Month: April 2017

Dedication Recognized: HHC 5 Star Rating Celebration!

Our medical professionals have continuously shared their dedication for a healthier tomorrow with every one of their patients. Whether it be Occupational Therapy to get you back on your feet, or it be Speech Therapy to aid with the way you speak, Deer Meadows Home Health and Support Services goes further than the extra mile for their patients. It is no secret that we at Deer Meadows Home Health and Support Services recognize our medical professionals’ dedication, as our admiration shines as bright as stars in the vast abyss above. So, when the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) also pay tribute to our adored staff, well, we just cannot help to celebrate!

The CMS created Home Health Compare (HHC) to aid American families in choosing an efficient, quality, and even friendly Medicare-certified home health agency. There is such an abundance of medical agencies out there, that it is very important that patients can find one that best suits their personal needs, and the needs of their families. To do this, the HHC collects information such as:

  • Overall treatment of patients; medical treatment and personal treatment.
  • When, and if, a certain agency uses the most effective and necessary medical treatments for patients.
  • A collection of patients’ personal experiences with such agencies; individual ratings straight from the patient.

With such information, you can find the agency that is perfect for you, in no time at all!

So, now you must be asking yourself: How does this information correlate with Deer Meadows Home Health and Support Services erupting into celebration? Allow us to proudly elaborate.

The HHC rates each agency on a scale of five stars—based on the various facets of medical efficacy within an agency. The best home health agencies are awarded 5 Stars. This high rating is a grand achievement for any medical agency, and Deer Meadows Home Health and Support Services is proud to announce that WE HAVE BEEN AWARDED 5 STARS BY THE HHC!

The 5 Star rating establishes just how good we are when it comes to providing quality medical services! We know our medical professionals are great, and we can infinitely brag about their undying dedication for a better tomorrow—our patients in agreeance. However, our exuberance explodes when national organizations such as the CMS express their gratitude for their greatness. We love our medical professionals, and our spirits soar beyond joyousness when their grave dedication is recognized!

Today, we do not only celebrate this 5 Star rating from the HHC, but we celebrate our medical professionals; the men and women whose dedication remains recognized vastly across this great nation. Without these dedicated individuals, a better tomorrow will surely crumble into an inevitable nothingness.

Pennsylvania Home Care Associations (PHA)’s Lobby Day in Harrisburg at the State Capitol

Deer Meadows Home Health and Support Services, LLC Deer Meadows Home Health and Support Servicess representatives (Stanley Rynkiewicz, Administrator, Irene Dudley, Clinical Director, Gina Grosh, Oasis/Coding Manager, Kathleen Liggins, Private Duty Manager, Riley Roberts Marketing and Sales Director and Matthew Mortka, Community Liaison) were excited for Pennsylvania Home Care Associations (PHA)’s Lobby Day in Harrisburg at the State Capitol on April 25, 2017.

Deer Meadows Home Health and Support Services is commitment to being an advocate on behalf of those we serve was greatly appreciated and noticed by many politicians. The Deer Meadows Home Health and Support Services team enjoyed meeting with our elected officials, sharing our stories including our 5 Star CMS Home Health Compare rating and representing the growing network of home-based care providers.

DMHHSS Representatives met with STATE REPRESENTATIVE JASON DAWKINS in his Harrisburg office on April 25, 2017. During this time, STATE REPRESENTATIVE JASON DAWKINS congratulated DMHHSS our 5 Star CMS Home Health Compare rating. We also discussed home health care, changes in managed Long Term Support Services, (MLTSS), and the future of home health care in the State of PA. JASON DAWKINS is a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from the 179th Legislative District, United States, since 2014.

Deer Meadows Home Health and Support Services Representatives also met with STATE SENATOR JOHN P. SABATINA, JR. in his Harrisburg office on April 25, 2017. During this time, STATE SENATOR JOHN P. SABATINA, JR. congratulated Deer Meadows Home Health and Support Services our 5 Star CMS Home Health Compare rating. We also discussed home health care, changes in managed Long Term Support Services, (MLTSS), and the future of home health care in the State of PA. JOHN P. SABATINA, JR is a member of the Pennsylvania Senate from the 5 th Legislative District, United States, since 2015.

Lieutenant Governor Michael J Stack III Congratulates Deer Meadows Home Health and Support Services

Deer Meadows Home Health and Support Services, LLC (DMHHSS)’s representatives (Stanley Rynkiewicz, Administrator, Irene Dudley, Clinical Director, Gina Grosh, Oasis/Coding Manager, Kathleen Liggins, Private Duty Manager, Riley Roberts Marketing and Sales Director and Matthew Mortka, Community Liaison) met with Lieutenant Governor Michael J Stack III in the Lieutenant Governor’s Parlor Suite in Harrisburg at the State Capitol on April 25, 2017.

During this time, Lieutenant Governor Michael J Stack III congratulated DMHHSS our 5 Star CMS Home Health Compare rating. We also discussed home health care, changes in managed Long Term Support Services, (MLTSS), and the future of home health care in the State of PA.

Lieutenant Governor Michael J Stack III bio from https://www.governor.pa.gov/lt-gov-mike-stack/

On January 20, 2015, Mike Stack was sworn in as Pennsylvania’s 33rd lieutenant governor, and in that role serves as presiding officer of the Pennsylvania Senate. He also chairs the Board of Pardons and was appointed by Governor Wolf to chair the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Council.

Lt. Gov. Mike Stack is a former Captain in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard and a graduate of the U.S. Armed Forces Officers Basic Course. He also served as a Judge Advocate General (JAG) for the 28th Infantry Division. Before being elected as lieutenant governor, he served as a member of the Pennsylvania State Senate representing the 5th District, which includes Northeast Philadelphia, Brides burg, and portions of Port Richmond and Juanita Park, from 2001 to 2015. As a senator, Lt. Gov. Stack was the Democratic chair of the Banking and Insurance Committee and a member of the Aging and Youth, Communications and Technology, Judiciary, Local Government, and Policy committees.

The picture below was taken in the Lieutenant Governor’s Private Office. The backdrop of this photo is the main architectural feature of the private office. It is a fireplace with a rose red Numidian North African Marble surround and mantel. Above the mantel, rising to the height of the ceiling, is a Palladian-inspired over-mantel made of mahogany, containing a custom clock with a dial of the Pennsylvania Coat of Arms in polished brass. The remaining portion of the wall contains portraits of past lieutenant governors.

PHA’s Pre-Lobby Day Dinner at Duke’s Restaurant in Wormleysburg, PA

Deer Meadows Home Health and Support Services, LLC representatives (Stanley Rynkiewicz, Administrator, Irene Dudley, Clinical Director, Gina Grosh, Oasis/Coding Manager, Kathleen Liggins, Private Duty Manager, Riley Roberts Marketing and Sales Director and Matthew Mortka, Community Liaison) were excited for Pennsylvania Home Care Associations (PHA)’s Lobby Day in Harrisburg at the State Capitol on April 25, 2017.

Deer Meadows Home Health and Support Services​ Administrator, PHA Board Member, and PHA Lobby Day Team 43 Leader, Stanley Rynkiewicz RN, MSN, WCC, DWC, NHA brought his team to PHA’s Pre Lobby Day Dinner Monday April 24, 2017 at Duke’s Restaurant in Wormleysburg, PA. It was awesome to see State Representatives in attendance representing their districts to speak to the home care leaders in their support of the home care industry. The Representatives present from Deer Meadows Home Health and Support Services​ were State Representative Mary Jo Daley (D-148) Montgomery County, State Representative Pamela Delissio (D-194) Montgomery County, State Representative Michael Driscoll (D-173) Philadelphia County, and State Representative Eric Roe (R-158) Chester County. Thanks to PHA, it was a great dinner enjoyed by everyone. Below are a few pictures from this dinner.

Forum Honoring Direct Care Worker Nominees for the 2017 Pennsylvania Direct Care Worker of the Year Award

On Tuesday, April 4th Kate Liggins, Private Duty Manager, and Diane Scott, full time Certified Nursing Assistant, attended a forum honoring the 164 direct care workers that were nominated by their organization as the 2017 Pennsylvania Direct Care Worker of the Year Award. All nominees were invited to the Forum today, all expenses paid, for lunch, training and the presentation of the award by Secretary of Aging Teresa Osborne.

This unique event, which is sponsored by the Department of Aging, PHA, and Preferred Benefit Consultants, featured lunch and training and ended with the surprise announcement of direct care worker of the year. Guest speakers included Leigh Weintraub, an innovative pioneer in the world of personal transformation and moving people toward their peak performance and also Terrell Cannon, Director of Workforce Development, Home Care Associates who presented on professionalism, ethics and boundaries. Diane Scott was Deer Meadows Home Health and Support Services nominee. Diane has been working for Deer Meadows Home Health Support Services since 2009 and has played a huge role in the success here at deer meadows. Diane’s provides top notch care to each patient she comes into contact with and although Diane was not chosen as 2017 Pennsylvania Direct Care Worker of the Year Award, Diane will always be a superior provider of care to her patients and will continue to do so as she grows with Deer Meadows Home Health Support Services.

A Deadly Distraction: Texting and Driving

In today’s fast pace environment, where most us find ourselves shuffling multiple tasks per day like an old riddle book, it is no secret that distractions have become so abundant that many of them are dangerous. As we struggle to keep up with the never-ending loads of tasks and things to be done, all bombarding us at light speed, we tend to lose focus on some of the more important things; like our safety.

Texting and driving has become an enormous problem on the road today, claiming countless motor accidents, from minor to major. In 2014, The National Traffic Safety Administration brought forth some troubling statistics. Within that year alone, 16% of all motor accidents had been a result of texting and driving. Sadly, 18% of injury causing accidents were the cause of texting and driving. To elaborate with some numbers, in 2014, NTSA recorded approximately 431,000 injuries and a tragic 3,179 deaths that came about from texting and driving—520 deaths were took those who were not texting and driving; they were just unfortunate enough to cross paths with someone who was texting while driving. This distraction is becoming more deadly by the year!

In Australia, studies were conducted with drivers who were texting, and research concluded with the drivers displaying lower reaction times. In other words, when we are texting while driving, our reaction time significantly plummets; the latter being a recipe for a disaster on the road. Next time your phone dings with an important text message while you are driving, just remember this: You are, in fact, reducing the likability that you will be able to respond, as you will be significantly inducing your chances of an accident.

Spread the word, and lead by example. Although it may be simple for you to not text and drive, statistics have shown that 10% of drivers who are between the age of 15 and 19 are involved in fatal accidents. Share the knowledge with the younger generation, and teach them how devastating this daily distraction can be.

If responding to a text is THAT important, take a deep breath, and safely pull to a rest stop to handle the text message. However, what text message could be more important than your life? Let us work towards discarding of this deadly distraction for good. Let us help put an end to texting and driving, because we all deserve a better road to drive, and a longer road to live. 

Occupational Therapy Month: Let Us Recognize #OccupationalTherapyMonth!

Every year since 1980, the medical community sets aside an entire month to recognize a very special group of physicians. The month of April is a time for us to rightfully express our thanks to this group of medical professionals; a group of professionals who dedicate their own lives in aiding people back to a healthy life. Without these dedicated professionals, the medical world would truly be at a loss. So, for this annual Occupational Therapy Month, we would like to join the celebration, and share our gratitude with this outstanding group of health care providers.

Occupational therapists have always been there to flash a light at the end of the tunnel, to revive patients who were stripped of their hope, and to help them get their life back again. Words cannot describe the gratitude we have for our occupational therapists!

When our bodies are torn, and standing seems unbearable, occupational therapists are there to pick us up, and when our spirits are low, and hope flickers dim, occupational therapist are there to brighten us up. With their patience, dedication, and caring, occupational therapist have, and continue, to touch the lives of millions. It is no wonder we dedicate a whole month to them!

If you know an occupational therapist, show them some appreciation; give them a hug, shake their hand, or just shoot them a smile and show them that you care. This month is the month to send all our love and appreciation to this truly special group of healthcare providers.

If you don’t know anyone who is an occupational therapist, jump on social media and salute a #OccupationalTherapyMonth anywhere on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Let occupational therapists know that you care, and join us as we celebrate these magnificent individuals! 

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