CKHS Puts the ‘Home’ in Home Care
- Crozer-Keystone’s Home Health Services department aims to help ease a patient’s transition from hospital to home, prevent complications, assist in medication management and help them manage their health conditions.
- The department’s services include skilled nursing care, rehabilitation, hospice, Mom-Baby Connection, home health aides, social services and care transitions.
- For more information, call (610) 284-0700 or visit www.crozer.org and click on “Services” on the left navigation.
Whether it’s after a surgical procedure, after giving birth to a baby or to manage a chronic health problem, Crozer-Keystone’s Home Health Services department has you covered.
As a proven leader in the prevention of acute care hospitalization and emergent care, the Home Health Services department is committed to providing quality care to patients by helping them to manage their medical care at home. The department aims to help ease a patient’s transition from hospital to home, prevent complications, assist in medication management and help them manage their health conditions.
“We offer skilled nursing, physical and occupational therapy and speech services,” says Jane Hanahan, R.N., administrative director of CKHS Home Care and Hospice. “We even have our own dedicated social workers and home health aides. Our trained home care professionals can provide the education, nursing care, and other therapies needed to help keep patients out of the hospital and in their own homes — which is every patient’s goal.”
In 2009, the program was named to the HomeCare Elite™ for the third year in a row. HomeCare Elite™ uses quality outcome, quality improvement and financial performance data to identify the top 25 percent of home health agencies in the nation.
Here are short descriptions of the various services the program provides:
Registered nurses assess the patient’s condition and work with physicians to provide individualized care. Services include the assessment and monitoring of the patient’s physical condition; medication management and teaching; wound care; diabetic management; Foley catheter management; pain management; and teaching about disease management and process.
Some patients may need help relearning how to perform daily duties or to improve their speech after an illness or injury. Physical, occupational and speech therapy can help patients restore functional mobility and activity:
- Physical therapists work with patients to help them improve muscle strength, gait, balance and coordination. The therapists assess risks and make recommendations to prevent falls and assist them with proper use of medical equipment.
- Occupational therapists work with the patient to regain or adapt their ability to perform activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing or preparing meals.
- Speech language pathologists help patients improve communication and swallowing skills.
“Crozer-Keystone’s Hospice program offers care and support that encourages the continuation of a meaningful life in the presence of a terminal illness,” Hanahan says. Hospice care is a holistic, interdisciplinary team approach that includes physical, spiritual, and psychosocial care and support with both the patient and their family.
Designed to help parents in their new role, Crozer-Keystone offers experienced maternal/child health nurses to provide services to both mom and baby. “Some of the services we provide are wound care, perineum checks, breastfeeding help for moms, and complete health and feeding evaluations for newborns,” Hanahan says. “Nurses can also check for jaundice in the babies as well as other illnesses.”
Home Health Aides
Home health aides provide personal care and services to facilitate treatment and rehabilitation at home. They help the patient with his or her basic personal needs such as getting out of bed, walking, bathing, dressing and more.
Social workers provide intervention when social, emotional or environmental issues are interfering with a patient’s healthcare treatment and recovery. They can also provide Information and referrals for clients and their families.
The professionals of Crozer-Keystone’s Home Health Services work to ensure a smooth transition from hospital to home. They educate and empower patients to take responsibility and manage their care at home. Our goal is to meet the patient’s needs during these transitions and improve care outcomes.
For more information, call (610) 284-0700 or visit www.crozerkeystone.org and click on “Services” on the left navigation.