Coming home from the hospital after surgery or a medical event brings comfort
and normalcy, but it can also present some challenges. FMH Home Health
Services provides nursing, rehabilitation and other skilled services to
help these patients become safe and comfortable in their homes again while
regaining their former independence and completing their recovery.
This “extension of recovery” piece is especially important
for patients with chronic diseases like Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary
Disease (COPD). For example, last year alone, worsening symptoms of COPD
brought approximately 1.5 million sufferers to Emergency Departments across
the country, resulting in 800,000 hospitalizations. Patients with diabetes
accounted for an additional 500,000 hospital admissions, and those suffering
from flare-ups of other chronic diseases resulted in hundreds of thousands
more. In fact, research shows that patients with at least one chronic
disease have at least a 25 percent chance of returning to the hospital
for similar treatment within 30 days of discharge
FMH has initiated a Care Transitions program to help address chronic re-hospitalizations.
Care Transitions staff work closely with other health care providers to
be sure a patient’s care stays on track. Many times, FMH Home Health
Services plays an important role in helping patients continue their recoveries.
FMH Home Health Services picks up where discharge planning at the hospital
leaves off. Nurses in the hospital begin the education process with the
patient and family regarding medications, nutrition, safety, and other
considerations, and the Home Health team helps implement those things
in the home, or wherever the patient calls home—sometimes, an Assisted
Living facility. This allows staff to assess any barriers or potential
problems which might compromise a patient’s safety, or limit his
or her compliance with the plan of care.
FMH Home Health Services provides intermittent, not live-in, care. We are
on-call around the clock, seven days a week, 365 days a year wherever
the patient calls home— most often a private residence, or that
of a family member. In order to qualify for home health services, patients must:
Have medical necessity: The services of FMH Home Health are classified as “skilled services.”
To be eligible for this type of care, the patient’s condition must
require nursing services such as wound care, and/or physical, occupational
and speech therapies.
Have a doctor’s order: Home Health Services does not create treatment plans. They implement them.
When a patient requires skilled services, the doctor writes an order similar
to a prescription that allows the FMH Home Health Services team to begin
care in the home.
Be homebound: This is a medical term that bears discussion with the patient’s
primary care physician. “Homebound” does not mean that patients
never leave their homes, but rather that they “require considerable
special assistance to leave home.”
FMH Home Health Services provide
skilled services including:
- Medical and surgical nursing
- Infusion and Enteral Therapy
- Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapy
- Maternal-Child Care
- Pediatric Care
- Medical Social Work Services
Think you or someone you know could benefit from FMH Home Health services?
Talk to your doctor or healthcare provider, or call the FMH Home Health
Intake Office at 240-566-3222.