In-Home Care Services
The Otago Exercise Program: A New Service Provided by Peninsula Home Care
When we fall down, we get back up again. This isn’t so easy for older adults. One bad fall can cause serious health implications for seniors. That’s why it is important to work on improving strength and balance to reduce the risk of falls. That’s what the Otago Exercise Program does for individuals working one-on-one with certified physical therapists and eventually independently.
The program is broken down into different stages over a one year period.
- Initial evaluation and exercise prescription is done by a physical therapist
- Followed by eight weeks of visits from an Otago trained physical therapist
- Patients are discharged to a self-management program
- Patients will receive phone calls and optional visits from physical therapists at six, nine and twelve months
- A walking program is assigned for up to 30 minutes, three times a week
Skilled Nursing Services You get home from the hospital and you or your caregiver don’t have the luxury of pushing a button for help with changing a bandage or cleaning a wound. Peninsula Home Care can assist you. Our nurses provide and teach you or your caregiver, wound, catheter and/or colostomy care, IV management, in-home chemotherapy and injections among other skilled nursing services. When your nurse completes the visit, you can rest easy with a high-tech home medical kit to track health conditions such as blood pressure, pulse-rate, weight and blood oxygen saturation levels. Providing “Tele-Health” services offers a way to alert your home care nurse of any issues, recurrences or flare-ups.
Peninsula Home Care nurses also work closely with the patient, caregiver and family to educate them on the disease treatment, prevention and medication management. It is our goal to help every patient regain their independence and get back to a quality of life with family and friends.
Below is a complete list of services provided by Peninsula Home Care Nurses:
- Catheter care
- In-Home Chemotherapy
- Diabetes care and education
- Diet instruction and nutritional support
- Dressing (bandage) changes
- Intravenous therapy
- Medication monitoring
- Pain management
- Patient and family education
- Patient assessment and monitoring
- Wound care
- Cardiac care
Physical Therapy Walking, going up a flight of stairs or getting in and out of bed. Pretty simple stuff – right? Not when you are recovering from an illness, injury or surgery. Peninsula Home Care physical therapists can help. Our therapists help patients restore balance, range of motion, strength and endurance. They also assess each home to determine medical equipment needs and how to manipulate the layout to reduce a patient’s risk for falling. Leaders in home health care, Peninsula Home Care physical therapists (PT) are the first home care PT’s in Maryland and Delaware to become certified in Wound Care E-STIM, a treatment medically proven to help wounds heal up to 40% faster than traditional wound care methods. They are also bringing a new level of independence to stroke patients with Saebo neurological orthotic devices, designed to “re-program” the brain following a stroke or injury.
Occupational Therapy It really has nothing to do with your job. Occupational Therapy is more about helping people do things they want and need to do through therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations – that’s where that word came from). Common occupational therapy interventions may include therapy to recapture skills and strengthen joints and muscles after surgery or hospitalization. Our therapists teach people how to cope with the loss of a function and methods to regain it to make daily tasks more routine and less challenging. We help patients improve in daily tasks such as bathing, dressing and basic household activities. Therapists can recommend adaptations to make the home safer and establish a daily routine for important tasks.
Certified Nursing Assistant and Home Health Aid Peninsula Home Care focuses on the skilled medical aspects of care and the home health care aide serves only as a supplement to this care. The Home Health Aide is under the supervision of the Nursing, Physical or Occupational Therapist and serves supplemental care such as taking blood pressures and assisting with provision of activities of daily living such as bathing and dressing. The Home Health Aide frequently works with the occupational therapist and caregivers in attaining the goals of maximizing the patient’s independence.
Regardless of reimbursement eligibility, Medicare will only pay for skilled care in the home for a limited period of time to treat an illness or injury. The HHAs can provide a pre-authorized amount of personal care while under professional supervision however must discontinue care when skilled care needs are no longer justified. Hiring a non-medical home care agency directly or a privately hiring a caregiver is another option when continued care through a home health agency is not feasible.
Speech Language Pathology Services can help patients and their families with memory problems, improving the ability to communicate, and restoring patient’s ability to swallow safely.
Medical Social Workers provide home care services such as social and emotional counseling, and help locate community resources to help with financial concerns.
You will learn how to monitor and care for yourself. We believe you will heal faster and better if you are comfortable in your own environment and involved in your care. Peninsula Home Care also provides all services to patients living in independent living facilities.
If you or a loved one is in need of any of the above mentioned home care services you can call Peninsula Home Care (call the PHC office closest to you) and we will contact your doctor to request a Home Care Assessment order from your physician. The Home Care Assessment is used to determine if the patient meets the standards for necessary home care services. If the need for home care is necessary after the assessment is conducted, Peninsula Home Care will work with your doctor to develop a plan of care.
Consumer Rights / Patient’s Choice
- The Social Security Act guarantees your right to choose your own provider.
- Make an informed choice: Peninsula Home Care
- For more information on the FREE CHOICE BY PATIENT GUARANTEED section of the Social Security Act visit: http://www.ssa.gov/OP_Home/ssact/title18/1802.htm
Our team, inclusive of your physician(s) develop care specific programs to meet your needs which may include:
+ Pain Management
+ Treatment for:
- Fall Risk
- Diabetes Management
We will send a nurse/therapist to your home to conduct a Falls Risk Assessment. This assessment will help you and your caregiver eliminate objects and routines that can be risk factors for falls in the home.