Home Health Care Services
As the length of hospital stays declines for individuals who have undergone joint replacements, amputations and strokes, supervised therapy at home has grown. Home Care nurses and therapists map out a program of consistent, coordinated, cross-disciplinary care that is necessary for successful rehabilitation.
Home Care staff answer questions, clarify physician instructions, monitor for infections and provide the necessary physical and occupational therapy during their visit. To ease the transition to home, Home Care staff also work closely with family members and other health care professionals to be sure caregivers understand how to administer medications and make their homes more accessible and maneuverable for patients.
Skilled Nursing Care
Skilled registered nurses help speed a patient's recovery after an operation or illness. They also provide ongoing care to the aged or chronically ill. Often, with the help of a visiting nurse, lengthy hospital stays and burdens on family members can be avoided.
Following consultation with physicians, nurses perform specific tasks including:
- completing physical assessments
- instructing families on the care of acutely ill patients
- dressing wounds
- supervising treatment and diet
- instructing in and supervising the use of medication
- administering intravenous medications
- counseling on health issues
- assisting patients and their families with crisis intervention
- Tracheostomy Care: take feeding instruction and management
Nurses have been called the at-home eyes, ears and hands of physicians. They verify medical orders and ascertain that patients are complying with physician-approved treatment plans. Regular written and verbal communications with physicians about their patients ensure that progress is documented and problems are quickly identified.
Home Care physical therapists plan physical rehabilitation programs to help patients regain or improve physical functioning. Therapists work to increase joint movement, restore use of their impaired muscles, control pain or regain their ability to engage in activities of daily living.
A learning disability, accident or illness may leave a person unable to communicate effectively. Speech pathologists evaluate each person's needs and direct a program of exercises to help him or her regain speech.
Home Health Aides
Under supervision by our professional staff, home health aides help patients with personal care and hygiene (such as bathing and exercise) and perform light housekeeping tasks and errands.
After an accident or illness, patients may have to relearn physical and general awareness skills. Occupational therapists assess patients' abilities and develop a comprehensive program to help them regain many skills. With instruction (and sometimes using adaptive devices or aids) they can begin to do more tasks independently.
Medical Social Service
Sometimes help is indicated when patients have difficulty coping with the emotional stress of an accident or illness. Medical social workers assist in resolving problems and conflicts involving both patients and their families. Assistance can include: locating suitable housing; arranging for financial relief; and resolving family problems.
Maternal-Child Home Health
Maternal/Child Health Home Care services are provided by registered nurses with special skills, knowledge and experience in the care of mothers and their babies. These services are available in the hospital's service area including Montgomery, Bucks and Philadelphia counties.
Prenatal Visits for High-risk Pregnancies
Services are available to assist the pregnant woman experiencing complications of pregnancy and to maintain the pregnancy as long as possible.
- skilled nursing assessment of mother and fetus to detect potential complications of pregnancy;
- evaluation of family strengths to determine the need for additional services;
- homemaker/home health aide services to enable the mother to adhere to activity restrictions and still maintain normal household routines;
- medication administration and instruction;
- diabetic education;
- blood pressure monitoring;
- intravenous therapy administration.
When a new mother's physician orders home care, a registered nurse, who is committed to making her recovery time at home a positive experience, will visit one to two days after discharge to provide:
- a physical exam of mother and infant;
- feeding counseling (breast or bottle);
- instruction in infant care;
- referral to appropriate community resources.
Infants and children with special needs and chronic illness receive scheduled skilled nursing visits. Following consultation with physicians, the nurses may provide a variety of services including:
- counseling and guidance in order to meet the unique needs of both infant and family members;
- promoting independence and confidence in the ability of parents and family members to care for the infant;
- reviewing hospital instructions for the infant's care;
- physical exam and weight assessment;
- adaptation of hospital instructions to home;
- rehabilitative and developmental therapies including speech, occupational and physical therapy;
- medical social services and referral to appropriate community agencies;
- pediatric hospice care when appropriate.
Provided under the direction of your physician, infants with jaundice who meet specific criteria may benefit from the home phototherapy program.
For More Information
Abington Memorial Hospital Home Care
Abington Health Center—Schilling
2510 Maryland Road
Willow Grove, PA 19090-0520
TTY (for the hearing-impaired): 215-481-5755
Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.,
Saturday and Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or
215-481-5800 (24-hour answering service)