Visiting Nurse Association

Home Health

VNA Home Health

St. Luke’s Home Health professionals provide care and education to you and your family members as you recover from surgery or manage an illness. Our care is medically directed and delivered to you in your home. Services are provided under a plan of treatment established and approved by your physician. Services generally include the skills of a registered nurse.

If needed, you may also receive services from:

  • Physical, occupational or speech therapist
  • Medical social service worker
  • Home health aide

“The nurse was extremely competent in every manner. It was a pleasure to have her come to our home. She was knowledgeable about our concerns and was utterly charming.” — Annamae M.

St. Luke’s Home Health can help, if you have had a:

  • Joint replacement or other surgery
  • Stroke
  • Injury
  • Wound that has difficulty healing

Or if you’re receiving ongoing treatments for:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Respiratory illness
  • Other health problems

Care Focused on You
While in the home, we will:

  • Assess your condition
  • Teach you about your illness and ways to manage recovery
  • Help you understand your medications, their precautions and possible side effects
  • Teach you about treatments or exercises prescribed by your physician

Intermittent Visits
Services are provided intermittently. This means that a nurse, therapist or other team member will visit you as needed – typically one or more times a week. You will receive visits based on what your physician and home health care team determines are necessary.

Nursing Services

  • Post-operative care
  • Infusion therapy
  • Wound care
  • Chronic disease management, including heart failure (HF), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or diabetes
  • Telehealth monitoring
  • Palliative care to manage pain and control symptoms related to illness or injury

Therapy Services
Physical, occupation and speech therapists are available to assess rehabilitation needs and to develop a home therapy program.

  • Physical therapy – Improves strength and endurance, and maximizes functionality and safety
  • Occupational therapy – Promotes independence with daily living activities
  • Speech therapy – Assesses and treats speech, language, and swallowing disorders, and cognitive deficits.

Medical Social Services
Assists patients and families to cope with illness, address emotional and financial needs and access community resources.

Home Health Aides
Provide personal care services such as bathing and grooming.

Who Receives Home Healthcare
Typically, patients who receive home healthcare are “homebound”* and have had a:

  • Recent hospitalization
  • Recent stay at a nursing home
  • Worsening of a chronic illness
  • Newly diagnosed illness

Who Pays for Care
Medicare and most insurance cover home health care. St. Luke’s Home Health will verify insurance coverage and any out of pocket expenses that may occur.

*Do I Have to be Homebound?
Most insurances require that the patient be homebound- meaning that absence from the home is infrequent and of short duration, and to leave the home is a considerable and taxing effort.

For more information about Home Health, please call 484-526-1100.