When you choose Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice, you and your family are at the center of the home health care team.
Our specially trained home health team members ensure the highest level of expertise when working with you and your physician in developing your individualized plan of care. Our professional staff members are licensed to work in the State of Pennsylvania and undergo extensive and ongoing training that is specially designed to address your home health care needs. In addition, many of our staff are certified in specialty areas. All professional staff—registered nurses; physical, occupational, and speech therapists; and social workers—maintain current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification.
Because our agency works with local universities and colleges, you may also meet students who are studying nursing, therapy, social work and nutrition.
Your physician prescribes the care, medication and special equipment necessary for your recovery or maintenance of your health. Your physician certifies that you are eligible to receive home health services, directs your plan of care and receives updates from the home health team on a regular basis.
Skilled nurses will visit you at home to assess your health care needs, evaluate and monitor your condition, and determine the range of services needed to carry out your physician’s treatment plan. Nurses provide treatments and educate you and your family about your care. They will instruct you about your medications, home safety and how to manage your health care condition to support your ability to remain independent in your home.
Physical therapists assist clients who have had surgery, an injury or an illness which has affected the ability to move and participate in everyday activity and/or work. The physical therapist will address your goals by focusing on specific exercise programs to improve strength, endurance, balance and flexibility. This individualized program will also address areas such as getting in and out of bed, getting in and out of a chair and car, walking, climbing stairs, and wheelchair mobility, as well as needs to enable return to work and leisure activities. The physical therapist will also assess the home for recommendations for any needed changes, and assist in ordering and instructing you in equipment needs to help you be as independent as possible.
Occupational therapists teach individuals with physical, cognitive and/or visual problems how to regain their activities of daily living to live as independently as possible. Activities such as dressing, bathing and toileting are addressed, as well as meal preparation, home management, leisure activities and return to work skills. Occupational therapists look at the whole person to help them reach their goals. Occupational therapists can make recommendations for changes in the home, including use of equipment to promote independence.
Speech therapists assist clients who have swallowing and/or communication difficulties as a result of a stroke, surgery, brain injury or other disease processes. Speech therapists can assess your ability to swallow, make recommendations for an appropriate diet and teach you and your caregiver to monitor safe swallowing. Speech therapists can also assist you if you are experiencing challenges with communication areas such as memory issues, difficulty speaking, writing or understanding words, and thinking tasks through to completion. They can also recommend equipment that can assist you in communicating with others. Aural rehabilitation focuses on strategies to improve communication for those clients affected by hearing deficits.
Medical social workers
Medical social workers assist you with social and emotional factors related to your medical condition or recovery from an illness. Medical social workers provide support and short term counseling services to promote effective care and help remove barriers to meeting your health care goals and needs. They also provide information about care options and assist with accessing available resources including family support.
Registered dietitians evaluate special dietary and nutritional needs related to your health and medical condition. They provide education and counseling about your needs to help you manage your illness, taking into account your personal preferences as well as religious or other restrictions. If your doctor recommends dietary changes, or if you are undergoing treatment that affects your appetite, your home health nurse may recommend the services of a registered dietitian.
Home health aides
Home health aides provide personal care services needed to manage your illness. The home health aide follows a plan of care that is written by a registered nurse or a therapist based on your needs. Examples of care provided include assistance with bathing, dressing and meal preparation. All of our home health aide staff undergo extensive training and are certified in the state of Pennsylvania. Our home health aides also receive ongoing education and training. Although not a requirement, most of our home health aides are also CPR certified.