RNs and LPNs provide professional nursing services to patients in the privacy of their own homes under direct orders from the private physician. Care provided is determined by individual patients’ needs. Services include, though are not limited to, the following:
- ASSESSMENT: An initial assessment visit by a trained, and highly skilled RN will form the basis for the care to be provided to you based upon your physician’s orders. Each visit, the nurse will assess your current status, progress made and report any new problems to your physician.
- TEACHING: You will receive specific information regarding your disease process, symptoms to report to your physician should they arise before the nurse’s return visit or after discharge from service, and what to do in response to changes as they occur. You will also be told what changes to expect. You and your caregiver, if you have a family member or friend assisting in your care, will receive step-by-step instructions in the procedures being performed by the nurse.
- HANDS-ON NURSING CARE: Is designed specifically to your needs as a patient. Examples of care that may be provided include care of all surgical and non-surgical wounds, care of intravenous (IV) catheter sites, venipuncture to obtain lab specimens, oversight and administration of IV and injectable medications, education and care of ostomy and catheters as well as many other skilled nursing needs. PLEASE CALL if you have questions regarding a specific service.
- COMMUNICATE: The Clinical staff will communicate changes in your health care needs to your doctor. This will include regular progress reports and updates to your plan of care. You will be informed of any changes in orders received from your doctor regarding your care.
- RESTORE: Our goal is to restore you to your maximum level of independence in the least amount of time possible. The ultimate goal of the nurse is to return the patient to independence with the greatest degree of good health in the shortest span of time possible. We know you have better things to do than be sick.
HOME HEALTH SKILLED NURSING visits are designed to meet the needs of the person recovering from an acute illness or a setback in a chronic illness and to prevent recurrent hospitalizations and multiple trips to the emergency department.
Medicare, Medicare Advantage Plans, Medicaid, Private Insurance, Workman’s Comp, Veterans Affairs, Private Pay, and Charitable Contributions (when available) are some of the methods used to reimburse services for VNA patients. *Covered services may vary by payor source. Please call with any questions.
SKILLED SERVICES can be provided only under the direction of a licensed doctor. Each payment source has its own eligibility guidelines. In many cases, the patient must be “homebound”. This means leaving home to obtain medical care is difficult or causes hardship and the patient rarely leaves home except with help for very short periods of time. In some cases, the physician prescribes that the patient remain home until treatment is completed to avoid prolonging the recovery period or risking exposure to additional health threats while the patient’s resistance is low.