Manchester, NH Mayor Ted Gatsas (center, holding scissors) joined BAYADA staff for the grand opening of the company's new location in Manchester
As Mayor Ted Gatsas presided over a ribbon cutting ceremony, members of the community, local businesses and health care organizations, nurses, home health aides, staff, and patients came together to celebrate the grand opening of BAYADA Home Health Care’s new location in Manchester, NH.
BAYADA has provided assistive care services, such as help with bathing, grooming, and meal preparation, in the Manchester area since 2015. In their new location at 33 Lowell Street in Manchester, the Assistive Care office shares space with the first BAYADA office to provide pediatric care in New Hampshire.
“There are a number of children with special needs in New Hampshire who were not able to get the home care nursing they needed because low reimbursement rates made it difficult to pay nurses competitive wages,” explained BAYADA Pediatrics Associate Director Melanie Vermette. “Hourly wages set by Medicaid were so low, that nurses wouldn’t take the jobs.”
According to Vermette, a group of special needs parents set out to change this troubling trend. They joined forces with the New Hampshire Home Care Association to lobby the state for a rate increase, and their efforts paid off. In April, 2016, the state implemented an increase, making pediatric nursing rates more competitive and opening the door for BAYADA to start providing services to the children of New Hampshire.
The open house featured demonstrations of the pediatric simulation lab, which uses computerized manikins that mimic real-life medical emergencies, giving nurses valuable training in a non-threatening environment. The SIM lab is used to train nurses who are new to pediatrics, as well as to provide ongoing training to seasoned nurses.
“We offer block nursing pediatric care at home and school for kids with a wide range of conditions, including muscular dystrophy, brain or spinal cord injury, seizure, or respiratory disorders,” explained Vermette. “Our office has full-time, part-time, and per diem nursing positions available for all shifts to take care of these kids.”
Opportunities are also available for licensed nursing assistants (LNAs) to care for adults and seniors in their homes. “It’s a great job for those who enjoy caring and helping people,” said BAYADA Assistive Care Director Colleen Petty. “BAYADA offers competitive pay and benefits, flexible schedules, 24/7 clinical support, industry-leading training, and career advancement opportunities.”
The BAYADA Pediatrics office services children in Cheshire, Hillsborough, Merrimack, Rockingham, Strafford,and Sullivan counties.
The BAYADA Assistive Care offices provides personal care services to adults and seniors in Hillsborough, Merrimack, and Rockingham counties.