Living with a chronic disease can be challenging, but patients who take an active role in their own care can make more informed choices and are less likely to face hospital readmissions down the road. Our Care Management programs involve patients in the health care process so they can achieve more independence and a better quality of life.
The goal for each of our programs is to decrease hospitalizations for the long term. Our in-home care management programs provide a customized regimen of care that focuses on individual needs and personal environments. Our care management programs include:
Diabetes is a widespread disease that affects people of all ages, races and genders across the U.S. According to the American Diabetes Association, about 25.8 million Americans have diabetes, which makes up 8.3 percent of the country’s population. Patients with Type 1 and Type II diabetes have different needs for education and medical supervision. The education provided by our team is valuable whether the diabetes is newly diagnosed or longstanding. As information for the successful management of diabetes has expanded greatly in recent years and treatment is better than ever before. Our healthcare team can customize a program that focuses on each patient’s specific needs, improving quality of life and enabling patients to achieve their best health status.
Heart Condition Management
The heart is arguably one of the most important organs in the human body, which is why it is crucial to promote heart health and care for any heart problems as soon as symptoms appear. Whether afflicted by heart disease or heart failure, people with heart problems need special care, and Accredited Home Healthcare can design a home care program to suit their needs. Our qualified team will provide detailed assessment and education to help patients successfully manage medication, symptoms, mobility and other aspects of care. If needed, they will coordinate other services, including physical therapy, special equipment and nutritional education. Our goal is to provide the information and skills needed to stay safely in the home after home health care has ended. Accredited Home Healthcare has experience in helping individuals and their families live with advanced heart disease.
Alzheimer’s and Dementia Management
Dementia is a disease that is characterized by loss of brain abilities, causing decreased cognitive function. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia, and affect the memory, thinking and behavior of an estimated 5.4 million Americans, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.
While much research is being conducted to understand the disease, there is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s. However, doctors can prescribe a number of medications to treat certain symptoms. Medications can be prescribed for memory loss symptoms, behavioral changes such as aggression and sleep problems caused by the disease. Accredited Home Healthcare has extensive experience in helping individuals and their families live with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. Accredited Home Healthcare can customize a program that meets the needs of the patient today and as their condition changes.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Management
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a group of lung diseases that worsen over time, especially in people who continue smoking – the leading cause of the disease. Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are the two main conditions that make up the group of illnesses, and COPD is a leading cause of death and illness worldwide. Living with COPD is stressful for patients and their families. Our skilled healthcare team will provide care, therapies and education that improve their ability to manage COPD and enjoy an improved quality of life. Patients and caregivers are encouraged to actively participate in creating the management plan and trained in the skills needed to comply with the plan. Adhering to a structured care plan may help prevent or delay complications and achieve the best possible outcome.
Joint Replacement Rehabilitation Management
Nearly one million Americans have total hip or knee replacement surgery every year. While many of these procedures were performed on senior, more than 100,000 individuals under age 65 have had a hip or knee joint replaced. The number continues to grow, in part, due to people living longer and the accumulative wear and tear on joints. Home healthcare management program is an effective part of a patient’s recovery from surgery whether on a stand-alone basis or prior to outpatient therapy. Accredited Home Healthcare’s Program is designed to integrate physicians’ orders for pre- and post-surgical care with nurses’ and therapists’ expertise in teaching and executing care plans.
In spite of medical treatment, arthritis often progresses and causes the person to have more and more difficulty in conducting their usual daily activities, such as bathing, dressing, laundry or routine cleaning. Chronic pain significantly impacts the quality of life for patients and their families. Our arthritis management program encompasses a team approach, actively involving patients, caregivers, skilled nursing professionals and other therapeutic disciplines as needed. Together, we develop a holistic treatment plan based on each patient’s individual condition.
Parkinson’s disease is a disorder of the brain that may result in shaking and difficulty with walking, movement, speaking, swallowing and coordination. It is one of the most common nervous system disorders of the elderly, and mostly develops after age 50. However, it can affect younger adults if other family members have been effected.
Parkinson’s disease is unique in the way it affects individuals, and the care for the condition often needs to be just as specialized. Accredited Home Healthcare professionals can design a care plan that incorporates therapies as well as assistance with daily tasks and medication management. In some cases, additional skilled nursing and therapies are needed.
Wound care has become one of the fastest growing needs for home care services. Accredited Home Healthcare home care staff are trained and experienced in wound management, the healing process, and the selection and use of effective wound treatments. Our staff has access to the latest standards of practice and products for wound care. We have a comprehensive clinical training program that has been designed to:
Chronic Kidney Disease
Patients and families coping with Chronic Kidney Disease have the support of our skilled staff who provide ongoing assessment, timely treatment and coordination with physicians, renal clinics and other health care providers. Our skilled nursing staff provide information and education to support the patient and family, improve the patient’s quality of life and decrease the overall stress level that this condition creates. With reliable information about the disease and its management, patients with Chronic Kidney Disease can control their condition and minimize its impact.
Chronic pain significantly impacts quality of life for patients and their families. Our pain management program is designed as a team approach, actively involving patients, caregivers, skilled nursing professionals and other therapeutic disciplines as needed. Together, we develop a holistic treatment plan based on each patient’s individual condition.
Home Safety Management
Falls are the leading cause of nonfatal, unintentional injuries treated in an emergency room and the leading reason for admission to a skilled nursing facility. In the U.S. alone, one of three adults over the age of 65 falls each year, and more than half fall more than once. This annual rate increases to one of two over the age of 80. The goal is restoration and management of the balance disorder and facilitate safe, independent living within the patient’s home.