Whether a patient has a congenital condition or has recently experienced an injury or chronic disease, it is possible for him or her to receive quality medical care services in a home setting, reducing the need for lengthy hospital stays. Home health visits can benefit a variety of patients, including:
Patients with Respiratory Difficulties
Patients who use ventilators or have a tracheostomy are eligible for respiratory therapy provided by licensed respiratory care practitioners. These professionals oversee the operation of home ventilators, change trach tubes, provide mechanical cough assistance and vest therapy, and perform diagnostic tests such as sputum analysis and pulse oximetry.
People with Limited Mobility
After an injury or a stroke, patients may need to relearn how to perform basic movements. A physical therapist can visit the home for regular sessions in order to help patients build strength and increase their range of motion. In addition, if the client does not have a family caregiver that can help him or her accomplish regular household tasks, a home health aide is available to assist with basic chores and personal care.
Individuals Requiring Enteral Care
When patients are unable to orally ingest enough nutrients to sustain them, nutrition may be provided directly to the digestive tract. Such enteral care is often handled by a skilled private duty nurse, who can administer the correct amount of sustenance at the proper times as well as clean and tend to the gastrostomy or jejunostomy site.
Those Using Specialized Medical Devices
Catheters, trach tubes, ventricular assist devices, and peritoneal dialysis tubes require specialized care and operation to prevent infection and ensure proper functionality. Patients who are unable to or uncomfortable with handling such medical equipment can request the services of a skilled private duty nurse, who is a trained professional with experience tending to patients with similar conditions.
Independence Plus offers respiratory HME, home health services, and skilled private duty nursing care to patients in the comfort of their own homes. Call us at (708) 366-4500 for a consultation with one of our intake professionals.