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What Professional Home Care Really Looks Like

Phoenix’s Services – Including Home Health Care, Palliative Care, Hospice Care, and Private Duty Care – Parallel the Natural Progression of a Patient’s Needs

Adult patients whose care needs change over time may believe they must find different organizations for support at each stage of their lives. This isn’t always the case, particularly for patients who contact Phoenix Home Care & Hospice.

Our services parallel the natural progression of care needs, and we offer support at every step, including advanced levels of care. Extensive offerings like these are uncommon in organizations that offer home health care – and that is why Phoenix is so much more. Keep reading to learn about our full continuum of care for adult patients and how to start care.

Home Health Care

Home health care services are ideal for patients who were recently discharged from the hospital, are recovering from an illness or surgery, or who have received a new, complex medical diagnosis.

Skilled nurses visit patients where they live and provide intermittent care as needed; some home health care patients may also have home health aides visit them to help with bathing, dressing, and toileting. These caregiver services may not be necessary for all patients; however, your RN case manager at Phoenix will help you schedule them if you need them.

The goal of home health care is to prevent hospital readmissions and encourage independence for as long as possible. A patient may need home health care for:

  • Wound care
  • Tracheostomy care
  • Catheter care
  • Tube feeding assistance
  • IV therapy assistance
  • Physical, occupational, or speech therapy
  • Colostomy care
  • Surgery or injury recovery

Of course, there are many other reasons a patient may require home health care; their physician will authorize the service when there is a need. The patient, however, can request services from a specific home health care provider, like Phoenix Home Care & Hospice in Kansas and Missouri.

Palliative Care

Patients with a serious illness seeking relief from symptoms can receive palliative care wherever they live. The goal of palliative care is to improve quality of life and comfort. Palliative care is for all ages of patients and stages of illness. At Phoenix, we call our service comprehensive disease management and take a holistic approach to managing chronic and life-limiting diseases.

Specially-trained nurses at Phoenix Home Care & Hospice help palliative care patients by considering their unique needs. Palliative care nurses visit patients in their homes, nursing facilities, and assisted- or independent-living communities.

Palliative care is meant to relieve symptoms of disease, including, but not limited to:

  • Pain
  • Fatigue
  • Digestive issues, including nausea, loss of appetite, and constipation
  • Sleep problems
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Breathing issues

With fewer symptoms, patients have more strength and motivation to care for themselves and perform activities of daily living. In fact, a recent study published in The New England Journal of Medicine showed patients who receive palliative care may live longer, enjoy greater mobility, and feel happier. Patients can receive palliative care in conjunction with home health care services and private duty care.

Private Duty Care

Private duty care is a caregiver service focused on assisting patients with activities of daily living and companionship. Private duty care can prevent discharge and referral to other institutions by creating a safe living environment and fostering independence where patients currently live, whether that’s their own home, in a hospital, or in a skilled nursing facility. A doctor’s authorization is not necessary to receive private duty care.

Private duty care can include, but is not limited to:

  • Respite care for family caregivers
  • One-on-one care
  • Transportation and assistance navigating social outings
  • Meal preparation and planning
  • Personal hygiene
  • Medication reminders
  • Basic housekeeping

Patients can receive private duty care in conjunction with home health care services (also called skilled nursing care) and palliative care.

Hospice Care

For patients whose illness has become life-threatening, hospice care provides comfort and symptom relief rather than curative treatments. Our care meets the physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of our patients and their family members by improving quality of life and alleviating fear and worries.

Hospice care is personalized for each patient and their illness. This service can include on-call nursing, scheduled nursing care with a personalized plan, respite care for family caregivers, medication and equipment, spiritual care, and help with bereavement. At Phoenix, hospice services are provided where your loved one lives and is most comfortable, including their own home, in a nursing facility, or in a retirement community.

Choosing hospice care allows patients to live how they wish – including staying out of the hospital and residing where they’re most comfortable. Patients can receive hospice care in conjunction with private duty care to help them live as independently as possible.

Contact Phoenix Home Care & Hospice for Our Full Continuum of Care

When it comes to selecting a home health care provider, hospice, palliative care, and private duty care services, patients have many options. But none of those can cater to changing patient needs like Phoenix can. Contact us to learn how we can help.

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