Home Health Care Services
Home care is a health care option allowing persons with acute, chronic or debilitating health problems to remain in their homes as opposed to short-term and long-term hospital or nursing home stays. Home care services range from high-tech health care to personal care. Advanced technologies now enable health care professionals to use sophisticated, high-tech medical equipment and procedures in the home to promote healing and provide comfort.
Homecare is an Ideal Solution for:
Persons discharged from the hospital who are not fully recovered.
Persons with chronic conditions such as diabetes, kidney disease, or stroke that require frequent monitoring and can no longer meet their needs alone.
Persons with a terminal disease, such as cancer or AIDS, who need personal care, pain management, and emotional support.
Early discharge from hospitals and can prevent or postpone institutionalization.
Providing confidence and peace of mind for the patient and family, as the nurse can be the physician’s “eyes and ears” in the home.
Personalized one-to-one, tailored care for the needs of each individual allowing maximum results for the patient.
Cost effect when compared to hospital, nursing home or Assisted Living Facility.
Supplementing the family's resources and efforts in caring for loved ones at home, keeping families together.
Allowing persons to remain in their own homes, proud and independent.
We offer the following home health care services.
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This service requires the skills of a nurse. It may be an RN or a LVN/LPN under the supervision of a RN. The skills of are nurse are vast. Your condition may require the skills of a nurse to perform an assessment to help you and your physician determine if the current medical treatment plan is working or if it needs some adjustments. Much of home health skilled nursing involves teaching you and/or your caregiver about safety, medications, treatments, how your disease responds to the treatment plan. The nurse will also teach you how and when to report sign or symptoms of problems early. This understanding may help avoid a re-hospitalization.
In some illnesses, there may be a need for wound care in the home setting. Home health can provide the skills of a nurse to assess the wound for progress or problems. The nurse may also teach you or a caregiver how to perform the wound care in the comfort of your own home at the time of day best suited to you.
Accolade provides specialized wound care and case management and instruction for the following types of wounds:
- Pressure Ulcers
- Surgical Wounds
- Lower Extremity Ulcers:
- Venous Insufficiency Ulcers
- Arterial Insufficiency Ulcers
- Neuropathic (Diabetic) Ulcers
Accolade utilizes advanced wound products and protocols employing evidence based practices.
Telehealth/ Cardiac Monitoring
Accolade Home Care utilizes a home vital sign monitoring system. This monitor is easy to use and can monitor blood pressure, heart rate, oxygen saturation and weight. The system transmits your report to a centrally stationed Registered Nurse who interprets your report and contacts you if there are any changes. The monitoring system also prints a report for you medical record.
Memory Care is a specially designed program for the patient with memory problems. Our staff receives special training in the needs of the patient and family in the midst of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. The entire team of nursing, therapists and aides are trained in communication techniques and safety in the home setting of the person with dementia.
Lower Extremity Management
There are specific diseases such as diabetes and vascular disease affect the integrity of the lower extremity and foot. Accolade Home Care offers a special lower extremity management program for those who are at risk for injury or infection is foot and nail care is provided by a non-professional person. Our nurses receive additional training in lower extremity assessment and care of the foot an nails. There are very specific items that are required to qualify for the lower extremity management program.
Diabetic Teaching/ Training
Diabetes in an on-going life changing disease. Close management of the disease provides an avenue of prevention for the complications associated. Our nurses are able to provide easy to understand teaching on methods to understand and manage your disease with diet, exercise, medications and self-assessment of blood sugars.
Home Care Aide
The reason for a home health aide to visit is to provide hands-on personal care needed to maintain the patient’s health or to facilitate treatment of the patient’s illness or injury. Personal care means bathing, dressing, caring for hair, nail and oral hygiene which are needed to prevent deterioration of the patient’s health status. Changing bed linens of an incontinent patient, shaving and other grooming help may also be part of the plan of care.
Psychiatrically trained nurses have special training and experience beyond the standard curriculum required for a Registered Nurse. Psychiatric home health nursing services evaluate the patient mental health and communicates with the physician about whether additional interventions are needed to deal with patient symptoms or behaviors associated with the mental health condition.
Medical social services are available to resolve social or emotional problems that may be an impediment to the effective treatment of the patient’s medical condition or rate of recovery. These services may include an evaluation of the home situation, financial resources and availability of community resources. These services are on a short-term basis.
The Speech Therapists of Accolade are trained to evaluate and treat adults with speech, language, cognitive, voice, and or swallowing disorders. Our goal is to improve the patient’s ability to effectively communicate their wants and needs. We also assist patients with swallowing difficulty to improve their ability to eat and get the needed nutrients needed for healing. Speech Therapy can also work with patients to improve their thinking and processing skills so they may age in place safely.
Special Programs offered by Speech Therapy from Accolade:
- LSVT LOUD
- Vital Stim Swallowing Therapy
Accolade has a team of ostomy specialists available to provide instruction and support and to facilitate and enhance positive outcomes for the ostomate. We provide individualized care, pouching and management for the following types of ostomies.
- Urostomies – Ileal Conduit
- Continent Diversions
- Fistulas, Tubes and drain sites
Low Vision is defined as a visual impairment severe enough to interfere with occupational performance but allowing some usable vision. We have a team of Occupational Therapists that are trained to enable a person to complete needed ADL’s by effectively using their remaining vision. This is accomplished by modifying the task and environment to increase visibility, increase visibility of the task and environment, enhancing visual components of the task and, augmenting performance with other sensory input.
Occupational Therapy enables people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping them promote health and prevent—or live better with—illness, injury or disability. Occupation is defined as “that which chiefly engages one’s time, trade, profession, or business” and is the basis for OT. OT’s assist patients to function at the highest possible level by concentrating on what matters most to them , maintaining or rebuilding their independence, participating in the everyday activities that they need to do or simply make life worth living.
Physical therapists are licensed professionals who work with people that have sustained disabilities, impairments, or limitations in their overall physical function. These deviations can be the result of disease, injury, or pathological processes. The PT’s goal of reaching maximal patient functional independence is achieved through strategies that often involve specific exercises to stretch and strengthen muscles as well as to improve posture, balance, and endurance. Our goal is to allow the patient to age in place.
Accolade offers the skills of certified lymphedema therapists. Based upon the diagnosis and needs of each patient; accolade's certified OTs use Complete Decongestive Therapy with the components of Manual Lymphatic Drainage, exercise, and multi-layer compression bandaging to manage edema. We train family members and caregivers as well to help maintain the health of the swollen extremity.
Some patients may have the need for home intravenous therapy of medications or fluids to treat their illness. This procedure is provided according to a physician's order by nurses who are trained in the skill of infusion therapy. Accolade works in conjunction with specialized infusion pharmacies who provide the intravenous fluids/medications. When appropriate, the nurse can teach the patient and family to administer intravenous fluids at home. Agency nurses are available 24 hours per day for patients who are receiving this type of care at home.
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