Services

Occupational Therapist:

La Familia Home Health Occupational Therapists will help you regain the skills for the job of daily living. Your Occupational Therapist (OT) will use a comprehensive approach to help you accomplish activities important to maintaining independence at home in your daily life. OT is commonly ordered for patients that have lost independence in activities of daily living, such as patients with stroke, amputations, Parkinson's disease, MS, arthritis, and other disabilities. Therapists help patients learn how to use medical equipment, assistive devices, and prosthetics. They also develop specific therapeutic strengthening program as needed. Your kitchen, your bathroom, your living room, your hall way, these will make up your campus as you learn to manage your activities such as bathing and personal hygiene, dressing, meal preparation and eating, bowel/bladder management and more. La Familia Home Health Occupational Therapists are experts with tips and new techniques to help you re-master activities, promote self care, build confidence, and maintain independence as long as possible.

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Home Health Nurse:

At La Familia Home Health, your assigned RN Case Manager is the center of your home health medical team. After a comprehensive assessment is performed, the nurse will coordinate with you, your doctor, and other home health providers, to create a plan of care to help meet your healthcare needs. Many questions will be asked to learn about your overall health and gauge your ability, or your caregiver's ability to manage your treatments, medications, and safety within your home. The nurse will ask to see all your medications in order to review for correctness, duplications, dosing errors, or potential dangerous drug interactions. Your RN Case Manager will also determine if you need assistance with personal hygiene due to weakness and increased safety risks. Home Health Aide service is usually allowed under most payers to promote safety while gaining or regaining independence. La Familia Home Health nurses serve as a resource to you, providing information and education on management of illnesses, preventing complications with your health, recognizing warning signs to look for, what to do in a health emergency, and how to prevent hospitalizations. Our goals always include keeping you as independent as possible, with the assistance of the appropriate resources available to you, as long as possible. Remember, your nurse is there to make things better for you. Specific skilled nurse interventions include: • Monitor vital signs • Administer medications, including injections and IV infusion • Provide simple and complex wound care as ordered • Treatment of acute illnesses and • Education on prevention of acute illnesses, such as pneumonia or infection • Pain management and coordination with your doctor as needed • Chronic illness management, such as Diabetes and Hypertension, and education on self management • Coordination with other healthcare specialists that can provide other physician ordered services in your home, such as X rays, ultrasound, swallow studies • Refer to long term care services and /or Medical Social Worker, as needed, to facilitate access to multiple community resources.

Primary Home Care:

This program is a nontechnical, medically related personal care service provided to adults whose health problems cause them to be functionally limited in performing activities of daily living, according to a statement of medical need. PHC provider agencies also provide Family Care services. This service also is a nonskilled, nontechnical service provided to eligible clients who are functionally limited in performing daily activities. The PHC Program includes the following tasks: (1) personal care tasks related to the care of the individual's physical well being, including: (A) bathing, which is: (i) drawing water in sink, basin, or tub; (ii) hauling or heating water; (iii) laying out supplies; (iv) assisting in or out of tub or shower; (v) sponge bathing and drying; (vi) bed bathing and drying; (vii) tub bathing and drying; and (viii) providing standby assistance for safety; (B) dressing, which is: (i) dressing the individual; (ii) undressing the individual; and (iii) laying out clothes; (C) meal preparation, which is: (i) cooking a full meal; (ii) warming up prepared food; (iii) planning meals; (iv) helping prepare meals; and (v) cutting client's food for eating; (D) feeding/eating, which is: (i) spoon-feeding; (ii) bottle-feeding; (iii) assisting with using eating and drinking utensils and adaptive devices, not including tube feeding; and (iv) providing standby assistance or encouragement; (E) exercise, which is walking with the individual; (F) grooming, shaving, or oral care, which is: (i) shaving; (ii) brushing teeth; (iii) shaving underarms and legs, when requested; (iv) caring for nails; and (v) laying out supplies; (G) routine hair or skin care, which is: (i) washing hair; (ii) drying hair; (iii) assisting with setting, rolling, or braiding hair, not including styling, cutting, or chemical processing of hair; (iv) combing or brushing hair; (v) applying nonprescription lotion to skin; (vi) washing hands and face; (vii) applying makeup; and (viii) laying out supplies; (H) assistance with self-administered medications, which is assistance with medication as defined in §97.2(11) of this title (relating to Definitions); (I) toileting, which is: (i) changing diapers; (ii) changing colostomy bag or emptying catheter bag; (iii) assisting on or off bedpan; (iv) assisting with the use of a urinal; (v) assisting with feminine hygiene needs; (vi) assisting with clothing during toileting; (vii) assisting with toilet hygiene, including the use of toilet paper and washing hands; (viii) changing external catheter; (ix) preparing toileting supplies and equipment, not including preparing catheter equipment; and (x) providing standby assistance; and (J) transfer, which is: (i) non-ambulatory movement from one stationary position to another, not including carrying; (ii) adjusting or changing the individual's position in a bed or chair (positioning); (iii) assisting in rising from a sitting to a standing position; (K) ambulation, which is: (i) assisting in positioning for use of a walking apparatus; (ii) assisting with putting on and removing leg braces and prostheses for ambulation; (iii) assisting with ambulation or using steps; (iv) assisting with wheelchair ambulation; and (v) providing standby assistance; (2) home management tasks that support the individual's health and safety, including: (A) cleaning, which is: (i) cleaning up after the individual's personal care tasks; (ii) emptying and cleaning the individual's bedside commode; (iii) cleaning the individual's bathroom; (iv) changing the individual's bed linens and making the individual's bed; (v) cleaning floor of living areas used by the individual; (vi) dusting areas used by the individual; (vii) carrying out the trash and setting out garbage for pick up; (viii) cleaning stovetop and counters; (ix) washing the individual's dishes; and (x) cleaning refrigerator and stove; (B) laundry, which is: (i) doing hand wash; (ii) gathering and sorting; (iii) loading and unloading machines in residence; (iv) using laundromat machines; (v) hanging clothes to dry; (vi) folding and putting away clothes; and (C) shopping, which is: (i) preparing a shopping list; (ii) going to the store and purchasing or picking up items; (iii) picking up medication; and (iv) storing the individual's purchased items; and (3) escorting, including: (A) accompanying the individual outside the home to support the individual in living in the community; (B) arranging for transportation, not including direct individual transportation; (C) accompanying the individual to a clinic, doctor's office, or location for medical diagnosis or treatment; and (D) waiting in the doctor's office or clinic with an individual if necessary due to client's condition or distance from home.

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Physical Therapy:

Physical Therapy can help you move again, regain strength and regain your prior level of independence. When your body is hurting or you have had a physically debilitating episode in your life, a physical therapist can develop a personalized plan of care to promote pain relief, improve walking, balance, range-of-motion, posture, strength, or mobility. A Physical Therapist will go to your home to perform a complete functional assessment, to get an idea of your strengths and weaknesses. The Therapist will coordinate with you, your Case Manager, and your doctor to identify a treatment plan with realistic goals. You'll be educated on movements and habits to avoid, safety measures, and taught a home exercise plan that is appropriate for you, and will help to maintain your optimal function within your home. One major reason doctors order Physical Therapy is to help patients recover from and prevent falls. Falls are the leading reason for hospitalization. Physical Therapy is also commonly referred for patients with increased weakness, as well as for gait and balance disorders, arthritis and other joint pain, joint replacements, injuries, chronic pain, stroke, head injuries, or other diseases such as Parkinson's or Multiple Sclerosis. La Familia Home Health Physical Therapists will evaluate each patient for other available resources, such as equipment to promote safety, prevent falls, and allow patient to remain as independent as possible. The therapist will identify and provide education on the use of appropriate type of prosthetic, walker, wheelchair, cane, bed, transfer equipment, exercise supplies or equipment needed to maintain function and safety. It's all about keeping you where you want to be - at home, safely.

Speech therapy:

Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP), sometimes called a Speech Therapist, specializes in the evaluation and treatment of swallowing, thinking skills, and communication disorders. SLPs coordinate with the health care team, your Case Manager, your doctor, and other therapists, to achieve optimal potential. Speech Therapy services focus on improving an individual’s quality of life by assisting the individual to regain the ability to safely eat and swallow when swallowing skills are affected following an illness, surgery, stroke, or injury. In addition, SLPs assist in improvement of thinking skills, such as difficulty maintaining focus, organizing thoughts, planning remembering and recalling information. Individuals that demonstrate difficulty problem solving may also benefit from speech therapy services. Other areas that the SLP can assist with is with difficulties with the quality of an individual’s voice such as hoarseness or loudness. Furthermore, SLPs assist individuals that exhibit problems correctly producing speech sounds due to weakness, decreased range of motion, or difficulty sequencing the motor actions required to produce speech sounds. Additionally, the SLP can help patients that have language difficulties such as understanding language or communicating ideas, thoughts, wants, needs, and feelings. The SLP will develop a home program that will assist the patient increase and maintain their independence. SLPs take advantage of being in the patient’s home to more effectively assess patient’s needs and individualize their treatment. Patients that suffer from dementia or impaired thinking skills respond better to treatment in a familiar environment such as their own home.

Licensed Medical Social Worker:

Medical Social Workers help patients and families cope with challenges in their lives. A social worker can help patient and family find community services that meet specific needs, such as delivered meals, personal attendant services, transportation, etc. They can also provide information and assistance with housing problems, such as need for assisted living facility, nursing home placement, or other options when patients can no longer care for themselves or family can no long care for a patient due to health complications. At the Social Worker initial assessment, many questions will be asked to determine patient's needs, situation, strengths, and support network. The Social Worker will develop a plan, in coordination with the patient, doctor, Case Manager, and other caregivers involved, to access community resources as needed, such as Medicare, Medicaid, provider services, respite, etc. Education on Advanced Directives, such as Power of Attorney directive, Do Not Resuscitate directive, or Living Will, etc., can also be provided and facilitated by Social Worker if needed. One of the most important services a home care Social Worker provides is educating and giving emotional support to caregivers and patients who often find their new roles stressful and overwhelming. Social workers are trained to listen to patients and caregivers. They can instruct then on training, classes, and support groups that are available to help them learn and cope with the what they're dealing with. Knowledge and compassion is what La Familia Home Health Social Worker delivers.

 

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Star+Plus:

The STAR+PLUS program combines acute care and LTSS, such as assisting in a member's home with activities of daily living, home modifications, respite (short-term supervision) and personal assistance. These services are delivered through providers contracted with managed care organizations (MCOs). STAR+PLUS provides a continuum of care with a wide range of options and increased flexibility to meet individual needs. The program has increased the number and types of providers available to Medicaid members. Service coordination, available to all members, is the main feature of STAR+PLUS. It is a specialized case management service for program members who need or request it. Service coordination means that plan members, family members, and providers can work together to help members get acute care, LTSS, Medicare services for dually-eligible members and other community support services. The HCBS STAR+PLUS Waiver (SPW) is a waiver approved for the managed care delivery system, designed to allow individuals who qualify for nursing facility care to receive LTSS in order to be able to live in the community.

 

Why Should You Choose Us?

At La Familia Health Inc. we understand that you have the right to choose any Home Health Agency within the market, nonetheless we hope you choose our agency based on the fact that we value each and every individual as a person. We commit every resource possible to employee highly skilled personnel to achieve your medical maximum potential. We hold true to our core values by treating each individual with respect, dignity, compassion, and a true family experience.

 

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