This is a home care and hospice agency. There are separate staff for each aspect. Very supportive and patient focused.
What I like
The hospice staff focus on interdisciplinary planning and support. The goal is to give the patient and family the tools that they need to successfully caregivers at home, with intermittent visits and 24/7 support. Nursing assistants, chaplains and social workers are all part of the team. The most common phrase that I hear from patients and families is that they wish that they had signed up for hospice sooner, as they are so happy with the available resources for them.
What I dislike
There is nothing specific that I would want to change.
Suggestions for improvement
The challenges are those familiar to anyone in healcare, how to meet multiple needs, interact with people at a fragile time in their life and do it with compassion and excellence. I think Ascension does as well, if not better, as any healthcare organization to make this happen.
A very positive and supportive environment with coworkers who really cared about each other.
The leaders do a great job of getting to know an individuals strengths and weaknesses and challenges people to always do their best
Daily team meetings to review needs, but also team building.
There is on call hours and weekend hours. The leaders do encourage staff to lead a balanced life.
Support from management
Awesome and supportive managers
Freedom to work independently
The nature of home care and hospice is that you have to work independently. The leaders provide the support to make that happen.
Inclusive / Diverse
Everyone was encouraged to share their ideas.
Nursing is primarily a female profession. Males are definitely welcome and treated well.
Attitude towards older colleagues
Many of the staff were older and were seen as mentors by the younger staff.
Office / Work Environment
Most of the work is done in patient homes. Little work is done in the office.
Recycling bins available and encouraged.
The facility is on one level, with no stairs. Not sure that the doors self open.
Training modules for safe driving, managing patients and families with challenging behaviors.
Overall compensation for your work
The pay isn't as high as in the larger cities, but very adequate and pays well for the area.
While the census fluctuates, there is always enough work to keep people busy.
A very caring company that values good patient care.
Staff are regularly promoted from within.
The work is different every day. It allows you to be creative and have to think on your feet.