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: Janice Holmes



Name: Janice Holmes, Director of Home Care   

Company/Organization:  Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society Omaha Metro Home Care

Hometown: Independence, Missouri

Education: Nursing Diploma—St. Margaret Hospital School of Nursing, KC, KS;

      BSN—College of St. Mary, Omaha, NE

Family: Husband of 45 years, Time; 3 children and 4 wonderful grandchildren

Hobbies: Crocheting, Gardening, Spending time with my grandchildren J

Favorite TV Show or Movie? Any movie with Paul Newman! Gone with the Wind, Jeopardy, all NCIS shows

Favorite Vacation Spot: Colorado and our lake house in Warsaw, MO.

Favorite App or Technology: Skype & Facebook

Why Did You Choose to Become a Home Health or Hospice Provider? I began as a hospice nurse in 1983 with Bergan Mercy Home Care, when they started the first Medicare Certified Hospice program in Nebraska. I transitioned into Bergan Mercy Home Care as a case manager in 1989 and the rest is history! Home care became a calling for me as I loved the personal one-on-one relationship with witnessing first-hand how I could impact a person’s goal to remain in the home.

Mentor Who Has Helped Me the Most in My Career:

I have worked with many wonderful nurses who have been friends and peers. My first Director, Carolyn Geiger, was instrumental in increasing my knowledge of home care state and federal regulations. I expanded my role from case managers, to Clinical Supervisor and eventually Operations Director for Regulations when Bergan Mercy became part of the Alegent Health system.

How Do You See Your Profession Changing in the Next Few Years?  With the growing impact of federal and state regulations, ACO’s and other future programs, change in home care is inevitable. Ours is a challenging profession that requires constant attention to details, utilizing all available resources to learn and then be a resource to our staff and referral sources.

Why Are You a NAHCHA Member and What Value Do You Receive From Your Membership? I became an individual member several years ago, because the company I worked for at the time was not financially able to become a member. At that time, I needed NAHCHA in order to keep me informed of regulatory changes and utilize their education offerings. I enjoy the peer interaction with other agency directors and value the NAHCHA staff that provides progressive educational offerings to anticipate the future needs for its members.

Something About Me Not Everyone Knows:

I love solitude! I value quiet time. Most people probably think I am very social, which is necessary at this time in my life with my job, family and aging parents. We live in the Loess Hills of Council Bluffs so I look forward to the times I can sit on our front porch and enjoy the peace and quiet and watch the wildlife.

What Is a Best Practice or a New Idea You’ve Recently Implemented in Your Facility?  Oasis C-1… After returning from the recent workshop, I provided educational sessions with my staff to not only increase their knowledge of the OASIS questions but how best to interpret responses accurately. It was well received.

Career You’d Like to Try if You Weren’t a Home Health or Hospice Provider: I always love the legal aspects of nursing and at one time in my life contemplated applying to a Legal Nurse Consultant Program.

Share a Story About Caring for a Patient that Was a Rewarding Experience: When I was a Hospice Nurse, I had a patient with a cancerous brain tumor. He had come to America in the early 1900’s from Germany and joined the German community in Omaha. We developed a strong bond and he introduced me to a lady who had also come from Germany and was his friend of 40 years. Theirs was a special friendship and his final wish was to marry her before he died. Our hospice chaplain performed the ceremony and I was her Matron of Honor! He died 10 days later. It was so rewarding to be a participant and know that Al left this world happy and his new wife, while despondent over his death, was so very happy she could call herself his wife. Special memory J








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

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NAHCHA Education Events

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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