December Caregiver Newsletter

December Caregiver NewsletterDecember

Hello Team!

Welcome to Winter!?!.  We wanted to give everyone some exciting updates!

Knowledge Corner: There has been some questions about the mileage and clocking out.  When you clock out and are asked about miles, the miles in question are those that you transported clients in your vehicle only.  Related to this,  transporting clients in the caregiver’s vehicle is only allowed if specifically listed in the Plan of Care.  If you have any question, please do not hesitate to contact Judy or Josh for clarification.  Every client’s plans are a little different, so we are here to help.

Holiday Party: Align’s holiday party is tentatively scheduled for late January/early February.  Everyone’s holiday season is busy enough so the goal is to set some time aside that we can enjoy ourselves.  For those who have not been, the holiday party is typically a casual, family friendly event.  News to come on this!

Inclement Weather: With the midwest winter weather potentially upon us, our #1 priority is caregiver safety.  The weather is monitored closely and if weather either getting bad or predicted to be bad, provisions will be made to keep everyone safe.  If you have any questions or issues when weather strikes, please contact the office for assistance.

Free CEU’s: As a reminder, all Align Caregivers are required by the State to have at least 8.0 CEU’s per year.  For anyone with any existing CEU’s for 2015 or 2016, please send us copies or take pictures of the certs with your phone and email/text.  For those needing CEU’s, there are great resources online for FREE CEU’s.  We use and recommend http://ce.nurse.com/FreeCE.aspx for all CEU’s.  Registration is fast and free it is creates a cert that you can keep if ever you are audited by the State.

Healthcare Updates: Please visit the health and welfare alerts website.  A new update has been posted.  Remember, for those caregivers working with Special Needs clients, this is STATE REQUIRED READING.

The new article is Priority One and is a short read.  Its a good refresher on emergencies and risks.

Finding Someone Doing It Right:  Again, we want to recognize a few of our team who have gone above and beyond the call of duty with their clients.  With so many wonderful caregivers, it is very hard to pick.  With that said, caregivers for last month that were found “doing something right” are:

  • congratsVeronika F.
  • Elizabeth F.
  • Haley G.
  • Nancy G.
  • Amanda H.
  • Kesha K.W.
  • Amanda M.
  • Annie M.
  • Dee R.
  • Nikki W.

The winner of the $100, “no call off” shifts for last month is:

  • Tiffany T.

Congrats to all the winners.  Please contact the office to make arrangements to receive your gift cards!

Final Thoughts: 2016 has been an exciting year.  Without contributions from our entire team, Align would not be the success that it is.  I urge everyone to carve out a little time each day to recognize how you change and effect people’s lives every day for the better.  Our client’s are better off because you chose to be a caregiver while Align is better off having each of you on the team.  Thanks again for all you do and we look forward to a fruitful 2017!