Living Well: Home Health services help patients recover, thrive
Home Health at Memorial Regional Health
The Home Health team at MRH works collaboratively to ensure patients are progressing in all areas. They meet regularly as a team to discuss the best treatment approach, and continually keep your primary care provider informed on your progress and medical needs. The team consists of RNs, CNAs, physical therapists, occupational therapists, a speech therapist and a licensed clinical social worker.
MRH’s Home Health program recently received the Accreditation Commission for Health Care status, which reaffirms MRH’s commitment to excellence and a higher standard.
Memorial Regional Health also offers hospice care that provides end-of-life, palliative care for patients with a life-limiting condition.
For more information about these services, call 970-824-6882.
After receiving care in a hospital setting, patients often recover faster when they’re back in the comfort of their own home.
The MRH system began offering Home Health services in 2017. MRH hired specific providers for this type of care, which includes nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and mental health and resource assistance by a licensed clinical social worker. The Home Health and Hospice agency serves a 50-mile radius from Craig, including Moffat and Routt counties.
Home Health is a skilled care service offered in the home after a hospital stay or a nursing home stay. Members of the care team come to the home to help patients with medical needs such as:
- Helping you manage medications
- Teaching you how to move around safely in your home
- Helping you adapt to daily living skills to accommodate your physical needs
- Assisting you in completing treatment plan items, such as strength building
- Providing infusions when necessary
- And more!
While Home Health and In-Home care sound like the same thing, they are not. In short, the main difference is that Home Health provides medical care in the home, while In-Home care is longer-term care that provides assistance with daily activities such as bathing, dressing and preparing meals. MRH provides both of these home care services through its Home Health department.
Transitioning from hospital to home
Home Health care can last for a few weeks up to several months, depending on the patient’s situation — the average duration of Home Health care is about 60 days. The frequency of the home visits also varies depending on a patient’s illness or injury — you might see one provider once a week, or your condition might require multiple visits per week from different Home Health team members.
“Home Health services allow people to remain in their home for a longer time, which not only helps them to recover more quickly and fully, but also helps keep the cost of care down,” said Kristine Cooper, Executive Director, Memorial Regional Health Home Health and Hospice.
These services provide patients with more freedom and choice in their care, while the care team also provides education and support for patients’ loved ones so everyone can be as safe as possible in the home.