Kevin had a great weekend celebrating his birthday with his friends!
Four times a year, the entire Team at Cabaniss Consultants gets together and syncs up about what has been going on the past few months. Team members have a chance to sit and chat with others who they don’t see due to working different shifts or working at different houses. The energy is always great! Each team member is greeted as they come in the door by supervisors and their fellow team members. Quite a bit has happened over the in the past 3 months at Cabaniss; here’s a quick glance at what was said:
With the winter season came some weather issues. When a powerful ice storm hit Central Virginia, two of our group homes were without power. Our staff met the challenge and exceeded the expectations of their supervisors. There were issues with the hotel dropping our reservation, which caused some stress, but we were impressed that the staff didn’t pass this stress on to the individuals. Even though this was a big change from the normal routines for the individuals and team members, everyone was calm, occupied and relaxed. Our staff was so attentive to the needs of the individuals; they made sure to bring the small things that would alleviate stress and make a hotel room feel more like home. We awarded our staff involved in this a certificate of appreciation as well as a bonus check.
Another incident that occurred was a dehumidifier had a short which set off a fire alarm in our homes. We were impressed by the professionalism our staff displayed and how they followed our fire safety protocol perfectly. Cabaniss was also thankful of the quick response of local fire and safety officials. There was no damage caused by the dehumidifier, but we were once again impressed by the actions of our staff.
Changes to Medication Systems
Cabaniss Consultants is proud of our ongoing commitment to using new technology to serve our individuals. Part of that technology is our electronic medication administration system. The new pharmacy service provider system that we use to keep track of our administrations of the medications to our individuals. This includes a courier service to deliver medications for us and same day delivery on some items. We are excited to see how this will help our individuals and staff in the coming months.
We try to always have a health and safety take away from our meetings that our staff can apply immediately to their day-to-day work. This quarter we wanted to emphasize cleaning the dryer lint filter after each use. Undisposed of lint is one of the leading causes of house fires, we believe this is a great practice not only at work but in their own homes as well!
If you or someone you know are taking care of someone with a developmental disability, you know it can be incredibly taxing. It is truly a full-time job and can take a toll on you mentally, physically, and emotionally. We tip our hats to the hard working individuals out there; it’s not easy. Because we know how much work full-time care for someone is because of our group homes, we know the importance of breaks to combat burnout. For that reason, one of our core offerings at Cabaniss Consultants is respite care.
What is Respite Care?
Respite Care is short-term, temporary relief for those that care for someone who would otherwise need permanent placement in a group home or other facility. The most important thing that you can look for in respite care services is that the individual will enjoy their time in a safe environment and that you can rest easy knowing that they are well taken care of. The positive effects of respite care allow caretakers to avoid burnout, delay out-of-home placements and even lessen the chances of neglect or abuse.
How Long Can You Use Respite Care?
The amount of time needed for this short-term care can be anywhere from a couple of hours to a couple of weeks. Whether you and your significant other need a week of vacation to recharge, a date night, or you just need to run a day’s worth of errands, respite care can be a great tool for your short-term care needs. While the individual is in our care they will feel loved, a part of our group home family, and will have wonderful home-cooked meals!
Who Can Use This Service?
There are an estimated 50 million people who look after a family member whether it’s the elderly, their spouses, or individuals with disabilities. Cabaniss Consultants offers services specifically for those who look after an individual with developmental disabilities. When you are taking care of someone, you also need to practice self-care.
We often see people who have put off respite care for too long. It’s important to remember that it’s okay to give yourself a break. Everyone needs a vacation from time to time and those who take care of someone need it more than most because it is an around the clock calling. At Cabaniss, we have people who use us on a monthly basis to a once a year basis for respite care. Our staff enjoys getting to know our individuals and give them the best care possible whether they are with us for an hour or for a month.
Give us a call today for your respite care needs!
We are proud to announce the grand opening Old Forest Road Two Group Home. This house It is a 3 bedroom, 2 ½ bath, 2400 square feet ranch on one acre in the city of Lynchburg. The common area boasts a wide open floor plan, hard wood floors, concrete countertops, a beautiful kitchen back splash, and a screened in porch. Each of the bedrooms is incredibly spacious and provides ample natural light. This home is currently open to male residents.