What is Home Health Care and the Benefits?
Providence Medical Center Home Health Care is a professional health service prescribed by the physician and provided in the home of the patient. Its purpose is to prevent illness or to improve and restore health by bringing quality care to people in their homes.
With the support and guidance of Home Health Care staff, patients are able to come home from the hospital earlier and receive continued monitoring and medical treatment under the direction of their doctor. Home Health Care is designed to reduce the time you spend in the hospital by allowing you to recuperate at home surrounded by friendly faces. For those who have been hospitalized the words, "Welcome Home!" are comforting.
You can feel confident welcoming Home Health Care staff into your home. We take special care to make sure all home health care professionals are thoroughly screened and oriented. The Home Health Care Agency is state-licensed, Medicare- and Medicaid-certified, and all care is carefully supervised by Registered Nurses under the direction of a physician.
Who is Eligible?
Home Health Care is available to people in Wayne and the surrounding areas including these Counties:
Wayne - Cedar - Dixon - Pierce - Dakota - Madison - Stanton - Cuming - Thurston
Services provided include:
- Skilled Nursing
- Occupational Therapy
- Speech Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Home Health Aide Services
A Registered Nurse carries out your physician's plan of treatment with skilled nursing services such as wound care, colostomy care, IV medications, catheter care, lab draws and dressing changes. Our nurses can also educate the patient and family on new medications and new diagnoses such as COPD, diabetes, heart failure, etc. First time mom and well baby visits are also made. Registered nurses are available by phone 24 hours a day.
- Evaluates patient's disability.
- Provides rehabilitation and instructions to patient and family in tasks of daily living.
- Provides home safety evaluations and reviews how to make changes in the home in order to make the home easier for the patient to maneuver safely.
Swallowing and speech-language diagnosis and treatment are available to restore: memory, reading, writing, speaking, listening, and swallowing skills upon request of patient, family or medical professionals.
Teaches exercises to increase and maintain joint range of motion, muscle strength and endurance.
Teaches transfer activities, proper body mechanics and gait training.
Provides instructions in use of canes, walkers, crutches, and prostheses.
Home Health Aide
Home Health Aide Care is provided as long as another skilled service is needed. Home Health Aides assist the patient with preparing meals, light housekeeping, laundry, errands, bathing, shampoos and any other activities of daily living.
A Social Worker provides direct social services to patients and their families in need of psychosocial needs and can assist in obtaining other community resources.
Who Can Refer Patients?
Any interested person, friend, doctor, neighbor, patient, hospital, nursing home, assisted living or agency may request Home Health Care, but a Doctor's order is required.
Who Pays for Services?
The Home Health Agency is fully certified by Medicare and Medicaid. Medicare and Medicaid pay in full as long as the criteria is met to qualify. Most insurance companies cover Home Health Services or a patient can be billed directly.
Who to Contact?
Call Providence Medical Center Home Care Services at 402-375-4288 or Providence hospital at 402-375-3800 and ask for the home care department.
After 4:30 p.m., and on weekends, call Providence Medical Center at (402) 375-3800, and ask for the Home Health Care Nurse on call.
Home Health Care services are available without distinction, and patients are accepted for care without regard to race, color, creed, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, handicap, or communicable disease including, but not limited to HIV, MRSA, and Hepatitis B.