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Unity Hospice is 4-time Winner of TopWorkplaces 11/18
For Immediate Release
November 2, 2018
FOR FOURTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR, THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE NAMES UNITY HOSPICE
A WINNER OF THE CHICAGO AREA 2018 TOP WORKPLACES AWARD
Chicago IL—Unity Hospice has been awarded a 2018 Top Workplaces honor by the
Chicago Tribune. This is the fourth consecutive year Unity Hospice has received the award (2018,’17,’16,’15). The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by research partner Energage, LLC (formerly WorkplaceDynamics), a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools. The anonymous survey measures several aspects of workplace culture, including alignment, execution, and connection, just to name a few.
“Top Workplaces is more than just recognition,” said Doug Claffey, CEO of Energage. “Our research shows organizations that earn the award attract better talent, experience lower turnover, and are better equipped to deliver bottom-line results. Their leaders prioritize and carefully craft a healthy workplace culture that supports employee engagement.”
“Our employees are the biggest differentiator for Unity Hospice,” said President and CEO Michael Klein, founder of Unity Hospice. “For more than 26 years, they have provided the most compassionate care to our patients and families. Their caring nature is shown towards each other, too, making Unity Hospice a great place to work.”
Unity Hospice is the only hospice in the greater Chicago area to receive a Top Workplace award for four consecutive years. In all, more than 2,600 organizations were invited to submit, with 150 emerging as 2018 Top Workplaces.
“Becoming a Top Workplace isn’t something organizations can buy,” Claffey said. “It’s an achievement organizations have worked for and a distinction that gives them a competitive advantage. It’s a big deal.”
About Unity Hospice
Founded in 1992, Unity Hospice is a family-owned and operated hospice and palliative care company committed to providing comprehensive care, support, and education to people facing a life-limiting illness, those who care for them and the community. Unity Hospice offers care of the highest quality by licensed and compassionate staff in accordance with laws & regulations and accepted standards of practice. With the dedication to make their patients’ days comfortable, Unity Hospice provides an interdisciplinary approach to each individual and family, in which they go above and beyond every day to meet their needs. For more information, visit their website at www.unityhospice.com.
About Energage, LLC
Headquartered in Exton, Pa., Energage (formerly known as WorkplaceDynamics) is a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools that help leaders to unlock potential, inspire performance, and achieve amazing results within their organizations. The research partner behind the Top Workplaces program, Energage has surveyed more than 47,000 organizations representing well over 16 million employees in the United States.
Unity Hospice Chicago Achieves Deficiency-free Survey 3/19
March 15, 2019
CHICAGO – Unity Hospice today received a deficiency-free rating on its regulatory survey for its Chicago Office as conducted by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).
It is not a common occurrence to receive a clean rating, as Unity Hospice has achieved. This survey reviews hospice programs in their entirety, ranging from patient care to operational efficiency, clinical and administrative paperwork, even down to volunteers.
“I am very pleased with my team, obviously,” said Chaim Klein, Chicago Administrator. “This finding demonstrates that Unity Hospice is profoundly committed to providing the best in every aspect of patient care. We are very honored by this finding, but we are still committed to improving the patient experience each and every day.”
As required by federal regulations, IDPH’s survey occurs every three years in hospice. The survey evaluates regulatory internal compliance operations and has been an effective tool for IDPH to evaluate potential deficiencies.
Unity Hospice also received the “Top Workplace” award for the fourth consecutive year in 2018.
About Unity Hospice
Founded in 1992, Unity Hospice is a family-owned and operated hospice and palliative care company committed to providing comprehensive care, support, and education to people facing a life-limiting illness, those who care for them and the community. Unity Hospice offers care of the highest quality by licensed and competent staff in accordance with laws & regulations and accepted standards of practice. With the dedication to make their patients’ days comfortable, Unity Hospice provides an interdisciplinary approach to each individual and family, in which they go above and beyond every day to meet their needs. To learn more, visit their website at www.UnityHospice.com. More information can also be found on their Facebook and LinkedIn pages.
Jackie Rodgers, Director of Marketing and Communications, 847-982-1800
Helping caregivers cope with the holidays 12/18
December 13, 2018
Unity Hospice Helps Caregivers
Unity Hospice can help provide support for caregivers as well as patients
Hospice care is a team effort, with an integrated care team working together to help provide the best possible outcome for the patient. The hospice team includes a Medical Director, Registered Nurse, Case Manager, Certified Nursing Assistant, Social Worker, Chaplain, and Volunteers, to name a few. The true heroes of the team, however, are caregivers, comprised of family, close friends and loved ones, or a professional caregiver. Caregivers provide the necessary and primary support for the patient and work with Unity’s hospice and palliative care teams.
Caregivers are essential members of the care team, but oftentimes they are also the least mentally and emotionally prepared members of the team. There is a tremendous sense of responsibility and love that drives the caregiver to be everything for the patient and ensure coordination of family, medical care, appropriate intake of medication, cooking, cleaning and coordinating visitors…the list is exhaustive.
The holiday time can increase the load for a caregiver, as they may feel compelled to recreate holiday traditions, feasts, and a festive environment. What truly is most important, though, is that the caregiver engages in self-care and not extends him/herself beyond a healthy capacity.
“It is important to look ahead for roadblocks and identify what are the stressors,” recommends Unity Hospice’s Stephanie Lubin, LCSW. “Some traditions may need to be modified, or completed by a team instead of one individual. It is important to identify what is the limit for a caregiver.”
What is very important, stresses Lubin, is that the caregiver not ignore the elephant in the room. Holidays add additional responsibilities and stress in a good year, so holiday impact is increased during a time when the care of a loved one is the primary focus. It is not healthy to try to do everything and beyond the holidays.
“This could be the year new traditions are incorporated, or new people are tending to the old traditions,” said Lubin. “Menus can be simplified, or the meal can be a contribution of dishes from everyone.”
One of the things that can be most appreciated by caregivers is simply being asked if they are okay. You may open the floodgates for a connection and an opportunity for healthy venting. Allow for them to share their feelings, be prepared to offer support or offer to take on some of the tasks performed by the caregiver.
Unity Hospice has volunteers who can sometimes relieve a caregiver for short periods of time, even if it is just to run to the store or take a walk around the block. Taking some personal space is a very important reset button for a caregiver, said Lubin.
“Unity hospice staff supports caregivers in managing their grief, accepting current realities, and, around the holidays, helping them prepare and get through in ways that are manageable and meaningful,” said Lubin.
Additionally, Unity provides chaplaincy services and spiritual support to caregivers and families, in addition to its patients.
Connecting with other caregivers can provide a strong support network as well. The ability to connect with others who are experiencing the same joys and pain of being a caregiver can help a caregiver feel less alone. Look for community resources that cater to caregivers, like places of worship that offer a “Blue Christmas.” These services acknowledge that grief, loss, and struggles are often as present in the holiday season as presents and celebrations, and can offer comfort for the caregivers.
In all, Unity Hospice provides support and care for all members of a patient’s personal care team, family and loved ones. Let us help you and your loved ones provide the highest quality of care to those who are facing life-limiting illnesses.
From our family to yours, Unity Hospice is wishing you Happy Holidays and a Peaceful New Year.