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August 2023 Newsletter



Scope of Practice Reminder

Errands & Outings

CAN:

  • arrange and accompany to doctor visits, outings, errands, and shopping

  • Care Professional must ALWAYS be the driver

  • drive with their Client in the car

CANNOT:

  • take Clients to the bank, liquor store, marijuana dispensary, or casino

  • answer medical questions on the Client's behalf when accompanying to a doctor appointment

  • write or sign a Client's checks or any banking/financial responsibility

  • drive with any additional people in the car (Client's family members, etc)

  • be a passenger with the Client or Client's contact driving

Other notes:

  • Please record all mileage incurred while driving for (or with) your Client while on shift. This mileage will be reported when you clock out of your shift. The mileaege reported does not include your commute to and from shift. If your Client's home is greater than 15 miles from your home please call Paula in Payroll to discuss fuel reimbursement, which is a separate calculation.

  • Care Professionals must maintain a clean driving record and hold a valid driver license.

  • Your vehicle must be clean, well-maintained, and registered.

  • You must be an insured driver.

  • When your insurance, registration, or driver license is renewed please submit an updated copy to the office to remain in compliance.

If you are in need of an additional full copy of Home Instead's Scope of Practice for Caregivers and CNAs, please reach out to our Engagement Team at: HR169@homeinstead.com.



Annual Mandatory Training

We are excited to offer a new training for our Care Professionals:

HIPAA, Abuse & Emergencies

This training will cover professional boundaries, HIPAA protocol, recognizing various types of Elder Abuse, and discuss how to handle a variety of emergency situations that could occur in the home.

This training is MANDATORY for every Care Professional who joined Home Instead prior to January 1st, 2023.

In accordance with Joint Commission regulations, this training will be required for all employees every year. We will offer multiple sessions in the coming months to allow each Care Professional the opportunity to meet their required hours.

It has been lovely to see such an active interest in our HIPAA training so far this Summer! Thank you to all who have attended!



Upcoming Trainings

Our live trainings are an excellent way not only to expand your knowledge of various conditions impacting our Clients, but to also interact with fellow Care Professionals.

Monday, August 7th 9a-12p (Warwick Office)

HIPAA, Abuse, & Emergencies*

Thursday, August 10th 5p-9p (Zoom)

Person-Centered Care for Alzheimer's and Other Dementias*

Thursday, August 17th 5p-8p (Zoom)

HIPAA, Abuse, & Emergencies

Saturday, August 19th 9a-12p (Zoom)

Parkinson's Disease*

All trainings can be viewed at our RI Caregiver website. Click on the information for your class of choice and register with the "Register Now" button: ricaregiver.com/training

*"Alzheimer's and other Dementias" and "Parkinson's Disease" trainings are mandatory for all Care Professionals to take very 2 year; "HIPAA, Abuse, & Emergencies" is mandatory each year

All trainings are paid at our training rate and qualify for annual CNA license training credits.

For training questions, please call the office and ask for Lauren or email: lauren.george@homeinstead.com


Recipe of the Month

Photo Credit to: Aimee Seavey, Yankee Magazine


Yield:

8 to 10 servings

Ingredients

9 slices bacon, roughly chopped 3 medium leeks, washed and sliced thin, tough outer and top dark leaves discarded 4 cups low-salt chicken broth 1 bay leaf 3 medium russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch cubes 2 cups fresh or thawed frozen sweet corn (about 3 ears) 1 pound fresh skinless, boneless cod fillets (try the thicker loins) 2 cups whole milk 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Instructions

In a heavy-bottomed, 5-quart pot over low to medium heat, sauté diced bacon until crisp and golden, stirring often. Remove with slotted spoon and reserve for garnish. Reserve half of bacon fat in pot; discard the rest.

Increase heat to medium, add chopped leeks to the drippings, and sauté about 10 minutes, stirring often, until leeks are soft and beginning to brown. Add chicken broth, bay leaf, and potatoes. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. Add corn and simmer 10 minutes longer.

Using a heatproof measuring cup, scoop out 2 cups of the soup; process soup in blender until smooth. Pour puree back into pot. At this point, soup may be refrigerated for up to 24 hours.

When ready to finish, lay the fish fillets over the soup, gently push down to cover, and replace pot lid. Bring mixture back to a simmer and cook 5 minutes. Uncover, add milk, and bring to a simmer again, but do not let soup boil (milk could curdle).

Add salt and pepper to taste; remove bay leaf. Stir gently, then turn off heat; leave covered another 10 minutes.

At serving time, reheat gently if necessary, and flake fish with ladle. Serve in individual bowls garnished with reserved bacon bits and chopped parsley.


If you see our newest team members, please welcome them!

Guerda A.

Peach H.

Bola O.

Mya L.

Maggie G.

Sonita Y.

Karina R.

Chantelle R.

Sheila H.

Joyce E.

and recently in our office:

Noel "JR" C.

Jenico "Jen" E.

Aalok K.



Happy Birthday to our July and August Birthdays!!!

Cheryl L.

Barbara B.

Diane B.

Christine L.

Lynn M.

Marilyn Cr.

Shanon A.

Joyce E.

Shannon D.

Marilyn Co.

Lucia A.

Naomi C.

Sheila H.

and

in our office:

Crystal Dube, Engagement Coordinator

Sarah Marshall, Staffing Coordinator

Happy Anniversary to our July and August Care Professionals!!!

Cheryl N., 17 yrs

Cheryl L., 13 yrs

Judy M., 12 yrs

Ruth H., 9 yrs

Elise S., 7 yrs

Christy M., 4 yrs

Kirstie A., 4 yrs

Leslie B., 3 yrs

Josephine C., 3 yrs

Marilyn Cr., 1 yr

Seraphine O., 1 yr

Karen S., 1 yr

and

in our office:

Priscilla Luckhardt, 13 yrs

Tara Kilcommons, 7 yrs



Monthly Selfies!

Send us your smiling faces and share them with Rhode Island!

Each month, we would love for you take a selfie (or ask a loved one to take a photo of you) in your Home Instead uniform! There will be a monthly theme to include in your photo* if you choose.

August's Theme: A photo of you at your favorite RI beach/lake/pond!

Are selfies not your thing? Come into the office and take a photo with one of us here!

Photos can be emailed to: tara.kilcommons@homeinstead.com.

*Photos should not have any identifying information in the background that would violate HIPAA rights for Clients or anyone else.









We want to hear from you!

Do you have a story from a recent shift?

A recipe or craft that you LOVE?

Requests for information or content in our upcoming Newsletters?

Please reach out to: tara.kilcommons@homeinstead.com with your thoughts and ideas!



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