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Home Health

Home Health Services

Where do you go if you’re suffering from a chronic illness, need wound care, or are recovering from an injury or surgery? Nowhere! You can stay home and let our Home Health Agency come to you. We can provide you with skilled nursing, physical, occupational and speech therapies in the comfort of your own home.

Providing health care to a patient in the comfort of their home is what the Girard Medical Center’s Home Health Agency is all about.  With direct service or education, the Home Health Agency can assist patients with their care through the introduction of support services, consultation advice, in-home therapies and more. 

When a patient becomes home-bound, the professionals in the Home Health Agency at Girard Medical Center go above and beyond providing the services needed for continuity of care.  So remember, whatever your needs, the professionals at Girard Medical Center’s Home Health Agency have got you covered, and are standing by to provide you with the care, tools, education and support…all in the comfort of your home.

The Home Health Nurse is trained to:

  • Assess vital signs
  • Obtain lab services as ordered by physician
  • Provide skilled nursing care and observation
  • Evaluation and reporting of client’s condition and progress to their physician
  • Educate patient and or caregiver about disease management and the follow-up of chronic disease
  • Patient and family education for diet, medications, ostomy care, diabetes, wound care and more
  • IV infusion/IV therapy instructions and monitoring
  • IV port care, lab draws, port flushes, and port dressing care
  • Information and education provided regarding special diets
  • Assess safety in the home and suggest changes.
  • Teach Medication management, medication side effects and interactions as well as check for “duplication” especially if the patient is seeing more than one physician.
  • Be available for helping with bathing and personal care needs.
  • Post-op care, monitoring surgical site, wound assessment, wound care, and dressing changes. 
  • Patients are taught wound pressure prevention.  The wounds are assessed and the physician is informed of the condition. 
  • Be a source of information for Community Resources such as Transportation, Meals on Wheels, Congregate Meals, and Commodities.

    Home Health Aide:  Personal care services such as bath assistance, hair care, oral hygiene, skin care

Physical Therapy:  Evaluation of patients needs, development of plan of care,Services to relieve pain, exercises to develop or restore functions, and maintain maximum performance.  Use of braces, walkers or other assistance devices.  Wound consults, ultrasound, T.E.N.S. units.

Occupational Therapy: Home Safety Evaluation, assessment of range of motion, strength, coordination, sensation, and dexterity.  Evaluation and assistance with ADL’s (Activities of Daily Living)-bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting. Adaptive equipment instruction-elevated toilet seats, reachers, sock-aids, etc.  Education in the use of work simplification, energy conservation, and joint protection techniques.

Speech Therapy:  Evaluation and treatment

Homebound Status”  required of all Medicare and most insurance company’s patients.

* If a patient’s insurance requires prior authorization it may take longer than the usual 24 hours before he/she can be admitted.