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Home health care is often recommended following a stay in the hospital or in a rehabilitation facility to help continue the recovery and healing process. Home health care may also be the solution when a person’s medical condition changes, they receive a new diagnosis or they are placed on a new medication or treatment. A physician’s appointment is an ideal time to discuss with the doctor how home health care can improve an individual’s health and quality of life.
Medicare requires that people receiving home health care be homebound. They do not need to be bedbound but they must be able to leave the home only infrequently (for medical appointments, worship, or special-occasion activities, for example); and they must not be driving. A physician must also certify the need for home health services; we can help obtain the required phycian’s order.
Because home health care is not intended to go on indefinitely and is provided on an intermittent (part time) basis, an important aspect of this care is teaching the patient and family (or other caregivers) how to care for themselves. VNA Plus staff from several departments often work together as a team to provide a holistic approach to patients’ needs. Skilled services include:
Registered nurses and licensed practical nurses perform skilled nursing services as directed by the patient’s physician.
Physical, occupational and speech therapists help patients regain independence and the ability to perform tasks essential to daily living.
Personal Care Assistance
Certified home care aides assist with bathing and other personal care.
Medical Social Services
Medical social workers help patients with social, emotional and financial factors affecting their health.
A registered dietitian provides professional nutritional assessment and teaching to promote optimal healing.
Mental Health Services
Specialized mental health nurses, social workers and home care aides work together to address acute and chronic psychiatric conditions and are trained to assist with implementing problem-solving and coping strategies.
The wound care team, consisting of nurses, physical therapists, home care aides and a dietitian, are intensively trained in treating wounds of all types based on a personalized assessment of each patient’s needs.
Registered nurses use established methods of treatment and education to effectively manage the specific needs of various diseases such as diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), congestive heart failure (CHF), and other chronic diseases.
Technology that helps track vital signs and symptoms daily is available for some patients with specific conditions.
You may also wish to view Frequently Asked Home Health Care Questions for more information.