Home Health Care Services
You are assigned a Registered Nurse who
- Will assess your medical condition, including symptoms and pain level. Based on your needs, the nurse will monitor your blood pressure, oxygen level, temperature, blood sugar, weight, appetite, effects of medicine etc. He/she may help to teach you activities to manage your needs, including nutritional counseling, and when and how to take your medication, including IVs and insulin injections.
- Monitors skin condition for changes, change the dressing on your wound, help you with breathing treatments, check and clean tubes, administer home chemotherapy treatments, assist with pain management, or many other health needs that can be provided at home.
- Works with you and your family to help you understand your illness, what is happening to you, how to manage your symptoms, and what to expect during the stages of recovery or progression.
- Communicates with your doctor’s office and arranges for other Home Health services that are needed for you.
Home Health Personal Assistance
When skilled services are being provided in the home, a professionally trained Home Health Aide may also help you with your activities of daily living such as:
Transferring from bed to chair
Meal preparation and eating
Toileting and continence management
Your doctor may prescribe therapy for additional skilled services to assist you in a variety of activities:
- A Physical Therapist helps to restore you to your maximum ability to walk or reach for things, and improve your strength and balance.
- An Occupational Therapist teaches you how to perform specific tasks necessary for self-care such as getting dressed, combing your hair, shaving or brushing your teeth. They can also help you to learn how to work in the kitchen or perform other home chores in order to achieve independence.
- A Speech-Language Therapist works to improve your ability to talk, understand verbal and written words, pronunciate, engage in conversations, and chew and swallow.
Medical Social Work
As your situation may require, a Medical Social Worker may help you handle changes in your life that have occurred as a result of your medical condition. If you need help with your living situation, finding caregivers or companions, applying for insurance or financial assistance, arranging transportation, or assistance with connecting with a variety of community supports during your medical recovery, our Social Worker is just a phone call away.
When appropriate, the VNA uses state of the art technology to monitor pulse, oxygen level, weight, blood pressure, blood sugar levels, breathing rate, and other information individualized to your health care needs. Nurses evaluate this information in between home visits and notify your doctor if necessary to adjust the care they are providing for you.