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: Carla Cage


Name: Carla Cage

Company/Organization: Tabitha Home Care Specialties

Hometown: Hebron, Nebraska

Family: One 21-year-old daughter

Hobbies:  Spending time with family and friends and watching movies

Favorite TV Show or Movie? So You Think You Can Dance

Favorite Vacation Spot: Oahu, Hawaii

Favorite App or Technology: iFunny

Why Did You Choose to Become a Home Health or Hospice Provider? Assisting others and providing exceptional service to clients has always been my passion.

Mentor Who Has Helped Me the Most in My Career: Carlotta Mason provided me with my first leadership training and led by setting a wonderful example.

How Do You See Your Profession Changing in the Next Few Years?  Private duty care is always evolving to meet the needs of the client.

Why Are You a NAHCHA Member and What Value Do You Receive From Your Membership? Tabitha’s Home Health Care program and Home Care Specialties private duty look to NAHCHA as a resource partner addressing topics that are occurring in industry.

Something About Me Not Everyone Knows: Although new to NAHCHA, I have served at Tabitha for more than 13 combined years.

What Is a Best Practice or a New Idea You’ve Recently Implemented in Your Facility? Tabitha gives us the opportunity to be recognized by clients with Hearts of Gold recognition. Clients share their compliments with us so that we can recognize our employees for providing excellent service.

Career You’d Like to Try if You Weren’t a Home Health or Hospice Provider: Proof reader of books

Share a Story About Caring for a Patient that Was a Rewarding Experience: Being able to listen to a client’s story and learning their desire for the future, then being able to coordinate care among our services is so rewarding. An elder can experience care from our private duty and adult day programs then transition to home health care and hospice or an assisted living or skilled care.  There is great satisfaction from knowing that we can provide the whole continuum of care to our elders.








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

25 Aug 2015 8:00 AM • Midtown Holiday Inn, Grand Island, NE
13 Oct 2015 12:00 PM • Webinar

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NAHCHA Education Events

ICD-10 Connecting Accurate Data Collection & Care Delivery Conference
August 25-26, 2015

Midtown Holiday Inn in Grand Island
Presented by Cindy Krafft and Dee Kornetti from Kornetti & Krafft

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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