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June 29th Weekly Newsletter

Updated: Jul 21, 2020

We will be closed 3rd of July in celebration of 4th of July!

Thank you again to all for your continued support on keeping everyone safe and doing your part not to spread the virus!!!

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Be a part of the Maximum Care website!!


Contact Yenica if you have anything you would like to see in the website. Topics, suggestions, comments, all open, as long as is within our policies, procedures and to enhance education.

Thank you for DCW calling in, using her voice and giving us the idea for this week’s newsletter!


Mandatory Abuse Reporting


The Older the Adults Protective Services Act (OAPSA), which was amended by Act 13 of 1997, mandates reporting requirements on suspected abuse. Any employee or administrator of a facility who suspects abuse is mandated to report the abuse. This is why DCWs (Direct Care Worker/caregiver) is considered a mandated reporter.


Elder abuse includes but not limited to: physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, caretaker neglect, financial exploitation and self-neglect.

Examples of this can be the following:

  • Stealing

  • Physical force to cause physical pain or injury.

  • Failing to provide something necessary for health and safety, such as personal care, food, shelter, or medicine.

  • Causing emotional or psychological pain. Includes isolation, verbal abuse, threats, and humiliation.

  • Confining someone against his will or strictly controlling the elderly behavior. Includes improper restraints and medication to control difficult behavior.

  • Forcing sexual contact without the elder person’s consent, including touching or sexual talk.

Other ways elders are abused:

  • Overmedicating

  • Denying aid such as walkers, eyeglasses, or dentures

  • Dirty living conditions

  • Inadequate heating and air conditioning

Home health staff who suspect abuse of a patient by either family member, caregiver, or self should first report it to Maximum Care.


You can help prevent abuse and neglect by:

  • Listening to the participant and caregivers

  • Intervening when abuse or neglect is suspected

  • Educating the patient and caregiver on how to recognize abuse and neglect

Maximum Care reports all abuse or suspicion of abuse to Adult Protective Services.

You are the participants advocate and many times their voice.

Don’t keep silence!

Activities:


Help us come up with creative things to do with our elderly! What do you do for your clients?


We would like the caregivers to take 20 min of their shift if possible, to do creative things with their clients. We are the first and maybe the last person our clients see in the day or even week. Loneliness is a big part of their lives. Let’s take some time to show them that we are not just personal care or home care but show them that they are not alone.


Creative Based Incentive Contest:

1. Come up with a creative and fun activity to do with your client

2. Call, text or email Yenica with the activity (610-264-2353, 484-781-4603, or yenica@lvvn.com

3. The office staff will vote

4. Winner will receive a gift card

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Keystone supplying Covid-19 Care Kit!


Participants must be Keystone members. If they have either tested (+) for Covid-19, suspicion of Covid-19, or systematic but self-quarantine, participant or DCW can call Maximum Care.


The Covid-19 Care Kit will have the following:

  • Oral digital thermometer

  • Finger oximeter

  • Four 3/ply face mask

  • Hand sanitizer

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STAFFING REMINDER:


We understand that as summer days, family activities, and holidays approach us, everyone would like to have their time off. All request time off must be put in writing.


Please follow the following steps to request time off:

  1. Give us as much notice as possible.

  2. Either request “The time off request form” or your letter for time off should include the following: Name of Cl, day of service and time.

  3. Email or mail the requested time off. Take note that we must put everything in the new system, even if time passes, we need everything in writing.

Open Work:

If you go under more on the home page then click on open work tab, it will keep you posted on hours that are available at this time and the areas. Do not to call Staffing to enquire about the open work available.


Refer a caregiver to Maximum Care Inc.:

You will receive $50 after 100 hrs worked. (At least within 2 months).

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PAYROLL REMINDER:


EVV system must be used to make sure that there is no interruptions, delays, or problem with direct deposit. In the future your pay will not be able to be processed if you are not using the system.


If your schedule changes for any reason we it is your responsibility to call it in. This way we can fix any discrepancy to your schedule.


If you are having any problems with the system call and report it to Yenica “Jen” Muniz.

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Compliance Reminder:


Make sure that your employment file is within compliance to continue employment with Maximum Care. Compliance is no longer waived with all the contracts. Example of things that must be up to date, all car information, CNA license, annual TB, annual physical. If any concerns or questions re: your file please contact Yenica “Jen” at 610-264-2353 or yenica@lvvn.com.

The Monitoring form must be done every shift.


If any questions please call Yenica “Jen” Muniz at 610-264-2353. The monitoring form is under the more tab and then the Covid-19 prevention & infectious control tab.


You can submit it to the office by either emailing yenica@lvvn.com or mailing them to the office.

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The following dates are the conference calls:

Starting in July it will take place the 2nd week of every month:

  • 7/15 @ 2pm A thru L, 7/17/2020 @ 2pm M thru Z

  • 8/12 @ 2pm A thru L, 8/14/2020 @ 2pm M thru Z

  • 9/16 @ 2pm A thru L, 9/18/2020 @ 2pm M thru Z

  • 10/14 @ 2pm A thru L, 10/16/2020 @ 2pm M thru Z

  • 11/11 @ 2pm A thru L, 11/13/2020 @ 2pm M thru Z

The phone number for the monthly teleconferences is 701-802-5077 with the access code of 6456087#. It will be considered long distance, please keep in mind when using landlines.



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