Since patients can become dehydrated easily, Home Care nurses can provide hydration therapy in the comfort of the patient’s home — a better option than the emergency room or being hospitalized. Patients receive a complete assessment during each nursing visit, and physician-ordered lab work can also be performed at home.
Home Care nurses provide care for wounds and monitor for signs and symptoms of infection. With individualized treatment ordered by your physician, we provide instructions to you and your family on nutrition guidelines to promote healing.
A nurse is always on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week for questions or concerns about your wound.
Our Home Care nurses are knowledgable in managing diabetes and will teach you and your family members how to successfully manage this disease in your home. We instruct you about the diabetes disease process, possible complications, preventing complications, diabetic foot care, and diabetic diet strategies. We also instruct you to check and record your blood sugars by using a home glucometer. Home Care provides patients with a comprehensive diabetic teaching manual that outlines all aspects of diabetes and diabetic care.
Home Care nurses visit monthly (and as needed) for routine maintenance of your indwelling catheter. Nurses change the catheter monthly, instruct on signs and symptoms of urinary tract infection, and teach you and your family how to care for your catheter. As ordered by your physician, urine samples can be obtained by the nurse on a home visit.
Our Home Care nurses can provide IV antibiotics in the home for a few days or for long-term IV administration. IM injections can be done daily by your Home Care nurse. Central line care will be provided by your nurse, who will observe the dressing change on your line on a weekly basis. IV medications are available locally through the Outback Pharmacy of WGH. A pharmacist will view all your medications for any possible interactions and will be available to speak with you and your physician. Also, dosing for certain antibiotics can be done by the pharmacist, using proven treatment protocols.
Learn to manage your Congestive Heart Failure at home. A Home Care nurse will teach you the symptoms to recognize in order to help prevent you from having to make a trip to the emergency room or being hospitalized.
Each patient admitted with CHF receives:
WGHC is the only local agency that provides newborn and pediatric services which include newborn/pediatric assessments and administration of IV/IM medications. Also, newborn jaundice can be treated in the comfort of your home with nurses visiting daily to assess your infant and administer lab work which monitors the treatment.
Our nurses have years of experience in newborn/pediatric care.
We have more than 30 years of experience taking care of the elderly population in the counties we serve. Our staff is trained on assessing the elderly, identifying health problems, instructing and assessing safety of medication administration. They are also experts on safety in the home environment and provide instructions and training on how to prevent injury from falls in the home.
Our Medical Social Worker can assist with long-term care arrangements.
Our physical therapists are trained in the use of TENS unit and ultra sound for the management of joint pain and muscle spasms. Our nurses evaluate the patient’s pain level at each visit and instruct on methods to relieve pain. They also work with your physician in the management of acute and chronic pain.
As ordered by your physician, our nurses can obtain blood for various tests for acute problems. The physician is notified of any abnormalities the same day we draw the blood and will receive a faxed copy of any lab work ordered. We can also obtain urine samples to evaluate for urinary tract infection.
A Home Care nurse assesses and instructs you on how to take care of your feeding tube at home and can visit you at home on the day you are discharged from the hospital with a feeding tube to ease your transition.
Our goal is to make it possible for you to remain in the comfort of your home. With individualized, one-on-one teaching our staff will educate you and your caregiver about your disease process and how to manage at home.