Medical Home Health Service
Northwest Home Care, Inc. functions as a Licensed Home Health and Community Support agency providing multi-disciplinary, short and long term home health care on an intermittent and part-time basis to patients of all ages, including children and elderly patients. Home Health Agency provides skilled services in the client’s home such as nursing care, physical, occupational, and social work therapy from Illinois licensed professionals. All services are provided in accordance with the orders of the patient’s physician or podiatrist, under a plan of treatment established by such physician or podiatrist and under the supervision of NWHC staff.
The patient shall agree to accept the home health care services. In order to obtain home health benefits the patient must be under the care of a licensed physician who will provide orders for services. The patient must be confined to his or her home which means leaving home would require considerable and taxable effort due to the patient’s diagnosis. Therapy shall be appropriate and must be able to be adequately met in the home environment. A safe environment must exists, and facilities in the patient’s residence must be adequate to facilitate the proper delivery of care as well as ensure the safety of the patient and home care personnel. The home shall have a functioning telephone.
Skilled Nursing/Licensed Practical Nurse
Home Health Aid/Certified Nursing Assistant
Medical Social Services
Registered Nurse (RN)/Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN):
provides nursing services, skilled procedures, education, and medication management in the patient’s home in accordance with Plan of Care established by the physician.
Home Health Aide (HHA)/Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA):
provides help with personal hygiene, simple healthcare tasks, activities of daily living(ADLs) and instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs) and medication reminders according to Plan of Care established by the physician and supervised by registered nurse.
Physical Therapy (PT):
duties include but are not limited to: (a) performance of specialized tests and measurements, (b) administration of specialized treatment procedures, (c) interpretation of referrals from physicians and podiatrists, (d) establishment, and modification of physical therapy treatment programs, (e) administration of topical medication used in generally accepted physical therapy procedures when such medication is prescribed by the patient's physician, the patient's physician licensed to practice podiatric medicine (f) supervision of physical therapy assistance.
Occupational Therapy (OT):
Designs and administers therapy plans of care, based upon physician’s orders to increase patients' levels of functioning. Uses therapeutic exercises and activities to improve or maintain strength, range of motion, and fine-motor coordination. Occupational therapist instructs patients in adapted techniques and use of adaptive equipment for meal preparation, home management, dressing, feeding, and other self-care skills. OT trains patients in the use of upper-extremity prosthetic devices to resume previous daily routines and participates in home assessments. Provides prevention therapy to maintain functional skills; instructs patients in energy conservation, joint protection, safety techniques for sensory loss, and transferring and visual field deficits; instructs patients' families in personal care for patients, especially proper transfer techniques to avoid back strain.