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Published on March 16, 2017

When you need a hand at home

Sometimes you need a little help at home. And sometimes that little bit of help can help you stay in your home.

home healthThat’s the goal of Mercy Home Health, which sends nurses, therapists, social workers and health aides to homes throughout the Philadelphia area. They offer a hand to people who—without that bit of help—might otherwise need to be admitted to a hospital or moved into a nursing home.

“Most people do better when they’re at home,” says Ruth Martynowicz, Vice President of Operations at Mercy Home Health. “It’s our goal to keep them there—out of the hospital or nursing home and in the community.”

Mercy Home Health provides a variety of services to about 3,000 people every day. Among these services:

Skilled nursing care. A nurse can come to your home to help you manage a chronic illness, such as diabetes, heart disease or a lung condition. If you need help managing multiple medications or taking care of a wound, a nurse can help with those tasks too.

In-home telemonitoring. This program helps safely monitor patients from home. If you’re one of them, you’ll receive a monitor, a blood pressure cuff and other equipment so that health care staff can check on things like your vital signs and weight seven days a week. “We can even do a mini-health assessment over the telemonitor,” Ruth says.

Rehabilitation therapy. If it’s hard for you to walk, talk or perform other daily activities, physical, occupational and speech therapists can help you get stronger or teach you new ways of doing those activities.

Palliative care. If you have a chronic condition like heart failure or lung disease, a palliative care nurse can teach you how to manage your symptoms. A social worker can talk to you and your family about quality of life improvements.

Support services. Home health aides can come to your home a few times a week to help with personal care, like bathing or getting dressed. The Mercy-ful Companion program can provide companionship and spiritual support.

The kind of services you might be eligible for can depend on your health condition and what your doctor recommends.

Could home health help you?

If you’d like more information about Mercy Home Health, call 1.888.690.2551. Or visit mercyhomehealth.org.

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