Momentum Going Strong: RI Offices Continue with Legislative and Home Visits

Rose Jones, Director of the RI Division of Elderly Affairs (DEA), recently visited BAYADA in Rhode Island to learn about the important work we are doing to ensure “people have a safe home life, with comfort, independence and dignity.” She toured the RSP, RIS, and RSP office spaces – including our training & simulation (SIM) labs, and held a roundtable discussion where office employees and GAO reviewed:

DEA Director Rose Jones visits RI Offices and SIM labs

     ✔ How clients receive home care services from a licensed agency through DEA,

     ✔ Process of recruiting/training/retaining our workforce, including CNAs, LPNs, & RNs,

     ✔ Opportunities to ensure everyone has access to safe, affordable and quality care at home when they need it

During her visit, she said “it takes a village to provide care to Rhode Islanders needing assistance so they can remain at home”… and we couldn’t agree more!  We truly appreciate Director Jones taking the time and asking questions to dig deeper into home care, and for meeting with some of our passionate staff who truly #LoveWhatTheyDo. We look forward to connecting her with clients and field staff through a home visit in the coming months!

RI Home Visits with Reps. Julie Casimiro and Camille Vella-Wilkinson

Recently, Zachary, his mom, Lee Ann Quinn—a BAYADA clinical manager— and their family graciously opened their doors to Representative Julie Casimiro to educate her about high acuity home care services Zach receives. Zach’s nurse and CNA were there along with his dad, Mike, and little sister, Olivia. Mom Lee Ann said, “Thank you all for coming to meet us today. It was a true pleasure! My family and I are passionate about keeping Zach right where he is at home where he belongs and it is so important for him to be heard!”

The RI offices and GAO also took Representative Camille Vella-Wilkinson on a home visit to meet Bob, a very inspirational Vietnam Vet who appreciates his home care services. Bob was able to share his story with Rep. Vella-Wilkinson so that she better understands how CNA services keep Rhode Islanders safe at home and out of costlier nursing homes.

Shout out to our amazing BAYADA leadership and GAO Hearts for Home Care Advocacy ambassadors from RSP, RIS and RSP. Special thank you to Lee Ann Quinn (Clinical Manager), Wendy Milot (Director), Richard Boschwitz (Director), Lindsey Jamiel (Director), Cristina Viveiros Gomes (CM II), Elizabeth Schenck, (CSM) Alex Brown (RSP), and Dana Medeiros (Area Director) for helping to coordinate and host these important and impactful visits!