We at the Callaway Good Life Center celebrate our wonderful Physicians and Physician Assistant today, “National Doctor’s Day”. Thank you to Dr. Kenneth Loper, Dr. Ronald Sheppard, Dr. Tiffany Svoboda, Dr. Chelsea Williams and Tessa Kenney PA-C. Each of you are so appreciated!
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Our resident are looking out their windows, some have new bird feeders to enjoy with their view! Thanks to the Callaway District Hospital Staff once again for their generous and compassionate gifts to lift the spirits of our residents here at the Callaway Good Life Center! Not only did the Callaway District Hospital give us bird feeders, but also the shepherd hooks, bird feed, side walk chalk and pretty garden flower lights! We are so blessed to have our hospital friends down the street and to have people in our community and beyond always thinking and praying for us! God Bless you all!
NEW REGULATIONS GIVE OPPORTUNITIES FOR EMPLOYMENT AT CALLAWAY GOOD LIFE CENTER All skills and abilities are needed including food service, housekeeping, and other licensed positions. If you are in need of employment, there is a need for you here at Callaway Good Life Center. Even Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA’s) and Medication Aids (MA’s) can be hired and receive on the job training right away, according to the statement below. Please contact Vicky Hendricks, Administrator to learn more! Temporary CNA and Medication Aide Options With Guidance from Dan Taylor, DHHS Program Manager CMS has relaxed some of their requirements related to CNA testing and the 120 period for testing. In conjunction with that, Governor Ricketts, through his Executive Order (EO 20-12) suspended some of the rules for Nurse Aide training. Facilities can now train temporary Nurse Aides. These do not have to be people already working in a different capacity in your facility. These can be new employees. They must be trained and demonstrate competency of duties. This training can be done by a licensed healthcare provider working within the scope of his/her license. The individual being trained must demonstrate training in the core competencies. The training can be done in-house and the curriculum does not need to be approved. Training documentation, including a sign-off on each competency demonstrated, should be maintained by the facility. Nurse Aides can also be trained to provide assistance with non-complex feeding. Facilities can now train non-40 hour Medication Aides. Under the same state Executive Order mentioned above, for this period of time NF and AL do not have to have 40-hour MAs. The MA still has to be trained and be on the registry, but is not required to meet the 40 hour criteria.
Congratulations to our March Employee of the Month, Halla Eggleton. Halla is our Certified Dietary Manager. She began her career as a Dietary Cook and Aide and took the training to become the CDM. Halla was part of the transition from Good Samaritan to Callaway Good Life. Halla loves to read and watch hockey and soccer. She is an avid sports fan and loves to watch her kids play sports. She is also a wonderful cupcake decorator. She has been married to husband Jeff for almost 16 years. They have a 15 year old son, Elijah, and an almost 13 year old daughter Bryn. Halla’s co-workers nominated her and said, “Halla has put many extra hours in filling in for her staff. She also calls in to make sure that the Residents get the meals they want and deserve. Thank you Halla for all you do. We asked Halla why she enjoys doing what she does, and she had this to say, “I love visiting with the residents. They have interesting stories and they love to visit. I enjoy looking and learning new things to cook. I like to let my creative side out while decorating cakes. Halla’s creativity is enjoyed through the special treats she makes for our residents and for the staff during our All Staff Meetings! Thanks!
Each of our residents received a lovely bouquet of flowers from the Callaway District Hospital yesterday! Here are just a few of their happy faces! What a wonderful expression of compassion from our Hospital friends…Thank for your thoughtfulness!
EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY CALLAWAY GOOD LIFE CENTER IS PROHIBITING VISITORS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE! There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person to person – between people who are in close contact with on another (within about 6 feet) and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Per CDC, Older Adults are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. People who have serious chronic medical conditions such as: – Heart Disease, Diabetes, Lung Disease Residents at the Callaway Good Life Center are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19, so it is extra important to take action to reduce the risk of them coming in contact with the COVID-19 virus. For further information on COVID-19 click on the following websites: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html https://wwwlbphd.org/covid-19public
Callaway Good Life Center is sending a shout out to our Activity Director Jeanie Peterson as we celebrated National Activities Professionals week! God Bless and thank you for all you do Jeanie!
Congratulations to our January, 2020, Employee of the Month, Laurie DeLaune Laurie DeLaune is a Certified Nurse Aide for the Callaway Good Life Center. She has been here for over 9 years. While working here Laurie has taken on many responsibilities. She saw a need for drivers and has learned to drive the bus and the van in order to take residents to appointments when she can. She is also our restorative aide and helps the residents with exercises that help them remain active and in good physical health. Laurie has 3 daughters, Emily and Michaela of Lincoln, and Shalina who lives here in Callaway. She has 4 grandchildren, and loves to dote on them every chance she gets! Laurie’s hobbies include sewing and spending time with her family. Laurie’s co-workers nominated her and had this to say, “Laurie helped corral the flood water in the break room when a pipe burst during the cold stretch. She cleaned up water as fast as she could while taking a shower at the same time. Thanks Laurie!” “I was to take a resident to the hospital and would need help so Cris said I could take Laurie with me. I told Laurie we needed to take the bus because it would be difficult to take the van. Laurie said she thought we could take the van and I told her I could not push the wheelchair up the ramp. She came back later and said she would take the resident and would have the girls help put her in the van. Thank you Laurie.” We asked Laurie why she enjoys her many jobs and she replied, “I enjoy helping the residents have a better quality life and being able to live it to the fullest. They are like family to me and always brighten my day.” You brighten our day too, Laurie! Keep up the excellent work and thank you for all you do!
Congratulations to our December Employee of the Month, Karen Bomberger Karen is the Office Manager for the Callaway Good Life Center and began working here in October of 2013. Prior to working here, Karen taught school, worked at Tenneco Automotive in Cozad in many different capacities and at BD in Broken Bow in many different capacities. Karen enjoys sewing, crafting and playing the piano. She lives in Oconto with husband Glen. Tim Bomberger lives in Fall City and Tom(Amy) Bomberger lives in Lincoln. They have 2 grandchildren, Samantha and Frank who live in Lincoln. Karen’s Co-workers nominated her, and had this to say, “Karen brings her own items to the facility to make it beautiful! Thank you for the very Christmassy front dining room!”, and “Karen is always willing to step up and plan, organize, and create our décor and yard decorations to make our facility look festive. She seldom asks for help, and she has the talent some of us don’t. Thanks.” When asked why she enjoys her job, Karen has this to say, “I enjoy the interactions I have with our residents and staff. I make sure that I get to spend time talking, and reminiscing with our residents. I enjoy the times I get to play the piano for the sing-a-longs, and I think I know just about everyone’s favorite hymn! Anytime I can get out from behind my desk and spend time with the residents is a blessing. Thanks for letting me to work here!”
Rural Health Development (RHD) is the Managing Company that is contracted to manage the Callaway Good Life Center. Two times a year, RHD gives out awards to Management Team Members that have excelled in their positions at the facilities. Melissa Jorgenson joins Janel Brestel, Social Services (2015); Cris Sierks, MDS Coordinator (2015); Sue Oman, Medical Records/Staff Development/QA Coordinator (2016); and Vicky Hendricks, Administrator (2015) in receiving this award for 2019. Melissa is the most diversified employee at Callaway Good Life Center. She is not only the supervisor for Housekeeping and Laundry; she is the Safety Coordinator and the QA Coordinator. Melissa organizes and handles the Fire Drills, and all of the items that come with the Life Safety Codes. All I have to do is ask about a code and she usually can just recite the code and explain it to me. She takes the initiative to research things that pertain to her job and then learn everything she can about that item. She took over Coordinating the Quality Assurance Program without hesitation when she was asked. She was a true leader in developing the Facility Assessment when the implementation dates were quickly approaching, Melissa is also an EMT and Fireman for the local fire department, which has helped her in the development of the Disaster Program. Melissa continues to keep these assessments and programs current to insure we remain in compliance with the regulations. Melissa is also a part of the Employee Celebration Committee which helps us to recognize all of the wonderful employees that work at Callaway Good Life Center. She is always willing to volunteer for any project that is put out there. Melissa goes above and beyond in her duties at the facility and was the perfect candidate for the employee of the year. CGLC thanks Melissa for her dedication and RHD for their generosity in recognizing employees that make a difference.