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Skilled Nursing

A skilled nurse performs a variety of duties to care and comfort for patients requiring medical services. A skilled nurse must utilize specialized skills and judgment when delivering care to patients. A skilled nurse implements and evaluates patient care while performing nursing procedures to treat and rehabilitate patients. Our nurses focus on:

  • Assuring that the safety and physical comfort of the patient are meet as well as the patient’s emotional and spiritual needs.

  • Performing nursing procedures for which his or her training has provided the necessary skills and judgment.

  • Assisting with the rehabilitation of patients according to the care plan directed by the physician.

  • Observing and recording all pertinent information and reporting to the appropriate supervisor and physician.

  • Teaching patients, family members, and auxiliary nursing personnel proper health maintenance care.

Primary Treatments

  • Wound care

  • Post-op care

  • In-home infusion / IV

  • Indwelling catheter care

  • Medication management

  • Patient teaching

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Physical Therapy

A Physical Therapist assists the patient’s physician in evaluating the patient’s current functional ability as well as setting realistic treatment goals for the patient. A plan of treatment is established which is designed to accomplish these goals and is approved by the patient’s physician.

A Physical Therapist administers treatment procedures and rehabilitative activities as prescribed by the patient’s physician for purpose of relieving pain and/or developing or restoring functions to achieve maximal functional performance. This includes:

  • Instructing patients and their families in the use of prosthetic, orthotic, and other assistive devices, such as canes, walkers, and/or wheelchairs.

  • Periodically re-evaluating the status of the patient’s functional ability and the effectiveness of the physical therapy plan of treatment.

  • Instructing the patient about in-home programs to be continued by the patient in the therapist’s absence.

  • Instructing other agency personnel in physical therapy procedures and techniques which are performed as an adjunct to the regular physical therapy plan of treatment.

  • Reporting to the physician any changes in the patient’s condition or suggested changes in treatment orders, as well as implementation of discharge planning procedures.

  • Makes arrangements for out-patient services or community resources when indicated.

Primary Treatments

  • Joint replacement rehab

  • Establish home exercise programs

  • Lymphedema treatment

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Occupational Therapy

An Occupational Therapist assists the patient’s physician in evaluating the patient’s functional, motor, perceptual-motor, and sensory-integrative ability by administering diagnostic and prognostic tests. The Occupational Therapist develops a plan of treatment through recognition of the patient’s needs and goals, conditions and environment, and consultation with other health team members. The Occupational Therapist then administers treatment procedures and rehabilitative activities as prescribed by the physician. The Occupational Therapist accomplishes the patient’s goals by:

  • Therapeutic use of functional or restorative activities of daily living: homemaking, splinting, and upper extremity, orthotic/prosthetic training, and perceptual-motor training.

  • Selects and teaches task-oriented therapeutic activities designed to restore functional ability.

  • Devises and implements therapeutic tasks and activities to restore sensory-integrative function.

  • Teaches compensatory techniques designed to improve the level of independence in activities of daily living.

  • Devises, constructs and fits orthotic, prosthetic, and self-help devices and instructs and supervises patient and family in their use.

  • Teaches prevocational, vocational, and avocational activities.

Primary Treatments

  • Lymphedema treatment

  • Appliance sizing and use

  • Improvement in Activities of Daily Living

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Speech Therapy

The Speech Pathologist makes a diagnostic evaluation of the patient’s speech and language status and then formulates a treatment plan which is submitted to the patient’s physician. The Speech Pathologist will consult regularly with the patient’s physician regarding additions or modifications to the plan of treatment, as well as communicates with other members of the medical team to ensure well-planned comprehensive patient care.

The speech Pathologist provides treatment for the patient using techniques applicable to the specific problem, bringing the patient to maximum functional communication proportional to the severity and type of deficit. The Speech Pathologist will instruct the family and agency personnel in understanding the nature of the communication deficits and abilities and use of specific techniques to provide appropriate stimulation and management to best facilitate recovery of functional communication for the patient.

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Social Services

Medical Social Workers play a vital role in the care team. After a patient is admitted to Home Health or Hospice Services, a Medical Social Worker may conduct an assessment to help determine patient needs and identify any limitations, barriers, or safety issues that might impede recovery, educate patients and families regarding community resources and support, and assist with long range planning, including advance care planning and directives, and overall care opportunities.

Our Medical Social Workers work with the patients and families to keep patients at home in a safe and healthy environment.

Medical Social Services include:

  • Community resource planning and coordination

  • Advance directives (Power of Attorney for Health Care or Living Will)

  • Assistance in emotional adjustments to life changes

  • Crisis intervention

  • Assistance with applications for financial aid

  • Counseling with life-style changes

  • Teaching regarding coping with loss and change

  • Grief counseling/coping with impending loss

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Home Health Aide

A home health aide assists in providing nursing care by performing simple unskilled nursing tasks. Activities may include:

  • Assisting with activities of daily living.

  • Encouraging client in self-help.

  • Following through on use of special equipment.

  • Complex transfers

  • Turning and positioning patients.

  • Assisting with ambulation.

  • Assisting client to follow exercise program.

  • Assisting with range of motion exercises.

  • Assisting client to chair, bed commode

  • Giving bedpan and urinal.

  • Assisting/giving bath: Complete, Partial, Tub, Shower

  • Measuring and recording intake and output.

  • Giving back rubs.

  • Providing oral hygiene including care of dentures.

  • Providing care of the hair.

  • Changing bed linen.

  • Taking and recording TPR

  • Changing simple dressings (non-sterile technique).

  • Preparing simple meals following dietary instructions.

  • Assisting with eating.

  • Maintaining clean and neat environment.

  • Informing supervisor of any change in client condition or family situation.

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