A loss of a loved one, even if anticipated, brings a slew of emotions and grief for surviving family and friends. Our hospice bereavement professionals and volunteers are trained to provide counseling and support by understanding the loss and compassionately walking step by step with surviving spouses, children, or parents.
Our hospice volunteers spend time with patients and their loved ones. They provide caregiver relief, companionship, and supportive services. They allow hospice to provide services it otherwise could not offer. Volunteers form bonds with patients and family members. Patients and families often tell volunteers things they feel they can’t tell their loved ones and help open the way for people to talk honestly. Volunteers work alongside paid staff in every area of hospice care.
To help our patients cope with the end of their life, Advanced Hospice provides spiritual services by certified chaplains to promote spiritual and emotional well being. Our chaplains may also work with the patient’s clergy and coordinate spiritual nourishment and revitalization.
What does it mean to be a Social Worker? It means to be a supporter of our patients and their families. Our social workers are trained to assist our patients and their families on developing an individualized plan of care, researching ways to relieve stress and anxiety by non-medical means, and connecting them with appropriate local resources. Our social workers are equipped with the necessary tools and knowledge to provide counseling in these areas, as well as coordinating possible aid from other organizations.
Our Nurses are specifically dedicated to comfort and quality of life. They are focused on pain and symptom management for our patients around the clock. In addition to serving the terminally ill, hospice nurses counsel and educate caregivers and family members on the needs of the patient, guiding them through every issue that may arise. Our hospice nurses work as a part of an interdisciplinary team that develops and manages the care for our patients and their families.
Intravenous Therapy administers medication through the needle directly into the patient’s vein. Here at Advanced Home Health, we provide in home infusion services and train caregivers to administer infusions personally. We offer pain management, anti-viral, anti-fungal, antibiotic, hydration, chemo therapy, inotropic therapy, TPN/PPN, and Hyperemesis Protocol.
A STATE OF THE ART INFUSION CENTER
Serving Northern California since Spring 2016
We have recently opened a state of the art Infusion Center. This outpatient clinic enables people to receive intravenous therapy at a low cost in their local neighborhood. We are very proud to provide this services to our community, and enable many to receive IV therapy without a trip to the hospital.
Wound care is a specialty area of physical therapy that involves prevention, assessment, and treatment of acute or chronic wounds that will not heal via traditional wound care methods. Unfortunately, many chronic wounds heal very slowly, do not heal, or worsen despite best efforts for caregivers to promote tissue repair. Our Physical Therapists have been trained in the application of several treatment modalities for wound care.
ADVANCED HOME HEALTH WOUND CARE MODALITIES
Electronic Stimulation: can be used on chronic wounds, including pressure ulcers, diabetic ulcers, venous ulcers and arterial ulcers by using high volt pulsed current (HVPC)
We have highly skilled orthopedic therapists who can deliver outpatient-level physical therapy to your patients at home. The healing power of touch and manual therapy can be accessed through home health PTs! Manual therapy promotes circulation, muscle relaxation, pain and edema reduction as well as tissue extensibility.
When a patient is diagnosed with a serious illness or is recovering from an injury, our medical professionals, nurses, and therapists work hard to rejuvenate him/her to normal life. In addition to purely medical procedures, medications, and techniques, a huge part of a person’s recovery depends on his/her psychosocial condition.
Our medical social workers assess patients and determine their social, emotional, financial, and environmental needs. Then, our social workers coordinate with their interdisciplinary team and keep them informed on the patient’s unique needs and predicaments.
Advanced Home Health’s care plan is comprehensive, and therefore it includes speech therapy – helping the patient restore his/her ability to communicate effectively. The patient may have articulation, fluency, or voice disorders that hinder them from effectively communicating with their peers and loved ones. For example, Apraxia is a motor speech disorder where the line between the brain and the mouth is disrupted. This may happen after a serious injury to the head.
Our therapist will engage the patient and lead him/her on a path of language development in articulation and/or intervention activities.
RESTORING THE FUNCTION TO SWALLOW
Dysphagia is a swallowing disorder that occurs in patients suffering from a trauma or a recent hospitalization. This swallowing disorder comes in 3 different types: oral, pharyngeal, and esophageal. The speech therapist is equipped to evaluate and treat such dysfunctions and restore the patient’s vital ability to eat.
An occupation can be a distinct everyday task or life skill that each of us perform throughout our lives – washing the dishes, cutting grass, painting the wall, playing LEGO (pediatric). However, when a person is recovering from an illness or is losing cognitive abilities, help is needed to aid the person in performing his/her occupations.
WHAT BENEFIT DOES OCCUPATION THERAPY PROVIDE?
An Occupational Therapist is trained to help the patient both physically and psychologically in performing his/her everyday tasks. Having a person close by, walking with you step by step in the daily routine eases the stress and reduces anxiety. Our occupational therapists are able to recommend and train the patient to use modifications like crutches or walkers for help.
Simply put, Physical Therapy helps the patient maximize physical function. Our therapist will come alongside and help the patient develop a plan consisting of anything from exercise to messages, to electric stimulation. Physical Therapists also train patients that need help operating wheelchairs, crutches, walkers etc.
One common aspect of physical therapy in an in-home setting is Gait Training. Special training designed to help the patient walk again. After a prolonged period of being bed-bound like hospitalization, many people must learn to walk again. Gait Training is hard work and requires perseverance, but is extremely important for the patient’s entire future.
Manual Therapy is a “hands on” therapy where the therapists will use his/her hands to work on the patients body. This can be a massage stimulating and stretching muscles or a push/pull movements to put joints into position. Manual Therapy helps the patient regain flexibility and heal faster.
After a hospitalization or a serious injury, Skilled Nursing is the type of care that requires the presence and supervision of a Registered Nurse to monitor health and administer restoration procedures.
Skilled Nursing Care is different from what is referred as “custodial care” which is helping a patient to take a bath, eat, or dress.
OBSERVATION AND ASSESSMENT OF PATIENT’S CONDITION
Our skilled nurses are the most qualified individuals to asses the patient’s condition and respond accordingly. Nurses may take blood pressure, check vital signs, and run other exams as needed.
After the assessment, the Nurse works closely with the patient’s doctor to evaluate and manage the care plan.
PAIN MANAGEMENT & MEDICATION MANAGEMENT
Appropriate pain medications may be authorized to lower the patient’s pain and restore comfort. The nurse will also manage and supply all the necessary medications in a timely fashion.
Catheter care is a very sensitive area for many people, and our nurses are trained to monitor and manage its effectiveness.
Ostomy Care manages the surgically created opening in the patient’s body to discharge waste. Our trained nurses will instruct the patient/caregiver on how to use the ostomy system.
Phototherapy exposes the patient’s skin to ultraviolet light. This is done under the supervision of our nurses. Phototherapy is used to treat diseases like psoriasis, where skin cells build up to create itchy patches.
Educating Family and Friends
Our Advanced Nurses are there to provide competent insight and counseling to the patient’s family, friends, and caregivers. We are able to educate the patient’s circle on his/her needs and future expectations.