HyLife LLC seeks hygienists to expand oral care program

Aug. 5, 2014
HyLife LLC is launching an RDH recruitment initiative during RDH Under One Roof to expand its oral care program for aging patients.
HyLife LLC is launching a registered dental hygienist (RDH) recruitment initiative to expand its network of independent oral care specialists during the 2014 RDH Under One Roof Meeting at Booth No. 2. HyLife is an RDH-owned company that provides compassionate oral care services to dependent elders and empowers dental hygienists.

According to company founder Angie Stone, RDH, BS, “Dependent elders in nursing homes have the worst oral health compared to any subset of the U.S. population. They are losing their teeth, are at increased risk of heart attacks and strokes, and are dying at alarming rates from aspiration pneumonia, which can be caused by bacteria from the mouth being aspirated into the lungs. This is unacceptable for America’s Greatest Generation, [and] it can be prevented with proper oral hygiene.”

Stone became aware of the deplorable conditions of America’s dependent elders a few years ago, when her 90-year-old grandmother was admitted to a nursing home due to her failing mobility and inability to care for herself. “My grandmother was admitted to the nursing home with 22 of her natural teeth. Within two years, she had 60 percent of her teeth extracted due to rampant tooth decay that remained untreated.” See Angie tell her story on video.

Soon afterward, Stone created an on-site oral care service program that visits nursing home clients on an average of once a week to provide a thorough brushing of natural dentition, as well as prosthetics such as bridges and partial dentures, in addition to interdental cleaning with dental floss or other over-the-counter interdental aids.

“Many nursing home residents have limited mobility and dementia which prevent them from following an adequate oral hygiene protocol,” says Stone. “We provide a vital service that most nursing home caregivers do not. Plus, a hygienist’s trained eye can detect changes that may require treatment from a dentist.”

HyLife’s independent oral care specialists also provide their clients with a monthly supply of xylitol-based mints or gum, toothpaste, and a toothbrush. Xylitol is natural sugar substitute that helps reduce acid causing bacteria in the mouth. “When a HyLife client uses xylitol daily, they can effectively control plaque build-up between visits from the Oral Care Specialist – even if they have limited mobility or cognitive impairments,” explains Stone. The average cost for a HyLife LLC client is $100 per month, paid by the client or client’s family.

In order to become an authorized HyLife Independent Oral Care Specialist, dental hygienists must follow a two-step qualification process. First, interested RDHs must sign up for a five-part web-based orientation and training course that includes the following:

  • Introduction: The HyLife LLC History and Mission
  • Continuing Education (CE) Module 1: The Sad State of Oral Health Among Dependent Elders
  • CE Module 2: Navigating the Landscape of the Care Facility
  • CE Module 3: The Role of Xylitol in Improving the Oral Health of Dependent Elders
  • CE Module 4: The HyLife LLC Service Model

Cost of this first step of qualification is $149 and provides three continuing education units (CEUs). “We’re looking for highly qualified candidates to become our independent oral care specialists,” explains Stone. “Even if those signing up for the first qualification phase go no further, they will have earned three CEUs and can apply much of this information to the elderly patients in their practices.” Hygienists who complete the first qualification phase and earn the three CEUs may continue with the HyLife qualification process anytime within 90 days of CEU completion by paying a one-time fee of $499 for all of the tools needed to become an authorized HyLife independent oral care specialist:

  • Mandatory resume review and background check*
  • Mandatory caregiver certification through the American Caregiver Association
  • Business development tools and instruction manual
  • Monthly individual coaching calls
  • Monthly team calls
  • Monthly newsletter

*If resume review and background check do not meet the standards of HyLife LLC, the $499 fee will be refunded, minus the cost to conduct the background check.

Exclusive territories are assigned by zip code on a first-come, first-served basis. After the first year, renewal is $19.99/month (payable each quarter) to continue affiliation with HyLife LLC’s monthly coaching calls, monthly team calls, newsletter, updated business development tools, and manuals.

During the RDH Under One Roof Meeting, see HyLife LLC at Booth No. 2. For additional information, visit HylifeLLC.com, call 608-884-0038, or email [email protected].