People on the Move – Home Care Association Honors “front line” Professionals
Pa. Home Care Association (PHA) honored a group of Pennsylvania home care professionals at their Annual Lobby Day in Harrisburg last month. The front line professionals were chosen by the companies they work with to represent the various counties in Pa.
More than 100 PHA members, along with their front line professionals traveled to the state capital to discuss the implementation of Bringing Care Home with their local lawmakers. Members met with Pa. State Representative s and Senators regarding several barriers that could limit service access to In Home services, specifically, assistance with self administered medications. Currently the Department of Health does not permit Home Care Companies to assist with pills, administer eye drops or apply topical cream.
Nearly half of all those admitted to Nursing Homes occur because people can no longer manage their medications at home
Nick Mino of Newtown Pa. was chosen by Bucks County Special Care In Home Care Company to represent Bucks County. Owner and PHA member, Pat Lyons said, “Nick was chosen because of his unwavering dedication to his clients and his passion to advocate for their rights and interests. Nick took an interest in Lyon’s advocacy and Lobbying efforts from the time he started there some 4 years ago. His interest and passion has led him to be an excellent Nurses Aide. We are very proud to have him on our team”.
The frontline professionals brought a picture of their clients with them as a way to give the legislators a face with the story the caregivers told them. Lyons said, “Nick’s picture along with the information he brought to the legislators about how his client’s thrive in the home care realm really made a difference when speaking to the legislators. When asked what is the most important benefit you see coming from your clients receiving Home Care? Minio stated, “Health!’ the clients are healthier, mentally and physically. Home Care and health go hand in hand.”
These front line professionals aren’t experienced lobbyists, but staunch advocates for their patients and clients. They can relay stories about homecare that legislators need to hear”, said Vicki Hoak, PHA, Executive Director and CEO. They recognize and embrace their new role as advocate so their patients and clients can remain at home and access home care services.
A news conference honoring the front line professionals and discussing the issues surrounding access to homecare for our elderly and disabled was held at the Capitals Main rotunda. A luncheon honoring the Front Line Professionals was held immediately after. Secretary of Aging Brian Duke spoke to the group offering congratulations and support to move onward with their advocacy for the elderly and disabled. .
Secretary Duke personally thanked Minio for his advocacy dedication pointing out his youth and the very few youths in a room of 120 advocates. Secretary Duke encouraged Minio and the others not to loose their enthusiasm to make health care better for those in need stressing the younger generation must carry on. He went on to praise Pa. Homecare Association and its members for their continued efforts and success advocating for elderly and disabled Pennsylvanians.