NOTE: The names of the patients in the following stories have been changed to protect their privacy.
Physician Testimonial About Baptist Home Health
A patient reported to her Home Health nurse why her physician recommends our agency. Her doctor said, "Imagine that you are a runner in a race. You are so far out in front of the other runners that when you look back you can barely see the other runners behind you. When it comes to home health agencies, Baptist Home Health is that runner out in front, leading the race. No one else even comes close."
West Nile Survivor Recovers at Home
Collin was hospitalized as a result of contracting the West Nile virus. When he discharged home a few weeks later, he required complete care. He was not able to sit unsupported and needed assistance for dressing, showering and meal preparation. After three months of home therapy, he is independent with most of these activities. Collin is also able to stand and walk a few feet with a walker and is ready to begin outpatient therapy to continue his strengthening and rehabilitation.
Collin’s wife can now return to work since he is able to manage his daily activities. His goal is to return to his job as a teacher when his rehabilitation program is finished.
A Firefighter Injured On Duty
Steve is a firefighter who was working the scene of an accident when he was hit by another vehicle. Several bones were broken as a result of the impact and he was hospitalized.
When Steve discharged from the hospital, he was unable to bear weight on his legs and was wheelchair bound. He came home with a hospital bed and a lift to get him in and out of bed. Baptist Home Health physical therapists worked with him on using a board to scoot to get in and out of bed so his family would not have to use the lift and make him more independent. We also worked on aggressive exercises with him to maintain strength in his legs while they were healing.
Steve also received occupational therapy as part of his Home Health service. He was taught how to be independent with dressing and bathing while still not putting weight on his legs. Our occupational therapist was able to teach him to perform all these tasks from a wheelchair level until he could walk again.
When Steve discharged from home health, he was able to transfer to and from all areas of his house by himself. He was also starting to walk with a walker which enabled him to attend outpatient therapy for the continuation of his rehabilitation program.
Hospice Patient Attends His Daughter's Special Day
Lawrence's condition as a Hospice patient had declined somewhat when he learned that his daughter had been selected for the Homecoming Court at her high school. The Hospice team determined they would make it possible for him to attend the presentation of the court so he could be part of his daughter's special day. His nurse (Kara) ensured his medical needs were cared for and his medical equipment was functioning properly. His aide (Gena) helped him bathe, get dressed and be sure he had all needed supplies. The chaplain (Charles) arranged for Lawrence to watch the homecoming parade on the computer at home so he could conserve his strength. Hospice volunteers provided a meal for the family and other Hospice team members accompanied Lawrence and his wife to the school. They helped disconnect him from his equipment so he could participate in the ceremony, and then reconnected it and returned him home. To top it all off, his daughter was selected Homecoming Queen by her classmates!
Sally Gets Back to the Farm
When Sally was admitted to Home Health she had several serious diagnoses. She was battling a severe wound and other health issues during her 5-month stay in our service. By the time she discharged, her wound had healed and she had dramatically improved in her ability to lead a normal life . At our last report from the patient, she is able to get out and do things with her husband (like going to their farm) that she had not been able to do prior to her treatment.
Kelly Awaits a Heart Transplant
Kelly entered our home health program with a diagnosis of end stage heart failure. He also suffers from several other health issues and even had a stroke when he was in his mid-30s. Kelly has been placed on the list to receive a heart transplant and he is currently waiting for the call that one is available.
Laura is Kelly’s home health nurse and she has worked with him and his family over the course of several months. Her goal is to help them understand how to manage his health conditions while waiting for a transplant, and to keep him from returning to the hospital for complications. A vital component is learning how to manage the many medications Kelly must take each day. She’s also taught them how to manage the complex care associated with the LVAD unit he’s using to support his heart function.
As part of our standard of care for patients like Kelly, we also installed a Telehealth unit in his home. This device captures his vital signs daily and transmits those readings to a secure website where our Telehealth nurses monitor them. When any readings are outside the expected range, the Telehealth nurse contacts Kelly, and if necessary his home health nurse and physician, to discuss any adjustments needed to his care plan or medications. This often prevents a trip to the Emergency Room and another hospitalization.
The good news is while Kelly continues to wait for his transplant, he has learned how to successfully manage his health conditions, he’s keeping up with his medication regimen, and he and his family are comfortable with the use of the LVAD unit. As a result, he has been able to avoid another hospitalization for almost a year! With the support of his family and Laura, Kelly is making the best of each day and looking forward to the day when he can receive a new heart.
A Police Officer Has an Accident
Frank is a police officer who was injured in an on-the-job in a accident. He suffered several broken bones and a bad skin injury to his right elbow which required a skin graft to repair. When Frank admitted to Home Health, he was wearing braces on both legs, was unable to put weight on his left leg and was unable to walk. He needed assistance to transfer and move out of his wheelchair to get into bed.
Frank received home health physical therapy for about 6 weeks. During that time our therapists worked on safety and independence with transfers and exercises to strengthen his legs. He was eventually able to bear weight and learn how to walk again as his legs healed. When he discharged Frank could walk in the house with a walker or crutches and he was able ride an exercise bike. He transitioned to outpatient physical therapy as he continued his quest to fully recover and return to work
Heart Attack Survivor Gains New Confidence
Vernon was visiting his sister for the holidays when he had a heart attack. Following treatment at Baptist Health Medical Center and Baptist Health Rehabilitation Institute, he was discharged to his sister's home and admitted to Home Health. Because Vernon is also a polio survivor, his recovery was more complex and challenging. The Home Health team consisted of a nurse (Sarah), physical therapist (Sheena) and a Home Health aide (Joyce). Working together, they helped Vernon regain his strength, and actually exceed his abilities prior to the heart attack! Vernon's sister reports that he has gained new self-confidence in his ability to care for himself at a level he had previously been unable to imagine.