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Deer Meadows Home Health and Support Services, LLC Receives 2019 Best of Home Care®–Employer of Choice Award

Deer Meadows Home Health and Support Services, LLC Receives 2019 Best of Home Care®–Employer of Choice Award

Philadelphia – Deer Meadows Home Health and Support Services, LLC announced today that it has received the 2019 Best of Home Care – Employer of Choice Award from Home Care Pulse. The Employer of Choice Award is granted only to the top-ranking home care providers, based on caregiver satisfaction scores gathered by Home Care Pulse, an independent satisfaction research firm for home care. Deer Meadows Home Health and Support Services, LLC is now ranked among the best employers of in-home caregivers in the region.

“We congratulate Deer Meadows Home Health and Support Services, LLC on earning the Best of Home Care – Employer of Choice Award,” says Erik Madsen, CEO of Home Care Pulse. “Since this award is based on employee feedback, it shows the dedication Deer Meadows Home Health and Support Services, LLChas to providing their employees with a great working experience, while ensuring clients have well-trained, compassionate caregivers.”

Best of Home Care – Employer of Choice award-winning providers work with Home Care Pulse to gather feedback from their caregivers via live phone interviews each month. Because Home Care Pulse is an independent company, it is able to collect honest and unbiased feedback.

“Our goal at Home Care Pulse is to empower home care businesses to provide the best home care possible,” says Erik Madsen, CEO of Home Care Pulse. “We are happy to recognize Deer Meadows Home Health and Support Services, LLC as a Best of Home Care – Employer of Choice, and we celebrate their accomplishments in building a team of happy, qualified caregivers to care for their clients.”

To find out more about Deer Meadows Home Health and Support Services, LLC’s commitment to excellence, please visit or call 215-624-6038.

About Deer Meadows Home Health and Support Services, LLC

Founded in 2009, The Deer Meadows Home Health & Support Services, LLC is a non-profit agency. The home health and support services will offer home support services to Philadelphia, Bucks, Montgomery, Chester and Delaware counties in Pennsylvania. All home health care services are overseen by registered nurses. We can offer home support services and help with personal care, such as bathing, dressing and meal preparation, medication management, pet care, running errands, light housekeeping, and escort services.

About Home Care Pulse

Home Care Pulse is the industry’s leading firm in satisfaction research and quality assurance. On behalf of home care businesses across North America, Home Care Pulse gathers unbiased satisfaction ratings from clients and caregivers and detailed feedback to ensure the best in-home care possible can be provided. Powerful online reports allow businesses to identify needs and take action to reduce increase satisfaction, reduce caregiver turnover, and address client needs. For more information, please call Home Care Pulse at (877) 307-8573 or visit

Let’s Talk Generalized Anxiety

Most of us experience worry at one time or another, especially with big exams, business presentation, or first dates. However, Anxiety Disorders are different – they involve more than just temporary worry or fear. It’s pervasive and doesn’t go away. Anxiety starts interfering with mood and daily activities such as job performance, relationships with significant others and friends, school work. Anxiety often comes with other mental health “friends,” such as depression.There are several types of anxiety out there- Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety, Separation Anxiety, and phobias. Today, we’ll learn about Generalized Anxiety, a disorder that affects 6.8 million adults, or 3.1 % of the total population.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder(GAD) is excessive worry or anxiety, most days, about many different topics. Some things that people might worry over are disasters, health, money, family, work, and other issues. The difference between worry and with GAD is that it’s more intense, pervasive, and not limited to a set stressor for a limited amount of time. When suffering from GAD, it’s difficult to control your worry, and there are many triggers. A common component is that people have difficulty tolerating uncertainty and try to control or plan situations.

Symptoms include:

  • Persistent worrying or anxiety about different things that are out of proportion to the actual event.
  • Overthinking plans and solutions to all possible worst-case outcomes.
  • Perceiving situations and events as threatening, even when they’re not.
  • Difficulty handling uncertainty.
  • Indecisiveness and fear or making the wrong choice
  • Inability to set aside or let go of worry.
  • Inability to relax, feeling restless, or feeling on edge.
  • Difficulty concentrating

Physical symptoms:

  • Feeling tired or trouble sleeping
  • Muscle tension or muscle aches
  • Digestive Issues – nausea, diarrhea, Irritable bowel syndrome, vomiting
  • Excessive sweating
  • Increased Heart Rate

You may have noticed that we included both emotional AND physical symptoms above. While mental health disorders are their own category, it’s essential to recognize that mental health influences physical health and vice versa.

Let us know if you have any questions by contacting us!

New Registered Apprenticeship Program for Nurse Aides and Home Care Aides!

Friday, June 14, 2019 Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Secretary Jerry Oleksiak announced a new registered apprenticeship program for nurse aides and home care aides with the Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. The apprenticeship will help meet growing demand for workers to provide care for seniors.Oleksiak toured the Deer Meadows Home Health and Support Services facility and discussed the Wolf Administration’s commitment to helping Pennsylvanians become better prepared for in-demand careers. The governor’s Statewide Workforce Education and Accountability Program (SWEAP) proposal would provide an additional $10 million to expand access to education and training opportunities, apprenticeships and STEM careers to build on the success of PAsmart that launched last year.

Deer Meadows Home Health is pleased to be partnering with The Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and Holy Family University on an innovative apprenticeship program for nurse’s aides and advanced home health care aides. The goal is for the program is to become a job-generating program starting with entry level home health aides.Holy Family University will deliver the curriculum although training for nurses’s aides and advanced home health care aides was not part of their curriculum up until this point, “it fits with our competencies,” says Karen Galardi, EdD, MBA, Dean, Graduate and Professional Studies at Holy Family University. “We have nursing programs from the baccalaureate through doctorate levels. Assisting with this program is a natural fit.” Dr. Galardi also hopes to see the program expand in the future.

Stanley Rynkiewicz, RN, MSN, WCC, DWC, CCS, NHA, and Deer Meadows Home Health and Support Services, LLC, Administrator, is pleased to participate in the program as a way to give back to the community. He sees the program as an opportunity to help employees succeed. “In time, it will help people that want to stay employed and grow with the program,” he says. They hope to add an LPN track to the program in the coming years. “It’s great to work with partners like Holy Family University and the Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. Without partners, something like this would not happen,” he says.

Apprenticeship programs like this make advanced training obtainable and provides for those who are seeking training to enter the healthcare field. “The program with the Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce is great because it’s a non-traditional sponsor, Holy Family University is a non-traditional trainer, and Deer Meadows is a non-traditional employer,” says James Chiarchiaro a workforce intermediary with the Keystone Development Partnership. “Programs like this can provide opportunities for women, minorities, non-English speaking individuals, and members of the LGBT community, among others.” He hopes to see the program grown into other occupations, such as information technology, that will help provide the training needs for a 21st Century workforce.

Funding for this type of program can be provided by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Labor & Industry, Philly Works and local Career Link.

Registered Apprenticeship Program
Registered Apprenticeship Program

We were rated 5 Stars by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Again!

CMS established the Home Health Compare (HHC) website on<> as a key tool for consumers to use when choosing a home health care provider. It is designed to be an easy-to-access, convenient source of authoritative information on provider quality. Please go to

On 4/11/18, CMS Home Health compare website updated its quarterly data. Once again, Deer Meadows Home Health and Support Services, LLC (DMHHSS) is rated 5 Stars. Since CMS launched Home Health Compare Website July 2015, DMHHSS has been rate 5 Stars nine out of ten rating periods. The only exception was October 2015 when DMHHSS was rated 4.5 Stars. This is an outstanding achievement and join me in congratulating the DMHHSS staff on their excellent quality of patient care and customer service. This is star rating is evidenced by our patient’s quality outcomes and satisfaction surveys which are publicly reported here on this website. This is an AWESOME ACCOMPLISHMENT. I appreciate each member of DMHHSS Staff specially my wonderful clinical staff whom without their hard work and dedication this 5 Star rating would not be possible. To all of my DMHHSS Team especially my management team and support staff in the office (including Irene Dudley, Gina Grosh, Christine Slavics, Lydia Dudley, Kathleen Liggins, Felicia Alber, Christine Rynkiewicz and Keyata Williams) thank you for all that you do and keep up the great work. Below I have attached screen shots from Home Health Compare website and denoting DMHHSS a 5 Star Agency.