Physical Assessment is the first stage of the nursing process in which the nurse carries out a complete nursing comprehensive assessment of every patient's needs, regardless of the reason for the encounter. The purpose of this stage is to identify the patient's medical, physical and functional needs. Based on the comprehensive assessment, an individualized plan of care is developed to address these needs.
Medication Administration and Management
Our patients are at risk for medication problems and errors. Our nurses understand how critical their roles are in preventing this to occur. The process the nurses must follow includes preparing, checking, and administering medications; updating knowledge of medications; monitoring the effectiveness of treatment; reporting adverse reactions; and teaching patients about their drugs.
This service makes it possible for our patients to receive prescribed medications through intravenous lines or injections while in the comfort of their home. We provide the nursing support for successful home infusion therapy and in coordination with local pharmacies.
Our nurses teach, supervise and counsel patients and/or caregivers and family regarding the nursing care needs and related problems. This is done upon start of care and on-going until discharge. Instruction is given to caregivers and family regarding the nursing care needs and related problems. This is done all throughout the treatment period.
Willow Home Care's Diabetic Program takes a multidisciplinary and evidence-based practice approach in managing the disease process by utilizing registered dieticians, endocrinologists, podiatrists, and our highly trained staff in the overall care of our patients.
Wound Care Program
Willow Home Care's wound care program is a unique and comprehensive program headed by our Certified Wound Care Nurse and our highly trained staff to heal patients' wounds in an optimum and timely manner. Treatments are individualized and one of its primary objectives is educating our patients on prevention, proper nutrition and ultimately self-management.
Proven Fall Prevention Technology
Willow Home Care uses innovative technology to assess risk factors for falls and to individualize each treatment based on the objective reports from our portable VSR (Very Simple Rehabilitation system).
Our Agency reduces the frequency of patient falls and subsequent hospital readmission for injury. This is accomplished through patient / caregiver education regarding home safety, environmental modification and specific therapy for balance and strengthening.
Use of Functional Assessment Tools
Our Physical therapists are trained to use Functional Assessment Tools as part of their initial assessment to determine patient status, as a treatment strategy to improve function, and as a basis for discharge planning. Functional assessment tools focus on fall risk and activities of daily living.
Our Stand Tall Don't Fall balance program focuses on fall prevention. We cater to elderly communities that invite us to talk about our program. Our program consists of a fall in-service, a free balance screening, and a no-cost individualized one on one consultation from one of our top Physical Therapists.
Our physical therapists utilize and instruct rapid and correct execution of locomotor activities of daily living, including gait, stepping, and sit to stand. Clinical studies support the premise that functional training greatly improves dynamic balance control and coordination while performing daily life task.
Our Maintenance Program educates patients and/or caregivers to provide for their own care. With this concept, patients receive skilled therapy services one to three times per month for several months instead of the more traditional restorative therapy concept of skilled therapy one to three times or more per week for several weeks. Functional maintenance programs works best for those with chronic, relapsing or deteriorating conditions.
Non-Narcotic Pain Management
Willow Home Care's non-narcotic pain management uses non-invasive low risk approaches to decrease or alleviate pain. Therapeutic modalities are utilized to decrease use of narcotics under the supervision of an MD. This approach empowers our patients to take control of their pain
Individualized Home Exercise Program
The success of any exercise program lies on the patient's compliance. Our physical therapists teach patients individualized home exercise program (HEP) and its importance upon initial evaluation, with continuous monitoring, and upgrade all throughout the course of the program so that the patient is familiar and compliant with the HEP upon discharge.
Home Safety/Environmental Evaluation
The primary purpose of home safety/environmental evaluation is to prevent falls. It identifies risks in different areas of the home such as the stairs, bathrooms and hallways. Recommendations are made upon completion of the evaluation to ensure patient safety.
Activities of Daily Living Retraining
Patients are assessed and continuously monitored to ensure safety while performing their Activities of Daily Living (ADL). Any problems are immediately addressed by education, instructions, practice and recommendations of adaptive equipment.
Sensory and Cognitive Retraining
Sensory/Cognitive retraining is a simple, inexpensive, noninvasive exercise program, which when initiated shortly after injury, can lessen the difficulty of performing Activities of Daily Living (ADL) due to sensory and cognitive deficits.
Individualized Home Exercise Program
The success of any exercise program lies on the patient's compliance. Our occupational therapists teach patients individualized home exercise program (HEP) and its importance upon initial evaluation, with continuous monitoring, and upgrade all throughout the course of the program so that the patient is familiar and compliant with the HEP upon discharge.
Swallow Evaluation and Treatment
Our speech therapist will evaluate the patient's areas of concern. The therapist will improve swallowing abilities by engaging the patient in exercises and drills specifically designed to help recover their lost skills. The speech therapist will also help maximize the effective use of dietary modifications and patient/caregiver education.
The speech-language pathologist (SLP) works on activities to improve specific language skills affected by damage to the brain. The SLP also helps the person with aphasia develop and use strategies to improve overall communication in a variety of situations (e.g., life participation approach to the treatment of aphasia).
Cognitive retraining is a therapeutic strategy that seeks to improve or restore a person's skills in the areas of paying attention, remembering, organizing, reasoning and understanding, problem-solving, decision making, and higher level cognitive abilities. The purpose of cognitive retraining is to reduce problems associated with brain injury, other disabilities or disorders, and/or aging. The overall purpose of the therapy is to decrease the everyday problems faced by patients with cognitive difficulties, thereby improving the quality of their lives.
Home Health Aide
Activities of Daily Living Assistance
Home Health Aides support the nurse by providing services to the patient such as help with bathing, using the bathroom, dressing, or other personal care. They also serve as an extension to the Occupational Therapists while training the patient on how to perform Activities of Daily Living (ADL) safely.
Exercise/Ambulation Supervised by Therapists
Home Health Aides may help patients perform exercises or ambulate while under the instruction and direct supervision of physical, occupational and/or speech therapists.
Medical Social Worker
Medical Social Workers counsel patients, caregivers and families experiencing stress related to an illness or disability. Our highly experienced social workers will listen to patient/family/caregiver specific issues and offer constructive, respectful and compassionate support.
Community Resource Knowledge
Medical social workers help patients/families/caregivers to identify and use community resources and financial assistance available in the community.
Medical social workers provide advice regarding medical or non-medical care questions, and assist with transfers to alternate levels of care when necessary.
Assistance with Advance Directives
The unmistakable failure of elderly people to write advanced directives may mean that methods used in past years to promote them have been failures. The methods with the highest success rates in encouraging people to write advanced directives are those associated with social work practice: sensitive talks over time with the patient, based on the patient's values and goals. Our Medical Social Workers are competent and ready to assist our patients with their Advanced Directives (Living Wills, Durable Health Care Powers of Attorney, and Do Not Resuscitate).
Fall Prevention/Balance Program
Willow Home Care uses innovative technology to assess risk factors for falls and to individualize each treatment based on the objective reports from our portable VSR (Very Simple Rehabilitation System).
Willow Home Care is the only Home Health agency that utilizes the VSR computer system in the entire Midwest region.
This program is in collaboration with Rush-Copley Medical Center and Hillside Rehab & Care. Stroke University educates people on what Stroke is, prevention, early detection, immediate intervention, and post-acute care.
Wound Care Program
Willow Home Care's wound care program is a unique and comprehensive program headed by our Wound Care Medical Consultant and our highly trained staff to heal patients' wounds in an optimum and timely manner. Treatments are individualized and one of its primary objectives is educating our patients on prevention, proper nutrition and ultimately self management.
There is no reason why you have to go to a traditional Rehabilitation Center or a Skilled Nursing Facility after your orthopedic surgery, like knee or hip replacement. You can start your rehabilitation process right in the comforts of your own home! With our orthopedic rehabilitation program, patients receive one-on-one therapy that begins within 24 hours after hospital discharge.
We conduct a thorough home safety assessment.
We provide family/caregiver teaching and printed information materials.
We provide patient education for recovery, including safety, mobility, pain management, and home rehabilitation.
We have portable PT INR machines to be used per MD's order.
Willow Home Care's Cardiac Program is a conditioning program which assists the cardiac patients and family members in their transition from the inpatient setting to home. Our cardiac program will empower them to be independent with their cardiovascular condition and return to their optimum functional level.
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