• Home Healthcare is as Much About Listening as it is About Care

    May 12, 2020 | Blog
  • Paradigm Health Home Health Nurse Tara VanSickle shares the holistic team approach to care benefits her patients and their families.

    Contrary to most companies in the home health, palliative and hospice care industry, I know that I can take as much time as needed with each patient to make sure they are taken care of. It isn’t about a bottom-line number at Paradigm Health, it is about providing the best care we can no matter how long it takes.” 

    Tara VanSickleHome Health Nurse Tara VanSickle spends her day making sure patients and families are taken care. But first, the Paradigm Health home health team starts with a daily call reviewing patient needs and protocols and updating the team before they begin their visits with patients.   

    “I spend about 30 minutes to an hour with each patient, talking or calling family members with updates or talking with doctors for updates and to obtain orders or anything that is needed for the patient,” shares VanSickle. “But, contrary to most companies in this industry, I know that I can take as much time as needed with each patient to make sure they are taken care of. It isn’t about a bottom-line number at Paradigm, it is about providing the best care we can no matter how long that takes.” 

    VanSickle has over eight years of healthcare experience. After obtaining her nursing degree in 2014 she has had hands-on work experience in orthopedics/trauma, worked in a hospital cardiac PCU setting, worked at a Medicaid home health company and always new that she had a calling for long-term and home health caregiving. During her journey she also was trained as a CNA and TB instructor.  

    “What is refreshing as a home health nurse is that the mission, vision, and culture here at Paradigm is completely different from any other company I have every worked for,” says VanSickle. “Our team demonstrates the most cooperative and holistic approach to caregiving that I have ever experienced. 

    Busy might be the best word to describe VanSickle even away from her daily care of patients. She’s married with three kids —including a 10-month-old. Besides “humans” to care for the family has two dogs, two cats and a bearded dragon. She enjoys gardening, taking care of the pets, crafting, reading crocheting and watching scary movies. She also loves a night of Karaoke. We may have to let VanSickle’s patients know she’s got a pretty great voice and can help be their voice, too.