home-careTransitional and at-home care, also called post-acute care, is a relatively new term that encompasses four distinct service lines: home care, hospice, palliative care and medical equipment. These services can work individually or together in a variety of combinations depending on a patient’s needs.

The following information serves to explain both the differences and similarities among the services:

Home Care

Home care services are ordered by a physician for patients who unable to leave their home due to an illness or injury. Services are provided by registered nurses, social workers, home health aides, and physical, occupational and speech therapists.

As defined by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), patients must meet the following criteria to receive home care services:

  • Need the aid of a supportive device, use of special transportation, or assistance of another person, or
  • Have a condition that would make leaving the home medically risky, or
  • Have a normal inability to leave their home, and
  • Require considerable and taxing effort to leave the home

The criteria does not require patients to be bed bound, and they are not disqualified for leaving the home for infrequent or short trips (i.e., religious service, hairdresser, special family event or medical treatment).

To learn more about our services, go to Grand View Home Care.

Hospice

Hospice care is provided to patients with a life expectancy of six months or less, and who are no longer receiving curative treatment. Hospice care embraces a holistic approach to treatment including, but not limited to, skilled nursing and therapies, social work, chaplains, hospice aides and volunteers. A host of complimentary services are also provided, including reflexology, music therapy and pet therapy. Patients do not need to be homebound to receive hospice care.

To learn more about our services, go to Grand View Hospice.

Palliative Care

Palliative care is a way for patients who are dealing with a chronic condition to manage their symptoms. Patients do not need to have a terminal diagnosis or be homebound to receive palliative care. In fact, patients with progressive diseases can continue to pursue aggressive treatment while receiving palliative care, including home care. Palliative care reduces re-hospitalization for patients with conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure and chronic pain.

To learn more about our services, go to Grand View Palliative Care.

Medical Equipment

Grand View Medical Company is a full-service durable medical equipment  provider, supplying oxygen, hospital beds, ambulatory aids, CPAP and more. Respiratory therapists provide CPAP mask fittings and follow up, and assistive technology professionals can evaluate patients for complex and power wheelchairs.

Services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with free same-day delivery, set up and instruction.

To learn more, go to Grand View Medical Company.