Our home health programs offer a wide variety of services, from skilled nursing, home health aides and therapies. We work with both patient and their physician to develop a customized care plan tailored to specific needs and requirements.
Services provided by MBC Home Health Care include:
- The management and monitoring of medical conditions including and not limited to:
- Cardiovascular conditions such as heart failure, after care following heart surgery, cardiovascular disease and endurance limitations
- Neurologic conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, stroke, multiple sclerosis and neuropathies
- Orthopedic conditions including fractures, sprains, back pain and back surgery, as well as care following joint replacement surgery
- Diabetes management
- Cancer treatment and recovery
- Respiratory conditions and the safe use of supplemental oxygen
- Kidney disease and urinary dysfunction including incontinence training
- Infection management and infection control
- Memory dysfunction
- Wound and ostomy care
- Patient and family education:
- Dietary instruction related to specific medical conditions
- Patient and family education regarding disease process, medication management, caregiving strategies
- Home safety assessments to minimize falls
- Rehabilitation intervention for physical impairments, pain, weakness and mobility limitations
- Intervention to address deficits in communication, speech or swallowing
- Medical social work services for community resources, advance directive planning, emotional support, financial assistance
These services are provided by an interdisciplinary team of dedicated clinicians that may include skilled nursing, home health aides, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and medical social work professionals.
The skilled nursing care provided in a home setting is unique to any other setting. The skilled nurse provides patient and family education to help an individual thrive at home and help to reduce risk for hospitalization. The nurse is in close communication with the referring physician.
The skilled nurse will provide care specific to the needs of each patient. This may include:
- Medication reminders and medication management. One of the leading causes of hospitalization is medication errors. Therefore, having a home health nurse to establish a medication log, assist with filling and maintaining a prescription pill sorter and help a patient understand his or her own medications can keep a patient independent in their own medical care
- Home infusions and intervenous medication administration. Some medications need to be given through an IV. When a patient cannot get out to a clinic, the home health nurse is able to provide this treatment in the home.
- Postoperative care. From orthopedic to cardiac surgeries, many conditions require postsurgical care by a skilled healthcare team. Many patients are not appropriate for long term care or rehabilitation, so return home after surgery. A visiting nurse helps to ensure appropriate healing and monitor for any postsurgical complications
- Wound care. Wound care can be intimidating for patients and families. Fortunately, skilled nurses are able to assess, provide treatment for and update physicians on the status and healing of wounds in the home setting.
- Disease management education for patient and families. Many homebound patients have chronic health conditions that require careful medical management and specific lifestyle changes. A skilled home health nurse can provide education to both the patient and family in order to give the patient autonomy in their own health and wellbeing.
HOME HEALTH AIDE
Home health aides assist with daily self-care tasks that can be difficult for the homebound patient. These services are provided under the direction of the skilled nurse or therapist. Services may include showering, sponge bathing, skin care, dressing, and assist with caregiving tasks.
Therapy services are intended to assist the patient in improving his or her abilities to perform activities of daily living. Personalized, evidenced based therapy is an important part of the recovery process. Our programs offer several branches of therapy services for homebound patients. These include physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy.
Physical Therapy. Our physical therapists work with patients to establish personalized exercise programs and functional mobility training in order to restore strength and mobility. Patients learn to use mobility aids such as walkers, wheelchairs, lifts and other equipment in order to maximize safety and reduce fall risk. Patients are challenged with balance training and provided education to optimize safety in the home environment. Fall risk reduction strategies are emphasized in order to optimize a patient’s independence with functional mobility. Physical therapy intervention is also utilized to address pain and help a patient manage their pain symptoms.
Occupational Therapy. Our occupational therapists work with clients to maximize their safety and independence in performing activities of daily living. These activities include dressing, using the bathroom facilities, showering and managing kitchen tasks. Occupational therapists also address fine motor recovery of the hands including finger dexterity and functional strength. Occupational therapists are able to provide resources for adapting daily tasks in order to allow for independence and safety at home.
Speech Therapy. Our speech therapists offer services to recover vital communication skills. Additionally, speech therapists evaluate and provide intervention to allow patients to learn appropriate feeding and swallowing techniques to reduce likelihood of choking or aspiration. Speech therapists also incorporate strategies to maximize cognitive abilities in patients who have impaired mental function.
MEDICAL SOCIAL WORK
Our home health social workers are dedicated to helping patients get the most out of their medical care. They are pleased to assist with:
- Referral applications and placement
- Financial assessments
- Locating and obtaining community resources
- Advanced care planning
- Psychological and cognitive referrals and screenings
Social workers are available for counseling, financial needs, emotional support, illness adjustment and can link patients and families to community resources available.