HOME HEALTH TEAM

There’s no place quite like home when you’re recovering from an illness, injury or surgery, or managing a condition like heart failure, diabetes or respiratory problems.

Our home health care team works to help you stay safely at home, living as independently as possible. Following the plan of care developed with you and your doctor, our experienced nurses, therapists and other team members bring compassionate care to you and your family.

As important as our team is to your recovery, though, the most important member of the team is you. We help empower you to manage your health with the education, tools and resources you need.

Get to know the members of the home health team:

Home Health Nurse

In many ways, the nurse is the center of the home health medical team. A nurse (or in some cases a therapist) will be assigned as “case manager” for your care. He or she coordinates the plan of care your doctor has prescribed for you, so you get the best care possible and meet your goals.

Services They May Provide:

  • Sets up an individualized plan of care, in consultation with your doctor, with the patient’s goals in mind
  • Educates patients and caretakers about illnesses and treatment
  • Monitors the patient’s health, symptoms and vital signs
  • Provides wound care, ostomy care, intravenous therapy and other medical services
  • Assists with medication management
  • Assists with pain management
  • Detects and addresses early symptoms that could lead to hospitalization

Typical Credentials: 

Licensed practical nurse or licensed vocational nurse

  • Diploma or certificate from an accredited, state-approved program
  • Licensure after passing the National Council Licensure Examination
  • CPR certification

Registered nurse

  • Diploma from an approved nursing program or four-year Bachelor of Science in nursing
  • Licensure after passing the National Council Licensure Examination
  • CPR certification

Psychiatric Home Health Nurse

At times, depression, anxiety or other behavioral health issues may exist along with physical illness. In these cases, the skills of a nurse with specialized training and experience are needed. Our clinicians are skilled at recognizing the signs of depression or psychiatric illness and will incorporate mental health treatment into the plan of care, in collaboration with your doctor.   

Services They May Provide:

  • Sets up an individualized plan of care, in consultation with your doctor, with the patient’s goals in mind
  • Educates patients and caretakers about illnesses and treatment
  • Coordinates care across a range of healthcare providers
  • Monitors the patient’s health, symptoms and vital signs
  • Assists with medication management
  • Detects and addresses early symptoms that could lead to hospitalization

Typical Credentials: 

Registered nurse

  • Diploma from an approved nursing program, bachelor’s degree or master’s degree in nursing
  • Licensure after passing the National Council Licensure Examination
  • Specialized experience in psychiatric nursing

Physical Therapist

The physical therapist helps you return to your prior level of function following an illness or injury, or, if not possible, helps you adapt to new ways of moving. Your physical therapists help empower you to prevent ongoing loss of independence by developing a program to keep you active.

Services They May Provide:

  • Teaches therapeutic exercises to help patients strengthen their muscles and joints and move with greater ease
  • Assists patients with using special devices and equipment, such as wheelchairs or walkers
  • Advises patients and caregivers about in-home treatment options and exercises

Typical Credentials: 

  • Completion of an approved physical therapy program
  • State license to practice physical therapy
  • CPR certification

Occupational Therapist

Occupational therapy in the home is about finding simple solutions for you or your loved one to perform daily tasks. These tasks may include getting dressed, using the bathroom, showering or making a meal. Occupational therapists have great ideas to help you live safely and independently in your home. 

Services They May Provide:

  • Modifies the home environment to improve safety and reduce fall risk
  • Helps patients safely complete daily tasks like bathing, dressing and cooking
  • Empowers patients to practice healthy self-care
  • Teaches strategies to manage and take medications properly
  • Assists patients with using special equipment, such as shower chairs or bedside commodes
  • Teaches energy conservation techniques for those with COPD and related conditions

Typical Credentials:  

Occupational Therapist

  • Completion of an approved occupational therapy program with a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree in occupational therapy
  • Licensure by the National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy
  • State license to practice occupational therapy
  • CPR certification

Occupational Therapy Assistant

  • Completion of an approved occupational therapy assistant program with an associate’s degree
  • Licensure by the National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy
  • State license to practice occupational therapy
  • CPR certification

Speech Therapist

A speech-language pathologist, sometimes called a speech therapist, helps patients in the evaluation and treatment of breathing, swallowing, speaking, cognition and thinking skills and communication disorders.   

Services They May Provide:

  • Develops verbal or nonverbal systems to improve communication
  • Educates patients and caregivers about in-home exercises and strategies
  • Develops programs with structured memory tasks, problem solving, reasoning, visual and auditory aids, and calendars to assist with cognitive impairments
  • Helps patients with swallowing difficulties modify their diets, learn safe swallow strategies and practice in-home exercises

Typical Credentials: 

  • Master’s degree in speech pathology or audiology
  • Speech pathology certification through the American Speech-Language Hearing Association
  • CPR certification

Medical Social Worker

Medical social workers provide helpful information and assistance as you navigate the complexities that are sometimes involved in managing your illness or injury. They address the social, financial and psychological aspects of recovery and help break down barriers that might impede your progress.

Services They May Provide:

  • Provides counseling and teaches coping skills
  • Advocates for patients and families and their needs
  • Helps patients access financial assistance and health insurance coverage
  • Provides referrals to helpful community resources
  • Educates patients about medications and explains the importance of follow-up visits
  • Assists with longer term planning following home health services, such as advance care planning, health care directives, financial assistance and transportation

Typical Credentials: 

  • Bachelor’s degree or master’s degree in social work
  • Licensure as required by state law

Home Health Aides

Home health aides are the heart of home health, helping you with your daily activities until you are ready to be independent. Our aides help with therapy-driven exercise and personal care and grooming needs. They also bring a positive, caring spirit to every visit.

Services They May Provide:

  • Assists with daily tasks such as bathing, dressing and eating
  • Provides companionship and support
  • Recognizes and communicates changes in patients’ health status to the home health care team

Typical Credentials: 

  • 75 hours of training
  • Home health agency competency program
  • Direct patient care experience
  • CPR certification
  • High school graduate

Services are provided based on each patient’s individual plan of care. The members of your home health team depend on your individual plan of care and needs. Not all services are needed for every patient.

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