Home Health Services

There's no place like home. Home represents a place of comfort, self-identity and self-sufficiency. But when you're recovering from surgery, injury or illness, you may have special needs for skilled nursing care or skilled therapy. More doctors are telling patients who need continued care that the best place to receive that care is in the comfort of their own home. You may need help in understanding your health care and support, or counseling to cope with your illness or recovery. Possibly you need help with complicated medical treatments and daily routines. You can choose to receive this care at home. Whether you only require an occasional visit from a nurse to administer medication, or more elaborate medical care, Marcus Daly Home Health, a service of Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital, provides you with skilled care, under the direction of your doctor, by health care professionals such as nurses and therapists. They also offer support such as medical social work and home health aide. These services may be all you need to allow you to continue living independently in your own home.

Marcus Daly Home Health provides a wide range of in-home health care services backed by the experienced staff of Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital. These professionals provide support and assist with transitions from hospital or nursing home so that you're able to recover and manage your health status in the comfort of your residence.

Marcus Daly Home Health staff work under your doctor's directions to develop a plan to meet your health care needs. These professionals work as a team to carry out a detailed care plan tailored to address your specific health and recovery needs.

Nursing Care
Nursing Care is one of the main services offered through Marcus Daly Home Health. Registered nurses (RNs) and licensed practical nurses (LPNs) provide skilled services such as injections and intravenous therapy, wound care, education on disease treatment and prevention, and patient assessments. RNs may also provide case management services. They can help you with medication management, making sure you're taking your prescriptions on time and in the correct manner. They can also assist you with pain and symptom management.

Physical Therapy
Marcus Daly Home Health Physical Therapists help you overcome or adjust to physical disabilities following an injury, illness or surgery. They evaluate home safety and other parts of mobility and functions, such as strength, balance, endurance, range of motion and pain. The Home Health physical therapists create a plan of care that includes setting functional goals, teaching home safety, caregiver training, mobility training, therapeutic exercises and instruction in a home exercise program.

Occupational Therapy
Every day people have or develop health conditions that significantly affect their ability to manage their daily lives. Home Health Occupational Therapists work with you in your home environment to achieve or regain a higher level of independence. Services include a comprehensive assessment of your ability in daily living activities, such as self-feeding, grooming, dressing and bathing, as well as higher levels of activity like cooking and homemaking. Evaluation also includes assessment of your cognition, upper extremity range of motion, strength and coordination. A personalized treatment plan is created with you and your family or caregivers. It may include instruction in self-care activities, cognitive retraining, caregiver training and recommendations for adaptive equipment or home modifications.

Medical Social Work
Another service Marcus Daly Home Health offers to clients is the expertise of medical social workers. They help patients and their family members identify available community resources as well as with their Advance Directives. Social workers assist people to function to the best of their ability in their environment, and this may include long range planning after discharge from home care such as meals-on-wheels, personal care assistance or transportation.

Speech Therapy
Marcus Daly Home Health Speech Therapists assess speech and language development and to treat language and speech disorders. These disabilities are usually a result of hearing loss, stroke or brain injury/disease. Speaking, using sign language, writing and using mechanical and computerized communication devices are some of the most common ones. Therapy that helps speech also helps people with swallowing disorders learn to overcome and cope. Speech Therapists retrain patients in breathing, swallowing, and muscle control and teach techniques to patients and caregivers.

Home Health Aides
Home health aides help elderly, convalescent or disabled persons live in their own homes rather than in a health facility. They provide health-related services, such as checking patients' pulse rates, temperatures, and respiration rates; helping with simple prescribed exercises; keeping patients' rooms neat; and helping patients move from bed, bathe, dress, and groom. Experienced home health aides also may assist with medical equipment. Most home health aides work with elderly or disabled persons who need more extensive care than family or friends can provide.

Choose Experience
Marcus Daly Home Health has been serving the Bitterroot Valley since 1987. One call to set up a meeting with a case manager, ideally in the client's home, is all it takes. They will work with the client's physician to develop an individualized health plan to promote the client's well being and make it possible for them to remain in their own home. The intake coordinator (phone (406) 363-6503) will help to assess your situation.

Marcus Daly Home Health services are available from 8am-5pm, 7 days a week throughout the Bitterroot Valley.

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