Hillcrest rebrands private duty services as Hillcrest Caring Companions

Hillcrest Health Services is now offering its in-home personal care services, commonly referred to as private duty services, through Hillcrest Caring Companions.

“Under Hillcrest Home Care, we have been offering in-home personal care services in the Omaha area for more than a decade,” said Reggie Ripple, Vice President of Home & Community Services. “We feel the time has come to rename this specific type of care to more accurately describe the services offered and help clear up confusion among the public who is caring for aging loved ones.”

Over the years, Hillcrest’s private duty services have helped more than 1,000 aging adults remain safe at home. Through Hillcrest Caring Companions, Hillcrest will continue to assist seniors in the same way.

Hillcrest Caring Companions will provide companion services, such as socialization/friendship or grocery shopping, personal care services, such as bathing/ grooming or walking assistance, and specialized services, such as dementia care or overnight care.

Skilled home health, palliative care and telehealth will still be provided through Hillcrest Home Care.

Hillcrest embraces growth in palliative care, names new medical director

With growth in the Palliative Care Program, Hillcrest Health Services has named Dr. Natalie Manley, MD, MPH, Medical Director of Palliative Care Services. She will also serve as Associate Medical Director for Hillcrest Hospice Care.

Dr. Manley is an assistant professor in the Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology, Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and holds a certification in geriatric medicine and medical direction in post-acute and long-term care. She received her MD and MPH from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Manley completed residency training and geriatric fellowship at the University of Utah in, Salt Lake City. She completed an advanced geriatric fellowship at the VA Medical Center in Salt Lake City.

“I’m so excited to join the Hillcrest palliative care team,” said Dr. Manley. “I look forward to enhancing lives through palliative and hospice care and helping educate our community about the valuable services.”

Aside from palliative and hospice care, Dr. Manley’s academic interests also include nursing home care, caregiver strain and support, veterans as caregivers and education in community and nursing home care for medical students and residents.

Staying active in research and education, she is a co-investigator on a grant for a dementia care program intended to improve the quality of life for people with dementia as well as their caregivers. Dr. Manley has published computer-based educational materials and participated in educational video publications. She is a member of the American College of Physicians, American Medical Directors Association and the American Geriatrics Society.

Dr. Manley is joining Brandy Anderson, MSN, APRN, who on the palliative care team. Anderson, a nurse practitioner, has been with Hillcrest’s Palliative Care Services since February 2016.

“Hillcrest is the largest provider of palliative care services in Omaha, with more than 100 patients on service today,” said Reggie Ripple, Vice President of Home & Community Services. “With Dr. Manley’s oversight, we look forward to growing our services further and helping support more patients with managing the symptoms of chronic illness.”

Hillcrest’s Palliative Care Program provides an innovative approach to managing pain and symptoms of a chronic or life-threatening disease. The patient- and family-centered care is intended to improve quality of life by anticipating, preventing and treating suffering. Through palliative care at home, Hillcrest provides an option for those who aren’t ready for hospice care. The palliative care medical team works closely with the care team of in-home geriatricians, nurses, social workers and therapists, along with the patient’s family, to provide compassion, comfort and control.

Best of 2016

Every year there are various “Best of” and “People’s Choice” contests in which Hillcrest is a contender, and 2016 was no exception. This year, Hillcrest received the following recognition in these contests.

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In the Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O, Hillcrest Health Services was named Best Long-Term Care Facility and Best Assisted Living Facility.best-of-omaha-2016

 

Omaha Magazine’s Best of Omaha recognized Hillcrest Home Care for best Home Nursing Provider, Hillcrest Mable Rose for Best Assisted Living Facility and Hillcrest Country Estates for Best Retirement Community.

 

best-of-logoOur biggest success was in the Sarpy County People’s Choice Awards, however. Hillcrest won in eight categories again this year:

Best Senior Care Services – Hillcrest Health Services

Best Employer (over 50 employees) – Hillcrest Health Services

Best Assisted Living Community – Hillcrest Mable Rose

Best Retirement Community – Hillcrest Country Estates

Best Long Term Care/Nursing Home – Hillcrest Country Estates’ Cottages

Best Home Health Provider – Hillcrest Home Care

Best Physical Therapy – Hillcrest Physical Therapy

Best Massage Therapy – Hillcrest Physical Therapy

Congratulations to all of the service lines recognized!