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Autumn Announcements - November 2023



 

Winter Open House and Meals on Wheels

Our Winter Open House will be held at our Warwick office on:

Wednesday, December 6th

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

100 Jefferson Blvd, Ste 310

Warwick, RI 02888

Join us for hot cocoa, finger foods, and conversation with other Care Professionals (and our Office Staff)! We will have new shirts available to try on and take home with you! More information will be given as we get closer.

Please RSVP with the following link:

We are also excited to be supporting Meals on Wheels again this year! You have made such a strong impact on seniors in need throughout Rhode Island.

If you are interested in/able to donate for Meals on Wheels, please bring (unwrapped) items to either office at any time between now and December 6th. December 6th is the final day of drop-off and can be done during our Winter Open House.

The list of needed items includes:

  • Blankets/Wearable Blanket

  • Robes

  • Hats/Gloves/Scarves

  • Socks/Grip Socks/Compression Socks

  • Slippers

  • Grabber Reacher Tool

  • Can/Jar Opener

  • Walker or Wheelchair organizers

  • Light-up magnifying mirror

  • Mini motion sensor lights

  • Sound machine

  • Back Scratcher

  • Calendars

  • Large-print puzzle books, brain games, word finds

  • Large-print books

  • Toiletries

    • Shampoo/Conditioner

    • Toothpaste/Flossers/Toothbrush

    • Deodorant

    • Lotion

 

Home Instead Rewards


Perry Rewards has a whole new look and a new link. Visit tulips.ricaregiver.com to access your own personal rewards program that links with your Wellsky account. Earn tulips to attending your scheduled shifts, clocking in on time, and using the Wellsky app. Redeem you tulips for gift cards of your choice.


A 30-minute informational Zoom session will be held on Friday, December 1st at 9AM. No registration required. Follow this link to join:

Meeting ID: 922 556 9723

Passcode: Hisc169


A recorded session will be posted on RIcaregiver.com after 12/1 for anyone unable to attend.


 



Scope of Practice Reminder

Each newsletter will highlight a scope reminder. We always encourage questions!

Light Housekeeping

CAN:

  • dust, sweep, vacuum, wash dishes

  • clean bathroom and kitchen, mop with upright mop

  • organize closets and drawers

  • take trash/recycling out

  • do laundry/change sheets

  • CNAs ONLY: change an occupied bed

CANNOT:

  • climb on ladders or stools for any reason- two feet must always be on the floor

  • work on hands and knees

  • use caustic chemicals (ammonia, bleach)

  • wash cars

  • do heavy window cleaning, perform yard work, or shovel snow

  • dead lift or lift more than 25 lbs

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.

 

Dress Code Reminder

Cool weather is officially here! Please take a moment to review Home Instead's dress code.

Dress, grooming and personal cleanliness standards contribute to the morale of all employees and affect the image that we present to clients and visitors.

When representing our company, employees are expected to present a clean, neat and tasteful appearance. Personal hygiene is also extremely important; you should dress and groom yourself according to the requirements of your position and accepted social standards.

  • All Care Professionals must wear their Home Instead shirt. Caregivers must wear their polo shirt and Certified Nursing Assistants must wear their Home Instead scrub shirt (unless told otherwise by an office staff member or stated in the client’s care plan). Home Instead will provide all staff members with a polo or scrub top. Additional shirts can be purchased through the office. During cooler months, you may wear a long sleeved shirt or turtleneck under your polo for comfort.

  • Khaki or black slacks, or dark solid-color scrub pants

  • Sneakers or closed-toed, work appropriate shoes

  • Your HI Badge and lanyard should be worn at all times when you are with a client.

  • Surgical masks must be worn when requested by the client, requested by the office, you are experiencing any symptoms that could be associated with COVID-19, Influenza, or other communicable illnesses.

  • NOT ALLOWED: Jeans, leggings, sweatpants, shorts, skirts, printed/revealing tops, crop tops, tank-tops, sweatshirts, hoodies, sandals, shoes with heels, and artificial nails.

  • Clothing considered too revealing for a professional business environment should be avoided.

  • Minimize the use of cologne or perfume as some individuals are sensitive to fragrance.

  • Hairstyles are expected to be in good taste.

  • Finger nails must be kept trimmed and clean at all times for safety and hygiene. Natural nails should not exceed 1/4 inch long. Artificial nails in any form are prohibited. Please avoid wearing jewelry on hands and forearms.

  • Surgical masks must be worn at all times while on shift during times of Influenza or COVID -19 outbreak.

 

COVID-19, Influenza, and Illness

Let's all work together to keep everyone safe!

All illness symptoms should be reported to the office as soon as possible. Please speak to a team member if you are experiencing:

  • fever or chills

  • cough

  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • muscle pain or baody aches

  • sore throat or cough

  • headache

  • loss of taste or smell

A rapid COVID-19 test may be required for shift attendance. When you take a test, please take a photo of your results and email it to: HR169@homeinstead.com.

Reasons to call the office:

  • If you are exposed to COVID-19 or have tested positive

  • If you are experiencing symptoms but are not testing positive

  • If you learn of an exposure or positive case within your Client's family or facility setting


 

Office Staff Updates!

"In every change, in every falling leaf, there is some pain, some beauty. And that's the way new leaves grow." -Amit Ray

Autumn has swept change within our office as well, with some team members moving on to new chapters and others joining us with bright faces and positive energy.

 

After Hours On-Call will have three new voices. Karen, Michelle, and DJ will be ready to assist you in the evenings and on the weekends.



 

Jacqueline Ranieri, RN Director of Nursing


After 13 years of passionate dedication, Priscilla Luckhardt has retired. Her face and voice have touched almost every Client's home and every Care Professional over her time with Home Instead and she will be greatly missed.

Our new Client Care Manager will be a familiar face! Jackie Ranieri, RN, is now our Director of Nursing and will continue to support both Clients and Care Professionals. She will actively coordinate with each department and will be in touch with many of you in the field.

Congratulations, Jackie!


 

Laïna Montes, LPN Client Care Coordinator


Laïna Montes, LPN, will be joining Jackie as part of our Client Care Team. Laïna brings many years of experience and a wonderful energy to Home Instead. If you have not yet met her, you surely will soon!

Welcome, Laïna!


 

Taiwo Sodipo-Kuforiji,, RN CNA Instructor


Taiwo Sodipo-Kuforiji, RN, brings decades of nursing experience in many different roles to Home Instead. Tai will be our CNA Instructor, and is excited to train Care Professionals who are interested in pursuing their passion on a new level.

Welcome, Tai!

If you are interested in joining our next CNA Class in early 2024, please submit your request in writing to: HR169@homeinstead.com along with an explanation of why you are interested in becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant with Home Instead.


 

Tara Kilcommons is leaving Home Instead after 7.5 years. She has greatly enjoyed meeting each Care Professional, learning about everyone as individuals, and being part of a team where respectful communication and compassionate care are valued.

Our new Engagement Manager will be another familiar face! Lauren George is stepping into this position after 5.5 years at Home Instead. She will continue to lead our Trainings and support all Care Professionals as they grow with us while also working closely with each department.

Congratulations, Lauren!


 

Upcoming Trainings

Trainings for the month of November and December will be wholly dedicate to Orientations as Lauren assumes her new role.

New Training information will be posted in January 2024. If you have not yet attended "HIPAA, Abuse, & Emergencies" please sign up for available classes in 2024.

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: Rocky Luten; Food Styling Credit to: Brooke Caison

Yield:

YIELDS:

4 - 6 serving(s)

PREP TIME:

20 mins

TOTAL TIME:

1 hr

CAL/SERV:

736

Ingredients

CROUTONS

  • 8 oz. ciabatta, cut into 1" squares

  • 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

  • 3/4 tsp. dried oregano

  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder

  • Kosher salt

SOUP

  • 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • 1/4 c. tomato paste

  • 1 (28-oz.) can whole peeled tomatoes

  • 2 c. low-sodium chicken broth

  • 2 (15-oz.) cans cannellini beans, rinsed, drained, divided

  • 1 tsp. dried oregano

  • Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes

  • Kosher salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 3 c. packed baby spinach

  • 1/2 c. grated Parmesan, plus more for serving

  • 1/2 c. heavy cream

Instructions

  • CROUTONS

    1. Preheat oven to 350°. On a baking sheet, toss bread, oil, oregano, garlic powder, and a large pinch of salt. Spread in an even layer.

    2. Bake croutons, shaking pan halfway through, until golden and crispy, 15 to 18 minutes.


  • SOUP

    1. In a large pot over medium heat, heat oil. Add onion and cook, stirring, until softened, about 8 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute more. Add tomato paste and cook, stirring, until onions are coated and paste slightly darkens, about 2 minutes.

    2. Stir in tomatoes, broth, and 1 cup beans until combined. Add oregano and red pepper flakes; season with salt and black pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and bring to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly reduced and flavors have melded, about 20 minutes.

    3. Remove pot from heat and carefully puree with an immersion blender until smooth. Alternatively, transfer soup to a standard blender and blend, stopping to allow steam to escape very carefully every 10 seconds, until smooth.

    4. Return soup to medium-low heat. Add spinach, Parmesan, cream, and remaining beans. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until spinach is wilted and cheese is melted and incorporated, about 10 minutes more.

    5. Divide soup among bowls. Top with croutons and more Parmesan.


 


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

Joyce W.

Marcey W.

Shanda S.

Gail G.

Jennifer G.

Nesha M.

Shawna K.

Seporal C.

Kandace J.

Mya F.

Salome D.

Tiffany S.

Heather M.

Ana D.C.

Alexandria W.

Tami J.

and recently in our office:

Laïna Montes, LPN - Client Care Coordinator

Taiwo Sodipo-Kuforiji, RN - CNA Instructor



Happy Birthday to our Autumn Birthdays!!!

Ruth H.

Bonnie D.

Debra D.

Gail G.

Deborah G.

Leslie B.

Ellen P.

Susan M.

Kathy M.

Cathy R.

Rosa R.

Julie R.

Joanne K.

Dianne C.

Kristen W.

Tami J.

Kimberley W.

Mariama F.

Manisone T.

Merline C.

Heather M.

Elise S.

Jennifer G.

Shawna K.

Salome D.

Adriane J.

Marcey W.

Lindsay S.

Kassondra D.

Islamiat O.

Maggie G.

Mya F.

Paula D.

and

in our office:

Patti Brennan

Taiwo Sodipo-Kuforiji, RN

Aalok Khadka

Lauren George

Brittany Manchester

Happy Anniversary to our Autumn Care Professionals!!!

Wipha B., 8 yrs

Shannon D., 8 yrs

Marilyn C., 7 yrs

Lisa D., 6 yrs.

Victoria R., 6 yrs

Lisa M., 5 yrs

Deborah P., 2 yrs

Paula D., 1 yr

Shanon A., 1 yr

Sophy K., 1 yr

and

in our office:

Diane Clark, 10 yrs

Cristian Dersidan, 7 yrs

Jackie Ranieri, RN, 4 yrs



 

Congratulations to our autumn award recipients: Amy F., CNA; Christy M. CNA; Jenna R.; Shanda S.; Jennifer G.; Kawtar G., CNA; and Lisa D., CNA.


 

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.

November and December's Theme: Arts and Crafts!

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

Photos can be emailed to: HR169@homeinstead.com or to Lauren.George@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: lauren.george@homeinstead.com with your thoughts and ideas!



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