Baptist Health Home Health Network

Home Health

Baptist Health Home Health Network brings highly experienced nurses and therapists into your home to promote healing and recovery, and to achieve the highest level of independence possible.

"I had a wonderful physical therapist named Sheena Lairamore. She always informed me ahead of time that she was coming. I had a broken pelvis but she enabled me to walk again- even without a cane. Sheena provided me with many different exercises that I could perform at home between her treatments. I cannot say enough good things about Sheena and your Program."

– Ms. Vida Day

When most people think of healthcare, they think of a building where it is provided: the hospital, physician's office, or outpatient center. However, your home can also be a place for the provision of healthcare services. In many cases, home health is the extension of care you receive after discharge from a hospital or rehabilitation facility. In some situations, you may already be at home and your physician believes you need one or more of our services to keep you out of the hospital or to monitor your progress. It's important to note that home health may be necessary at any age and may be needed for only a short time or an extended period.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF HOME HEALTH?

When it's difficult to leave your home for medical services, we come to you and provide what you need in the privacy and comfort of your home. By sending medical professionals into your home, we can personalize the care we provide and customize it to your home environment. Complications can be prevented in some patients by daily monitoring their vital signs with a Telehealth unit placed in their home. This cutting-edge technology is part of our standard of care and is provided at no cost to the patient. Use of this technology allows early identification of developing problems and may prevent an unnecessary trip to the Emergency Room and/or a rehospitalization. Home Health can also provide an alternative to hospitalization, or reduce the length of stay in the hospital, by allowing the patient to discharge home earlier than they could without the continuing service home health provides.

SKILLED NURSING VISITS

Our team of nurses provides intermittent patient care including the administration of medication or prescribed treatment. These nurses also monitor vital signs, obtain lab specimens, administer wound care, provide patient education and assess the patient's response to treatment. They coordinate your nursing care directly with your physician and are qualified to teach you and your family members how to take care of your needs.

HOME HEALTH AIDES

Under the supervision of a registered nurse, trained home health aides deliver personal care and attention such as bathing, personal grooming, dressing and even meal preparation. They also assist with ambulation and exercise.

PHYSICAL THERAPY

Physical therapists can help you overcome or compensate for physical limitations. Therapists can teach you how to adapt or relearn previous skills, and help you complete therapeutic exercise programs.

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

Occupational therapists are also available to help you achieve independence. They will teach you how to utilize the physical resources you have in order to perform everyday tasks.

SPEECH THERAPY

For patients with specific speech or swallowing disorders, a speech therapist may be assigned to help. Speech therapists concentrate on speech articulation and hearing disorders and administer language and voice disorder treatments.

SOCIAL WORK

Social workers can help you and your family deal with the stress that frequently accompanies serious illness by offering counseling, short-term mental health therapy and providing crisis intervention. In this way, every aspect of your care -- social, environmental, economic and emotional -- is addressed.

TELEHEALTH

Baptist Health Home Health Network offers a telehealth monitoring program for patients who may benefit from daily assessment of key indicators of health status. Telehealth equipment can be used to measure temperature, blood pressure, heart rate, pulse oximetry and blood glucose levels. Daily measurements are transmitted to our telehealth monitoring center where specially trained nurses review the information to identify symptoms of developing problems. Telehealth nurses work with physicians to provide early response to problems identified. The intensified monitoring and early treatment that our telehealth program provides often prevents unnecessary Emergency Department visits and hospitalizations. Telehealth services are provided at no additional cost.