The registered nurse performs a comprehensive nursing assessment, develops a plan of care and coordinates care with the physician and other team members. The nurse performs nursing procedures and assists patients and caregivers to become independent in care by instructing them in disease process, medications, and symptom management. A registered nurse is available to take your call 7 days a week, 365 days a year, and patients are encouraged to call with any questions or concerns that arise.
Skilled nursing services include but are not limited to:
- Diabetes, CHF, COPD management
- Disease management
- Wound care and dressing changes
- Pre and post-operative care
- Nutrition management
- Medication monitoring and dispensing
- Medication administration IV and injections
- Blood draws
- In-home coagulation checks by finger stick for monitoring Protime and INR
- Tube feeding
- Ostomy care
- Trachea care
- Indwelling urinary catheters
- Nursing assessments
- Patient education
Medical Social Work
Licensed clinical social workers assess social factors which impede recovery and coordinate use of community resources and special support groups. Social workers also counsel patient or family members if there is a need related to loss of health and function and/or a need for psychiatric services.
The licensed physical therapist assesses the patients functional level in the home by evaluating the patients strength, range of motion, endurance, coordination, balance, pain, posture, and mobility. The therapist also assesses the overall home environment and recommendations may be made for specific adaptive devices and suggested home modifications for home safety. The physical therapist develops and carries out the rehabilitation program in order to maximize total function.
The licensed occupational therapist assesses the patients ability to perform activities of daily living (such as bathing, dressing, eating, and home management) and fine motor functions, the need for adaptive equipment in the home, and the patients cognitive and perceptual function. The occupational therapist develops a specific program geared to maximizing the patients safety and independence.
The licensed speech-language pathologist assesses and treats speech, language and swallowing disorders. Specific treatment programs are developed for aphasia, voice disorders, apraxia, dyspraxia, dysphagia, speech and language in order to maximize the patients communication and/or swallowing skills.
Home Care Aide/ Personal Care Worker
Home Care Aides and Personal Care Workers provide or assist the patient with such personal care as bathing, dressing, oral hygiene, meal preparation, feeding, walking and exercises. All these services are to provide the patient an ability to regain maximum independence in self care. On-going assist in these areas due to chronic conditions are provided as necessary and covered under some insurance plans.
Commonly provided services provided by Home Care Aides & Personal Care Workers:
- Personal care including assistance with bathing, grooming, dressing and ambulation
- Laundry and changing linens
- Light housekeeping
- Meal preparation
- Medication reminders
- Companion services
Homemakers provide house-management services in order to maintain and strengthen household functioning and permit for independent living. Common homemaking services include:
- Light housekeeping vacuuming, dusting, mopping, etc.
- Laundry and ironing
- Meal preparation
- Medication management
* Homemaking services are limited to specific locations and approved on a case-by-case basis.
Respite care provides short-term, temporary relief to those who are caring for family members who might otherwise require permanent placement in an inpatient facility.
* Respite services are limited to specific locations and approved on a case-by-case basis.