Receiving Care at Home
You may have questions about what it’s like to receive care at home and who will be providing it. Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care has a team of highly skilled and trained professionals who work together to provide a wide range of services. They understand that you are not feeling your best and that you may be uneasy about having different people in your home. You will quickly find that their professional skills and caring manner will put your mind at ease and help you begin to feel better.
These are some of the professionals who are part of our team:
Registered nurses work closely with your doctors and other providers to manage your in-home care. Your nurse will assess your health and develop a plan that addresses your medical condition. This will include such things as taking your blood pressure, helping reduce pain and other symptoms, and teaching you and your family ways to manage your condition. Your nurse will also oversee and coordinate other services you may need.
Physical Therapists assess your muscle strength, joint movement, balance and mobility. They also provide exercise programs and instruction to enhance your independence and safety.
Occupational Therapists provide instruction and training to help you improve or regain independence with daily activities such as bathing and dressing.
Speech-language Pathologists help you recover and improve your skills related to speaking, thinking and swallowing.
Medical Social Workers provide counseling for social, emotional and financial aspects of your health condition. They may refer or coordinate community resources for support.
Spiritual Counselors provide support for your emotional and spiritual needs.
Bereavement Counselors offer support and counseling for those who have experienced the loss of a loved one.
Trained Hospice Volunteers support hospice patients and their families in a variety of ways, such as running errands, reading or writing letters, preparing a light meal, filling in to give family members a break, or just being present and listening.
Registered Dieticians provide an assessment of your nutritional status, as well as counseling and education to enhance your health and well-being.
Geriatric Care Managers are registered nurses with special training to assist you and your family with health and safety concerns to preserve your or your loved one’s dignity and independence at home. They go to the home and check for safety and other concerns, and develop a plan to meet your or your loved one’s needs. They are able to facilitate communication between your family and your doctors and other health providers. If needed, they can help you and your family in making decisions such as whether or not home is still the right place for your loved one.
Home Health Aides offer assistance with personal care such as bathing and dressing, light meal preparation and simple household chores.
Personal Care Attendants help you with daily activities such as bathing, grooming, meal preparation, shopping, transportation and escorting to appointments. They also provide reminders to take your medicines, or conversation and companionship. If you are caring for a loved one, they can provide respite care, allowing you time off from care giving as needed.