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WiAHC Hosts Home Visit with Representative Dave Considine

Tuesday, April 3, 2018   (0 Comments)
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Submitted by Darla Thompson, Recover Health

WiAHC member Recover Health recently hosted two home visits on March 27, 2018 with State Representative Dave Considine of the 81st Assembly District. Darla Thompson, Director of Recover Health’s Complex Skilled Hourly Nursing Services guided Representative Considine in meeting with a pediatric patient and his nurses in a home in Deerfield, Wisconsin and a pediatric patient and her family in Madison, Wisconsin.

It is imperative that the decision makers that represent the medically fragile children of Wisconsin see firsthand what is happening within the state and listen to the ideas that families and providers have to solve the issues we are faced with. These learning opportunities give an impactful perspective into the lives of our families and clinical staff. Home visits are important in seeing the environment in which Home Care Nurses care for high acute pediatric patients. Without home care nursing, these patients would require the care provided in an Intensive Care setting in the hospital. The families are also able to share their struggle with lack of access and the burden the nursing shortage has caused in their daily lives.

Our visit was with a 15-year old, Marco and two of his nurses. Each nurse provided information that painted a beautiful picture of his “day in the life” in part because of quality home care. Marco has a wonderful home and school life and has been raised sounded by his brothers, parents and grandfather. He is able to teach those around him lessons in life every day on perseverance. His nurses find joy in working toward better outcomes each hour and each day to ensure he is able to stay in the home. If he has a change in his clinical status, they care coordinate with the physicians so Marco can avoid re-hospitalizations. Lacy RN, and Cyndy LPN, work collaboratively in addition to three other home care nurses all centered on Marco’s care. They both shared during the visit about how purposeful their Home Care Nursing career is to them.

 

The second visit focused on a little girl, Kendra and her family. Mom and Dad shared the personal struggle of having to relocate their

family in part due to the lack of access to nurses in their area of rural Wisconsin. They also spoke of the impact of losing their home care benefit once paid through a private insurance had on their lives. Kendra had a team of fifteen nurses that cared for her on average 140 hours a week. She is vent dependent and has a Gastronomy feeding tube. Her cares are intensive and as mom put it, “the nurses have to manage everything; in the hospital the bedside nurses have RTs, PT, OT, Speech etc.” Home care is very wholistic; the whole person is at the center of care. Kendra’s mom and dad have had one night of coverage in the last 5 months while both working full time. A vent dependent individual requires someone to be alert 24 hours a day. They family was so gracious and shared 2 hours with Darla and Representative Considine which as learning and emotional.


It is medically necessary for both of these patients to have more nursing care than they currently have and it has been a struggle for their families to keep their loved one at home amidst the shortage of home care nurses. However, these kiddos have been more fortunate than many others have. In the state of Wisconsin, there are families with loved ones who are stuck in the hospital or home in a potentially unsafe situation due to the current shortage. 

In conclusion, we can do more! Let us host a “Day at the Capital” and invite more Representatives and Senators to our patient’s homes. Access to quality Home Care is less expensive for the state than the alternative, hospitalizations. Access to quality Home Care is also the best thing for patients and their families. 


Thank you to Representative Considine for taking the time to join us and learn more about Wisconsin home care.

Is your agency interested in hosting a future visit? Contact the WiAHC office to learn more at WiAHC@badgerbay.co.


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