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To Move into the Future, We Must First Embrace the Past: Veterans History Project

War is not a pretty ordeal. Most Americans are aware of this reality, but without keeping documents alive—pictures, firsthand reports, and other memorabilia—the grim reality of war, and the sacrifice that soldiers put forth to serve and protect our great country, may be lost in the dense fog of history. In order to avoid future generations losing track of the past, someone must search for, collect, and preserve the many accounts documented by soldiers who fought for this proud nation.

Someone must protect these precious artifacts, just as the soldiers who held them protected our freedom. Without the latter, how will our children understand the past? Well, luckily for generations to come, on October 27th, 2000, an organization sprouted up that dedicated itself to preserving and showcasing war related artifacts spanning from World War I all the way to the most recent war; the Iraq War.

The Veterans History Project has focused its energy on sharing various historical accounts with the public. From written memoirs and video-taped interviews, to drawings and scrapbooks, the Veterans History Project has promised the American public that no generation will ever forget the sacrifice, destruction, and hardships that American soldiers faced. Nobody likes war, but if the horrors associated with battle are forgotten, then it is likely that our grandchildren will stumble into the same situation that has plagued our past.

Deer Meadows Home Health and Support Services is a proud advocate of the Veterans History Project. Like the patriotic organization itself, we believe that a healthy future relies on a healthy understanding of the past. We strongly support our veterans, and our staff is happy to donate their time to aid in the preservation and collection of artifacts that will grant knowledge to those who will follow our footsteps into tomorrow. On July 27th, 2017, Stanley A. Rynkiewicz and Irene Dudley joined the Liaison Specialist, Owen Rodgers, in Washington D.C. at the Library of Congress to show their support and love towards this important American tradition.

Here at Deer Meadows Home Health and Support Services, we strongly support our troops, our veterans, and our future generations—thus, the Veterans History Project. We know that for our nation to efficiently move into the future ahead, the generations to come must fully embrace the ghostly footsteps of the past; those sullen whispers forever imprinted on the long path of American history.


The Best Home Care in Philadelphia

Getting high-quality and dependable home care is no longer a challenge anymore; well, at least not in Philadelphia. An increasing number of patients are benefiting from the high-quality and compassionate services that we offer at Deer Meadows Home Health and Support Services. If you, or someone you know, requires help with home support to overcome operational challenges brought by chronic disease, old age, or the recovery process from any ailment, you are going to want to hear this! Deer Meadows is here to provide YOU with the best private duty home care and home support services in the Philadelphia area.

Every one of our nurses are well equipped and experienced to offer two separate types of in-home healthcare services. Anyone in need of Home Health services will find comfort in what we do best: offer unmatched home care services to meet all the requirements and expectations of our customers, and their families! Our professionals play a leading role in the restoration of your health by promoting recovery and by helping to reintroduce an independent life for each one of our patients. We appreciate that everyone gets to a point in life when a helping hand is needed to accomplish daily activities, and that is why we offer high-quality home support services.

Our Certified Nursing Assistants come equipped with years of demonstrable experience so that they can expertly assist you back to a normal life. Deer Meadows Home Health and Support Services aids patients to carry out their basic, but important, activities; despite their condition. But that’s not all! If managing medications—either for yourself or a loved one—has become a dastardly challenge, our Home Support Services are just for you! Deer Meadows Home Health and Support Services will provide you with qualified experts to manage your medications in the sole privacy of your abode.

Count on us to offer you, or your loved one, with the best Nurse Case Management Services that Philadelphia has ever seen. If you need assistance with scheduling or keeping track of your medical appointments, complying with the doctor’s recommendations, personal care support, speech and occupational therapies, or any other situation that requires the assistance of our proficient nurses, do not hesitate to contact Deer Meadows Home Health Support Services as soon as possible!

Why Choose Us?

  • Our list of accepted Insurance providers goes on and on. Our clients find that their insurance works perfectly with us!
  • The Health Department fully accredits us to offer our quality services
  • We are members of various recognized and reputable Professional Associations
  • All members of our team are highly qualified professionals that are eager to offer expert home care solutions to every one of our customers, and their families.

So, if you and your family needs assured Home Care and Support Services in Philadelphia, get in touch with Deer Meadows today! Our courteous staff will be more than glad to help you address any concerns that you may have.

Efficiency Meets Health Information Exchange – keyHIE

Our health is important us—the latter holds no surprise. With knowledge never-endingly pioneering into medical innovations at a non-stop acceleration, healthcare has reflected much of the revolutionizing methods involved. However, life still throws many curve balls our way, and maintaining health can be hard to keep up with!

Many fear that by switching healthcare providers, the result will conclude with imminent inconvenience. Medical information is beyond important, and private. Shouldn’t there be a way where patients can be guaranteed their medical records’ security? Furthermore, would it not be dire to make sure such sensitive information be transferred from one health care provider to another efficiently and intact? Well, that is where KeyHIE enters the equation.

KeyHIE (Keystone Health Information Exchange) is the new revolutionary option to exchange health information. The group of innovators strongly stands by three words: Interoperability, integrity, and service. The latter promises safety, efficiency, and convenience for all users. Not only does this digital exchange grant patients a higher quality of healthcare, but it is shared amongst doctors and nurses to aid in difficult situations. In summary, by joining KeyHIE, patients are not only helping themselves, but they are helping other patients in need; perhaps ones who have challenging cases. By allowing health information to swiftly glide through the electronic process, doctors can easily access any records they made need at any given time.

This innovation in healthcare has cut time in half by avoiding fax and phone calls—both which delay treatment. Our health is number one, correct? Well, then the system in which we seek treatment should be operating at a number one level; the best of the best. A lot of patients may feel uneasy that their health information is being exchanged amongst healthcare providers. However, there are two dire aspects patients must consider when pondering KeyHIE:

  1. KeyHIE only shares information with doctors that are relevant to the case they are treating. Therefore, if a doctor needs information pertaining to the specific ailment, he/she cannot pull up a patient’s entire history, just the information pertaining to the case at hand.
  2. This new way of exchanging information is 100% VOLUNTARY. Without the consent from a patient, information will not be available for other healthcare providers. In other words, the choice is yours!

If you find yourself in another state, KeyHIE allows you to say farewell to tedious paperwork and tests; all the information will be immediately available to the acting doctor or nurse. Whether it be your own health in a place far from home, or a difficult case of someone unknown, KeyHIE splices newfound efficacy and innovation to provide the best healthcare experience for providers and—most importantly—the patient: YOU!

At the State Capitol with the Pennsylvania Home Care Association (PHA)

On Tuesday 6/13/17 , family caregivers from across the state joined Pennsylvania Home Care Association (PHA) at the state Capitol to unveil a PHA’s new resource, Secrets No One Told You About Family Caregiving, a 48-page handbook featuring tips, tricks and helpful hints for family members who are caring for a loved one.

They met with Pennsylvania’s state lawmakers to share their personal stories about how care at home has helped themselves or their loved ones stay at home and the in the community, They also advocated for legislation to allow for presumptive eligibility for Medicaid homecare, legislation to protect seniors from abuse and neglect, and livable wages for the homecare aides that oftentimes are their lifelines. Deer Meadows Home Health and Support Services Clinical Director, Irene Dudley, Private Duty Manager, Kathleen Liggins, and one of our family caregivers, Julia Taylor, were in attendance representing Deer Meadows Home Health and Support Services.

Pennsylvania Home Care Association (PHA)’s Annual Conference at Kalahari Resorts in the Poconos

Deer Meadows Home Health and Support Services, LLC.’s (DMHHSS) Administrator, Stanley Rynkiewicz, RN, MSN, WCC, DWC, CCS, NHA, and Clinical Director, Irene Dudley, RN, BSN, WCC, OMS, attended and participated in the 2017 Pennsylvania Home Care Association (PHA)’s Annual Conference at Kalahari Resorts in the Poconos.

The first guest speaker at the conference was Dr. BJ Miller. Dr. BJ Miller is one of the pre-eminent speakers on palliative and end of life care. Drawing on his expertise as a physician, former Executive Director of Zen Hospice Care, and as a patient, he is an advocate for a healthcare system that minimizes unnecessary suffering and maximizes quality of life. Dr. Miller has lectured widely on all aspects of palliative care, as well as person-centered care, the therapeutic potential of aesthetics, and how to design for life. His TED Talk, “What Really Matters at the End of Life,” is a moving reflection of his vision to make emphatic end-of- life care available to all, and has garnered more than four million views to date and ranked among the Top 15 Most Viewed Talks of 2015.

The above photo shows DMHHSS Administrator, Stanley Rynkiewicz, RN, MSN, WCC, DWC, CCS, NHA, DMHHSS Clinical Director, Irene Dudley, RN, BSN, WCC, OMS, Nykesha Scales, Senior Provider Education Relations Representative, CGS and Sandy Decker, RN, BSN, Senior Provider Education Consultant, CGS.

During 2017 Annual Conference at Kalahari Resorts in the Poconos, we attended the session on CGS Billing and Clinical Updates for Home Health. We heard about all the latest billing and clinical updates for home health direct from CGS, the Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) for Pennsylvania.

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.