Coming in 2022 to St. Vincent Health
Most people, as they age or live with illness, want to remain in their home, where their surroundings and routine are familiar. Home Health brings caregivers to the home, so that individuals can maintain living in place for as long as possible.
Home health is also an option for a patient who needs post-acute care. It usually follows a short-term acute care stay in the hospital when a patient is ready to be discharged, but not prepared to live completely independently. Alternatively, a person who is an inpatient for a procedure or treatment, could then stay in a swing bed program or rehab facility until recovered sufficiently to be able to come home.
Generally, the goal of Home health care is to treat an illness or injury. Doctor’s orders are needed to start care. Then, Home Health will schedule an appointment and come to the home to talk to the patient about individual needs and ask some questions about the patient’s health. Home Health staff will also keep the primary care doctor updated about patient progress.
Examples of what the Home Health staff will do:
- Check what the patient is eating and drinking
- Check blood pressure, temperature, heart rate and breathing
- Check that prescription and other drugs and any treatments are being taken correctly
- Ask about pain
- Check safety in the home
- Teach the patient about care so he or she can take care of themselves
- Coordinate care. This means they communicate regularly with the patient, doctor and anyone else who provides care, like a physical or occupational therapist.
To learn more about Home Healthcare services at St. Vincent Health contact Dennis McWhorter, MHA at 719-486-0230.