Augusta Individuals Featured On News Channel 6

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – Normally, when you think of music at the Miller Theater, it’s onstage during a performance; but what you may not know is on certain days of the week, music is used for so much more.

The Knox Music Institute calls the Miller its home. That’s where the Augusta Symphony has it’s outreach program called Community Chords Musical Therapy. It provides group music therapy services to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities on a weekly basis.

“In music therapy we use music experiences to address non-musical goals. So, we work on things like social skills and teamwork and leadership and self-expression and creativity; but we do all that using music,” said Veronica Andreassen-Barker, Music Therapist, Community Chords.

For those with intellectual disabilities, participating in the program gives them an activity that increases quality of life and an outlet to be expressive.

“We see a lot of changes immediately in how folks hold themselves, their affect, their face in how their facial expressions look, how much eye contact I get. We see lots of those immediate changes, but over time we also see changes in relationship building and expression and even in folks who don’t use words to communicate. They become more communicative over time, as well,” said Veronica Andreassen-Barker.

The program doesn’t just help those who are participating; it helps the teachers, too.

“I love it. Music therapy is my passion and I really love that the Augusta Symphony has this community-based program. It’s not at a hospital. It’s here in the community in the heart of Augusta and it really shows the intersection of well-being and music right here at the Miller Theater and the Augusta Symphony. I love it. It’s great,” said Veronica.

For more info on the Community Chords Musical Therapy Program CLICK HERE

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Caregiver Launches New Hybrid Van Fleet

Caregiver has made a great investment into the updating of our fleet. We will be distributing 15 new Toyota Sienna mini vans per month for the remainder of the year. These new hybrid vans will be used to replace our older vehicles equipping our staff with the latest and greatest safety equipment available, while providing our individuals with a safe ride and saving costs on fuel.

Beth Landry

Beth serves as our Chief Operating Officer.  Her leadership track record includes all post-acute settings in operational, sales, and clinical roles at companies such as NovaCare, Aegis Therapies, Gentiva, Harden Healthcare, and most recently Seniorlink.  Beth’s achievement has come by driving employee engagement, clinical outcomes, customer engagement, company growth, and technology utilization.  She is a physical therapist.

Mark Lashley

Mark came to Caregiver with over twenty years of healthcare and leadership experience, most recently as a Division President for Rural/Metro, the nation’s second largest ambulance company until it was acquired by American Medical Response. Prior to Rural/Metro, Mark was a Vice President with Aramark Healthcare, where he lead a region that provided multiple support and technology services to over sixty (60) hospitals throughout the Southeast US and Virgin Islands. 

Caregiver Inc. Announces New Logo & Brand Identity

For Immediate Release

June 28, 2021

Caregiver Inc. Announces New Brand to Reflect Company’s Values and Mission

(FORT WORTH, Texas) – Caregiver Inc., the leading  provider of long-term care services and supports to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), announced today the unveiling of a network-wide rebranding initiative that affirms the growing company’s values and mission.

“We are excited to launch the new corporate brand that represents our commitment to being a best-in-class choice for IDD services,” said Mark Lashley, chief executive officer, Caregiver. “The results of a collaborative process, the fresh branding honors the incredible investment our colleagues make to serve the individuals we care for day in and day out.”

The new visual identity is comprised of components that reflect Caregiver’s core values and the company’s mission to support the unique goals and dreams of the people it serves.

  • Complete Care – A circle stands for completion, signifying our commitment to providing high quality care without end.
  • Total Compassion – Helping hands represent our compassion and focus on supportive leadership.
  • Inclusion & Diversity – Three colors represent our commitment to diversity and creating an atmosphere of inclusion for all people.

Caregiver has experienced a high rate of growth marked by the acquisitions of 20 companies in five states since 2015. Following a break during the pandemic, the company is embarking on a new acquisition season. The rebranding celebrates the company’s success and symbolizes a renewed sense of hope for employees, care providers, and the people they serve.

The company plans to immediately deploy digital assets of the new brand and display new signage at its support center in Fort Worth. Additional branding changes at the company’s locations in Texas, Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee and Georgia will begin in the fourth quarter of 2021.

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Caregiver, Inc. – COVID Vaccination Letter

 

 

January 26, 2021

Dear Caregiver Employee, I would like to say thank you for all you do, to provide continuous care to our individuals on a daily basis.  Without your continual efforts and dedication, our individuals would not be as healthy and happy as they are today.  We recognize the challenges you face, forcing you to continually adapt to new protocols as we navigate through this pandemic while keeping yourselves and your families safe.  Despite the challenges that we’ve all faced, our company chooses to believe that this is a time of renewed hope!

At Caregiver, we have been planning and taking the necessary steps to ensure that our individuals and employees have the opportunity, if they so choose, to receive the vaccine in a timely manner based on current availability.  In each of our states of operation, we registered all our individuals and employees early with the Federal/Ancor partnership COVID vaccine project, in an effort to make vaccinations available to all our individuals and employees.  We have been hosting vaccination clinics since December 12, 2020 and will continue with open vaccination clinics until this initiative has been complete.

We understand that many of you may have concerns about the vaccination and have chosen not to receive the vaccination at this time.  We can certainly understand your worries and hear your concerns.  As an essential employee providing care to individuals with multiple diagnoses and are deemed high-risk, it is even more critical that you educate yourself on the benefits and safety of the vaccine and choose to be vaccinated for the health and safety of yourself and those you interact with on a daily basis.  Our number one priority is the safety of our individuals and our employees.  In order to accomplish this goal of health and safety, it is critical that our employees get vaccinated.  Choosing to get the COVID-19 vaccination will begin giving you protection against the virus and could also protect the individuals you care for, your co-workers, and your family members.

The CDC maintains that the vaccine is safe (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety.html) and below are key points regarding the EUA COVID-19 vaccination:

On a personal note, as an RN, I have been fortunate enough to have been offered the vaccination and have already received it, as have many of our other Caregiver Nurses.  It was important to me that I protect others and myself from COVID-19, and I hope you will seriously consider the same.

Your health and safety continue to be our priority.  If you have any questions about the upcoming vaccination efforts, please contact your Area Director or Area Nurse.

Finally, thank you for your ongoing support, care and commitment to our individuals during these unparalleled times.

Sincerely,


Randi Morgan, RN BSN
Vice President |Clinical Services

Caregiver Inc. Announces Hiring During Coronavirus Crisis

For Immediate Release

March 27. 2020

 

Caregiver Inc. Announces Hiring During Coronavirus Crisis

Jobs Available in Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee, and Texas Caring for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

 

(FORT WORTH, Texas) — During a time when many service, retail and manufacturing companies are being forced to lay off employees because of coronavirus, Caregiver Inc. is hiring.

 

Caregiver is a leading provider of long-term care services and supports to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, with operations in Texas, Ohio, Indiana and Tennessee.

 

“We’re hoping to lessen the impact of unemployment during this crisis,” said Mark Lashley, chief executive officer, Caregiver. “While other temporary jobs are opening up, we’re providing an opportunity to start and grow a fulfilling career that serves the most vulnerable members of our communities.”

 

Caregiver has openings for direct support professionals, also known as residential support staff, who are responsible for providing daily living care to Caregiver individuals in residential and group homes.

 

Experience is not required, and Caregiver offers flexible schedules, immediate training and short-term, long-term, full- and part-time positions with competitive compensation, Lashley said.

 

“We’re looking for sensitive, caring and responsible adults who want to make a difference in people’s lives,” he said. “Caregiver also provides employees with stable employment and growth opportunities within the company.”

 

Employment opportunities can be viewed at: https://cg-idd.com/jobs/

 

In Texas, Caregiver operates as Unified Care GroupSouthern ConceptsRiver GardensDaybreak Community Services Inc., and St. Giles Living Centers in Abilene, Amarillo, Arlington, Baytown, Beaumont, Benbrook, Brownwood, College Station, Carrollton, New Braunfels, Corsicana, Desoto, Lancaster, Fort Worth, Granbury, Sugarland, Lubbock, Lufkin, Mexia, Plano, San Angelo, Victoria, Waco, and Wichita Falls.

 

In Indiana, Caregiver operates as DSA of Indiana in Anderson, Crawfordsville, Greenfield, Indianapolis, Lebanon and Shelbyville.

 

In Ohio, Caregiver operates as HHC of Ohio in Canton, Cardington, Columbus, Lancaster and Mansfield.

 

In Tennessee, Caregiver operates as Omni Support Services of Tennessee or Personal Care Choices in Chattanooga, Columbia, Greenville, Jackson, Knoxville, Maryville, Memphis and Nashville.

 

About Caregiver Inc.

At Caregiver, we are guided by a mission to enable people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to lead their unique lives with dignity, independence, and inclusion. Respect for an individual’s abilities is the foundation of our work. We provide intermediate, home and community care services in innovative and loving environments to thousands of individuals through our affiliates in Texas, Tennessee, Indiana, and Ohio. Learn more about Caregiver at www.cg-idd.com or call (800) 299-5161.

Reporters may contact Leigh Strope, lstrope@bradfordpr.com or (202) 607-9876.