Certified Home Health Agency
Available to all county residents and guests, the Certified Home Health Agency (CHHA) provides needed care in the home for those recuperating from a recent hospital stay; living with a debilitating disease or condition; in need of skilled nursing, physical, occupational or speech therapy; or in need of aides to assist with personal care.
Severity of condition determines the frequency of visits, which can range from twice daily to one time a month.
Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance are accepted for payment. For those without insurance, or whose insurance does not pay for home care, a sliding fee scale is available. No one is refused services for inability to pay.
Referrals are accepted from physicians, hospitals, community agencies, and family or friends.
A nurse is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to deal with unforeseen problems that develop after hours.
The home care team works with the physician to develop a plan of care specific to the patients' needs.
Skilled Nursing visits are available to patients with cardiac, respiratory, endocrine, musculoskeletal or neurological conditions. Visits can be done for medication instruction and weekly set up, dressing changes, blood draws, catheter changes, ostomy changes, IV med infusion, injections, diabetic care and teaching, tube feedings and monitoring vital signs.
Physical Therapy visits are available for assessment of patients with acute musculoskeletal problems. Therapists are responsible for safety evaluations of the home, development of a home exercise program and educating the patient/care giver on use of assistive devices when necessary.
Occupational Therapy visits provide assessment of patients with acute problems that affect their ability to perform activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, cooking etc. The therapist can assess the safety of the patient's home and offer suggestions on obtaining adaptive equipment when needed.
Speech Therapy visits are offered to those needing assistance with speech or swallowing problems. The therapist arranges for assistive devices as necessary and teaches the patient/family alternative methods of communication.
Medical Social Worker visits offer assistance to patients and their families in coping with difficult socioeconomic situations. The MSW can also assist with agency referrals when needed and provide supportive instruction/counseling to patients/caregivers.
Home Health Aide visits are offered to assist the patient with bathing, dressing, toileting, ambulation, meal prep and light housekeeping.