BAYADA News blog

Woman with ALS Speaks Again After Three Years

Posted by Jim Armstrong

Nov 21, 2014 9:41:00 AM


Clinical Manager Beatrice Lewis, client Lisa D., and BAYADA Nurse Shanta Waugh

Like so many others with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a debilitating and terminal neurological disease, Lisa D. lost her ability to walk, sit up, and breathe. To connect the assistive device that would enable her to breathe, she needed a tracheotomy—a small incision cut in her neck. Following this procedure, Lisa could no longer speak, leaving her family heartbroken.

Her family thought her inability to speak was a result of the procedure. Bed bound for three years and only leaving her house for doctor appointments, her quality of life dramatically declined. Then, her family switched to BAYADA Home Health Care.

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Topics: Home Health Care, ALS Association

Team BAYADA Recognized for Exceptional ALS Fundraising

Posted by Jim Armstrong

Nov 20, 2014 4:47:49 PM


Manager Tracy Sideris and Founder and President Mark Baiada with the Heroes of Hope award

At The Walk to Defeat ALS for the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of The ALS Association on Saturday, November 15, Team BAYADA brought together more than 160 people, raised more than $7,000, and won first place for the highest-grossing corporate fundraising team. Their leader, BAYADA Home Health Care Founder and President Mark Baiada, accepted the Heroes of Hope award for the team that has worked tirelessly to make a difference and improve the quality of life for those living with ALS and their families.

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Topics: Awards and recognition, ALS Association

BAYADA Hospice Honors Veterans

Posted by Linda Hughes

Nov 20, 2014 11:18:56 AM

BAYADA Veterans Day Visit

US Army veteran Dick Miller (center) receives a letter of thanks and certificate of appreciation from Brett Vuyovich, US Army Veteran and BAYADA Volunteer; and Mayumi Kimura, US Navy veteran and BAYADA Client Services Manager.

For the second consecutive year, BAYADA Hospice honored its veteran patients during Veterans Day week by visiting them and providing a unique recognition.

“We sat with each patient for about an hour talking about their time in service and life in general,” explained BAYADA Client Services Manager and US Navy veteran Mayumi Kimura.

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Topics: volunteer, Hospice, BAYADA Hospice

Pediatric Experts Discuss Advocating for Children with Special Needs

Posted by Jim Armstrong

Nov 19, 2014 2:38:00 PM


BAYADA Pediatrics Division Director Patty Watson and her Delaware team of pediatric in-home care specialists brought together parents, community resources, and experts in the pediatric health care continuum and hosted their seventh educational conference Special Children, Special Needs: Meeting the Challenges of Advocating for the Medically Complex Child.

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Topics: Advocacy, Pediatric home care

Dave Totaro Elected to Pennsylvania Homecare Association Board

Posted by Jim Armstrong

Nov 19, 2014 12:42:10 PM


Dave Totaro, Chief Marketing and Government Affairs Officer for BAYADA Home Health Care, has been elected to the Pennsylvania Homecare Association (PHA) Board of Directors for a three-year term. The PHA Board represents the state’s home health care and hospice industry, which provides medical, personal, and end-of-life care to people of all ages in the comfort of their own homes.

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Topics: Awards and recognition, Dave Totaro

Emotional Surprise Honor for WWll Veteran on Hospice Care

Posted by Jim Armstrong

Nov 12, 2014 4:46:00 PM


Mr. Schertel with his BAYADA Hospice team from Boyertown, Pennsylvania

Sergeant Alphonsus “Uncle Al” Schertel, a 92-year-old WWll veteran, bronze star recipient, and hospice patient with end-stage heart disease, received a grand celebration in honor of his service. His BAYADA Hospice team from Boyertown, Pennsylvania coordinated the event at Forever Green Farm, where he lives with his niece and her family.

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Topics: Awards and recognition, BAYADA Hospice

Tucson Occupational Therapist Named BAYADA Quarterly Hero

Posted by Lori Bookbinder

Nov 11, 2014 1:56:38 PM


Cynthia Lane, OT (right) receives her Hero Award from Director Barbara Springs, RN, BSN 

BAYADA Home Health Care named Cynthia Lane, an occupational therapist from its west Tucson office, as National Hero of the Quarter. The quarterly award is presented to employees on national and local levels who demonstrate BAYADA’s core values—compassion, excellence, and reliability—through extraordinary deeds in their work.

Lane’s compassion is shown by the special place in her heart that she holds those who are most affected by traumatic events or unplanned illnesses. She knew how much one client, who lost the ends of her fingers due to illness, dreamed of doing her own hair.  Lane went out of her way to find the right hair dryer, and helped her patient do her hair and apply her own makeup.  “This was a special case where Cyndi showed how much she cared,” said Lisa Olson, BAYADA clinical manager. 

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Topics: Awards and recognition, Heroes on the Homefront, occupational therapy

Nursing Career Referral Contest Enters Final Months

Posted by Greg Howe

Nov 11, 2014 10:47:58 AM

Shelby, N.C., BAYADA staff with $500 winner and colleague Nicole Kirksey, LPN (third from left)


A fourth $500 prize and 2014 Ford Focus grand prize remain in The BAYADA Drive it Home Contest


Rutherfordton, N.C., resident Nicole Kirksey was recently named the third of four quarterly $500 winners in the BAYADA Drive it Home Contest, a yearlong nursing career referral campaign to recruit high-quality home care nurses throughout Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. A grand-prize 2014 Ford Focus will go to a randomly selected entrant in January.

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Topics: Home health care careers, Nursing Jobs, careers in home health care, home health care nursing

BAYADA Named as a Top Agency of the 2014 HomeCare Elite

Posted by Lori Bookbinder

Nov 5, 2014 10:37:54 AM


BAYADA Home Health Care has been named a Top Agency of the 2014 HomeCare Elite, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. Now in its ninth year, the HomeCare Elite identifies the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified agencies and highlights the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall. Winners are ranked by an analysis of publicly available performance measures in quality outcomes, best practice (process measure) implementation, patient experience (Home Health CAHPS®), quality improvement and consistency, and financial performance. In order to be considered, an agency must be Medicare-certified and have data for at least one outcome in Home Health Compare. Out of 9,994 agencies considered, 2,501 are elite.

The award is sponsored by OCS HomeCare by National Research Corporation, the leading provider of home health metrics and analytics, and DecisionHealth, publisher of the most respected independent newsletter in the home health profession, Home Health Line.

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Pastoral Care Week Shines Spotlight on Hospice Spiritual Support Counselors

Posted by Linda Hughes

Oct 10, 2014 2:58:00 PM


“Some people may just need a person to sit and be present with them,” explained BAYADA Hospice Spiritual Support Counselor Constance Moser, M.Div. Moser began working in hospice care four years ago. She is part of a multidisciplinary team that cares for the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of individuals at the end of life.

While all hospice team members are essential in ensuring a patient and their family experience quality of life, October 19 begins Pastoral Care Week, a week to highlight the myriad ways spiritual caregivers provide support to the members of our communities. Even though she is an ordained Protestant pastor, Moser provides spiritual support to individuals of all different faiths, and often those who don’t have a specific faith at all.

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