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Kelli Bradley

In my thirties, I was focused on my career, traveling, recently married, and beginning what I thought would be the rest of my life. But when my mom was first diagnosed with diabetes, all of that changed…

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The Big Day🎉

The #caregiver event had been weeks in the planning process, and today of all days, it was raining cats and dogs.

As I looked out the window, a few folks ran through the parking lot, hidden under umbrellas with hoods covering their faces; the rain splashed in puddles causing water to go beyond their ankles and seep into their shoes. It was a miserable day out there, and I assumed the weather would put a damper on attendance, but I did not consider that most people did not want to attend. 🤨

How should you #engage and #reward your #caregivers? If you have a remote team like #inhome care, they likely do not know one another. You may find encouraging them to gather together outside of work more challenging.

-Ask, poll your employees, and learn about their preferences for attending events, recognition, and team building.

-Inform your #caregivers that polling and valuing their work and preferences are a part of your company culture. Introducing this concept from day one sets the stage.

-Consider having consistently smaller events throughout the year. Offer different days and times to accommodate #caregiver schedules. Create a purpose behind the event. For example, host a pizza lunch once a month, where caregivers can gather in an open house, enjoy lunch, ask questions, and gather training materials. Events like this can also be valuable for caregiver marketing. An open-door policy becomes a part of your culture.

-Host educational events with outside speakers from your community. Again, this should be a consistent event you are known for in the community. For example, we invited representatives from hospice, home health, assisted living, social workers from the hospitals, and more. These opportunities not only build your brand in the community but also offer the #caregivers a chance to connect the dots and learn how their work supports other healthcare professionals.

- Be consistent! You are your brand, and you need to market internally and externally. It takes time to gain trust.
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How do your prospective employees feel when waiting for a job interview? Most people are nervous.

How can you break the ice?🧊 Here are a few tips for becoming a more hospitable workplace.

1. Smile, and look into the person's eyes.
2. Offer food or drink as if they were visiting you at home.
3. Create a safe space where people are likelier to share and have an open conversation.
4. The environment does matter; keep supplies and office space neat.
5. Follow up with the interview even if you decide not to hire the person.

Leave everyone with their dignity!
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Building a Successful #In-home Care Company is More Than Hiring #Caregivers.

Hiring and retaining top talent is only one component of making your #in-home care company successful. If you conduct business through a series of transactions, you are building your foundation on a house of cards.

So what should you consider when starting an #inhome care business?

1. Lead with your heart. Listen to your employees, influence centers, and your customers.

2. Get to know your community. Whom are you serving? What do your clients need? Ask your clients what services they want, and determine how they will pay for your services.

3. Earn the right to ask for the business. Meet with people in the community who refer clients to #inhome care. Take the time to learn more about what works and what does not. I want you to know that your goal is to develop long-term relationships with like-minded professionals in your community.

4. Become the local expert on everything #in-home care. You are your brand, so make sure your company is top of mind when people think of using #inhome care.

5. Become the go-to resource. Build the most robust resource list in your community. It should include everything from plumbers to auto mechanics and everything in between. People need help to remain safe at home, and YOU can be the trusted resource that connects them with the support they need to live safely at home. You can also build relationships with these folks to become referral partners. Feel free to refer outside of your network. Everyone wants to be heard, so leave them with dignity and offer them a resource whenever possible.

Remember, everyone knows someone who needs more help at home!

#inhomecare#caregivers#networking
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Baby, it’s cold out there❄️

Did you know that we don’t have the same sense of thirst as we age? And wintertime can be especially dangerous when it comes to dehydration in older adults.

In winter, sweat evaporates more quickly in cold air, reducing your sense of thirst even further, not to mention that we don’t feel like drinking as much as we do in the hot summer months.

Here are a few tips for maintaining hydration during the winter months:

Start first thing in the morning.
Use a water bottle so you can accurately track your water intake.
Moisturize your face and body.
Incorporate fruits and veggies into your diet with a higher water content, like celery, watermelon, cucumber, soup, etc.
Use a humidifier
Know the signs and symptoms of dehydration, like confusion, dizziness, dark-colored urine, and less frequent urination.
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Have you ever thought about how many of your #employees are food insecure?

If you own a #homecare business, my bet is more than you think. Even though we have seen increases in wages, many families live below the poverty line. #Caregivers may rely on SNAP benefits or food stamps to supplement their incomes. During the pandemic, all recipients of food stamps received the maximum allowable benefit, but that is ending in February.

The SNAP benefits will go back to pre-pandemic levels, but the problem is we have also seen increases in food across the board. The dollars don't go as far. So what does that mean to your #caregivers?

I know what you are thinking; I have been in your shoes. You can only afford to pay so much in wages.

Here are a few suggestions you could use to make life easier for your #caregivers:

1. Have snacks and light meals in your office when hosting a training, conducting interviews, or anytime a #caregiver might pop by the office.
2. Offer access to snacks and meals. For example, "May I get you something to eat or drink?" Or, "You can help yourself to a snack in the breakroom."
3. Make it known that part of your culture is to be hospitable.
4. Start a small food pantry for your caregivers. Survey them to see what works and what does not. A food pantry can be an excellent way to differentiate your organization.
5. Assign one person to coordinate these efforts and rotate the responsibility. Post the schedule and duties, so everyone understands the rules of engagement.

As with any employee benefit, check with your accountant to understand how to account for your expense.
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The Dreaded Phone Call

Margie scoured the internet calling anyone and everyone offering #inhome care services in Portland. She placed so many calls and left so many voicemails she could not even remember who she called. Earlier that morning, the hospital called and said her dad had fallen on the ice and was in the ICU.

Margie knew there was no way her dad could go home alone. Her mom had passed away a few months ago, and now this." It's not fair," she thought to herself.

Over the next few hours, it became abundantly clear that her dad's condition would not allow him to return home, even with the help of a #caregiver.

Margie attempted to speak to her dad about getting some help, but he refused to discuss it with her. The tears began to well up, and Margie was doing her darndest to push them away. "Be strong, you can do this," She kept telling herself. Deep down inside, the guilt was eating her alive.

Margie and her family are a great example of how waiting too long to get help can have dire consequences. What could Margie have done to get one step ahead even though her dad refused to talk about care?

1. Ensure your legal affairs are in order.

2. Identify insurance policies that could cover care, like a long-term one.

3. Gather the details in advance. Get the contact information in one place for doctors, friends, neighbors even the veterinarian.

4. Have a current list of medications that includes prescription and over-the-counter.

5. Find out if the person qualifies for Medicaid or VA assistance programs.

6. Are there other programs in the community that could supplement care, like adult daycare or senior centers?

7. Most importantly, don't give up. Engage others in the conversation who may be going through something similar. Or find a professional. Often, people will listen to an outside party when they do not speak to their families.

Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.
Henry Van Dyke
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Are You Staying Hydrated?💧

According to a recent National Institutes of Health study, eBioMedicineexternal links adults who stay well-hydrated may be healthier and develop fewer chronic conditions.

It may be more difficult for older people to get enough fluid. As we age, we do not have the same sense of thirst, and the body naturally has less water. Water is vital for a healthy body.

Here are a few tips to improve hydration:

Start first thing in the morning, taking little sips throughout the day.

Use an attractive, comfortable vessel to hold, and it can go with you.

Mix it up by adding flavor to the water, but be mindful of too much sugar—a splash of fruit juice and just enough flavored water with a slice of fruit🍋 will do the trick.

Add foods high in water💦, such as watermelon🍉, celery🥗, or cucumber🥒.

If someone is living with a chronic condition such as heart failure, always check with your HCP before increasing hydration.

“Water is the only drink for a wise man.”- Henry David Thoreau.
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