Midwest Family Care debuts "Evaluation For Performance" recruiting process

Did you know there is a nationwide caregiver shortage ?

We are always reassessing and retooling our recruiting process here at Midwest Family Care . To that end, we are trying a new caregiver recruiting process. “Evaluation for Performance” (EFP) is a group interview/on-boarding process that combines paperwork, company information, discussion, skills assessment, testing, and orientation with coffee, doughnuts, bagels, and snacks.

Think: corporate coffee shop where you leave energized, engaged, and possibly employed.

Our first EFP session was a big success. We met some great candidates and extended many job offers. Those applicants are training this week.

According to  recruiting.com , one of the roadblocks to home care recruiting is a complicated, slow screening process. Our EFP recruiters counter this challenge by giving candidates control, transparency, and education in the interview process.

Do you have friends or family who make positive additions to the company? Please send them our way. It’s an applicant’s market! Plus, you can qualify for an employee referral.

For information about our next EFP event, contact careers@midwestfamilycare.org or check the Midwest Family Care Facebook page in the "Events" section.
is National Glaucoma Month

Currently, more than three million Americans have glaucoma. The National Eye Institute (NEI) projects this number will reach 4.2 million by 2030 a 58-percent increase.

Our population is aging. The glaucoma epidemic will increase if we don't raise awareness about the importance of regular eye examinations to preserve vision.

Glaucoma is called "the sneak thief of sight" because there are no symptoms. Up to 40% of vision can be lost without a person noticing. Over 60 million people worldwide, have glaucoma.

For more information, visit https://nei.nih.gov/nehep/gam
January Birthdays

Jan. 01: Susan Johnson

Jan. 13: Courtney Elkington

Jan. 16: Shelby Kelter

Jan. 18: Charnice Anderson-Morris

Jan. 22: Kendahl Mobley

Jan. 24: Scott Kapheim

Jan. 25: Melissa Kehl
W-2 Forms Are Available Online

Your 2018 W-2 forms are now available online (in the same system where you review your paycheck).

Additionally, we will mail employee W-2 forms at the end of January.

If you have any questions, contact Charnice@midwestfamilycare.org or
call into the office: 608-276-6000.
'Winds' of Change:
A Digital Update
at Autumn Winds

Did you know in addition to home care, Midwest Family Care owns and operates an assisted living facility?

Autumn Winds is a cozy, 10-bed community-based residential facility (CBRF) located in Cambridge, Wisconsin.

The Midwest Family Care team met recently with Autumn Winds director Tiffany Perez to discuss strategy and direction at the facility. One outcome was an Autumn Winds website refresh and a new Autumn Winds Facebook page. Instagram is coming soon.

We invite you to "like" the Autumn Winds Facebook page and to visit the Autumn Winds website .
Bed Sores 101
What is a bed sore?
Bed sores, aka pressure sores or pressure ulcers, are open wounds on the body where skin and tissue break down because of prolonged pressure.

When someone spends most of their time lying or sitting in the same position, the bony protrusions of the body place pressure on internal tissues. Over time, this cuts off blood circulation and leads to tissue damage and to skin breakdown.

Bed sores often are found on s houlder blades, tailbone, hips, elbows, and heels.

What causes bed sores?
The number one reason is lack of movement. Age, poor nutrition, smoking, incontinence (sitting in their urine for long periods of time) also are factors.

How to detect a bed sore
Paying attention to your client's body helps you prevent bed sores or spot them early.

Every time you are with your client, do a head-to-toe assessment of their body. It's not hard or time consuming. While you're getting them up for the day, toileting them, or showering them, you can glance at their body or just look for red marks.

Do the blanch test on any area you think might be a bed sore. I always say better to be safe then sorry.

Call me! Please do not think the next person is going to report it or catch it.

As I always say in training, you are my eyes and ears. We are a team! Thanks everyone!