The period following a hospital stay can be nerve-wracking for patients and their families. Surgery, treatments or the medical condition itself can leave patients weaker than before they were admitted.
Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio works offers a smooth transition from full-time care to home. VNA of Ohio’s team of nurses, social workers, therapists and home health aides take over care from the hospital staff to keep the patient safe at home and provide peace of mind to families.
The home healthcare team will collect information such as diagnosis, complications, the results of lab work and new medications. VNA of Ohio staff also connects with patients’ physicians to solidify a line of communication that will continue throughout the term of care. We collaborate with all caregivers to ensure a seamless transition.
A VNA of Ohio clinician will conduct a safety assessment of the patient’s home to determine what adjustments can make the environment safer, given the patient’s condition.
“How the patient was in the hospital and how they will be at home are not the same,” said Lyndsi Rosen, director of business development for VNA of Ohio. “Sometimes we find out that, in the hospital, the nurses were giving all the medicines, but once the patient gets home, he may be very confused about what to take and when to take it.
“In the hospital, they have the safety of all of these people around them. But they aren’t going to have the same 24-7 care at home. No insurance covers that. So we evaluate to make sure they can function in the home.”
Through that assessment, VNA of Ohio staff may find that the patient needs home-medical equipment such as a hospital bed, a raised commode or safety bars in the bathroom. VNA of Ohio then would assist in obtaining that equipment.
With doctors’ orders, patients can get regular visits from VNA of Ohio’s corps of expert clinical personnel. Plus, VNA of Ohio offers a free-of-charge service that goes above and beyond the care that is covered by insurance. The TeleHealth program allows a nurse to monitor certain vital signs, including blood pressure, heart rate and oxygen levels, 24 hours a day through a remote monitoring device.
“Our job first and foremost is to take care of the patient and help them recover, while staying safe at home,” Rosen said.
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Learn more about VNA of Ohio services or how we can partner with you to coordinate services, call us today at 1-877-698-6264.