Click here to download a pdf of the current issue.Current Issue Cover
In This Issue:
  • Pet Proofing Your Home
  • Another Day, Another Data Breach...
  • National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • Big Idesa for Small Businesses

Save the Date

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Business After Hours
First National Bank is celebrating 150 years and you're invited to join them for our first Business After Hours of October. Come help them celebrate, mix and mingle with your fellow Chamber members and enjoy light refreshments and hors d'oeuvres.
Be sure to bring your business card for a chance to enter to win a door prize.
First National Bank Selinsgrove (2 South Market Street, Selinsgrove)
Reservations requested by: September 26, 2014

Thursday, October 9, 2014

October Monthly Meeting
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Danville Elks Banquet Center - Route 11, Danville
Members - $15 per person
Future Members - $18 per person
Reservations Requested by October 6, 2014
Join us as we welcome Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary C. Alan Walker to our meeting. Secretary Walker will provide an update on Governor Tom Corbett's JOBS1st PA initiative and disscuss economic development in the Greater Susquehanna Valley and the region's role in helping to build a stronger Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

3rd Annual Small Business After Hours Event
Calling all Small Businesses-
This event is a great way to showcase your goods and services to the Chamber membership.
Space is limited - call today to reserve your table.
Contact Renee Gerringer at 570-743-4100 or by email at rgerringer@gsvcc.org for more information.
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Best Western PLUS - Country Cupboard Inn
7701 West Branch Highway, Lewisburg

Monday, November 17, 2014

Impact Series
7:15 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Chamber Board Room
2859 N> Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam
Cost: $50 per person
Create a witten retirement income strategy based on anticipated expenses which, in the end, can help advisors work with their clients to develop a lasting and successful retirement plan.
Registration Deadline: Novemner 12, 2014


MEMBERS
Submit your news-worthy information to Jenny Williams or Jenny Daddario

2014 Back Issues

January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October

2013 Back Issues

Click Here for 2013 Back Issues

2012 Back Issues

Click Here for 2012 Back Issues

2011 Back Issues

Click Here for 2011 Back Issues

Bayada Home Health Care click here for community coupons click here for the current inside pa issue

























Home Health Care - Educate Yourself on Making the Right Choice for Your Loved Ones
Bayada Home Health Care

Your parents are getting older—walking slower, becoming more forgetful, visiting the doctor more frequently. You know they need your watchful eye more than ever—but your time and availability are limited: your children demand your attention, your job is time-consuming, and the household chores never end. You just don’t have the time to do everything for your parents, but you need someone you can trust with their well-being.

A Boomer Burden
As the “sandwich generation,” baby boomers often face the twin burdens of caring for both children and aging parents—as well as juggling the challenges of career and home. Traditionally, aging relatives were cared for at home—facing their last days in familiar surroundings with their loved ones.
But today, with more households headed by single parents or where the two spouses work, balancing family responsibilities with caring for aging parents have left a lot of Boomers feeling overwhelmed. For many, the solution has been home health care, which allows aging relatives to remain in the comfort of their homes while receiving the care they need.

What is Home Health Care?
Simply put, home health care includes medical or non-medical services provided in a client’s own home. For seniors who are relatively healthy but need assistance to remain at home, home health care services might include companionship, meal preparation, light housekeeping, errands, and transportation to appointments. For seniors with health problems, plan of care is developed based on the client’s specific needs. For some, help from a home health aide might be adequate for assistance with tasks such as bathing or navigating stairs. For others, skilled nursing services may be needed to help with a chronic illness, injury, or disability. With advances in modern technology, even complex high-tech tracheostomy and ventilator nursing care can be delivered in the home.

Benefits of Home Health Care
The benefits of home health care are numerous. Scientific evidence demonstrates that patients heal more quickly at home. Home health care also helps to reduce stress and extend life expectancy. In addition, because home health care is tailored to a client’s unique needs and environment, it is one of the most cost-effective forms of health care delivery. But perhaps the greatest benefit of home health care is the peace of mind it can bring. Home health care can solve many problems and reduce worries. Still, selecting a home health care provider can be difficult and confusing. Issues such as reliability, safety, and trust must be addressed—along with the inevitable financial concerns.

Choosing a Home Health Care Provider
“I’m surprised how many people focus solely on price when choosing a home health care provider—neglecting to ask basic questions about safety and supervision,” said Mark Baiada, founder and president of BAYADA Home Health Care—a national home health care agency that has been helping people live safely at home with comfort, independence, and dignity since 1975.
BAYADA knows this is a big decision, and we’ve dedicated ourselves to helping people make this decision and feel good about it.”
When conducting your research, be sure to get details about procedures and policies. By conducting thorough research before hiring an agency, you’ll know you’ve made the best possible choice for you and your parents.
Staff selection
•  How is staff selected?
•  Are employees insured?
•  Are employees subject to criminal and reference checks?
Understanding how employees are selected is critical, and reputable agencies will enforce thorough security measures. “BAYADA has stringent standards for all employees and thoroughly checks references, background, and experience before making an employment offer,”says Baiada. “If an applicant doesn’t meet our rigorous standards, we will not hire them.”  Although agencies with these types of security measures may cost more, paying a few extra dollars can mean the difference between quality care and substandard care.

Agency history and accreditation
•  When was the agency established?
•  Is the agency accredited?
There are more than 20,000 home health care providers in the US—each offering a different array of services. Because of industry volatility due to recent changes in Medicare payment policies, many agencies do not have long track records or proven stability. BAYADA, however, is one of the nation’s oldest independent home health care providers.
You should also find out whether the agency is accredited by any independent organizations. For example, BAYADA is accredited by the Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP), for meeting the industry’s highest nationally recognized standards of care.

Scheduling and supervision
•  How are employees supervised?
•  How are scheduling problems
    handled?
• What sort of training is provided
    to employees?
It is critical to know how an agency supervises and supports its employees—as well as the procedures for handling call-outs. Because home health care workers are always “in the field,” it is important that they receive adequate support and supervision. BAYADA is unique in that each client is assigned both a client services manager (who schedules staff and coordinates services) and a clinical manager (a registered nurse who makes home visits to assess, plan, and supervise care, in addition to the client’s assigned BAYADA caregiver). BAYADA also ensures that on-call supervisors respond to after-hours calls so that clients and employees are fully supported 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
When looking into care for your parents, it’s also important to find out how employees are oriented to cases and how their skills and certifications are kept up-to-date at various agencies. At BAYADA, each employee undergoes a general orientation upon hire and a specific orientation for each case. Employees also attend ongoing training and continuing education programs and must maintain all professional certifications.

Care plan
•  How is the care plan determined?
•  How will we be introduced
     to the care team?
•  How is the level of care
    monitored?
Home health care agencies must work closely with a client’s care team and payer/insurance company to determine a care plan. It is important to know that agencies are legally mandated to follow physicians’ orders on all skilled cases and can provide no unordered skilled procedures. Agencies must also coordinate services with a client’s payer/insurance company, which authorizes the level and amount of care allowed. Once these factors are determined, the agency should work closely with you and your parents to explain the care plan and how it will be implemented, monitored, and updated.
At BAYADA, a clinical manager visits a client’s home to explain the care plan and introduce the home care team. At that time, clients receive a binder containing the care plan and all related information. This binder is continuously updated and monitored to ensure that appropriate care is being provided.

Cost and payment
•  What types of insurance are
     accepted?
•  How is insurance billing
    handled?
Lastly, understand ahead of time how insurance payments and billing will be handled so there are no surprises. For example, BAYADA accepts private pay, health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, and other governmental programs. To ensure that services comply with a client’s insurance coverage, BAYADA contacts the insurance company to determine the maximum level of home health coverage and bills the company directly. BAYADA also has service offices dedicated to handling claims, payments, and any related issues.

Conclusions
Home health care may be the ideal way to preserve your parents’ independence and your own peace of mind. Although the idea of having strangers care for your parents may be difficult to imagine, most home health care recipients eventually come to view their caregivers as “members of the family.” By conducting thorough research before hiring an agency, you’ll feel better about this important decision.
If you would like to learn more about home health care, or to receive a free nursing assessment from BAYADA, contact Donna Kendrick at
570-221-7660.

About the Author
Donna Kendrick, RN, director of the BAYADA Home Health Care office that serves adults in Lewisburg, has been with the company for five-and-a-half years. Prior to being director, she worked as a BAYADA clinical manager for the Lewisburg office and as a BAYADA clinical liaison for the Hershey Medical Center.


For this article and more Click here to download a pdf of the latest issue.






Greater Susquehanna Valley
Chamber of Commerce
Connecting Business & Community
2859 North Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876
570.743.4100 / 800.410.2880 / Fax: 570.743.1221
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
www.gsvcc.org
Find us on Facebook and LinkedIn