Home Health Services
Recovering from any kind of illness or hospital stay is a journey of small steps forward, day by day. Abode Home Health is an important part of that journey for many people. Our specialists, nurses, and therapists follow the Golden Rule to help patients rehabilitate and recover from the comfort of their own home. We treat everyone the way we would want to be treated. We work closely with primary care physicians to coordinate every step of the journey toward recovery and feeling healthy again. Home health care helps patients:
- Recover in a safe, comfortable environment – the home
- Recover more completely, with fewer setbacks
- Reduce hospital readmissions
- Regain independence
Abode Home Health offers programs that focus specifically on the needs of people dealing with heart issues – like Congestive Heart Failure (CHF), Coronary Artery Disease (CAD), or Myocardial Infarction (MI) events. We have registered cardiac nurses provide a thorough assessment, identifying ways to relieve the specific symptoms of each patient. They’ll work with the patient to develop a Patient Plan of Care to help coordinate everything needed to manage heart health. The care plan may include regular visits by our experienced clinicians, medication management, dietary counseling, and exercise recommendations that can improve the strength of the heart and lungs.
Under our COPD program, our team of nurses and specialists works closely with each patient to develop a symptom relief plan. Specific symptoms may include:
- Coughing with mucous
- Respiratory infections
- Shortness of breath
Ultimately, our goal is to help patients take control of their breathing, increase strength and endurance, and improve overall quality of life.
New information is released every day on how to best care for diabetes. Everything from the best times to check blood sugar, the most comfortable ways to inject insulin, and scientific studies on what to eat and when to eat it. Abode Home Health is dedicated to making use of the latest information for both Type I and Type II Diabetes, and providing patients with the education and resources needed to manage their condition. We believe that goal achievement and symptom control are realistic expectations. Our dedicated team works closely with patients to help them take control.
Abode Home Health has developed a division of physical therapy that focuses specifically on orthopedic care. Our physical therapists follow the care guidelines of internationally recognized leaders and specialists in joint replacement, osteoarthritis, and amputation.
As part of Abode Home Health physical therapy, we look at the big picture. We get an in-depth understanding of a patient’s work life, hobbies, interests, and overall life goals. We work closely with patients, families, and doctors to create a plan that moves in the direction of comfort and freedom.
- Joint Replacement – After surgery, our physical therapists assist patients with special stretches and exercises. They help patients regain motion and increase their comfort while working at a pace that is appropriate for them.
- Osteoarthritis – We focus on three things: pain management, mobility improvement, and muscle strengthening. In addition to creating a strength training routine, we’ll also determine if the patient would benefit from devices that can assist with motion, such as special braces or footwear.
- Amputation – Our therapists develop a relationship with the patient and family, setting the best environment for rehabilitation after a limb amputation. We have connections with local prosthetists, and we’ll work with closely with them to help fit and train patients with the latest technology.
We believe that pain management is an important part of illness, injury, or procedure recovery and rehabilitation. Our entire team of Home Health professionals keeps comfort at the forefront of each care plan. We use the latest research and clinical evidence available to control pain, and we teach patients and families techniques for staying in control of pain for the long term.
We understand there are unique challenges that accompany patients with multiple conditions. Each condition needs to be addressed by a specialized member of the care team – a health professional who has spent years focusing specifically on the issues of that particular condition. The goals of our Multiple Conditions Program include: helping patients to better understand and manage their conditions, reducing the risk of hospitalization, and helping patients regain their independence.
Your Care Team
Our team of physicians, nurses, hospice aides, social workers, chaplains, and volunteers believe in the Golden Rule. We treat others the way we want to be treated. We help take care of your loved one’s needs during the last days of their life.
We have the following care providers on our team:
Services are provided by a Registered Nurse (RN) or Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) who operates under the supervision of a Registered Nurse. A Registered Nurse develops a patient specific plan of care which is approved by the attending physician. The care plan helps the patient recover and become confident in managing their own health while reducing trips to the hospital or doctor’s office. Skilled nursing services include the following:
- Observation and Assessment
- Teaching and Education
- Disease Management
- I.V. Therapy
- Medication Administration
- Wound Care
Services are provided by a Certified Nursing Assistant (HHA or CNA). Home Health Aides work under the supervision of a registered nurse or other licensed medical staff member, and services are added to care plans when specific needs are identified. Home Health Aide services include the following:
- Bathing, grooming, and personal hygiene
- Light housekeeping
Services are provided by a Physical Therapist (PT) or Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) who operates under the supervision of a Physical Therapist. Our therapists include specialists in neurologic, geriatric, and orthopedic care, and they achieve maximum performance by following a personalized rehabilitation plan that is approved by the attending physician. Therapy services assist with the following:
- Relieving pain
- Restoring balance or range of motion
- Improving strength and endurance
- Developing home exercise programs
- Transfer training
Services are provided by an Occupational Therapist (OT) or Certified Assistant (COTA) who operates under the supervision of an Occupational Therapist. As patients cope and recover from certain injuries, illnesses, and conditions, they can experience a loss of sensory perception, motor skills, and balance. As a result, normal daily activities (occupations) can become a challenge. Our therapists are trained experts who help patients get back to normal daily activities. We bring the latest research and assistive equipment into homes to help patients regain freedom and independence.
Services are provided by a licensed Speech Therapist (ST). Our Speech Therapists specialize in creating rehabilitation and recovery plans for patients who have challenges with speech and swallowing. We do more than just help patients cope with symptoms. We assist in the recovery process and work to improve overall quality of life.
Articulation and Resonance Therapy
When patients experience conditions such as Parkinson’s disease or a stroke, it can have an impact on their speech. With Articulation Therapy, speech therapists help patients overcome speech challenges by focusing on the way the tongue and mouth are used to produce different sounds. The therapists also work to improve the overall sound quality (resonance) of the voice. Our goal is to provide patients with the exercises and training needed to progressively regain confidence in speaking ability.
Neuromuscular Electronic Stimulation (NMES)
More than 15 million Americans cope with moderate to severe dysphagia (difficulty swallowing). Abode Home Health is certified in the use of neuromuscular electronic stimulation (NMES) therapy. This state of the art technology helps to retrain muscles and helps patients take control of their swallowing.
Services are provided by a Medical Social Worker (MSW). Our Social Workers coordinate community resources and services that may be needed as part of a patient’s overall care. This may include:
- Meal delivery
- Nutritional and dietary support
- Social and emotional counseling
- Rights advocacy