Submitted by Rick Hynick, Director, Client and Family Advocacy (GAO)
On August 23, the Government Affairs Office (GAO) gathered in Philadelphia, along with a few office and field employees with advanced advocacy interests. The goal of the day was to develop tactics to engage both clients and employees who enjoy advocacy to influence decision makers to support home health care. Building awareness, Inspiring engagement and Empowering advocates were three main phases that were at the heart of our discussions related to grassroots advocacy efforts for our clients and families here at BAYADA and also for the many others who will be moved to join us from the community.
Submitted By Rick Hynick, Director, Government Affairs, Client and Family Advocacy
The Client and Family Advocacy program has some exciting updates that are underway. When you have a moment, visit our advocacy website at Heartsforhomecare.com and see first-hand about many of the ideas we are working on. Once you get to the site, click on Families and the Community. Here you will find many exciting ways to be part of our advocacy program. Read of a heart-touching story of a Mom who is now involved with advocacy to help her daughter and others like her. Find an opportunity to share your story and learn of the many ways you could participate in advocacy as well as staying connected with news and resources and a blog.
We are also working on the development of a Grassroots Advocacy plan for our clients and families and staff. Giving our valued clients and staff a voice and involvement in advocacy activities such as meeting with a legislator or writing a letter or attending a community event as part of a larger movement could strengthen our voice in home care and help us to obtain better resources so we can have a positive impact and give our clients the highest quality of care. We are also working side by side with Mike Sokoloski, our Manager of Grassroots Advocacy to move forward with a plan than combines advocacy efforts of employees and clients together to work toward a personal assistance OLTL rate increase.