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Virginia Mason Memorial Home Health Services reaches out to those who need nursing care, rehabilitation and/or therapy-all provided in the comfort of familiar surroundings. Home health care is a skilled, personalized service provided to patients of all ages in their place of residence, including assisted living or group home settings.
Visits by the home health team members serve the needs of patients recovering from illness, accident or surgery, and provide assistance to those coping with a disability or chronic condition. The role of home health is to assist patients in becoming as independent as possible.
With physician supervision, home health staff provide an array of services. They assist with health care needs, manage medications and monitor health status. They are also an important source for information on safety and self-care, and provide counseling and education to family members or friends who are acting as caregivers. Current patients are able to reach staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week with questions or concerns.
The Home Health Team
Registered/licensed nurses provide direct, skilled nursing care according to the plan of care developed with the patient's physician.
Home care aides assists with personal care such as bathing, grooming and routine exercises.
TeleMed health monitoring combines technology and hands-on care. Registered and licensed caregivers daily monitor the patient's weight, blood pressure, pulse and oximeter through information sent via telephone lines. This allows the patient to stay at home and electronically send vital health information.
Occupational therapists instruct patients in techniques to relearn the tasks of daily living such as dressing, cooking, eating and bathing, as well as energy conservation and use of assistive devices.
Physical therapists assist with the patient's improvement of mobility, fall prevention and safety, ultimately reducing pain and helping the patient regain his or her maximum use of physical skills while recovering from an illness, injury or disability.
Speech therapists assist patients in improving communication challenges such as difficulty understanding other people, re-developing the ability to speak clearly or at all and literacy-related issues. The speech therapist may also help with difficulties in eating or swallowing.
Social workers assist with community referrals, caregiver issues and financial concerns. They can also assist with connecting patients to an emergency response using a system that provides patient safety and security via phone technology.
Virginia Mason Memorial's full spectrum of Home Health Services includes:
- Symptom and pain management.
- Medication management.
- Cardiac care.
- Physical rehabilitation.
- Ostomy/wound care.
- Patient and caregiver teaching.
- Nutrition management.
- TeleMed health monitoring.
- Link to Life personal emergency response system.
Patients may be eligible for services when the following circumstances are present:
- Skilled nursing and/or therapy services are required.
- Patients are confined to a home environment.
- Patient care is ordered by a physician.
- Patients live within Yakima County.
- The necessary care can be safely provided within a home environment.
To minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19, Virginia Mason Memorial (VMM) would like to remind all patients and visitors that masks are REQUIRED at all VMM facilities, including our clinics.
To conserve supplies, we request that all patients and visitors bring masks to their appointments. A limited number of reusable cloth masks, made by community members, will be available if you need one.
We also strongly encourage all community members to wear masks when in public &emdash; this is one of our best tools to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
What are we doing to keep cancer patients safe during COVID-19?
- Screening every patient for COVID-19 symptoms outside North Star Lodge
- Segregating suspected COVID-19 patients on a separate floor
- Giving chemo and radiation treatment at the end of the work day to anyone with COVID-19 or post-COVID-19 infection to ensure patient safety and to allow for the space to be sanitized
- Sending all patients with COVID-19 symptoms for immediate screening
- Creating safe distancing between chemo chairs
- Conducting televisits in parking lot for patients needing technical assistance in the use of clinic iPads
- Increasing hydration and supportive care to reduce ED and hospital visits
- Putting in place same-day symptom management visits
- Providing masks to all visitors to the building
- Ensuring all staff working with patients wear masks
- Reducing the number of patients and staff in the clinic to ensure social distancing
COVID-19 Resources For North Star Lodge Patients
Bench To Bedside: COVID-19 » COVID-19 Q&A for cancer patients featuring Dr. Joseph McGuirk, medical director of blood and marrow transplant and cellular therapeutics, and Dr. Dana Hawkinson, medical director of infection control and prevention.