The care of the homecare registered nurse includes comprehensive nursing assessments as well as specialized care including hematology, oncology, Infusion Therapy, enterostomal therapy, cardiovascular care, psychiatric/mental health, and diabetes care.
The homecare nurse provides many services to patients including teaching, medication management, wound care, physical assessment, monitoring of chronic conditions, and reports to the physician routinely regarding the patient’s condition and plan of care for further orders.
The Cardiac Disease Management Program provides care for a multitude of cardiac conditions which might include patients experiencing cardiac arrythmias, cardiomyopathy, congestive heart failure, hypertension, pre/post open heart surgery, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) with cardiac involvement or post coronary angioplasty. The cardiac nurses provide education and monitoring of vital signs, pain, weight, symptoms and activities, medication instruction and diet instruction. The registered nurse coordinates the involvement of other professionals in the care of the cardiac patient to include therapies, home health aides, and social service. The use of Telemonitoring is a valuable adjunct to this program.
Mental Health Program
The psychiatric/mental health program answers an increasing need in the mental health arena for alternatives to institutional care. This program provides skilled nurses trained in mental healthcare along with medical social services, occupational therapists and home health aides to provide short-term intermittent attention to patients needing such follow up after their discharge from an acute care facility or outpatient program. The services include medication supervision and instruction, case management and coordination of mental health treatment with other medical needs, family support, environmental and pyschosocial assessments, as well as assessment of psychiatric and emotional status.