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What Types of Services do Home Health Agencies Provide?

- Thursday, August 04, 2011

Home health agencies are dedicated to providing quality medical care in the comfort and convenience of the patient’s home.  The types of services they provide varies some from one agency to the next, but most Medicare-certified home health agencies  provide the following types of services.

Skilled Nursing:  Nursing services are often the main type of service provided by home health agencies.  These services are provided by both registered nurses (RNs) and licensed practical nurses (LPNs).  They can perform a variety of tasks, including post-acute care, observation and assessment, medication administration and management, wound care, and pain management, as well as educating caregivers and patients regarding disease management.  Skilled nurses often provide management of specific conditions, such as congestive heart failure and diabetes.

Therapy Services: When nursing care is not enough, most agencies also offer therapy services such as physical, occupational and speech/language therapy.  Physical therapists focus on strengthening the lower body in order to improve endurance and mobility and are oftentimes critical to post surgery recovery.  Occupational therapists focus primarily on strengthening the upper body and helping patients learn to safely complete tasks of daily living, such as showering, eating and dressing.  Speech therapists help patients regain abilities following a stroke and also help patients who have difficulties swallowing as a result of a medical event.

Other Services: There are a variety of other services that are commonly offered.  Some of these include diet plan management and education, visually impaired services also called low vision services, medical social services, and home care assistants.
Haven Home Health provides all of these services to meet all of the individual needs of each patient they serve.  If you have questions about any of our services, don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.

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