September Newsletter - 2018


Sunday, September 16, 2018

Tacoma: University of Puget Sound Campus at 11am
Team captain: Lynessa

Olympia: Heritage Park, downtown Olympia at 11am
Team Captain: Sara

Put on your walking shoes and JOIN US as both offices of Advanced Health Care Care "walk to end Alzheimer's!" Teams are now forming. We need you, your families, your friends, and even pets to walk with our teams. Our goal is to support and raise awareness to show we care about the people affected by this disease. Please let Sara or Lynessa know if you can walk with either team that day. Sara is heading up the Olympia team; Lynessa the Tacoma team.

It's only about 90 minutes of your time so come out and join us!
WELCOME to our NEW CAREGIVERS hired in August
We want to welcome the new team members who joined us last month:

  • Kristina C.
  • Elizabeth K.
  • Laura L.
  • Damaris N.
  • Erica P.
  • Kerry R.
  • Courtney T.

We are so happy you have chosen to be a part of our caring team!
FREE Alzheimer's Conference
Comes to Tacoma
FREE, but RSVP required:
This class would count towards your annual evaluations points, too!
What Clients Are Saying
About YOU:

There were a few of you that were mentioned to us by NAME in the August HomeCare Pulse Surveys and/or with pleased clients who called the office to express their thanks.

MorgAnn M., Karen C., Larisa J., Renda W., Leanne M., Teresa E., Bryan B. and Loli H-C.

We are so proud of all of the work that you do with our clients. You each make such a difference every day you go to work. Click on the link to see what your clients may be saying here! 

Could you use an extra $200?
That is how much we PAY YOU for every person you refer to us as an employee. Once they are hired and work the 160 hour requirement, we write you a check! Send us a good caregiver or nurse that you know today.
Fall is approaching and so is flu season.  Start to think about getting your annual flu shot. More information about locations and costs coming soon!
Meet the New Face at the Lakewood Office Front Desk

Laura Beach, Administrative Assistant

If you've been in the Lakewood office in the past month, you've no doubt seen the smiling face of Laura, our new front desk administrative assistant. She has filled the position left open when JoAnne was promoted to fill the HR Manager role.

Laura comes to us after many years as an insurance coordinator with Retina and Macula Specialists in Tacoma. She is married to Chuck and has one grown daughter and 2 grandchildren, aged 6 and 3. When she is not hard at work at our front desk, you can find her outside taking walks, reading, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Laura says she has enjoyed seeing just how much the clients are cared for here at Advanced Health Care. "Everyone has been so welcoming to me."

We are happy to welcome Laura to our team!

In next month's newsletter, you'll learn more about our new scheduling coordinator, Hillary Lutz!
September Anniversaries to Celebrate:

Penny A. 18 years
April S. 9 years
April B. 9 years
Teresa E. 8 years
Jeannine F. 6 years
Denise A. 5 years
Monique S. 4 years
Gail C. 4 years
Deanna S. 1 year
Sally W. 1 year (returning employee)
Louise A. 1 year
Maria D. 1 year
Kateri D. 1 year
Elizabeth W. 1 year

Thank you for your dedication to Advanced Health Care and to the clients you faithfully serve!
Caregiver Profile:
Penny A.
18 years years with AHC

Why have you chosen to be a caregiver?
"I love being around seniors. There's something so comfortable and tender about being around them. They've given so much and I love giving back to them by caring for them. It is a very rewarding job and I feel humbled to be in their home."

Any advice you would give to a newer caregiver?
"Relax and smile! That will put them (the client) at ease and ensure that it all goes well during your visit. Also, be a good listener."

Why have you chosen to stay at Advanced all these years?
Because of the people there. They show the same caring attitude to us that we show our clients. I'm told how appreciated I am here and I never tire of hearing that. Advanced is a company that believes in what they do [caring for people] and I want to be with a company like that. Whenever I walk into the office, I know I'm going to get smiles and that the support I need will be there."

Thank you for your 18 years of service, Penny!
September is Falls Prevention Awareness Month in Washington State

The Governor has proclaimed that September is Falls Awareness Month in in our state. Did you know that 33% of seniors fall every year? And that every 11 seconds, a senior goes to the hospital ER because of a fall?*
There are several fall prevention events taking place around the community.
Monday, September 24th at the Lakewood YMCA, the public is invited to attend the "2018 Falls Prevention Event" sponsored by the Pierce County Falls Coalition. Free giveaways, demonstrations, food, and more! Advanced Health Care will be there with a booth, as well.

If you are interested in learning more about keeping your clients safe and "falls free" you'll want to attend one of the upcoming presentations entitled "Falls: The Avoidable Epidemic" that is happening around Pierce County this month.

Falls don't have to be a natural part of aging. Learn more about how to prevent falls in yourself and within your clients' homes with this Home Safety Checklist.

*according to NCOA.org data
Caregiver Wisdom: In Your Own Words

These are quotes from YOU, our caregivers, submitted to us at the Skills Fair in May. If you have wisdom or tips to share here next month, please submit them to Lynessa via email or phone and you may see your wisdom here next time!

"Don't be afraid to ask questions if you don't understand something the client has requested."

"Always listen as if it is the first time you've heard it."

"Pay attention to details. The clients and families appreciate it."