Last month, the Alliance recognized six outstanding individuals as our 2019 Home Care Stars. These are their stories.
Last month, the Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts gathered the industry at Granite Links in Quincy to honor six amazing individuals who represent the best of home care.
Since 1989, this fantastic event has celebrated the hard work of individuals and organizations who exemplify home care’s best values. More importantly, awardees are nominated by their colleagues and supervisors; winners are then selected by the Alliance’s Membership Committee.
Here’s a look at this year’s awardees, with excerpts from their nominations:
Me McBride, South Shore VNA, Aide of the Year
Imagine being the family member of a once-strong, determined man whose mind has been crippled by Alzheimer’s. You pray for help, and your prayers are answered in the form of an “earthly angel” named Me McBride.
She enters your home and takes charge with compassion and experience but — most of all — with respect for your loved one. For Me, the patient always comes first.
Vinette Tyme, HouseWorks, Aide of the Year
Vinette is a passionate home health aide, often described by colleagues and clients alike as “a dream” to work with, due to her dedication and exceptional skillset. She has an innate ability to anticipate clients’ needs and form personalized and effective strategies that work for them.
No task is too big or too small for her.
Gerry Sanderson, RN CDP, NVNA and Hospice, Clinician of the Year
Gerry has cared for hundreds of patients and families in the South Shore and her devotion to her patients is second to none.
Her approachable and positive demeanor is reflected in the way her patients interact with her, creating a safe and nurturing environment for all involved.
Nicole Geddes, LPN, Aberdeen Home Care, Clinician of the Year
Nicole delivers care, no matter what. If there is a need, she is there. She’s a roll-up-your-sleeves nurse, willing to jump-in and help an aide when needed or to manage a crisis in the middle of the night, on a weekend, or on Christmas Day.
She knows what to do and does it with tremendous skill.
Robin Pelletier, RN BSN, Southcoast VNA, Manager of the Year
Robin has successfully led Southcoast VNA’s Supportive Care Center since October 2016, where she guides an interdisciplinary team of 75 people. Her greatest accomplishment has been the extraordinary growth and quality of hospice services, doubling Southcoast’s average daily census and average length of stay.
Sandy Hurley, Commonwealth Clinical Services, Home Care Champion
Sandy embodies everything we value about nursing in the community. She is best known for “doing what needs to be done” from home visits, to setting up clinics, to teaching high school students about healthcare, to playing the piano at just about any function.
This year, Sandy extended her professional talents and skills to the mountains of the Dominican Republic, helping provide over 100 patients a day with health assessments, medications, and critical supplies.
As 2019 comes to a close and the industry prepares for a historic year of changes, the Star Awards allows us to pause and remember the dedicated workforce that makes home care such a success.
Congratulations and thank you to the 2019 Star Award Winners.
Staying on top of OASIS coding is never easy, and PDGM will bring additional challenges in 2020. Join us November 4-5, 2019 in Devens for an intensive, two-day, workshop & exam from OASIS Answers. Though open to all, Alliance members can attend at a significant discount.
Staying on top of OASIS coding is never easy but – with the new PDGM standards arriving in a few months – 2020 is going to be a real challenge.
That’s why we’re pleased to offer Blueprint for OASIS Accuracy, a two-day, data-collection workshop in Devens, Massachusetts on November 4-5, 2019.
This workshop — designed by OASIS Answers — provides a comprehensive look at the OASIS items including the OASIS-D1 revisions and OASIS-related PDGM information effective January 1, 2020. The course awards 13 CEUs. Attendees can also take an optional exam at the same location the following day (registration and payment for the exam is entirely separate from the workshop).
Though the program is available to all, members may attend for just $429.00 per registrant, a discount of $150 off the non-member rate. If you’ve been thinking about having the Alliance join, this will give you immediate return on your investment.
Pat Kelleher is joined by CareAcademy’s Helen Adeosun and HouseWorks’s Andrea Cohen to discuss tech solutions to the workforce issues challenging the home care industry.
For the 11th episode of the Talking Home Care podcast, we are joined by two home care leaders to talk about solutions to one of the industry’s biggest challenges: recruiting, educating, and retaining care givers in a competitive market.
Helen Adeosun and Andrea Cohen both started their careers in home care as caregivers. Later, Helen would launch CareAcademy, an online learning platform, while Andrea would found HouseWorks, one of the largest private pay home care agencies in Massachusetts. In addition to their personal insights on workforce issues, the two also discuss their companies’ recent collaboration.
Guests: Helen Adeosun is the co-founder and CEO of CareAcademy. Based in Boston, CareAcademy is one of the most innovative online training platforms for the home care industry. Andrea Cohen is the CEO and founder of HouseWorks, one of the largest private care home care agencies in Massachusetts.
The 2019 New England Home Care & Hospice conference was a resounding success!
That only makes us more excited about the 2020 NEHCC, which will be at Gurney’s Newport Resort in beautiful Newport, RI May 13-15, 2020.
Nearly 300 registrants and over 75 vendors (over 450 total attendees) made the 2019 New England Home Care & Hospice Conference and Trade Show one of the biggest and best ever. The Sea Crest Beach Hotel in Falmouth, MA hosted two pre-conference intensives, four keynotes, and 24 break-out sessions over three days. Attendees left happy and with their brains full of innovative ideas to bring back to their agencies. The NEHCC committee is thankful to all whom attended and look forward to seeing everyone back next year.
Be sure to save the date for the 10th Annual Conference, scheduled for May 13-15, 2020 at the Gurney’s Newport Resort in beautiful Newport, RI.
Now in its 13th edition, the Guide to Private Home Care Services has connected tens of thousands of families with the home care agencies that best meet their needs. While our Resource Directory is intended for professionals who make regular referrals, the Private Care Guides are designed for consumers and are always available at no charge. Choose from among three regional editions:
(Click one of the thumbnails to place your free order).
The Guides contains county-by-county cross-references, as well as short essays about:
What home care is;
How to pay for it;
How to choose an agency, and;
What the advantages are of working with an agency over other options.
The NEHCC is the region’s premier event for home care and hospice agencies. It’s hosted by the six New England state home care associations, which collectively represent nearly 400 organizations. The 2019 NEHCC will be held June 5-7, 2019 at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel in Falmouth, MA.
Many families ask why they should work with a home care agency rather than hiring a nurse or aide themselves. Re-designed to better answer that question, The Agency Advantage is a one-page flier that describes the benefits of contracting with an agency compared to a direct hire. Best of all, blocks of up to 50 are available at no charge to members.
In addition to describing the benefits of working with an agency, it also shows the advantages as a checklist: