Submitted by Lee Dobson, Area Director, NC Government Affairs (GAO)
Special thanks to Shelby (SHE) Associate Director Amber Mitchell and Clinical Manager Vickie Deyton for representing BAYADA at the annual legislative breakfast in Shelby. Community leaders received an update from the General Assembly; Speaker Tim Moore and Representative Kelly Hastings. Amber is a familiar face at these legislative events and over the years has built a great relationship with Cleveland County lawmakers. In fact, when they approached for a photo, Rep. Hastings called out, “I’ve got to get on your schedule to do a home visit.” Attending these community events not only builds awareness of the importance of home health care, but also increases our BAYADA visibility in the community.
Submitted by Shannon Gahs, Associate Director, DE Government Affairs (GAO)
The Governor’s Commission on Building Access to Community-based Services, Health Committee, determined its new agenda last week. With support of representatives from Family Voices and Family SHADE, the committee will work on ensuring that all Delawareans eligible for community-based services know what they qualify for and how to access care. At the suggestion of a representative from Nemours A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children and me, the committee will also be working to ensure that all Delawareans, especially children, have access to quality home health care.
Submitted by Tara Montague, Manager, Client and Family Advocacy
Morris Plains Pediatrics (PED) Director Christine Rios was enthusiastic about working with the Government Affairs Office (GAO) to create the first client and community advocacy group in the state. Despite the torrential downpours, four family and community members ventured out to the inaugural meeting on April 6, at PED. The small group shared resources and offered each other support. I discussed the need for legislative advocacy for home health care and how client and family voices can create a lasting impact with legislators. A second meeting has already been scheduled for June 7.
Submitted by Rick Hynick, Director, Client and Family Advocacy
On February 23, BAYADA sponsored a community client and family home care support group meeting at a hotel in West Hazleton, PA. Parents, grandparents, home care staff and health care advocacy groups from different sectors of the community were all in attendance. State Representative Tarah Toohil was the special guest speaker and was involved in an interactive discussion with everyone in attendance. Families caring for loved ones with special medical needs had the opportunity to network and talk with other advocates and family members and learn of new ideas. One of the main topics of discussion revolved around the need for more nurses in home health care. The group is going to stay in contact through an email platform and share ideas, new events and information and reconvene in the spring at the next meeting.
Submitted by Tara Montague, Manager, Client and Family Advocacy, NJ and Rick Hynick, Director, Client and Family Advocacy
Client and Family Advocacy Manager Tara Montague has been busy visiting service offices with Government Affairs Office (GAO) Director Louise Lindenmeier to talk about client and family advocacy and the Hearts for Home Care program. So far, we’ve managed to visit with nine offices with more being scheduled every day.
Additionally, on January 27, GAO Director Rick Hynick had the pleasure of meeting with Kim Minor, Pennsylvania’s Northeast Regional Coordinator for the Special Kids Network (SKN). SKN helps to identify services for children and families who care for individuals with physical, developmental, behavioral, and emotional needs. Supporting families in overcoming their challenges by utilizing community support services is a large part of what SKN accomplishes on a daily basis. SKN will be working with BAYADA by promoting home care advocacy as they will be attending and taking part in our community home care support group meetings.
Overall, our offices are excited about having our clients be more involved in our advocacy efforts and supporting our legislative visits.