The HomeCare Matters Home Health and Hospice Healing Journey is a 5 week series of courses designed to help those who have lost a loved one understand grief and the healing process. Focusing on the myths of grief, stages of grief, warning signs of depression, getting through the holidays and how long it takes for the pain of loss to stop, each individual who completes the Healing Journey will better understand their feelings and be one step closer to reaching a resolution to the dark night of the soul they are experiencing. Participants will also make friends with fellow course attendees who are feeling the same pain and emotions and be tuned into a support group who understands and is willing to help them continue on their Healing Journey. The Healing Journey begins October 23th at 6:00pm and will meet for an hour every Thursday after until November 20th at HomeCare Matters Galion Office, 1220 N. Market Street. To sign up for the course or for more information, call HomeCare Matters Family Support Coordinator Brandon Quail at 1-800-4-Nurses or email email@example.com.[More]
HomeCare Matters care has always included the whole gamut of life- from pediatrics to end of life- but for one day only, we’ll be providing Beyond the Grave care too! Join us for Bucyrus’ 2014 Zombiewalk presented by SB Subculture and the Crawford Theatre Company! We’ll have a clinic set up at our Bucyrus office at 133 S. Sandusky Avenue featuring our exceptional wound care for on-lookers and zombies alike! We'll also take pictures of willing zombies and post them on our facebook page! The fun happens this Saturday starting at 4:30pm! Bring a can of food for the Salvation Army! More details are here:More]
HomeCare Matters held it's Volunteer Appreciation and Caregiver Recognition Dinner the evening of 9/30/14. We couldn't do what we do without our Volunteers. We simply would not exist as an agency and touch as many lives as we do without their help. And we will always stand behind the Caregivers who do so much for those in their care. See below for the complete list of Caregivers who received recognition and why. We had a great time with Comedian Eric Johnson at the Tabernacle of Praise celebrating you. Again, thank you Volunteers and Caregivers!
Caregiver Nominee: Deb Discus
The employees at the Crestline Nursing Center are some of the best caregivers this area has to offer, however; this Caregiver rises above them all. She is seemingly tireless and has unlimited energy. It is not unusual for her to step up as a fill-in and work 12 hour days for days on end when staff members call or need time off. For a number of years, she also served as the primary caregiver to both her ailing mother and father but it never affected her work performance or the quality of care she delivered. Besides being the most wonderful daughter they could have asked for, she continues to be an exceptional addition to an already hard working and extraordinary team.
For these reasons, Becky Davis wishes to recognize Deb Discus as an Extraordinary Caregiver.
Caregiver Nominee: Nancy Everly
Finding comfort in this world can be difficult, however; it’s something that this Caregiver makes sure she shares with not only the husband that she cares for, but with HomeCare Matter nurses, aides and social workers when they pay them a visit. She always puts her needs to the side and makes sure they are okay and have had something to eat or drink. She spends every day caring for the love of her life and rarely takes time for herself. The smile on her face is contagious and ever present. She is truly a caregiver made of sunshine and gold.
For these reasons, Andrea Kirgis wishes to recognize Nancy Everly as an Extraordinary Caregiver.
Caregiver Nominee: Connie Church
Working for a home health and hospice agency can shed a light on caregivers, but nothing can prepare you for when you actually become one. We’re proud to say that this Caregiver is one of our own and has excelled at providing care to her Mom. She put her Mom needs first by rearranging her home, work and personal life. Some days, she would be up all night, but would still come to the office with a smile and a joke ready to cheer, help and lift up her fellow co-workers and patients. She is an outstanding daughter and friend to all who work at HomeCare Matters.
For these reasons, Andrea Kirgis wishes to recognize Connie Church as an Extraordinary Caregiver.
Caregiver Nominee: Janice Coleman
Caring for an elderly parent is a difficult and challenging task. When a daughter was faced with the thought that a facility was the only choice for the 24 hour care of her mother, she was heartbroken- but thank goodness an angel stepped in. This angel arrived on the scene with a gentle touch and healing hand that should be an example to all. Her dedication gleams as she spends time away from her own family and job to make sure the needs of mother that isn’t her own are taken care of- all while asking nothing in return. You are truly a blessing.
For these reasons, Connie Church wishes to recognize Janice Coleman as an Extraordinary Caregiver.
Caregiver Nominee: David Heid
The loops life throws you through are extremely unexpected. And although this Caregiver had a very different view of what his retirement would be like, he has done his best to smooth out a new path for he and his wife. After his wife fell ill many years ago, he has never left her side, and has provided wonderful care by taking her to all of her appointments, managing her medications and making sure her health care providers are updated promptly on any status changes. He has said he will continue to keep his wife at home for as long as he is able. He is the friendliest guy you could meet and a joy to talk to and with.
For these reasons, Tracy Bee wishes to recognize David Heid as an Extraordinary Caregiver.
Caregiver Nominee: Bethany Howard
Even at a time when mourning her husband’s passing, this Caregiver was able to rise above her pain to continue to help the patients in her care. She was an inspiration and amazement to her co-workers. She consistently always goes above and beyond to provide comfort by not only being a good listener, but a friend. In the last hours of former client’s life who had no family, she was present at their bedside making sure they knew they were loved and not alone.
For these reasons, Erin Casper wishes to recognize Bethany Howard as an Extraordinary Caregiver.
Caregiver Nominee: Carl Pensinger
The course of a 60 year marriage is not measured by the trials and tribulations a husband and wife face; it’s measured in the hugs, kisses and love they share with each other. There is no denying that the love this Caregiver shares with his wife shows by the care he delivers to her every day. It was important to him for her to be by his side at the home they built together so he makes sure he does everything in his power to meet her needs and keep her healthy. He is doing a magnificent job providing care.
For these reasons, Vera Sulser wishes to recognize Carl Pensinger as an Extraordinary Caregiver.
Caregiver Nominee: Sheryl Reeve
When her husband needed care in their home, this wife did not hesitate to make his life her own. She has filled their house with love, never voicing any regrets or complaints about being there for the man she adores so much. She has even taken a leave of absence from her job so she can be by his side 24 hours a day. She goes out of her way to make sure her spouse is not treated like he is disabled and makes she he is involved in everything they do. She believes in being together forever and making the most out of the life they share.
For these reasons, Angie Thompson wishes to recognize Sheryl Reeve as an Extraordinary Caregiver.
Caregiver Nominee: Maria Winemiller
This Caregiver goes above and beyond for her husband. She has performed 24hour care to keep him at home and has a willingness to learn new things to keep him there. She has put her life on hold as his needs increased including giving up photography shoots to be by his side. She is a strong patient advocate and pushes for what her husband needs.
For these reasons, Rachelle Shade wishes to recognize Maria Winemiller as an Extraordinary Caregiver.
Caregiver Nominee: Marsha Wrolstad
The life of a medical assistant is a busy one. She is always being pulled in many different directions. Although this Caregiver enjoys the challenge, she makes it a point to take the time, no matter how many things are being thrown on her, to make every patient she encounters feel special. She genuinely cares and has compassion for everyone she meets. She NEVER complains and is always willing to lend a hand. She is a shining example of what a medical assistant is and should be.
For these reasons, Tammy Clark wishes to recognize Marsha Wrolstad as an Extraordinary Caregiver.
HomeCare Matters Home Health and Hospice is seeking an enthusiastic individual to join our team as our Front Desk Receptionist/Administrative Assistant. The candidate must be personable, poised, professional, well-spoken, able to multi-task, able to communicate effectively verbally and in writing, possess excellent computers skills (proficiently in MS Office, Excel, Word and Printmaster/Publisher a plus), able to function effectively in stressful situations, maintain confidentiality of sensitive information and able to work effectively with a wide variety of people. The Receptionist/Administrative Assistant often serves as HomeCare Matters first point of patient/family contact and is vital to HomeCare Matters mission of delivering the best customer service and patient care experience as possible. HomeCare Matters offers competitive wages, benefits, mileage, and a supportive and caring work atmosphere. If you want a rewarding career that actually helps family, friends and neighbors in your community, apply on-line at homecarematters.org, email your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out an application at 1220 N. Market Street in Galion. No phone calls please. HomeCare Matters is an equal opportunity employer.[More]
HomeCare Matters will honor the lives of passed loved ones during a special Fall Memorial Service Tuesday, October 7th, 6:30p.m., at HomeCare Matters Home Health and Hospice’s Memorial Garden, 1220 N. Market Street.
“We will ‘Light the Night’ by having family and friends of passed loved ones line our walkways and grounds with luminaries.” HomeCare Matters Chaplain Jed Brake stated. “The darkness of death will be defeated as the light of love and recollection makes the lives of those we have lost shimmer and glisten anew. It will be a shining sea of remembrance and reflection and a chance for families to celebrate the life of their special ones together with those who cared for them.”
The HomeCare Matters Fall Memorial Service is free and open to the public. Luminaries will be provided. A reception with light refreshments will follow.[More]
Thursday, September 11th, join HomeCare Matters and the Galion V.F.W. Color Guard for our Memorial Garden Brick Dedication and 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony. As we memorialize our passed loved ones by placing personalized bricks along our garden's path, we will display colors that flew over Iraq on September 11th, 2010. The Ceremony begins at 2 at HomeCare Matters, 1220 N. Market St. in Galion. Light refreshments will be served.[More]
Macy’s helps HomeCare Matters raise funds and awareness to help less fortunate families pay for needed medical care.
Macy’s and HomeCare Matters Home Health and Hospice invite customers to participate in Macy’s ninth annual national “Shop For A Cause” charity shopping event on August 23, 2014. Macy’s “Shop For A Cause” is a unique one-day-only shopping event created to support local charities’ fundraising efforts, and has helped raise more than $44 million for charities across the country since 2006. Customers can participate in this year’s event by purchasing shopping passes from HomeCare Matters now.
Macy’s has provided HomeCare Matters with shopping passes to sell for $5 each. HomeCare Matters will keep 100 percent of every shopping pass it sells. The more shopping passes sold, the more money HomeCare Matters will raise!
By purchasing a shopping pass from HomeCare Matters customers support our mission of providing the best health care services to everyone regardless of their ability to pay while enjoying a day of spectacular discounts, entertainment and special events at Macy’s. Pass holders will receive special discounts on most regular, sale and clearance purchases all day, but some exclusions apply.
To purchase a shopping pass from HomeCare Matters, contact Dean Heid or Janelle Lehman at 1-800-4 Nurses, hcmoffice@rrohio,com, or stop in to either HomeCare Matters office locations, 1220 N. Market St in Galion, or 133 S. Sandusky Avenue in Bucyrus.
HomeCare Matters Home Health and Hospice announces the beginning of a community education series centered on an open conversation about death, dying and end of life issues, all while attendees enjoy coffee and treats.
The HomeCare Matters End of Life Coffee Conversation will take place 6pm, Thursday, August 21st at HomeCare Matters Bucyrus office, 133 South Sandusky Avenue.
“Death always seems to be a taboo subject and not one people feel they can freely talk about.” said Dean Heid, HomeCare Matters Development and Marketing Coordinator. “HomeCare Matters thought it was time to provide the communities we serve a safe and interesting way to be able to communicate their end of life questions, observations and feelings. We based our model on the Death Café, a free form death discussion that has been happening in major American cities. We added a few topics to jump start dialog- Futile Care with our Medical Director, Dr. Larry Leone, Advanced Directives with HomeCare Matters social worker, Lisa Van Houten and a look at what happens next with Wise Funeral Service. No matter what death inquiry you may have, we will address it and learn from the answers delivered by the professionals on hand and each other- plus the coffee while be phenomenal.”
HomeCare Matters, North Central Ohio's leader in Home Health and Hospice care currently has a PRN opening available for an LSW or MSW. The Social Worker we are looking for is caring, compassionate able to listen and ready to help on a contingent basis. Home Health or Hospice experienced preferred. If you would like to join a dedicated team of professionals who always puts patients and their families first while offering competitive wages, benefits, mileage, a supportive work atmosphere and autonomy, we would love to hear from you. Apply on-line at homecarematters.org, email your resume to email@example.com or fill out an application at 1220 N. Market Street in Galion. No phone calls please. HomeCare Matters is an equal opportunity employer.[More]
The HomeCare Matters Life Celebration Picnic is an opportunity to celebrate and honor the life and memory of passed loved ones by gathering friends and families together in a fellowship of music, food, and remembrance.
All ages and members of your family are welcome to attend! Please bring a covered dish and a lawn chair. Hamburgers, hot dogs, drinks and table service will be provided.
The Life Celebration Picnic is also the last day of HomeCare Matters Superhero Children's Grief Camp. We will conclude both events with a simultaneous balloon launch!
The HomeCare Matters Life Celebration Picnic is free for all! RSVP as soon as possible by calling 419-468-7985 or 1-800-4 Nurses. We hope to remember and celebrate with you![More]
The Bratwurst Festival Art Show at HomeCare Matters Home Health and Hospice returns August 14 and 15 from 3pm to 9pm and August 16 from noon to 8pm at HomeCare Matters Bucyrus Office, 133 South Sandusky Avenue, Bucyrus, Ohio.
The Art Show is a chance for artists of all ages to display their art and win prizes in 4 different categories.
“Last year’s response was phenomenal.” said Dean Heid, HomeCare Matters Development and Marketing Coordinator. “HomeCare Matters was privileged to bring back a tradition that many Bratwurst Festival goers had missed. This year, the prizes are the same, but judging will be performed by the public- with Best of Show winners announced Saturday the 16th at noon. Also, we invite everyone to see the therapeutic effect art can have as all 6 of HomeCare Matters hand-crafted Memorial Quilts will be on display, including the unveiling of our latest patchwork of remembrance created by family and friends who wanted to honor a passed loved one.”
The Bucyrus Bratwurst Festival Art Show is free and open to the public. Local artists can submit their works by downloading the official rules and entry form here and here. Artists will be judged in the following categories- Best of Show-Child (11 and under), Best of Show-Youth (12-17), Best of Show- Adult, Best of Show- Professional. Winners will be awarded $50 each donated by Bucyrus’ Ryder-Heil Bronze.
Are you looking for a change or a new challenge that will truly make a lasting difference in patients’ lives? Would like you like to join a dedicated team that allows you autonomy and treats you with respect? Then, HomeCare Matters Home Health and Hospice would like to hear from you. We are currently seeking qualified RN’s to help oversee our increasing patient census. As a HomeCare Matters Home Health and Hospice RN you will directly care for and promote the holistic health of patients of all ages with acute, chronic or terminal illnesses. HomeCare Matters offers Competitive Pay, Benefits, Mileage and is an equal opportunity employer. Home Health and/or hospice experience preferred, but not a necessity. Send resume to HomeCare Matters, 1220 N. Market St., P.O. Box 327, Galion, OH 44833. Phone: 419-468-7985. Fax: 419-468-9211. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or apply on-line at http://homecarematters.org/index.php?page=contact-us.[More]
HomeCare Matters Home Health and Hospice’s Summer Children’s Grief Camp returns July 24, 25 and 26, 2014.
Now in it’s in ninth year, HomeCare Matters has revamped, rewritten and rebooted their Grief Camp curriculum to teach children ages 6 to 13 how to mourn in a healthy, safe and creative way.
“We are giving children the power to defeat grief by training them to be Superheroes.” said Brandon Quail, HomeCare Matters Family Support Coordinator. “Kids will face the Sulker, Wilma Worrisome, the Accuser and other dastardly villains so they can learn that feelings of sadness, worry, guilt and anger are perfectly normal and can be vanquished through the use of coping skills and a better understanding of their emotions. This year’s Grief Camp is made possible by Wise Funeral Service, the Mark A. Schneider Family of Funeral Homes, the Tabernacle of Praise Church and Med Flight, who will be landing their helicopter in the camp’s new Galion location at the HomeCare Matters Office, 1220 N. Market Street.”
HomeCare Matters Superhero Children’s Grief Camp is free and open to the public. Registration is required. For more information or to register a child, parents or guardians can call HomeCare Matters at 419-468-7985, 1-800-4 Nurses or click on homecarematters.org. Brandon Quail can be reached at email@example.com.
The hearts at HomeCare Matters are heavy this morning as we learned about the passing of a loving husband, father, colleague and friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Bucyrus Mayor Roger Moore. Roger was one of HomeCare Matters biggest supporters, hosting and auctioneering our Celebrity Waiter Dinner and Auction. Through his entertaining banter and gentle ribbing of Dinner and Auction attendees, Roger helped raise thousands of dollars that alleviated the financial burden of health care costs from the less fortunate in our community. He was one of a kind who always had a smile, the time to listen and the determination to make things happen. Godspeed, Roger Moore. Thank you for volunteering your time, skills and energy to HomeCare Matters. You are remembered and will be missed.[More]
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's the return of HomeCare Matters Children's Greif Camp for ages 6 to 13, July 24th, 25th and 26th! This year, we're teaching children that the power to defeat grief lies within with a completely new Superhero theme and curriculum- plus we have moved camp to our Galion facility at 1220 N. Market Street. Parents, caretakers and guardians can find out more by checking out the attached flyers or by calling 1-800-4 Nurses. Remember- camp is and will always be free for children who are experiencing grief issues. front of flyer back of flyer[More]
HomeCare Matters is very thankful. We were named the Galion Area Betterment Commission's 2013 Organization of the Year at the Galion-Crestline Area Chamber of Commerce Community Awards Breakfast. This honor really speaks volumes about the dedication, service and caring each member of our staff strives to not only deliver in Crawford County, but to each of the 8 counties we serve. Thank you for the recognition of our hard work, integrity and compassion.[More]
The HomeCare Matters Home Health and Hospice Healing Journey is back! This 5 week series of courses designed to help those who have lost a loved one understand grief and the healing process begins 3/20. The Journey is free and open to all who have experienced loss or would like to know more about the grieving process.[More]
HomeCare Matters Home Health and Hospice will honor the lives of passed loved ones during a special Spring Memorial Service Tuesday, April 8th, 2014, 6:30p.m., at Tabernacle of Praise, 6480 Lower Leesville Road, Crestline, Ohio.
HomeCare Matters Spring Memorial Service will include a ceremonial candle lighting and life recognition memorial roll read by HomeCare Matters staff. HomeCare Matters Chaplain Jed Brake stated, “Our gathering of reflection and remembrance is an opportunity for families to celebrate the lives of those we have lost with the compassionate individuals who helped provide their care.” The event is free and open to the public. A reception with light refreshments will follow.[More]
The HomeCare Matters Difference
What exactly sets a non-profit healthcare provider apart from its for-profit competitors? Does an agency set up for charitable purposes really make it a better choice than a for-profit competitor?
As tax-exempt organizations, non-profit healthcare providers have a mission of serving communities and providing care without regard to a patient's ability to pay. For-profit providers look at healthcare as a business, with a financial bottom line that produces profits distributed to shareholders.
The for-profit model of health care aims to serve affluent, insured patients. The uninsured and patients with complex medical conditions are to be avoided literally- at all costs. A 2011 research study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that for-profit hospice agencies were more likely to have patients with lower care needs and longer lengths of stay than non-profit hospice agencies. For example, for-profits will serve more patients suffering from dementia (8.4 percent vs. 17.2 percent) than cancer (48.4 percent vs. 34.1 percent).
The statistics are very telling. Medicare reimbursement pays for 84% of patients in hospice care. Medicare reimburses hospice agencies for hospice care at a per-diem rate, meaning every patient receives the same amount of reimbursement per day despite their diagnosis or individual care needs.
Cancer patients have a fairly predictable life expectancy and course of treatment. By the time cancer patients enter hospice care, most have exhausted all other treatments and are close to death. End-stage cancer patients also tend to need more expensive care with intensive pain and symptom management.
Dementia patients (and other patients with less predictable diagnoses) tend to live longer than cancer patients with less costly care. These patients are more profitable because they accrue the Medicare hospice per diem rate daily with little out-of-pocket expense.
The for-profit focus on finding patients with fewer care needs and longer hospice stays impacts consumers' health negatively in the following ways:
- For-profit agencies may be underestimating and limiting the number of visits a patient actually needs just so they can maintain a high profit margin.
- Reviewing charts and determining if a patient is appropriate to meet their bottom line can waste precious time that a hospice patient may not have. Dollar signs are never equal to friends and family.
- Nurses and other for-profit health care professionals may lose experience as they face the same classification of illnesses day after day. A nurse can only become well rounded when they meet the challenge of dealing with a multitude of diverse cases over a long period of time.
HomeCare Matters is proud to be a non-profit health care provider. We understand that the profit status of a hospice or home health agency is never as important as the quality of care the organization provides. We stand by the care we deliver to all, regardless of diagnosis, or their ability to pay. Experience, Compassion, Understanding and Care- that’s really what sets HomeCare Matters apart and makes us different.[More]
Do you like helping others? Do you have a special skill or talent you would like to share? Come to HomeCare Matters Volunteer Open House, January 6th between 2 and 4pm at 1220 N. Market Street and find out what we are about and if we may be a fit for your caring spirit. This is a non-committal event. For more information, contact Brandon Quail at 1-800-4-Nurses or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Refreshments will be served.[More]
Are you looking for a new challenge, the opportunity to have more autonomy and to make a lasting difference in patients' lives? As a HomeCare Matters RN, you will directly care for and promote the holistic health of patients of all ages with acute, chronic or terminal illnesses. Day, evening, weekend and on-call Full-Time positions are available.[More]
November is National Home Care and Hospice Month. It’s the time of the year when HomeCare Matters honors our everyday care heroes who make comfort, love, hope, and respect a reality for the patients and families we serve. We can’t thank our collective of nurses, aides, clinicians, therapists, administrators, office staff and volunteers enough. The difference they make in the lives of those suffering in our community is astounding.
Even Santa has help during the holiday season! Don’t miss HomeCare Matters Holiday Gift Bazaar, Friday, November 15th from 5 to 8 and Saturday, November 16th from 9 to 3 at 1220 N. Market Street in Galion. Get the perfect gift for that hard to buy for person- or pick something up for you! From one-of-a-kind, handcrafted crocheted items, jewelry and candles, to Stampin’ Up! , Scentsy, and baked goods, you can be done with your shopping without lines, hassles or fighting for a parking space.[More]
Help HomeCare Matters by bringing a whole lot of yummy holiday cheer to your family’s table! Order Der Dutchman famous, ready-to-eat pies, ready-to-bake cookie dough and delicious, one-of-a-kind pumpkin and chocolate rolls and a portion of each purchase will help HomeCare Matters continue to give back to our community. Download your order form here, fill it out and drop it off at the HomeCare Matters Galion office by November 15th.[More]
Last night, HomeCare Matters held its annual Volunteer Appreciation and Caregiver Recognition Dinner. We had a great night honoring the people who have stepped up to help us provide care. We couldn’t do what we do without you. Thank you.[More]
The therapeutic effect of Art was proudly on display at the Bucyrus office of HomeCare Matters![More]
The HomeCare Matters Life Celebration Picnic is an opportunity to celebrate and honor the life and memory of passed loved ones by gathering together in a fellowship of music, food, and remembrance.[More]
Do you shop at Kroger and want to earn money for HomeCare Matters? All you have to do is enroll your Kroger Plus Card in Kroger’s Community Rewards Program! Every time you use your Kroger Plus Card, a percent of your purchase will go to HomeCare Matters Home Health and Hospice!
- Go to http://www.krogercommunityrewards.com.
- Click “Create An Account”.
- Enter email, password, zip code and favorite store. You will get a message to check your email inbox.
- Click the link in the email, then click on “edit”.
- Enter “Crawford County Shared Services” or type in “91855” (both are actually HomeCare Matters) and hit “save”.
- It will take 7-10 days to process your account information. Once you are active, “Crawford County Shared Services” will be printed at the bottom of your receipt.
It’s free, easy and can add up to a lot just for shopping at Kroger!
HomeCare Matters Home Health & Hospice
HomeCare Matters Home Health & Hospice is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing home care and hospice services in the comfort of your own home. Because, to us, this care really does matter. For this purpose, we recruit the best professionals who also have a deep concern and compassion for the care of patients. HomeCare Matters provides services under the direction of the patient’s physician and tailored to the individual’s needs. Patients of all ages are able to experience the warmth of family and friends while receiving care for their injury or illness.