Having to be in the hospital can be an overwhelming experience, one that usually happens quickly and with limited or no time to plan. Doctors, nurses, medicines, tests - so many things to process in a short period of time. The team of caregivers have been taking care of all your needs, working together to make sure you are properly cared for, that medicines are taken in a timely fashion, helping you recover as quickly as possible. So then when the time comes to be discharged and return home, many people get concerned with how to make sure their road to recovery continues with the same success, or how they can continue treating or managing their chronic conditions.
The Home Health Department at Hannibal Regional helps patients with their medical needs outside of the hospital. The team of medical professionals provides skilled nursing or therapeutic treatments or other services ordered by their doctor, right in the comfort of the patient’s home. Some of the types of services offered may include: vital sign monitoring, medication management, infusion treatment, physical therapy and occupational therapy. The American Medical Association supports the use of home health care, which can often be the best option for patients who prefer to recuperate at home. This type of care is a short-term service to help patients transition from the acute phase of illness to independence with their care, and can often prevent rehospitalization or premature admission into a nursing home. Trista Long, Nursing Director for Home Health shares, “Through Home Health we are able to continue the recovery process and provide education while the patient remains in the comfort of their own home. It is an honor to be invited into our patients’ homes and to help them understand and manage their healthcare in the context of their day-to-day lives.”
The Home Health Team is accredited by the Joint Commission and is licensed in Missouri and Illinois. They have been providing services since 1990, caring for residents of northeast Missouri as well as those in Adams and Pike counties in Illinois. Home health staff members are available around the clock, seven days a week, so help is always just a phone call away. A referral is required for Home Health services, which can come from the hospital discharging physician, primary care provider, or other care facility upon discharge. If you or someone you know has questions about these services, call 573-406-5780 or toll free at 1-800-981-4442.