Post-Hospital Care

HOME HEALTH CARE
Home Health Care is help at home when you need it most. Our specially trained staff will assist you with recovery from illnesses and injuries in the privacy and comfort of your own home. They also communicate your progress and needs to your physician so that changes in your care can be made as necessary.

Services include:

Nursing care
Our skilled and caring Registered Nurses will be there for you every step of the way. They evaluate the well-being of their patients, and are also available to administer drugs and IV therapy. They help to determine the overall condition of their patients by performing lab tests, blood pressure checks and other monitoring methods. Other services may include caring for surgical incisions and pressure sores, dressing changes, wound care, diabetic instruction, and managing colostomy and ileostomy needs. Our nurses are also there to aid and educate family members in creating a supportive environment that will be conducive to recovery.

Home Health Aides
Home Health Aides are available to take care of many of your needs. They may assist with personal care, meal preparation, laundry and light housecleaning. This service is invaluable to many homebound patients.

Medical social work
Some patients and families have difficulty with lifestyle changes during an illness. Our medical social workers provide counseling, emotional assistance, education regarding community resources, and referrals as necessary in order to make the adjustment smoother.

The Home Health Care plan may include the need for skilled rehabilitation therapists. A physical or occupational therapist may be needed to restore muscle use, and help the patient regain independence with activities of daily living. Our specialty therapists may also explain how to use crutches, braces or other devices.
Home Infusion (I.V.) Therapy

Our goal is to restore individuals to their maximum potential while facilitating good health and independent functioning. Our specially trained nurses work with experienced clinical pharmacists and your physician to provide for the safe and effective administration of intravenous medications within the comfort of your home.

Common Home I.V. therapies include:
  • Anti-infective (Antibiotics, Anti-fungals)
  • Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN)
  • Pain Management
  • Hydration
How can you get home health care?
Anyone can request home health care services for a person who is unable to take care of their own medical needs. However, a physician must determine that the service is necessary and beneficial for the patient and order the service to be provided.

Who pays for home health care?
Home health services can be funded in a variety of ways. It is important to know that not all coverage is the same. Benefits and requirements vary with individual insurance plans.
Payment for home health services is usually provided by private Medicare and Medi-Cal. The Antelope Valley Hospital Home Care staff will verify and/or arrange insurance to coordinate benefits.
Any of the home health care services can be arranged for you by a Patient Care Coordinator, home care liaison or your physician.