Nebraska Association of Home
and Community Health Agencies (NAHCHA)

 

NAHCHA

The Nebraska Association of Home and Community Health Agencies (NAHCHA) represents the interests and concerns of home health providers in the state of Nebraska.  Nebraska home care services are provided by home health agencies, hospices, homemaker and home care aide agencies, staffing and private-duty agencies, and medical equipment and supplies, pharmaceuticals and drug infusion therapy companies.  Health and social services are delivered at home to recovering, disabled, chronically or terminally ill adults and children in need of medical, nursing, social or therapeutic treatment and/or assistance.

Member Spotlight: Jennifer Gibbons

Name: Jennifer Gibbons, RN 

           Director of Nursing and Owner

   

Company/Organization: Elite Professional Home Care Company


Hometown: Council Bluffs, IA

 

Education: Attended the University of Nebraska to complete pre-requisites for RN/BSN school. I continued my education by commuting from Lincoln to Omaha, attended nursing school at Clarkson College, and graduated with an RN/BSN in December of 1999.


Family: I am married to a wonderful husband and have three beautiful daughters.


Hobbies: Running and camping


Favorite TV Show or Movie? The Walking Dead


Favorite Vacation Spot: Naples, FL and Fairplay, CO


Favorite App or Technology: Amazon Prime


Why Did You Choose to Become a Home Health or Hospice Provider? I became a home health provider due to my strong belief that it is in people's best interest to remain in the community and in their homes where they are happy and where they desire to live. I believe that persons that remain in their homes are able to live a more fulfilling and quality life. Being involved in society and in our community allows persons to feel a sense of fulfillment, while being in their own home environment allows a person to feel complete and loved.

Mentor Who Has Helped Me the Most in My Career: Business-wise my amazing parents: Callie and Rod Earlywine; nursing-wise Katie Wertz, RN


How Do You See Your Profession Changing in the Next Few Years? I feel home health care will continue to grow and provide numerous new opportunities to home health agencies as an industry. Home health care agencies are providing growing levels of expertise and patient cares in the home. Hospitals are able to transfer a growing number of higher-tech patient cares to home health agencies to complete care in the patient's home. With the growing number of persons entering the retirement/Medicare beneficiary stage of their lives, home health will continue to expand and offer expert skilled cares while saving people and the insurance industry an exceptional amount of money.


Why Are You a NAHCHA Member and What Value Do You Receive From Your Membership? Elite originally became a NAHCHA member in order to assist the home health care industry and to receive assistance in the aspect of being involved in political interests in the State of Nebraska. From that original interest in NAHCHA, many of my employees and I have learned that NAHCHA is more than just political support. My staff, as well as myself, have benefited from the multiple educational seminars and workshops as well as have appreciated the support of the NAHCHA leaders and members whenever Medicare or Medicaid regulation questions or concerns arise. I have not once had any regrets since joining this wonderful group of home health supporters!


Something About Me Not Everyone Knows: I started my first healthcare business when I was 24. We provided RN staffing contracts for 13 week assignments to both Bryan and St. Elizabeth hospitals in Lincoln, NE.

What Is a Best Practice or a New Idea You’ve Recently Implemented in Your Facility? Elite has most recently begun a new home health aide charting system and re-formulated all of our patient charting in order to ensure that every patient's HHA care plan matches the patient charting exactly, which in turn matches our 485/POC orders from our MD. The system took time and was overwhelming at first, but now it is smooth and an easy way to check the accuracy of our cares provided and the orders we have obtained from our MDs.

Career You’d Like to Try if You Weren’t a Home Health or Hospice Provider: I love what I do in the home care industry and only hope to continue to expand into more programs within our community in order to reach all persons in need of home care assistance.

Share a Story About Caring for a Patient that Was a Rewarding Experience: The first two clients that were admitted to Elite Professionals Home Care Company were a sweet husband-wife couple. Both were in need of HHC services as they had chronic illnesses and were aging in their homes. The wife had written a book about her life and her handicap. She provided me and multiple staff members with her book, which we all have and still refer to! The sweet couple have both passed away now, but their picture will always be kept in the front lobby of our office as they were special to us all!

 






Name:  Paula Christensen            

Company/Organization:   Interim HealthCare of Omaha

Hometown:  Grew up in South Bend, Nebraska. I currently live in Bellevue, Nebraska.

Education:  RN, BSN from Methodist College of Nursing

Family:  One son, Caleb, who is ten.

Hobbies: Anything outdoors, watching husker football, going to hockey games, and volunteering at my son’s school.

Favorite TV Show or Movie?  TV Shows:  Parenthood and Revenge 

Favorite Vacation Spot:  Colorado Mountains

Favorite App or Technology:   I recently got a Jawbone which I have enjoyed using.

Why Did You Choose to Become a Home Health or Hospice Provider?  When I graduated from college, I started working at Interim as a Home Health Aide while I was studying for my boards. Once I realized the impact of caring for people in their home environment and how working one on one with the clients in their home made me feel, I decided to continue my career as a nurse in the home health field.  The home setting is where clients want to be and being able to keep them in their homes longer, made me feel like I accomplished something meaningful for them.

Mentor Who Has Helped Me the Most in My Career:   Cathy Glasser was the DHCS at Interim when I first started in the office as a case manager. Her leadership and support helped to structure the home health nurse I became and inspired me to become a manager.  After Cathy left Interim and I became the DHCS, Laurie Wagner, our OBQI nurse, continued to mentor me and offer guidance which has helped me to grow into the leader I am today.  I feel that the success I have had at Interim is a result of both of them believing in me and seeing my potential.

How Do You See Your Profession Changing in the Next Few Years?  I see the need for home health continuing to grow.  There are many resources available to keep people in their homes longer and many of them will need some form of support in order to do that.  Home Health is the most reasonable resource that can meet all of their care needs to keep them home longer.

Why Are You a NAHCHA Member and What Value Do You Receive From Your Membership?  With the many changes in government regulations, it is essential to have a resource advocating for home health ensuring that we are able to offer the best care possible to our clients.  When there is change, it is typically the client that is most affected.  NAHCHA is a voice for both the agencies and the clients which has been very valuable over the past several years.

Something About Me Not Everyone Knows:  I grew up in a small town, and showed horses in 4-H for ten years.

What Is a Best Practice or a New Idea You’ve Recently Implemented in Your Facility?  In order to minimize hospitalizations I created a process we call the “Omaha Project” for the clinicians to follow after they are done following the clients.

Career You’d Like to Try if You Weren’t a Home Health or Hospice Provider:  Teaching

Share a Story About Caring for a Patient that Was a Rewarding Experience: I met an older gentleman last fall while I was covering call who, after talking for a bit, realized we had a connection to the small town I grew up in.  He would play his accordion and harmonica in the small bar in South Bend for the locals.  One of the locals I knew when I was a child had given him one of the accordions he had on display in his home.  After finishing my cares for him, he got out his harmonica and played a few songs for me.  Since I don’t get the opportunity to see clients much anymore, it was an uplifting experience and reminded me why I went into nursing….to care for people.  He put a huge smile on my face which lasted several days.

Name:  Paula Christensen            

Company/Organization:   Interim HealthCare of Omaha

Hometown:  Grew up in South Bend, Nebraska. I currently live in Bellevue, Nebraska.

Education:  RN, BSN from Methodist College of Nursing

Family:  One son, Caleb, who is ten.

Hobbies: Anything outdoors, watching husker football, going to hockey games, and volunteering at my son’s school.

Favorite TV Show or Movie?  TV Shows:  Parenthood and Revenge 

Favorite Vacation Spot:  Colorado Mountains

Favorite App or Technology:   I recently got a Jawbone which I have enjoyed using.

Why Did You Choose to Become a Home Health or Hospice Provider?  When I graduated from college, I started working at Interim as a Home Health Aide while I was studying for my boards. Once I realized the impact of caring for people in their home environment and how working one on one with the clients in their home made me feel, I decided to continue my career as a nurse in the home health field.  The home setting is where clients want to be and being able to keep them in their homes longer, made me feel like I accomplished something meaningful for them.

Mentor Who Has Helped Me the Most in My Career:   Cathy Glasser was the DHCS at Interim when I first started in the office as a case manager. Her leadership and support helped to structure the home health nurse I became and inspired me to become a manager.  After Cathy left Interim and I became the DHCS, Laurie Wagner, our OBQI nurse, continued to mentor me and offer guidance which has helped me to grow into the leader I am today.  I feel that the success I have had at Interim is a result of both of them believing in me and seeing my potential.

How Do You See Your Profession Changing in the Next Few Years?  I see the need for home health continuing to grow.  There are many resources available to keep people in their homes longer and many of them will need some form of support in order to do that.  Home Health is the most reasonable resource that can meet all of their care needs to keep them home longer.

Why Are You a NAHCHA Member and What Value Do You Receive From Your Membership?  With the many changes in government regulations, it is essential to have a resource advocating for home health ensuring that we are able to offer the best care possible to our clients.  When there is change, it is typically the client that is most affected.  NAHCHA is a voice for both the agencies and the clients which has been very valuable over the past several years.

Something About Me Not Everyone Knows:  I grew up in a small town, and showed horses in 4-H for ten years.

What Is a Best Practice or a New Idea You’ve Recently Implemented in Your Facility?  In order to minimize hospitalizations I created a process we call the “Omaha Project” for the clinicians to follow after they are done following the clients.

Career You’d Like to Try if You Weren’t a Home Health or Hospice Provider:  Teaching

Share a Story About Caring for a Patient that Was a Rewarding Experience: I met an older gentleman last fall while I was covering call who, after talking for a bit, realized we had a connection to the small town I grew up in.  He would play his accordion and harmonica in the small bar in South Bend for the locals.  One of the locals I knew when I was a child had given him one of the accordions he had on display in his home.  After finishing my cares for him, he got out his harmonica and played a few songs for me.  Since I don’t get the opportunity to see clients much anymore, it was an uplifting experience and reminded me why I went into nursing….to care for people.  He put a huge smile on my face which lasted several days.

Name:  Paula Christensen            

Company/Organization:   Interim HealthCare of Omaha

Hometown:  Grew up in South Bend, Nebraska. I currently live in Bellevue, Nebraska.

Education:  RN, BSN from Methodist College of Nursing

Family:  One son, Caleb, who is ten.

Hobbies: Anything outdoors, watching husker football, going to hockey games, and volunteering at my son’s school.

Favorite TV Show or Movie?  TV Shows:  Parenthood and Revenge 

Favorite Vacation Spot:  Colorado Mountains

Favorite App or Technology:   I recently got a Jawbone which I have enjoyed using.

Why Did You Choose to Become a Home Health or Hospice Provider?  When I graduated from college, I started working at Interim as a Home Health Aide while I was studying for my boards. Once I realized the impact of caring for people in their home environment and how working one on one with the clients in their home made me feel, I decided to continue my career as a nurse in the home health field.  The home setting is where clients want to be and being able to keep them in their homes longer, made me feel like I accomplished something meaningful for them.

Mentor Who Has Helped Me the Most in My Career:   Cathy Glasser was the DHCS at Interim when I first started in the office as a case manager. Her leadership and support helped to structure the home health nurse I became and inspired me to become a manager.  After Cathy left Interim and I became the DHCS, Laurie Wagner, our OBQI nurse, continued to mentor me and offer guidance which has helped me to grow into the leader I am today.  I feel that the success I have had at Interim is a result of both of them believing in me and seeing my potential.

How Do You See Your Profession Changing in the Next Few Years?  I see the need for home health continuing to grow.  There are many resources available to keep people in their homes longer and many of them will need some form of support in order to do that.  Home Health is the most reasonable resource that can meet all of their care needs to keep them home longer.

Why Are You a NAHCHA Member and What Value Do You Receive From Your Membership?  With the many changes in government regulations, it is essential to have a resource advocating for home health ensuring that we are able to offer the best care possible to our clients.  When there is change, it is typically the client that is most affected.  NAHCHA is a voice for both the agencies and the clients which has been very valuable over the past several years.

Something About Me Not Everyone Knows:  I grew up in a small town, and showed horses in 4-H for ten years.

What Is a Best Practice or a New Idea You’ve Recently Implemented in Your Facility?  In order to minimize hospitalizations I created a process we call the “Omaha Project” for the clinicians to follow after they are done following the clients.

Career You’d Like to Try if You Weren’t a Home Health or Hospice Provider:  Teaching

Share a Story About Caring for a Patient that Was a Rewarding Experience: I met an older gentleman last fall while I was covering call who, after talking for a bit, realized we had a connection to the small town I grew up in.  He would play his accordion and harmonica in the small bar in South Bend for the locals.  One of the locals I knew when I was a child had given him one of the accordions he had on display in his home.  After finishing my cares for him, he got out his harmonica and played a few songs for me.  Since I don’t get the opportunity to see clients much anymore, it was an uplifting experience and reminded me why I went into nursing….to care for people.  He put a huge smile on my face which lasted several days.

Name:  Paula Christensen            

Company/Organization:   Interim HealthCare of Omaha

Hometown:  Grew up in South Bend, Nebraska. I currently live in Bellevue, Nebraska.

Education:  RN, BSN from Methodist College of Nursing

Family:  One son, Caleb, who is ten.

Hobbies: Anything outdoors, watching husker football, going to hockey games, and volunteering at my son’s school.

Favorite TV Show or Movie?  TV Shows:  Parenthood and Revenge 

Favorite Vacation Spot:  Colorado Mountains

Favorite App or Technology:   I recently got a Jawbone which I have enjoyed using.

Why Did You Choose to Become a Home Health or Hospice Provider?  When I graduated from college, I started working at Interim as a Home Health Aide while I was studying for my boards. Once I realized the impact of caring for people in their home environment and how working one on one with the clients in their home made me feel, I decided to continue my career as a nurse in the home health field.  The home setting is where clients want to be and being able to keep them in their homes longer, made me feel like I accomplished something meaningful for them.

Name:  Paula Christensen            

Company/Organization:   Interim HealthCare of Omaha

Hometown:  Grew up in South Bend, Nebraska. I currently live in Bellevue, Nebraska.

Education:  RN, BSN from Methodist College of Nursing

Family:  One son, Caleb, who is ten.

Hobbies: Anything outdoors, watching husker football, going to hockey games, and volunteering at my son’s school.

Favorite TV Show or Movie?  TV Shows:  Parenthood and Revenge 

Favorite Vacation Spot:  Colorado Mountains

Favorite App or Technology:   I recently got a Jawbone which I have enjoyed using.

Why Did You Choose to Become a Home Health or Hospice Provider?  When I graduated from college, I started working at Interim as a Home Health Aide while I was studying for my boards. Once I realized the impact of caring for people in their home environment and how working one on one with the clients in their home made me feel, I decided to continue my career as a nurse in the home health field.  The home setting is where clients want to be and being able to keep them in their homes longer, made me feel like I accomplished something meaningful for them.

Calendar of Events

Upcoming events

03 Mar 2015 11:00 AM • State Capitol and Governor's Residence

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NAHCHA Education Events
Home Care Legislative Day
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in Room 1510 at the State Capitol
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. State Senators Luncheon at the Governor's Residence

Accurate Documentation in Home Health Care and Preparing for Audits Webinar
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
12:00 - 2:00 p.m. Central
Presented by Lisa Selman-Holman

Webinar Recordings Available

Recordings of recent NAHCHA webinars are available for purchase:


Fundamentals in Home Health

NAHCHA is partnering with the Home Care Association of Colorado to offer an online Fundamentals in Home Health Program.

Home Health Aide On-the-Go In-Service Series

NAHCHA is partnering with HCPro/Beacon Health to offer a Home Health Aide on the Go In-Service Series.

OASIS-C On-Line Training Program
NAHCHA has a partnership with Acorn's End and RCTCLEARN.NET to provide an OASIS-C On-Line Training Program.  View the program flyer for details and registration information.



Nebraska Association of Home and Community Health Agencies
Janet Seelhoff, CAE
Executive Director
1633 Normandy Ct, Suite A, Lincoln, NE 68512

Phone:  402.423.0718
Fax:  402.476.6547

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