An action plan to help you qualify for a Best of Home Care Award next year.
In 2021, there were 241 first-time Best of Home Care Award-winning locations. This year: you’re next.
Whether you didn’t qualify for a Best of Home Care Award this year or you’re brushing up on how to qualify for a new award next year—we’re here to help.
These awards serve as powerful marketing tools that prove your commitment to quality, draw clients and caregivers to you, and start the referral conversations you’ve been hoping for.
Learn why you may not have qualified for an award this year, then follow our action plan to take home a Best of Home Care Award next year:
Learn about our new award and qualifications.
Use client and caregiver feedback to improve your OSAT scores.
Communicate with your clients ahead of time to get enough client experience surveys.
Use the program consistently to achieve results.
#1: Learn about our new award and qualifications.
This year, we introduced the Best of Home Care – Leader in Training award.
This award recognizes home care agencies that provide specialized care for clients and career growth for caregivers through a commitment to continuous learning.
Solution: Review the qualifications and create an action plan for how to achieve them.
The Best of Home Care – Leader in Training is an annual award based on your training completion rates.
The 2022 requirements to receive this award are:
Have 10+ learners complete at least 1 training course for the year
Average 8+ hours of completed training per caregiver for the year
Utilize HCP Training for at least 3 months
If you would like to win this award next year, follow this action plan:
Schedule a live demo to tour the Care Intelligence platform for online training with one of our experts
Choose from the 500+ RN-developed courses tailored to your state’s complete requirements
Make training a priority by scheduling training time into your caregivers’ schedules
Keep it up for at least 3 months and see your caregiver retention rate increase
Earning a Best of Home Care – Leader in Training award is an outstanding accomplishment that will benefit everyone in your agency. Implementing training will enhance the quality of care your staff can offer to your clients and show caregivers opportunities for advancement, improving retention rates for your agency for years to come.
#2: Use client and caregiver feedback to improve your OSAT scores.
Your Overall Satisfaction (OSAT) score represents the average of how highly your clients and caregivers rated your agency in 5 different categories. To be eligible to receive an award, your OSAT scores must be 8.75 or higher.
OSAT scores are collected using our Experience Management program. Our team will survey your clients and caregivers to get their unbiased feedback, then help you make changes based on the feedback.
Solution: Use the data from your Experience Management surveys to identify your weakest scores and opportunities for improvement, then make an action plan.
The Experience Management program allows your caregivers and clients to give anonymous feedback to an impartial source. Using a third party lets you learn the good, bad, and ugly about your agency that clients and caregivers may not be willing to share with you directly. Once you find out how they truly feel, it is time to take action and improve their experience with your agency.
Learn from the best: SYNERGY HomeCare of Carlisle became a 6-time Leader in Experience award winner who reduced caregiver turnover by 25% with our Experience Management tool.
#3: Communicate with your clients ahead of time to get enough client experience surveys.
The Provider of Choice, Employer of Choice, and Leader in Experience awards all require a minimum number of completed client/caregiver surveys.
As the most vulnerable demographic to fraudulent calls, your clients will understandably be on guard or defensive while answering the phone. This requirement is tricky to fulfill when your clients are not expecting a call from a third party on behalf of your agency.
Solution: Send inform letters every 6 months and include them in your onboarding process to prepare your clients/caregivers to participate in surveys.
These surveys are the best opportunity for your clients to have their voice heard, so we’ve made it easier for you to prepare them to participate with inform letters.
If you find you aren’t getting as many client surveys as you would like, check to see when you last sent out an inform letter explaining why you partnered with Home Care Pulse, what to expect in the phone call, and answering FAQs about how feedback will be used.
Each inform letter also comes with a phone number specific to your office with your local area code. Clients can expect to receive Home Care Pulse survey phone calls from that number every time; consider suggesting they add it to their phone contacts in case they forget by the time they receive a call.
Ensuring enough clients answer the phone to take our surveys begins with you and is only an inform letter away.
#4: Use the program consistently to achieve results.
If you are new to Home Care Pulse, Welcome! Our Best of Home Care Award winners for Employer of Choice, Provider of Choice, and Leader in Experience are chosen from the unbiased feedback we collect from your clients caregivers. To that end, agencies must be using HCP Experience Management to qualify for an award.
The Provider of Choice and Employer of Choice awards require agencies to actively survey clients or caregivers for at least 6 consecutive months. The Leader in Experience award requires agencies to actively survey both caregivers and clients for at least one calendar year.
Solution: Start using Experience Management, then keep it up for at least 6 months to be eligible for a Best of Home Care Award.
In the Meantime, Showcase Your Home Care Pulse Customer Badge
With this action plan, we wouldn’t be surprised if you’re already rehearsing your acceptance speech for next year. In the meantime, feature your commitment to providing quality home care services with your Home Care Pulse Customer Badge.
Start your plan to begin earning your Best of Home Care Award today. Subscribe to the blog below to learn from the expert advice your award-winning peers are reading and check out the 2022 Best of Home Care Awards Webinar to learn what made this year’s winners so successful.