Home Health Services
Recovering from any kind of illness or hospital stay is a journey of small steps forward, day by day. AT Home Care 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
In addition to our comprehensive home health services, AT Home Care offers a variety of specialty programs. These programs were designed to address the needs of patients with chronic or high-risk illnesses or who are recovering from some surgeries. Specialty program goals include preventing complications, reducing re–hospitalizations, and improving overall outcomes. Specialty program staff has the tools and expertise to provide state-of-the art care to patients with identified disease states. Our programs include:
Transitional care addresses the needs of patients in a declining state of health who are not yet ready to enter hospice care. Patients may continue to receive life-prolonging treatments in additional to palliative care that focuses on comfort measures and pain relief. Many studies have shown that palliative therapies can have a positive effect on a patient’s mobility, happiness and overall quality of life. Our experienced transitional care staff offer your loved ones the opportunity to experience joy and relief from pain as they navigate the final stages of life.
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Congestive heart failure is a chronic condition in which the heart does not pump efficiently. Patients with CHF are at risk for an increase in cardiac symptoms and subsequent hospitalizations. Our special cardiac team uses a multifaceted approach to stabilize the patient’s condition, reduce re-hospitalizations, increase independence and improve overall quality of life.
AT Home’s Pulmonary Care program centers on patients with lung disease, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD. COPD is a debilitating lung disease that affects more than 11 million people in the United States alone. COPD makes breathing difficult and can cause wheezing, fatigue, respiratory infections, pain and discomfort. Since COPD is a chronic condition, it requires long-term treatment.
AT Home Care’s COPD health care team works with each patient to develop a step-by-step symptom management plan. In addition to delivering prescribed medical treatments, we educate patients about self-care, medication, nutrition, breathing techniques, oxygen safety and more. Services allow patients to stay at home, avoiding frequent re-hospitalizations and optimizing comfort and independence.
AT Home Care is proud of our team of orthopedic specialists. They combine years of experience and clinical expertise with the most recent technology to create an advanced orthopedic program. The program addresses recovery from surgery, pain control and comprehensive rehabilitation. Our team evaluates all aspects of a patient’s daily life to create an effective, personalized care plan to help patients achieve the highest level of functioning and independence possible.
Joint Replacement and Amputee Care
Our orthopedic program includes specific program tracks that offer advanced expert care to patients with certain conditions such as those recovering from joint replacement surgery or those who have had a limb amputated. AT Home Care takes a team approach to orthopedic care that includes a variety of professionals, each bringing a unique perspective and together providing holistic care.
Sepsis is a severe reaction to infection that can quickly become life threatening. Sepsis can increase the length of hospital or facility stays, and can have a devastating effect on the patient, including physical disability, organ damage or cognitive impairment.
AT Home Care is vigilant when it comes to sepsis prevention, implementing our “best practice” program to educate and train all staff in sepsis prevention, recognition, intervention and treatment.
With these prevention measures in place, AT Home Care has been able to effectively decrease the number of sepsis occurrences and sepsis-related hospital readmissions for our patients. Our program also includes specialized care for those who are admitted to home health following hospitalization for sepsis, helping them to attain the optimum level of health and functioning possible.
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). AT 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