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Joined: Jun 15, '09; Posts: 6 (33% Liked) ; Likes: 2

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    That day may come, they have been talking about this in the hospital setting for quite a while. But for now, I think, the only way this might get addressed is through union contract negotiations.

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    I, too, think your agency sounds great. But I don't think you will get a good idea of what is creating your increased turnover rate from this type of feedback.
    Have you been doing exit interviews?
    If you are the direct supervisor for the staff that is leaving do you have your H.R. person or someone else do these interviews?
    I think its easier to tell someone other than your direct boss what problems you had with the agency.
    How about talking with the staff that isn't leaving about what they are hearing or seeing?
    Could it be the level of experience in the new staff that you are now hiring?
    I noticed that you questioned whether or not the casemanagement piece was causing a problem. I can't be sure from one little sentence, but do you see yourself micromanaging your staff? Are you maybe being a little too attentive and not allowing your professional RN's to make decisions regarding patient care? Just a thought, been there and learned the hard way that this is not appreciated in a manager! Good Luck.

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    SandBetweenMyToes likes this.

    No, there is no law limiting the amount of patients per day.
    I agree with the first respondent that sometimes, you have to learn to, politely and professionally, say "no" to more visits.
    I have been on both sides of the fence, the scheduler trying to cover every patient's need and the RN running around trying to juggle a busy and ever changing schedule.
    I have learned to not say no right away but to work with the scheduler to see if maybe another patient could be moved to a different day to accomodate the new patient, I try to be creative.
    I have also learned that if you are the one who never says, no, they will always call you first when there is an extra visit to be covered!

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    Sana2007 likes this.


    I've been in homecare for about 11 years now. I have always used a shoulder bag until I started at my recent job where they offered me a bag on wheels because I was having shoulder pain from the heaviness of the bag.

    I agree with the last two posts that bag barriers are to keep your patient's home clean and to keep you from dragging something from one house to the next.

    I, too questioned how I could use the bag on wheels and still keep a clean bag. I opted against it.
    Instead I got a shoulder bag and then spent $20.00 at Target to buy one of those folding grocery carts.
    Now I can pull my bag without having it touch the ground or the floor of the patient's house.

    The other problem with the rolling bag is that you shouldn't put it up on a chair or table to get into it, which means a lot of deep knee bends during your day!

    Hope this helps.

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    Has anyone dealt with Loving Care Agency wout of Lenox and Springfield, Massachusetts?
    I have 13 years experience in Homecare but not in Pediatrics.
    Any advice on switching to Pedi care?

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    I too work in homecare and found I needed to cut my hours to 32 hours per week so I could "catchup" with the paperwork.
    I am salaried and have a productivity expectation of 6 visits per day.
    I wish I could say that on some days this balances out however, if I am under productivity it effects my yearly raises.
    Also, I recently had to work the weekend. Not only do I not get paid extra for this, but because they did not have enough visits for me on Sunday they are forcing me to use my Personal time to pay for the "time off"!
    This just doesnt feel legal but I dont know...I am ready to call in a Union!