We’ve Got Heart Program for CHF Patients
The goal of Advanced Home Care’s We’ve Got Heart program is to teach CHF patients the skills they need to manage their disease at home. This care is provided in a way that allows for an improved quality of life and also prevents repeated hospitalizations due to CHF exacerbation.
We’ve Got Heart involves both our nursing and therapy disciplines by coordinating visits with Registered Nurses and Occupational Therapists in the patient’s home. Our experienced nurses administer respiratory needs screens to assess if your patients experience oxygen deprivation at night, or suffer from OSA. They also educate patients on nutrition, medication and offer additional resources that can help them manage their disease.
Some cases require additional nursing care in the form of IV Lasix Protocol, which is available for your CHF patients showing signs of distress. For instance, most patients take an oral diuretic to regulate fluids, but sometimes that’s not enough. This service allows our clinicians to administer IV lasix to your patient at home, which prevents unnecessary hospital trips. Our nurses then stay with the patient for an hour to monitor conditions to ensure there is an improvement in signs of distress (e.g. chest congestion, difficulty breathing or significant weight gain).
The therapy component to We’ve Got Heart entails experienced occupational therapists providing your patients with in-home energy conservation training. Our therapists also help your patients organize their activities for daily living (ADL tasks) in a way that minimizes fatigue and signs of distress. The home environment is also an important element that is taken into consideration. By administering home assessments, our occupational therapists evaluate the home setting (e.g. furniture set-up, layout of rooms and walking paths) and make recommendations to improve in-home safety and make the home environment an easier terrain for your homebound CHF patients.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Program
Advanced Home Care is committed to teaching your patients with COPD the skills they need to manage their disease at home. Our clinicians are dedicated to improving your patients’ quality of life and preventing repeated hospitalizations due to COPD exacerbation. This program involves the coordination of nursing and occupational therapy visits with your COPD patients in their home.
Our experienced nurses administer respiratory needs screens to assess if your patients experience oxygen deprivation at night or suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). They also educate your patients on nutrition, medication and offer additional resources that can help them manage their disease.
The therapy component to our COPD solution entails experienced occupational therapists educating patients on breathing techniques that will minimize shortness of breath and other COPD-related signs of distress. Providing patients with energy conservation training and helping them organize their activities for daily living (ADL tasks) minimizes fatigue and maximizes independence. As in our We’ve Got Heart program, the home environment is also an important element that is taken into consideration in our COPD program. By administering home assessments, our occupational therapists evaluate the home setting (e.g. furniture set-up, layout of rooms and walking paths) and make recommendations to improve in-home safety and make the home environment an easier terrain for your homebound COPD patients.
Safe Landings for Joints
Advanced Home Care helps patients who have undergone Total Hip Replacements (THR) and Total Knee Replacements (TKR) through our Safe Landings for Joints program. The goal of this program is to improve mobility and strength in TKR patients and to improve balance and strength in THR patients so they are able to move around with enough confidence and stability to safely get to and from outpatient therapy.
Our Registered Nurses and Occupational Therapists provide your patients with the care they need in the comfort of their homes after being discharged from the hospital following THR/TKR surgery. Patients who have recently undergone one of these surgeries do not have the strength that is required to travel in and out of the house, go up and down stairs, or get in and out of a car to get to outpatient therapy. For this reason, our clinicians work with them to build up their strength, balance, and flexion/extension so they can get back to an independent and active lifestyle.
Long Term Care for Enteral Patients
Advanced Home Care’s institution care team works with long-term care facilities, assisted living facilities and nursing homes to provide alternative nutrition methods to patients as needed. If your facility is interested in our long-term enteral care program, please contact us for more information.