Home Health is a service that allows Pathfinder to provide professional, skilled care to clients who are qualified for Medicare home health.
Home Health services allow us to get you home and recovering quicker, reduce rehospitalization, and remain in the comfort and security of your home. A team of professionals will coordinate with your physician to create a recovery plan that best meets your needs.
- Being considered “homebound.”
- Those who require the use of a wheelchair, walker or assistance of another person to leave home.
- Those who’s physician has instructed them to stay home due to their medical condition
- Needing intermittent care from skilled professionals.
- Having your plan of care ordered and supervised by a doctor.
Pain Relief, Exercise, Breathing Capacity, Muscular Coordination
The physical therapist directed objectives are to relieve pain, improve or maintain functions such as strength and mobility, educate in the most effective methods of performing essential activities, and test functions such as muscle strength, joint mobility, breathing capacity, and muscular coordination. These goals may be achieved through exercise to regain movement and strength to a body area; training on how to use special equipment, or by doing daily activities. Physical therapy can include some or all of the following:
- Safety Assessment / Education
- Mobility Training
- Endurance / Strengthening Exercises
- Pain Management
- Joint Replacement Program
- Home Exercise Program
- Lymphedema Therapy
Life Skills, Memory Treatment, Strength Training, Pain Management
The occupational therapist objective is to provide the patient with skills for the job of living - those necessary to function within the home environment and in the community. These goals may be achieved by developing, improving and restoring independence to the patient through means of engagement in activities of daily living that have personal meaning and value. Occupational therapy can include some or all of the following:
- Memory / Cognition Treatment
- Pain Management
- Upper body strengthening
- Myofascial Release
- Evaluate and train in use of adaptive equipment to improve independence with ADLs.
- Minimize limitations for those with low vision.
Speech Therapy:Improved Verbal Communication, Repetition, Audio-Visual Aid Support
The speech therapist objective is to provide corrective or rehabilitative treatment of physical and/or cognitive disorders resulting in difficulty with verbal communication. These goals may be achieved through the use of strengthening exercises, instructive or repetitive practice and drilling, to the use of audio-visual aids. Speech therapy can include some or all of the following:
- Memory / Cognition Therapy
- Communication Skills
- Difficulty in Swallowing
- Speech / Language
- Post Stroke
- E-stim Therapy
- Alzheimer’s Treatment
Pathfinder includes a full staff of Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapists trained in the appropriate therapeutic disciplines.
Master of Social Work Services
Advocacy and Support
The Master of social work services objective is to assist the patient and their families with problems that may occur during their illness, disability, and recovery. These goals may be achieved by providing an assessment and possible referral to local community resources for social, emotional, financial and personal assistance.
Pathfinder can make arrangements for the following:
- Assistive Devices
- Hospital Bed
- Bedside Commode
- Orthotic Devices
- Bathroom Safety Equipment
Home Health Aide Services:
The home health aide supplements a patient's basic nursing or therapy care by providing assistance with:
- Personal Care
- Light Housekeeping
Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurse Specialist:
Kim McKinney RN is our WOCN (Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurse). Kim provides consultation on all wound and new ostomy patients. Weekly conferences are held to discuss care for all Wound, Ostomy and Continence Specialist.
Medicare does not cover home health aide services unless you are also getting skilled care such as nursing care or therapy.