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Nutrition Services

At Advanced Home Care, we recognize the importance of nutrition in managing home care patients.  Advanced Home Care has a dedicated team of registered dietitians on hand to consult with our home health staff and pharmacists and educate them about the unique nutritional needs of home health patients.  In addition, we also offer support to family members whose loved ones are transitioning from oral nutrition to tube feeding, or from tube feeding back to oral nutrition.  All of our registered dietitians are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to answer patients’ or family members’ questions or alleviate any concerns.

 We also provide support to our diabetic patients by offering an assortment of diabetic testing supplies.  No matter what nutrition method they employ, we are committed to helping our patients receive the sustenance their bodies need in the manner that best suits their lifestyle. Advanced Home Care Nutrition Services include:

Diabetic Meter

Advanced Home Care offers is a blood glucose meter and test strip supply service for Medicare and Medicaid patients with diabetes.  Medicare patients are eligible to receive supplies every three months, while Medicaid participants are eligible to receive supplies every 30 days.

In addition, because the meters we use are co-branded by many national drug store chains, participants who run out of testing strips before their next supply arrives can purchase test strips locally to avoid testing delays.

Enteral Nutrition

For patients who are not able to receive nutrients by mouth but do have functioning digestive tracts, Advanced Home Care offers enteral nutrition.  This alternative method of nutrition support involves providing nutrition through a feeding tube that is placed into the stomach or intestine.  People who may need enteral nutrition therapy can include stroke patients who have trouble swallowing, patients with neuromuscular diseases such as Lou Gehrig’s disease or patients with head or neck cancer.

There are three methods by which patients can receive enteral nutrition:  through a feeding pump; a one-time bolus injection; or a feeding bag that uses gravity to deliver the formula.  We have a wide range of formulas available to meet patients’ individual needs, including special formulas for patients with diabetes, pulmonary disease or metabolic syndromes.  In addition, we work with patients to find the most cost-effective formula available to meet their nutritional needs.

Our nutrition team works with enteral nutrition patients from the moment the tube is inserted until it is removed.  In the initial stages, our skilled nurses teach patients how to connect their bags, inject any necessary medications into the formula, clean the site and tubing and recognize signs and symptoms of infection.  In addition, our registered dietitans perform nutritional risk assessments on patients to ensure they are remaining compliant with the treatment and are not suffering any adverse reactions to the formula.

Finally, an account representative will contact the patient each month to check on their formula and equipment needs and then ship a new supply of formula and tubing.

Total Parenteral Nutrition – TPN

For patients who are not able to receive nutrients by mouth or feeding tube, Advanced Home Care offers total parenteral nutrition (TPN).  This intravenous nutrition method allows patients to receive a balanced amount of calories, vitamins, minerals, proteins and fats as prescribed by their physician.

Most patients receiving TPN are infused on a cyclic schedule, generally over a 12-hour period and most often at night while they sleep.  TPN can also be given continuously, based on the patient’s specific needs.  The pumps are small and portable, so patients can travel away from home and still fulfill their nutritional needs.

Our skilled nurses work with TPN patients in the initial stages to teach them how to connect their bags to the IV, inject any necessary medications into the nutrients, clean the site and tubing and recognize signs and symptoms of infection. Then, a nurse will visit on a weekly basis to monitor the patient’s weight and draw lab specimens as needed.

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