trees

A tree can absorb 48 pounds of carbon dioxide. The amount of carbon dioxide removed from the atmosphere by an acre of trees is equivalent to the emissions created by driving a conventional car with an internal combustion engine 26,000 miles. In order to promote carbon sequestration and honor its present and former clients, Home Care Assistance will plant 5,000 trees during 2017. The trees will be planted in Tahoe National Forest in California and Minnesota’s Chippewa National Forest.

Trees promote carbon sequestration

Home Care Assistance is the largest provider of in-home care in North America. It is working in cooperation with the Arbor Day Foundation to help combat climate change, improve air quality and prevent soil erosion.

“At Home Care Assistance we are privileged to work with older adults who we care for like family,” said Home Care Assistance CEO Lily Sarafan. “Our partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation is the perfect avenue to celebrate their lives and help them continue their legacy with a greener planet for their grandchildren and future generations.”

Starting in 2005, Home Care Assistance began planting trees in honor of the company’s senior clients who had passed away that year. The company has heard from hundreds of families over the years who are grateful for this program and thankful that their loved ones are being memorialized in a way that preserves our environment and rebuilds our forests for future generations. This year, the program will grow to include trees planted in honor of our clients and referral partners over the holidays, as well as other special occasions like client birthdays throughout the year.

“We’re grateful to Home Care Assistance for becoming a steward of our nation’s forests,” said Matt Harris, Arbor Day Foundation chief executive. “Our forests are part of the long and important legacy of the people and the land of our country. Thanks to Home Care Assistance’s participation in our Commemorative Tree Programs, thousands of trees will be planted to help clean the air, protect water resources, and restore habitat and beauty to forests that have suffered devastation.”

During 2016, Home Care Assistance opened 40 new stores. It now serves almost 20,000 clients across the country. It has also launched a number of new technology-based programs recently to address the needs the aging population which is growing larger every year as baby boomers enter their 60’s and 70’s.

Dubbed the “home care company with a Silicon Valley soul,” Home Care Assistance has partnered with Lyft, the fastest growing ridesharing company in America. That partnership allows seniors to request on-demand rides with a simple phone call. The company has also teamed up with OhmniLabs, a Silicon Valley-based robotics company, on a pilot project to bring affordable and capable robots that provide cvirtual ompanionship and care for older adults.

Home Care Assistance has developed and piloted a range of solutions that complement its highly-trained care giving services including smart home sensors, proprietary disease management tools, and the Cognitive Therapeutics Method™ program. More information about all of these programs and more can be found on the innovation page of the company website.

Home Care Assistance is the leading provider of home care for seniors across the United States, Canada and Australia. It is a 2016 Inc. 5000 Company and one of the 50 fastest growing companies owned by women worldwide in 2016.

Founded in 1972, the Arbor Day Foundation has become the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with more than one million members, supporters, and valued partners. During the last 44 years, more than 250 million Arbor Day Foundation trees have been planted in neighborhoods, communities, cities and forests throughout the world.

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