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Caring Professionals Homecare’s 10 Year Anniversary Picnic!!!!

Saturday, October 8th, 2016

Wow, 10 years has flown by.

Thanks to our wonderful clients and outstanding employees we have been in business for 10 years, we couldn’t have done it without them!

That is why we wanted to make this year’s picnic extra special. We gave away tons of prizes, had games, LOTS of food, and even had a live band to keep us entertained throughout the whole day.

The weather was absolutely beautiful!

We even had a 250 pound pig that Esteban, the timesheet guy, got to smoke for us!

Our picnic this year was definitely a success and we cannot wait to do it again in the future.

Thank you to all who made it out and we appreciate everyone involved with Caring Professionals Homecare.

 

That right there is a 250 pound pig, yes you read that right, a 250 pound pig!!! Here is Mitch and Amanda checking in some visitors We were able to have a live band keep us entertained with wonderful music during the picnic.  Here is one of our employees dancing with her client!    Everyone seems to be enjoying the picnic. I see one of our clients brought his service dog! Woof woof!    We also had food catered by TST Creative Catering, they did a fantastic job once again.    Off in the distance people can be seen playing Bingo, that was the favorite activity of the picnic!!    Another shot of the pig on the smoker

Caring Professionals is doing Toys For Tots this year!!!!!

Friday, November 20th, 2015

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Presents:

Toys For Tots Logo

Caring Professionals Homecare is happy to announce that we will be participating as distributor for Toys for Tots this year!

If you, or anyone you know would like a little bit of help this holiday season with getting a few gifts for your children (0-16 years old), contact Donna via email at donna@mycaringpro.com to request a form. You can also pick up a form at our office during business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:00am – 4:30pm. Submission forms are due in to the office by Fri, Dec. 4th at 4:30pm.

This is open to anyone and everyone, so please spread the word so we can have a big turnout! Happy Holidays!

2356 University Ave. West #220

Saint Paul, MN 55114

651-789-2299

Like us on Facebook!!

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

We have a fantastic Facebook page that is updated on a regular basis. You can find out important news, updates, and what is going on in the office. There are also lots of new pictures from the past year that have been added that show all of our new office staff employees having fun with each other!

We have done a lot of events this year including county fairs, a trip to the Science Museum, office pranks and shenanigans, an annual office trip to the State Fair, and last but not least our company picnic that just wrapped up.  Visiting our Facebook page will always keep you in the loop about what is happening over here at Caring Professionals Homecare. Spread the word and tell your friends!

The 100th person who likes our page will receive a $10 gift card to Caribou Coffee!

Here is the link:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Caring-Professionals-Homecare-llc/105479342826862

Company Picnic!!! Friday, September 5th. Mark your calendars!!!

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Caring Professionals is pleased to announce that we will be bringing back our annual picnic on Friday, September 5th 2014.

This year’s festivities will be held at the recreation center located at:

30 Langford Park
Saint Paul, MN 55108
(less than 2 miles North of our office. )

There will be plenty of activities for everyone! Clients, employees, as well as your families, of CPH are more than welcome to come. We will begin at 9:00am sharp and go until 4:00pm. Some of the things we will have include, horseshoes, bean bags, ball toss, bingo, prizes, and more! Esteban will be smoking a pig for everyone to enjoy, and for those of you that do not like pork, we will have other food catered. Chicken, Burgers, veggie burgers, and hot dogs will also be available, with lots of sides to eat.

Please feel free to come or go at any time. 

If you are planning to come, please RSVP by calling the office at 651-789-2299, and let us know if you are going to attend and how many will be joining you.

We hope to see you there!!

CPH Team
651-789-2299

Ramsey County Fair

Friday, July 18th, 2014

ramsey county fair pic          captain jack

Caring Professionals had a blast working the Ramsey County Fair this past weekend! It was our first time doing the Ramsey County Fair and we enjoyed it thoroughly. Many people stopped by our booth to learn more about home health care and what we do as a company.

We even saw some of our employees there! One of them was even with our client and on the clock! I also came across Captain Jack Sparrow himself, apparently he saw me as a threat.. he whipped his pistol out on me! Since we had such great success and so much fun, we decided to do the Washington County Fair as well, and will be taking place on July 30th-August 3rd. We welcome you all to come out and visit us, and we hope to see you there!

48 hours a week/275 hours a month rule.

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

Attention employees!!

If you are about to work over 48 hours within a week or 275 hours in a month, you need to call the office and talk with payroll or scheduling.

In your orientation you learned that these are either company policies and/or state laws.

If you are about to work to many hours, set up a meeting with administration or scheduling to be compliant.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Caring Professionals Homecare, LLC

We’ve brought back Employee of the month!

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Starting with June 2014, we will be bringing back employee of the month award! Our employees work very hard in the field and care about our clients. We want to recognize them for their efforts and reward them for their hard work. If you feel like your PCA or homemaker should be nominated for this award contact our office and let us know.  Check out our Facebook page to see the pictures of June’s winner!

Relative Pay Cut

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Greetings:

Once again on 4/5/12 the Senate Health and Human Services omnibus bill was heard in the Senate Finance Committee for the second time, and an amendment was successfully added to the bill that delays the 20% PCA relative wage cut until July 1, 2013. Please see the section on the Senate Health and Human Services Omnibus bill (below) for the status of this bill.

It is my understanding that this amendment will restore the cut that took effect on Friday, March 23, 2012 meaning any hours worked on 3/23/12 going forward will now be reimbursed at 100% for any PCA who is an immediate family member of their assigned client(s).

Here is the link to the actual bill. You’ll need to scroll down to the bill number 2093. If you click on the PCA Update link on the top it will take you to the summary. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

http://mnccd.org/?page_id=181#pca

Thank you

CPH

Bill restores pay for related care attendants.

Friday, April 6th, 2012

Bill restores pay for related Care Attendants

Minnesota Budget update as reported by the Minnesota Home Care Association

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

The legislature and administrative officials having been meeting over the weekend to finalize the details of the budget deal that would end the Minnesota government shutdown. Although the negotiators missed their self-imposed deadlines, they remain optomistic that an agreement will be reached soon and that the shutdown will end this week.

The State Capitol Complex and the negotiations remain “closed” to the public. With very little specific detail being shared before a final agreement is announced, we have heard that the HHS bill includes the following things that were agreed to at a “global” level:
• Provide $556 million in additional “revenue” for HHS above the legislative targets. This would bring the legislative “cut” target down from $1.6 billion to about $1.05 billion.
• A statement that the global agreement would protect 140,000 Minnesotans from losing health care, indicates that the MA Early Expansion that the legislature had proposed eliminating will be bought-back. This expansion allowed for Medical Assistance coverage for adults without dependent children.
• Also, the position that the agreement protects against long-term care cuts that would have forced 1,500 elderly and disabled people into more expensive nursing homes rather than home and community-based services, indicates that the alternative Personal Care Assistant (PCA) program may be included for funding. This program would help alleviate the impact on those clients that will lose PCA services because of eligibility changes.
• We are hearing that the agreement protects against cuts to mental health treatment funding that result in increased numbers of people with mental illness in our jails, emergency rooms and psychiatric hospitals. I believe this is most likely the proposed cuts to Adult Mental Health Grants, and indicates that cuts of that magnitude will not be included in the final agreement.
• A statement that the agreement protects against a drastic reduction in medical education and research funding tells us that proposed MERC funding cuts will be reduced from the legislative proposals, but some level of cuts will remain.
• The position that the agreement protects against a 50% cut to women’s primary health care services (family planning) is most likely referring to the proposed cuts to the Family Planning Special Project Grants, indicating that level of cuts are not in the final agreement.
• Finally, a statement that the agreement protects substantial funding for Department of Health Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) which aims to help Minnesotans live longer, healthier lives by reducing the burden of chronic disease and reduce long term healthcare costs indicates that SHIP funding will remain, but not at its previous level.
We are viewing the above list as a preview of the final HHS bill, as these items represent highlights in the legislation. The detailed program funding for the remainder of the agreement will be announced soon. As soon as we have more information, we will communicate it to you.

Budget for State of Minnesota

Monday, June 27th, 2011

On Monday, June 27, 2011, Caring Professionals Homecare sent out a voicemail blast to all employees and clients (nearly 550 people in total) stating the following as it relates to the potential State of Minnesota government shutdown:

“Hi, this is Caring Professionals Homecare with an important update for all clients and employees.

As you may already know, the State of Minnesota does not have an approved budget to fund the operations of state government for the fiscal year that begins on July 1, 2011. While courts are deciding what is considered critical services and while we wait for a final approved budget, please DO NOT PANIC.

We would like to our staff to continue working with their assigned clients and document hours worked on timecards as normal. Caring Professionals Homecare remains financially sound and will keep operating during these uncertain times. We will update you accordingly. Thank you.”

-Caring Professionals Homecare Administration

PCA Eligibility Requirement Changes

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Currently, in order to be eligible for Personal Care Assistance (PCA), the state of Minnesota requires that the person receiving care is either dependent on one Activity of Daily Living (ADL) or that the person exhibits what is called Level 1 behavior. Dependency on an ADL now requires hands-on physical assistance to complete the task or cuing and constant supervision to complete the task. ADLs include the following:

– Grooming
– Dressing
– Bathing
– Transferring
– Mobility
– Positioning
– Eating
– Toileting

Level 1 Behavior is behavior that requires the immediate response of another person, has occurred in the last 12 months, and involves at least one of the following:

– Physical aggression towards self
– Physical aggression towards others
– Destruction of property

Starting July 1, 2011, Minnesota will require a person to be dependent on two ADLs in order to receive PCA services. According to the PACER Center, the state is expected to reassess all recipients of PCA services between January 1 and June 30, 2011, except for those who receive PCA services through a waiver program or the Alternative Care Program.

New My Caring Pro Testimonial

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Please check out our new audio testimonial: My Caring Pro Testimonial

Top 10 Reasons to Choose Caring Professionals Homecare Service

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

1. Great PCA and nursing staff! Caring Professionals has some of the best trained PCA’s and nurses in the state. Our employees are highly motivated and bring smiles to our clients every day.
2. Clients come first. Caring Professionals prides itself on our quality of care and the service we provide to all of our clients.
3. Friendliest office in the Twin Cities. Whether you call in and talk to our office manager Sheila or meet with Amanda or Honest from HR, you will always feel welcome.
4. Management cares and it shows. Engagement in the community and volunteering time at non-profit organizations like Friends of Africa Education (www.foae.org) are some of things we do to help improve people’s lives outside the office.
5. Our new location is coming soon. Being located on Grand was nice, but the new location has dedicated parking for visitors and will be next to the new light rail line between Minneapolis and St. Paul.
6. Day or night, we can help!
7. Experience is key. Our management team has over 120 years of combined industry experience and all of them have been involved since the founding of the company.
8. Our annual picnic is awesome. Recognizing clients and employees is important to us. It’s also fun when there is food involved.
9. Caring Professionals Home Care is licensed, bonded and insured. Signing up with our service, you can rest assured that you are in good hands.
10. Continual strife for improvement. Suggestions and comments from clients and staff alike are always welcome as we seek better ways of providing great service.

The Affordable Care Act

Monday, September 20th, 2010

If you’re living with a disability, private health insurance may be hard to come by. Even if you can afford to buy it, it probably doesn’t cover all of your needs. Worrying about where to get coverage and the cost of your care is the last thing you want to do. The Affordable Care Act is expanding your options for health insurance and making them more affordable. Additional information on what is changing and when can be found at healthcare.gov. The site also has an interactive timeline that outlines all of the upcoming changes.

The Importance of Home Health Care

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

Local and national media is increasingly reporting on the health care needs of our aging population.  Caring Professionals Home Care has been and continues to be one of the premier home health care providers in Minnesota serving the needs of this state’s citizens.  Over the next two years, we expect some significant changes in how our government manages health care.  Here are some interesting facts:

– The number of Americans over age 65 is expected to grow 3% each year over the next decade.

– In the same period, senior citizens will grow from 13% of the population to over 16%, an increase of 14 million people.

– Over 83% of people who die of heart disease are 65 years and older. A 65 year old person is twice as likely to have a stroke than a 55 year old person.

– As reported by Forbes, over 80% of middle aged and senior citizens prefer treatment in their own home to inpatient treatment at a healthcare facility.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) recently published proposed payment changes for 2011. While there are various pieces to it, the net effect is about a 4.75% decrease in Medicare payments to home health agencies next year, with a similar additional reduction in 2012.

Caring Professional’s pledge to its current and prospective clients is that we will continue to provide high quality service in this challenging environment.  We also encourage our clients to contact their representatives in Congress and let them know how they feel about the importance of home healthcare.  To get started, you can click on the following link: http://www.helpuschoosehome.com/takeaction.php

Call to Action!

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

At Caring Professionals Home Care we strive to provide the best possible service to our clients.  To deliver superior service, all of our employees receive in person training and have to complete mandatory online courses.  In addition, Caring Professionals pays above average industry wages to attract and retain the right candidates.  Last, our company has implemented a rigorous code of conduct program and we hold all of our employees to a highest degree of ethical standards.

Like most home care agencies in Minnesota, Caring Professionals depends on reimbursement from the state to provide its services to the community.  Recent announcements from our state government have and will continue to negatively affect our clients and employees.  The Courage Center located in Minneapolis is commissioning  a survey to assess some of the effects of these changes.  Caring Professionals encourages all of its clients and employees to complete this survey which can be found at the following link.

http://www.couragecenter.org/ContentPages/pcasurvey2010.aspx

Growing Industries

Friday, May 28th, 2010

 

The Jobs of the Future
Occupations with the largest percentage growth expected through 2018:
• Biomedical Engineers 72%
• Network Systems Analysts 53%
• Home Health Aides 50%
• Personal, Home-Care Aides 46%
• Financial Examiners 41%
• Medical Scientists 40%
• Physician Assistants 39%
• Skin-Care Specialists 38%
• Biochemists, Biophysicists 37%
• Athletic Trainers 37%
Source: Labor Department ‘Occupational Outlook Handbook’

You’re Invited to a BBQ!

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Please join us for some great food at our barbeque on the 11th of June from 11am-2pm. You will be in good company with many of the clients and employees of Caring Professionals Homecare. There will also be some giveaways, so come on over and have some fun! If you would like to come please call and let us know how many people you would like to bring.

Caring Professionals Homecare
Office 651-789-2299

Caring Pro Video

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Kiss 15% of Your Medicare Money Goodbye If You Owe Taxes

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

If you owe back taxes, the IRS can now come calling in non-traditional ways – in fact, it might just garnish some of your Medicare reimbursement until you’ve paid back what you owe.            
According to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Transmittal 368, with an effective date of Oct. 1, businesses that owe tax money to the IRS may face levies.
“CMS may reduce federal payments subject to the levy by 15 percent, or the exact amount of the tax owed if it is less than 15 percent of the payment,” the transmittal indicates. “The levy is continuous until the overdue taxes are paid in full, or other arrangements are made to satisfy the debt.”              
If you owe back taxes, the IRS will arrange to take 15 percent of your Medicare reimbursement until your levy has been satisfied, says attorney Michael Schaff with Wilentz, Goldman and Spitzer in Woodbridge, N.J.             
This means that you will continue collecting reimbursement, but the payment will be reduced by 15 percent until you no longer owe the IRS money.             
If the government has garnished part of your Medicare reimbursement, you’ll see the code “WU” in the PLB03-1 data field, along with Medicare’s phone number in case you have questions about the adjustment.

One in Five Medicare Patients are Rehospitalized Within 30 Days

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

A study in the New England Journal of Medicine estimates that Medicare payments for unplanned re-hospitalizations totaled $17.4 billion in 2004. Based on Medicare billing data for fiscal year 2003-2004, the authors estimate that one in five Medicare patients were re-hospitalized within 30 days of discharge, with only about 10 percent of these re-hospitalizations planned.
The most frequent reasons for re-hospitalization were:
•Heart failure (8.6 percent)
•Pneumonia (7.3 percent)
•Psychoses (4.3 percent)
•Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (3.9 percent)
Half of patients re-hospitalized within 30 days did not visit a physician after discharge to the community, Nancy Foster, AHA vice president for quality and patient safety, said.

Industry News Update: Nursing Homes Cited for Health, Safety Violations

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

More than 90 percent of U.S. nursing homes were cited for federal health and safety violations in 2007, according to an HHS Office of Inspector General report. The report found that deficiencies were cited for 94 percent of for-profit nursing homes, 88 percent of not-for-profit homes and 91 percent of government-run homes.
For-profit homes account for approximately 66 percent of U.S. nursing homes, not-for-profit homes account for 27 percent, and government-run homes account for 6 percent (Pear, New York Times, 9/30).

The most common deficiencies centered on quality of care measures, including treatment and prevention of bedsores and urinary tract infections. The most common quality of life issues involved housekeeping, maintenance, and nutrition, with 43 percent of homes cited for problems with dietary services (Freking, AP/Boston Globe, 9/29).

The report found that about 17 percent of nursing homes had deficiencies that caused “actual harm or immediate jeopardy” to residents. Of the 37,150 complaints inspectors received in 2007 about the condition of nursing homes, 39 percent were substantiated and about 20 percent of those verified complaints involved patient abuse or neglect.