All In For Care
The goal for the #ALLINFORCARE Program is to identify, acknowledge and recognize those people that make a significant positive impact on the lives of our residents/consumers/patients. Every day there are employees, volunteers, family members, residents/consumers/patients who embody and exemplify the idea of being #ALLINFORCARE. We would like to spread the amazing stories that occur in our buildings to the community at large. The ultimate goal is to create a culture and environment where acting in a manner that represents #ALLINFORCARE is common place.
Who can give a nomination: Any person who has the intent of recognizing another person for embodying and exemplifying being #ALLINFORCARE.
Who can be nominated: Any person who positively impacts the residents/consumers/patients, staff or community as a whole.
How can a nomination be made: There are multiple ways to make a nomination. Complete a designated nomination card and return it to the Administrator. Send an email with details of the nomination to the Administrator. Verbally communicate to a staff member/Administrator the details of the nomination.
What does the recognition program look like: Each building is assigned with the task of recognizing and celebrating nominations in the way they determine will support and encourage the continuation of the program and infuse the #ALLINFORCARE philosophy throughout the building.
Once an Administrator has identified a significant scenario/contribution, they will be responsible for submitting the information to the Vice President of Business Development. The Business Development team will assist in creating the write up details and decide the most appropriate placement of the story outside of the building. This may include, with the permission of the nominee, fliers, testimonials, social media, websites, video etc.
What to Consider in an Interview – Are we good Mergers?
Our long-term/post acute care workplaces probably are not in general that dissimilar than many of our competitors or at least share many of the same general features. For instance, a roof, windows, doors and halls that lead to and from places. And in some instances, I found navigating these corridors can be dangerous and tricky, with blind corners causing unexpected congestion at peak pedestrian hours.
During one of my visits on a particularly busy day, I observed at a T-intersection between the elevators and the bathrooms, two hallway travelers with one suddenly appearing and preparing to take a hard right directly into the others lane of traffic. And fearing that one would have to either brake or collide, to my surprise the other accelerated gracefully and completed the maneuver safely, without breaking stride or causing the other to make any speed adjustment whatsoever. It was really quite impressive.
Now never one to let an achievement go unacknowledged, I congratulated the resident on this act of rare pedestrian dexterity. “Why, thank you!” she responded. “I’ve been told I’m a very good merger.” It’s a phrase that’s stuck with me ever since.
In these desperate times of staffing shortages, I’m always vigilant for any insight that would help separate one candidate from the rest, or the holy grail that would guarantee they’ll be a good fit and stay for a while. I’ve read about what parking habits, highway aggression or perambulating geese could reveal about the characters and viability of potential hires.
So just maybe this hallway encounter could add another important instrument to the interviewing arsenal?
Because really, not to diminish technical skills and experience, isn’t finding a long-term team member mostly about the culture and the fit? That’s why it’s imperative in revealing how a potential candidate is likely to behave on a freeway on-ramp (or office hallway).
When presented with this case scenario, will they selfishly accelerate and veer in front, forcing everyone else to hit the brakes? Will they slow down timidly to a near stop, signal flashing ineffectively, while other cars drive all over them? Hopefully you’ll find someone with an even tempered characteristic, able to assert themselves when necessary into the traffic of workplace personalities and stresses, or gently adjust as necessary in space or time to avoid inconvenience and consequences to others.
Maybe this simple hallway encounter won’t transform the interview process for our entire profession, but feel free to try it at your next interview. “So, I’ve been reviewing your resume,” you’ll say to that fresh-faced new potential candidate and then ask- while it appears you have most of the requisite skills, can you now explain to me -how well you merge?”
Michael R. Giannini
National Nurses Week: May 6-12, 2019
4 Million Reasons to Celebrate
During National Nurses Week, Generations Healthcare Network would like to extend a special thanks to you, our nurses, as you continue to provide the highest level of quality of care to your patients and residents. You deserve special recognition for your vast contributions and the positive impact you make every day!
Letters to Generations
To Whom it May Concern,
Last summer (2018) my Mother experienced multiple compressions of her vertebrae causing severe and debilitating pain in her lower back. She had 3 procedures to fix the problem and required 24 hour care followed with rehabilitation. We initially admitted her into a nursing home with rehab in Rockford, but after the first 24 hours of little to no care I knew we had to get her out of there. We initially chose Generations in Byron because it was close to my home. We immediately knew this was the place she needed to be. The care she received within the first hour was hundreds of times better than what she got the whole time she was at the other facility. The staff at Generations was professional, caring, kind, and really made my Mom comfortable and helped her understand what she should and should not do in order to heal. The Rehab Staff where amazing with her! She looked forward to seeing them even when she did not really want to move much. They were so encouraging, gentle, kind, and motivating all at the same time. She continued her rehab with them after leaving Generations because she couldn’t see herself going anywhere else. The facility is beautiful, super clean, and welcoming from the moment you step in the front door. Our entire family would recommend Generations in Byron to anyone needing care of any length of time. They were wonderful to her and all of us!
A huge Thank You and God Bless You to all of the staff!
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