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2016 STEP Program Graduation

The STEP (Success and Training through Excellence in Progression) Program is a company-wide incentive program that provides employees with opportunities for personal and professional growth. Employees who have been with Accurate for at least 3 months and work at least 30 hours per week are eligible to apply for this six-month program. There are modules that include training, online packets, and volunteering in the communities that we serve. Some of the benefits of completing the program include a monetary bonus, eligibility for a scholarship, and an opportunity to be considered for the Accurate Ambassador Program. When describing the STEP Program, our Home Nursing Education Manager, Nicoleen Meyer said, “STEP is a great way to get to know the people in the office better, get to know your clients better, and get to know your coworkers in the field better. It’s an opportunity for employees to be more involved with Accurate.”

2016 STEP Program Graduation

We recently held our 2016 STEP Program graduation at our headquarters office in Otsego. This year we had STEP graduates from our Waite Park, Moline, and Otsego regions. In addition to an award ceremony, and presentation of certificates of completion and bonus checks, there were three graduates who volunteered to speak.

Safe Workplaces, Safe Homes

Employee Safety

Employee Safety:
We do everything we can to ensure our employees are able to have a safe workplace environment. By starting with thorough training, providing employees with the proper tools and safety measures, and educating both our employees and clients, we strive to keep all of our employees out of harm’s way, and in safe working conditions. It’s an employee’s right to have a safe workplace, and to receive information and training on job hazards. It is both the right and obligation for all employees to report a dangerous environment where they need to complete their work.

It is Accurate’s responsibility to provide employees equipment to reduce risk to hazardous materials and occupational exposure. This could include but is not limited to eye wash stations, PPEs, Spill kits, and more. If you believe your working environment is dangerous you need to report it to either our Human Resources or Compliance department. You may also choose to make a report directly to OSHA, but we encourage contacting us right away so we can help solve the problem before it becomes a more serious issue.

Father's Day 2016

Fathers Day FINAL

Although first established in 1910, Father’s Day became a national event in 1924 when President Calvin Coolidge said it would “establish more intimate relations between fathers and their children” and “impress upon fathers the full measure of their obligations.” In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson gave the proclamation that Father’s day would be on the third Sunday in June, and six years later, President Richard Nixon made it a federal holiday.

Now, 44 years later, we are celebrating the 70.1 million dads in the United States! That’s enough to fill Target Field in Minneapolis more than 1774 times, or Soldier Field in Chicago more than 947 times!

Star Home Award

House summerWe continually strive to promote teamwork and help foster a sense of company-connectedness for our field staff. Each month, all of our regions nominate one or two client homes that have an outstanding team of staff providing services there. Out of the nominations, one home is chosen, and all of the employees working there are sent recognition through the Accurate Rewards Program. The criteria for the Star Home Award include:

  • Exemplary teamwork shown between all employees in client's home
  • Employees communicating with each other to switch or cover shifts within that home
  • Great care conference with 100% attendance
  • Healthy understanding and practice of professional boundaries
  • No unexcused call-ins or missed shifts

We are very proud of our excellent field staff who show that they genuinely care for our clients. These frontline caregivers make an incredible impact on the lives of those they care for, and many deserve to be recognized for their hard work and dedication.

2016 Minnesota Legislative Update

MinnesotaCapitolBuildingDespite the diligent efforts of many supporters and the backing by many legislators, the proposed rate increase for Home and Community Based Services did not make it to the final budget agreement to be passed in the latest Minnesota legislative session. Although this was very disappointing news, it was encouraging to see many legislators support the rate increase for these services. We hope this support will continue to grow as we begin looking towards the 2017 legislative session.

Accurate Home Care is committed to working diligently to improve our industry as a whole. A big part of this effort is working with legislators to increase awareness of the need for a rate increase and regulation changes. The growing need for home care services continues to put pressure on the industry to adjust business practices so that the demand can be met despite the shortage of caregivers and low reimbursement rates. We are writing bills with legislators that will help meet the increasing demand for in-home care. One bill that we are working to get passed next year would allow for additional licensees, such as Medical Assistants, Paramedics, and EMTs to work as caregivers for home care clients. This bill is a top priority for the 2017 legislative session, as we believe it will allow clients to get the care they need. 

Freedom to be Comfortable

Zach skiingAt Accurate Home Care, we strive to provide our clients with the highest quality of care possible in the comfort of their own homes. Thanks to excellent caregivers who genuinely care for our clients, this is possible, and even common. By working together with employees, clients, and family members, we do everything possible to foster independence and the freedom to be oneself!

 We recently featured Zach, an Accurate Home Care client who is able to be himself where he is most comfortable—at home with loved ones.

 Zach is a 23 year old from northern Minnesota who has a knack for making people around him happy. He is a kind, caring, compassionate, and fun-loving person.