Client and Caregiver Making The Trek Together
Pedaling power: Group with Parkinson's goes the distance from Seattle to Miami.
A Snohomish County group made a virtual trek from Seattle to Miami and they did it on two wheels. Three times a week a group of cyclers, including a Right at Home Snohomish & N. King County client and a caregiver, attend a "Pedaling for Parkinson's" cycling class at the YMCA in Mill Creek. The group got to work, pedaling about 200 miles a class, to make the more than 3,000 mile trip cross country. The cyclers accomplished their goal, pedaling the distance from Seattle to Miami. In fact, they actually rode far enough they went into the ocean!
Watch the KOMO News report on this outstanding feat and the Pedaling for Parkinson's cycling class.
12 Days of Goodness
Victoria Johnston, Owner/Direct Care Supervisor of Right at Home Everett/Snohomish County was proud to be part of the '12 Days of Goodness' at The Carl Gipson Senior Center, Everett.
The '12 Days of Goodness' was created by Suzanne Perkins Newman, a lifelong Seattle football fan, who used to share games with her father as an original season ticket holder. Her father had one dream: For our hometown team to win the Super Bowl. Yet her father was never able to see that day, as he passed away in 2002. Suzanne went on to care for her mom for the last six years of her mother’s life. Because she found online resources so limited, she founded Answers for Elders to support families as they are navigating through the complex and complicated world of senior care. Numerous studies sadly confirm that close to 60% of seniors are without regular visitors. That’s why, from December 12th to the 23rd, the fans team up with Seattle Football Legends as we all work together to remind every senior that they are loved and cherished. For 12 days in December, with the help of Seattle’s football Legends, football fans are encouraged to be more mindful of their senior loved ones during the holidays, and throughout the year. We encourage you to give at least one act of kindness to a senior during these 12 days.
MedPrep Job Fair
Owner/Direct Care Supervisor, Victoria Johnston of Right at Home Everett/Snohomish County recently attended the MedPrep job fair. MedPrep teaches the necessary nursing skills and protocol to obtaining a CNA certification. MedPrep has an abundance of employment recruiters offering students jobs during training and Job Fairs right at the school so students can meet the local industry of long term care and healthcare agency representatives.
October 2019 Virtual Dementia Experience
Right at Home Snohomish/Everett with Right at Home NW recently participated in the Virtual Dementia Experience at Warm Beach Post – Acute Care and Rehab. The Virtual Dementia Experience is a window into the world of dementia through the dementia simulation training. when dementia strikes, it strikes the whole community, not just the individual.
October 5, 2019
Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 10 AM – 1 PM PDT
Carl Gipson Senior Center
3025 Lombard Ave., Everett, Washington 98201
All are invited to learn about local senior services and senior-oriented businesses while you “feast” on information, goodies and prizes! This free event is a wonderful way to treat yourself while learning more about local services for you or your senior loved ones. Right at Home Everett/Snohomish County is proud to be a part of this event.
2019 Washington State Owners' Meeting
We want to thank Teri Wilson and the team at Cedar Creek Memory Care for hosting our team meeting and providing us with coffee and beverages and goodies! Present at the meeting were the following team members and honored guests from left to right:
Tyson Johnson (Peninsula); Ben & Tina Solomon (Seattle/Tacoma/Eastside); Mark & Vicki Johnston (Everett/Snohomish County); Bobby (Canada), Steve Morris (Bellingham); Stefan (Canada) Sharon Morris (Bellingham); Son Won (Spokane) and Richard Smith (Issaquah).
We had a very profitable and fun day talking about the challenges and changes that we are facing in Washington State. We all shared our personal motives for doing our businesses and the consensus was that we all wanted to make a change in our local communities. We are stronger together!!!! Go Team Washington!!!!
Taste of Retirement
Right at Home Snohomish County was happy to participate in the 2nd Annual Taste of Retirement sponsored by Pacifica Senior Living at the Snohomish Senior Center this month. Owner/Direct Care Supervisor Victoria Johnston enjoyed meeting and visiting with our Snohomish County Seniors.
2nd Annual Staff Picnic
The Right at Home Snohomish County 2nd Annual Staff Picnic was a great success this Saturday August 17th. Owner Mark Johnston enjoyed cooking up some hamburgers, hotdogs and veggie burgers while serving snow cones as well. Victoria Johnston was the official director of games and fun with assistance from Katherine (our on call supervisor) Suzanne (our Care Manager) Angelia and Jessica ( our office team). Corn hole, cotton candy, kayaking were just a few events of the day. Prizes were awarded and back to school knapsacks were given to the young attendees.
2019 Caregiver Celebration
All year long we honor our Caregivers in different ways but we always have a big celebration in March. March is also the month where we honor our Caregiver of the year along with the our Caregivers of the month. This year we again celebrated at Alfy’s Pizza where awards were presented and we could all get together and catch up. To be eligible for Caregiver of the year you must have been a caregiver of the month. The selected Caregiver of the year is entered in the Right at Home’s National Caregiver of the Year program for the chance to receive the following: $5,000 check, plaque, embroidered logo apparel item of choice, all-expense paid trip for him/her (and their significant other) to Home Improvement, personal attention and preparation for the awards presentation at Home Improvement, leisure package of choice (golf, spa, dinner) for a day during Home Improvement, public recognition at Home Improvement, professional photo taken for the Franchisee and Corporate Office.
To qualify for Caregiver of the month the caregiver must meet the following criteria:
- Must be out of probationary period
- No call outs
- Paper work must be up to date
- Good attitude
- Goes the extra mile
- Responds timely when called or emailed
- Positive feedback from clients
- Good feedback from Care Manager
- Professional appearance in representing the company
Congratulation to our 2018 Caregivers of the month: 2018 - January - Kandace; February- Moji; March- Rahma; April- Karrie; May- Sandra; June- Tony; July – Rocio; August – Michelle; September- Dianne; October – Kim; November- Kumba; December –June.
Congratulations to June Jones our Right at Home Everett/Snohomish 2018 CAREGIVER of the year.
Starting out the New Year 2019 with taking care of the RightPeople, Our Staff. It is so very important that caregivers take care of themselves. Even though our care team has had this training before, it is always a good reminder to take care of yourself so you can take care of others. Right at Home Everett/ Snohomish County Training with our RightCare team. Claudia from LNI came to train with us about body ergonomics and making sure we take care of ourselves in transferring clients, picking up items so that we can be safe and our clients are safe for the long term.
2018 Food Drive
Working with Volunteers of America
Drop off goodies in the office Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. We will have a donation box set up in the office. Thanksgiving is November 1 through 19 and Christmas extends to December 19.
Always accepting canned veggies, pasta, rice, shelf stable milk, canned beans, coffee(ground), jelly and jams, condiments, pet food and hygiene or toiletries.
Specific holiday needs include canned pumpkin, canned cranberry sauce, boxed stuffing, canned fruit pie filling, pie shells and crusts, new and unused socks, gloves, hats and scarves.
Current highest needs:
- Beef stew, chili, hearty soups
- Boxed or canned meals
- Canned fish or meats
- Peanut butter
- Cereal, oatmeal
- Protein or breakfast bars
- Tomato sauce
- Kitchen staples(spices, flour, sugar, oil)
- Baby supplies(food, wipes, diapers)
End of Life Education
A special Thank you to Dana Brothers the Outreach and Communications Program Manager from Hospice of the Northwest. Dana spent a day with our team last week meeting with them and talking about End of Life. Myths were debunked and new information received regarding Hospice care.
Here our caregiver and one of our care team leaders, Michelle Dupea participated. We talked about the myths vs reality of hospice and about Banjo the camel.. yes a real camel that is part of their pet therapy and their hospice ambassador. He has his very own Instagram page.
Garden Court Summerfest 2018
A great Saturday event attended by Victoria Harding Johnston of Right at Home Snohomish with many of our friends at Garden Court. Just to name a few, Hospice of the Northwest, Sash, Retirement Connection, Transitions in Senior Living and Edward Jones. Thank you Garden Court.
First Right at Home Snohomish Company Picnic
We had so much fun celebrating with our Caregivers, Office staff and their families this last weekend. We had our very first annual picnic at Lundeen Park in Lake Stevens. We had a master chef Mark Johnston on the grill, which was a treat for all.
It was a pleasure to meet the family members we generally only hear about. The weather cooperated beautifully, after all it is August in the Pacific Northwest. We are already looking forward to next year’s event.
Cognitive Support Training
The Right at Home Care Team has received basic training in Cognitive Support through Positive Approach. This coming Fall the Care Team will expand its knowledge with Person Centered Care through the Cognitive Support Program. If you have any additional questions please call Victoria Johnston 425-290-1714.
Goal: To improve the quality of life for those living with dementia and cognitive change.
Impact: Right at Home’s RightCare approach to dementia and cognitive support is grounded in the idea that ALL clients, regardless of the severity or progression of their cognitive change, have abilities to interact and connect with their surroundings.
RightCare: Dementia and Cognitive Support (RightCare DCS) is delivered by Certified Cognitive Support Program Providers who have received highly specialized training from the local Right at Home Office to deliver an individualized Personal Plan that accounts for ability, personhood, and lifestyle risk factors known to increase symptoms of dementia, so that, together with families, we can improve the quality of life for those we serve.
Validation: Right at Home, LLC. partnered with Jackie Pool to create RightCare DCS. Jackie is a published expert and an Occupational Therapist with more than 30 years’ experience providing dementia support. Jackie was mentored by Tom Kitwood, a pioneer in the field of person-centered dementia care, whose research focused on understanding what care is like from the standpoint of the person living with dementia.
Jackie’s research, and her work with Tom, culminated in the creation of the Pool Activity Level (PAL) Checklist. Jackie’s PAL Checklist went on to be scientifically tested and validated for adults living with dementia by University College, London in 2005. The PAL Checklist serves as the proven foundation for RightCare DCS. To read the PAL Checklist validity and reliability study, reference Assessing the Validity and Reliability of the Pool Activity Level.
Spring 2018 Caregiver Celebration
We recently honored our Caregivers at our Spring Celebration at Alfy’s Pizza on Broadway in Everett. A great time was had by all. We also announced our 2018 Caregiver of the year, Gail Morris. Victoria Johnston, owner and Direct Care Supervisor was thrilled to present this award to Gail.
When we hire caregivers, we ask ourselves one simple question: "Would I want this person caring for my mother or father?" If the answer is "No" we don't hire them. We are fortunate to work with caregivers who want more than a job; they want to make a difference in the lives of those in their care. It is our job to make sure our caregivers have the right tools and that we provide the RightApproach to make them successful. Celebrating them and their success is important to us.
Washington Medical Case Management Association
Victoria Johnston of Right at Home Snohomish and Ben Solomon of Right at Home Seattle and Eastside attended the WMCMA association this past spring.
Lions Club Reading Action Program
Victoria Harding Johnston of Right at Home Snohomish and N. King County and fellow members of Lions Club International assisted in the Reading Action Program. Victoria and fellow Lions believe in giving back to the local community.
Literacy -- the ability to read and write -- is the foundation for education and social development. Yet, hundreds of millions of adults lack minimum literacy skills and millions of school-aged children are not attending school to obtain them.
The Reading Action Program is a 10-year commitment to increasing reading and literacy rates. It’s a call to action for every Lions club around the world to organize service projects and activities that underscore the importance of reading and address specific needs related to illiteracy within their own community
Caregiver Appreciation Evening
Saturday, June 24, our Caregivers were honored with the Red Carpet Treatment. Paparazzi photographed our Caregivers as they entered. Games, Dessert and Prizes awaited them with special comments from the clients they care for. We truly have wonderful Caregivers and are honored they chose to work with us.
24th Annual Bethany Northwest Elder Fair
Right At Home had a great time at the 24th annual Bethany Northwest Elder Fair last week. Owner, Victoria Johnston has been attending this event for 7 years! Always one of our favorites!
Washington Owners Meeting 2017
Yearly the owners get together to celebrate and support one another’s businesses. “We meet to encourage one another” said Victoria Johnston. We also discuss issues that are pending for healthcare, home care, licensing, and best practices. We approach caregiving as not just a business but to develop a brand that meets the standards of our corporate company Right at Home, our Washington standards and our own personal Right Care Standards to provide the Right People, with the Right Services, with the Right Approach that focuses on the Right Mission, to improve the quality of life for those we serve. Whether you are a referral source or a potential client with a need for a family member we make it seamless so that when you call one of us we can put you in touch with one person at each agency rather than having you call many people. Our Right at Home Corporate office sponsors the meeting and lets us know of upcoming changes and how they can best support us. Over the years we have developed great friendships and deep respect for one another as we strive for excellence in serving others in our communities.
Seven Years of Home Care
Happy 7th Anniversary to Mark and Victoria Johnston. Mark and Vicki opened Right at Home Snohomish and North King County seven years ago. Mark and Vicki desire to provide the highest quality of service to the North King County and Snohomish County areas. Putting our values of faith first, family second and business third, we want to be a beacon of light to those families who are searching to find excellent caregivers to provide for their loved ones. We work diligently to hire only the most qualified caregiver and professional administrative team to serve the community as representatives of our vision.