Home Health Team
Our home health providers include registered nurses experienced in disease management. They help with areas like congestive heart failure, COPD, diabetes, post-surgical and wound care, and medication management.
These professionals assess the patient's condition with emphasis on the primary medical condition identified on admission. They provide in-home health care services and help educate patients regarding medication usage and the principles of self-care.
Doylestown Hospital Home Health associates are a skilled team of experts which are here to help you with your unique medical needs. Services provided include:
- Skilled nursing
- Physical therapy
- Speech therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Medical social work
- Home health aides
- Nutritional consultations
Home Health Aide Services
Our home health aides are an important part of our home health team. They provide compassionate personal care assistance. Other secondary duties may include laundry, straightening of patient area or even preparation of a simple meal. The usual time spent with each of our patients is one hour. Visits generally decrease in frequency as you become stronger or as you or your caregiver learn to provide this care yourselves.
Your physician, Medicare and insurance companies recognize the importance of this service. Most insurances will cover the cost if it is provided in conjunction with a nurse or therapist.
Scheduling and Cancellations
Since your home health aide care is a component of your care plan, we request your cooperation in scheduling your visits. Visit cancellations are an indication to us and to your insurance company that the aide services may no longer be of benefit to you. Multiple cancellations may result in a consultation with your physician regarding the necessity of these particular services.
If you must cancel a visit, please notify the visiting nurses in advance so the time allotted for your visit can be used to see other patients. If you do not cancel with at least 24 hours notice, you may be billed a cancellation fee.
All Doylestown Hospital Home Health aides are experienced caregivers. Daily adjustments are made to the schedule regarding time of visit and personnel. You may not always have the same caregiver, but we make every effort to be consistent and will inform you by telephone of any changes.
Please do not schedule additional appointments on the days you expect the visiting nurse associates to see you.
You will be asked to sign each home health aide note. Before signing, please make sure that the note is complete, and that the times in and out are accurate.
We encourage you to discuss any home health aide concerns with your nurse or therapist, or to call our office at 215-345-2202.
General Visiting Nurse Information
Please see your doctor regularly so that your plan of care is up to date and remains appropriate to your current medical, nursing and rehab care needs.
Questions About Care?
If you have questions or concerns about care, please discuss them with your nurse or therapist at your visit. You can also call Doylestown Home Health at 215-345-2202. After hours messages (between 4:30 pm and 8:00 am and during weekends) will be returned the next day.
Running low on medical supplies regularly furnished by us? Please call the Home Health office (215-345-2202) promptly so that we may arrange a delivery before you run out. You must inform your nurse or therapist of any supplies you have been previously purchasing or that have been covered by Medicare prior to your home health admission.
In Case of an Emergency
Please call your doctor directly, or for emergency assistance call an ambulance for immediate transport to Doylestown Hospital or to the nearest hospital available. If you are admitted to a hospital, please have someone notify our office (215-345-2202). When you begin to make arrangements to return home, let us know so that we may resume services upon your return. Please note that your hospital nurse, social worker, or discharge planner can also contact us to arrange for services at home.