The Nebraska Home Care Association represents the interests and concerns of home health, home care, private duty, hospice and palliative care 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: Jessica Gerdes
Name: Jessica Gerdes
Company/Organization: Good Samaritan Society Home Care of Southeast Nebraska
Hometown: Auburn, Nebraska
Education: Bachelor of Science in Nursing with a minor in Business
Family: Spouse: James, Kids: Braden 11, Ava-9, Mia-7, and Nash 4
Hobbies: Running, taking walks with kids, having friends over for cookouts
Favorite TV Show or Movie? New Girl, Dancing with the Stars
Favorite Vacation Spot: Disney World and any island
Favorite App or Technology: Couldn’t live without a Smartphone
Why Did You Choose to Become a Home Health or Hospice Provider? Actually in college I really disliked my home health semester. Carla Trout called me about a case manager position in home health and I chose it at the time due to the flexibility and day hours. I was a new grad having my first child and it sounded ideal. Since then I have grown to LOVE it!
Mentor Who Has Helped Me the Most in My Career: Carla Trout has taught me about the home care world. I didn’t really know anything about home care until I started working for Good Samaritan Society Home Care.
How Do You See Your Profession Changing in the Next Few Years? I foresee constant changes in the years to come. The payment model will be changing. The use of technology in home care will continue to increase. Clients will continue to be sent home sooner and sicker requiring home care staff to do more in the home.
Why Are You a NAHCHA Member and What Value Do You Receive From Your Membership? I am a NAHCHA member because NAHCHA keeps me informed of changes in regulations and policies. It provides excellent educational opportunities for the agency that we wouldn’t be able to get otherwise.
Something About Me Not Everyone Knows: I love to roller skate and still have scars on my knees from when I was a kid practicing my turns!
What Is a Best Practice or a New Idea You’ve Recently Implemented in Your Facility? Hiring a Lifeline/Telehealth Coordinator who we cross trained to be a backup Office Manager and CNA.
Career You’d Like to Try if You Weren’t a Home Health or Hospice Provider: If I wasn’t in home health, I think I would work in maternity. No matter what, I would be in the medical profession of some sort.
Share a Story About Caring for a Patient that Was a Rewarding Experience: When I first started in home health, I had a client that needed dressing changes an average of 3 days/week for a couple of years. She was in her upper 90s and lived independently but had terrible sores that constantly needed care. On the days I wasn’t doing a visit, she dressed her legs herself which took her a couple hours. She so looked forward to my visit for the companionship, interaction, and care I provided her. I felt I really made a difference and brought her joy in her last few years of life.