Home Assist

Living Well with Diabetes

Home Assist’s Living Well with Diabetes program is focused on educating patients on their disease to help decrease hospitalizations and allow them to achieve a better quality of life. Our nurses visit the patient in their home to provide the education and support needed to manage their diabetes. Patients are taught how to achieve target blood sugar ranges and ways to avoid complications. At the end of the course, patients can correctly teach back the following:

  • An overview of diabetes
  • Medications
  • Insulin storage, injection, and preparation
  • Blood glucose monitoring
  • Changes in blood sugar and treatment
  • Diabetic diet and nutrition
  • Diabetic complications
  • The ABC’s of diabetes
  • Mouth and foot care
  • The importance of exercise
  • Diabetic symptom plan
  • Smoking cessation

Living Well with Heart Failure

Home Assist’s Living Well with Heart Failure program provides evidence-based care and education to patients living with heart failure. Nurses provide the education and support needed to manage heart failure at home. With increased knowledge, patients are able to recognize the slight signs and symptoms that their disease is worsening and when to contact their doctor for medication adjustments. Home Assist’s Living Well with Heart Failure program has reduced hospitalization rates and improved the quality of life in patients living with this condition.

Our Living Well with Heart Failure covers:

  • An overview of heart failure
  • Medication education
  • Oxygen safety
  • Daily weight monitoring and reporting
  • Heart failure action plan
  • How to recognize the early signs and symptoms
  • The importance of exercise
  • How diet and nutrition play a role
  • Breathing and relaxation techniques to reduce shortness of breath
  • Recognizing depression

Living Well with COPD

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a lung disorder that causes the airways to become narrowed or blocked, making breathing and daily tasks difficult. Home Assist’s Living Well with COPD program helps patients breathe easier, become more active, and stay away from the hospital.The nurses at Home Assist visit patients in their home to provide the education and support needed to manage their COPD, including topics like:

  • An overview of COPD
  • Medication education
  • Nebulizer and oxygen safety
  • The importance of diet and nutrition
  • How exercise can improve shortness of breath
  • Recognizing the early signs and symptoms of worsening COPD
  • COPD action plan
  • How pursed-lip breathing can reduce shortness of breath
  • Recognizing depression and anxiety

Joint Replacement Program

Many patients recuperating from total joint replacement of the knee, hip, or shoulder are able to have successful recovery in the comfort of their own home thanks to the visiting nurses, physical therapists, and occupational therapists at Home Assist. Home Assist’s Total Joint Replacement Program is an interdisciplinary approach which involves the surgeon, physical therapist, occupational therapist, and a nurse. Together, they provide education and training to help maximize the patient’s recovery and minimize post-operative complications. Home Assist’s total joint replacement program build range of motion, strength, and endurance, allowing the patient to retain their independence.

A Home Assist nurse and therapist will initiate services within 24 hours after discharge from an in-patient facility. The nurse assesses post-op clinical status, including pain management, swelling, incision healing, and monitoring for signs of infection. They also remove staples if it is on the physician’s protocol. An individualized home exercise program will be created, including gait training, stair management, and post-operative precautions. An occupational therapist will assist with activities of daily living and home management. Additionally, a Certified Home Health Aide is available to assist with bathing as needed.

Wound Care Program

Home Assist recognizes that many patients need specialized nursing care. To meet those needs, Home Assist developed a Wound Care Program that focuses on the treatment and healing of wounds. Our wound care nurses visit patients’ homes to provide individualized care, ensuring our patients reach optimal healing.

Our wound care nurses understand the complex nature of wound treatment and healing, and are experts at assessing, evaluating, and identifying patients who are at risk for or in need of treatment for pressure ulcers, surgical wounds, lower leg ulcers, burns, and trauma wounds. Following evidence-based treatment protocols, our goal is to optimize our patient’s healing time and promote the best possible health outcomes. Our nurses have ongoing communication and collaboration with the patient’s treating physician.

We also offer patient and caregiver education that focuses on recognizing signs and symptoms of complications, wound management, and how to prevent future wounds from occurring. In addition, our staff offers dietary education on how specific foods and supplements can promote wound healing.

If you experience any of the following, you may be a candidate for wound care home health. These services are covered by insurance and they can help you become more independent and improve your quality of life.

  • Non-healing wound
  • Wounds that have not improved in two weeks
  • Wounds that are in need of a new treatment plan
  • Complex wound care needs
  • New pressure ulcer
  • Wound prevention