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Home Visit Provides Unique Perspective on Home Care

Monday, September 11, 2017   (0 Comments)
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At a recent Board meeting, WiAHC Project Manager Grant Dvorak had many questions about home health care. Grant’s project work for WiAHC includes coordinating home care visits for Wisconsin’s U.S. Senators and other state legislators for the association. The goal of the visits is to begin building a relationship with the legislators as well as educating them on the quality care and services WiAHC members provide their constituents and other Wisconsin residents across the state.

Board members recommended Grant shadow a home health nurse on a visit to learn more about home care and the services provided by home health agencies. Affinity Visiting Nurses and Ascension At Home helped coordinate the visit. Grant accompanied Emily, RN on a visit in Appleton where a patient was recovering at her home from a recent hip replacement surgery.

“Observing the visit was very insightful for me” Grant said. “Recovering from a hip replacement, this patient had nurses, physical therapy and occupational therapy providing care for her. It was eye-opening for me to see that so much care you think of traditionally being done in a facility, was able to be done in her home. I really learned a lot.”

The patient expressed she’s much more comfortable being able to receive care in her own home. “I’ve been married 65 years”, she said. “It’s wonderful to be able to recover at home with my husband.” Her husband also receives home care. The patient also shared she feels home care is more individual and personable than care received in a facility. “There is no comparison between home health and facilities. Home care any day of the week, if possible!” she said.

Thanks to Ascension At Home and Affinity Visiting Nurses for coordinating this visit. Also, thank you to all our WiAHC members for your dedication to providing quality care to Wisconsin residents.

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