Home Health Team
Professional Care Services
Avera@Home patients are cared for by a team of physicians, nurses, social workers, clergy, therapists, dietitians, pharmacists, and aides. In addition, Avera@Home helps with medications, supplies, equipment, and therapies as appropriate.
The patient's primary care provider will help oversee the care of the patient.
Avera@Home skilled nursing staff work with physicians and other members of the health care team to coordinate home health care services. By providing direct care and education, Avera@Home can help restore and improve a patient's health status. Nurses from Avera@Home are experienced and trained in current nursing practices for both adult and pediatric populations. Services may be short term following an illness or surgery or long term for patients with chronic diseases. Services include:
- Health assessment and education
- Medication administration
- Wound care and dressing changes
- Blood draws for laboratory work
- Ostomy care
- Foley catheter care
- IV services
- Maternity care for high-risk pregnancy and aftercare for mother and newborn
- Diabetes programs
- IV nutrition and other nutritional support programs
Not only does illness affect physical well being, but also it can have a social, environmental, emotional and financial impact. Avera@Home medical social workers help the patient and family members cope with the problems associated with illness, disability or impending death. Working with the patient and caregivers, either individually or as a group, the social workers assess problems, needs and coping mechanisms. They can direct the patient/family to community agencies, education, counseling and support resources.
Pharmacist and Dietitian
Pharmacists and dieticians provide support and advice regarding medication, symptom control and nutritional advice when difficulties arise.
Home Care Aides/Homemakers
Managing household and personal care tasks can be difficult for people recovering from a major illness or for people living with chronic diseases. Services provided on an intermittent basis can help the patient remain at home. Home Health aides can:
- Assist with bathing, grooming and personal hygiene
- Purchase groceries and other items
- Prepare meals
- Complete light housekeeping tasks
- Do laundry
- Transfer the patient at bedtime
- Assist with the patient's correspondence
- Provide companionship