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Month: June 2016

Incredible Letter from a Patients Family

We received a personal letter from one of our patients family members today and would like to share it with everyone. Good job Margaret!

Dear Ms. Dudley,

I’m writing to tell you how incredibly grateful I am to Margaret, the occupational therapist who helped my mother get back on track after a very severe shoulder injury. My mother’s name is Louise, and she lives in Room 407 at Deer Meadows. As soon as my mother got back from the hospital, I received a call from Margaret, who had immediately intuited that it would require a special effort to make a connection with my mother. My mother suffered an anoxic brain injury four years ago, and after a long phone call, Margaret really “got her.” She found out her name was Joan, not Louise, and that the way to connect with her was through humor. She went through family photo albums with her to spark her memory, and she educated the aides to allow my mother to do things for herself rather than do it themselves in the interest of time. In these ways and many more, through texts and phone calls with me on her own time, Margaret was able to get my mother back very to a level very close to where she was before the surgery. This means the world to me and my family. So I just wanted to give a little shout out to Margaret, an unsung hero–at least she is to us!

All best wishes,

Dawn Drzal

Advocacy in Action: HomePAC Member Discusses Homecare Issues with Lawmaker

HomePAC Member Stanley Rynkiewicz, RN, MSN, WCC, DWC, CSS, NHA, Deer Meadows Home Health and Support Services recently met with State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown (D-Philadelphia) to discuss the challenges facing homecare providers in Pennsylvania. Contributors to HomePAC, PHA’s political action committee, can attend fundraisers, meetings and other events with lawmakers to spend time with these key decision-makers and delve into the issues that impact our industry.

PHA encourages all members to contribute to HomePAC to support the lawmakers who support homecare and hospice. Click here to contribute to HomePAC online. Click here to download a printable brochure.

New this year!

Now individuals can contribute to candidates running for the U.S. House or Senate in Washington, as well as those running for the Pennsylvania House or Senate by designating the amount they want to go to the federal PAC and the state PAC. With all 18 Congressional seats up for reelection this year in Washington and all of the state House seats and half of the Senate, HomePAC contributors can now target their dollars to go to those lawmakers who hold the cards on issues that could affect their agency’s daily operations.

Reminder to LLCs!

LLCs (Limited Liability Companies) can now contribute to HomePAC, as well. Partnerships, limited partnerships and LLCs may not contribute as entities, BUT a contribution may be drawn on the account of a partnership or LLC and is treated as a personal contribution as long as the account does not contain the funds of any corporate partner or member.