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