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What Conditions and Illnesses Does Home Health Care Treat?

“To care for those who once cared for us is one of the highest honors.” —Tia Walker, Author

Many treatments that once needed to take place at a hospital are now available at home. Home health care has become an increasingly popular form of care since Medicare’s 1965 enactment that covered home health care services for the elderly. 

A common misconception is that home health care agencies mostly treat a younger population in relatively good condition and aren’t equipped to manage more complex cases. However, 1-in-4 home health patients are over the age of 85 and nearly half of home health care users suffer from five or more chronic conditions. 

Constellation Health Services—a home health care agency based in the Northeast—has extensive knowledge in treating a broad range of conditions and illnesses at home and has taken measures to offer a continuum of home services to help people no matter what stage they are in. In the following article, we discuss the benefits and services of certified home health care. 

Having the option to receive care from the comfort of home often leads to a better treatment experience and can reduce the chances of hospitalizations.

Certified Home Health Care Services

When it comes to receiving home health care, you may be wondering what services are available to you or your loved one. Constellation’s Complete Care Solution for Home Health pairs highly qualified, compassionate care professionals with technology and support services to ensure that patients are always monitored and additional trips to the hospital are prevented.

Certified home health assists with rehabilitation after illness, injury, or surgery. It includes a wide range of clinical and therapeutic services designed to speed recovery and instruct on managing long-term conditions. The ultimate goal of certified home health care is to give patients or family members the tools needed to be successful in managing their own care. 

Certified home health care professionals—skilled nurses, speech, physical, and occupational therapists, home health aides, medical social workers—are able to coordinate with doctors to create a personalized plan that suits individuals wherever they call home. Additionally, they work with community providers to ensure that all individuals and their families have access to specialized care. 

Nicole Paddock, a Home Health Occupational Therapist (OT) in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, explained that Constellation has a valued team culture and strives to meet the needs of its patients. 

“Constellation has a really great team,” Paddock said. “We do a good job of identifying what the goals are for a patient and how we can work together to collectively meet those goals.” 

Constellation is proud to have developed a number of evidence-based programs to best serve patients and their families. Our specialized home health care programs include: 

Cardiac Recovery

“Congestive Heart Failure is the leading cause of heart disease in people over the age of 65, and causes more than 12 million doctors’ visits per year.” —American Hospital Association

This program provides the necessary tools and education to support individuals living with a new diagnosis of, or suffering from, chronic cardiac conditions, such as Congestive Heart Failure.

Respiratory Care (COPD / Pneumonia / Asthma)

“COPD is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S., with over 16 million Americans having been diagnosed, and more than 25 million Americans suffer from asthma.” —National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Pulmonary disorders are often preventable and/or treatable. This program offers those experiencing pulmonary disorders a way to proactively treat and manage symptoms with improved education, care, and training.

Total Joint Replacement

“Total joint replacement is one of the most successful interventions in medicine—with more than 1 million performed in the U.S. annually.” —National Center for Biotechnology Information

This program helps patients regain mobility and confidence with personalized therapy and exercise programs designed to rebuild strength, range of motion, and endurance.

Step Right Falls Prevention

“Falls are the leading cause of injury for adults 65 and older.” —National Council on Aging

This program provides comprehensive risk assessments, followed by education, strength training, and balance retraining to reduce the likelihood of injury and hospitalizations. The program can be administered in groups or individually.

“My goal is to align with patients’ goals—to find out what’s most meaningful to them and what is going to help them stay at home safely and successfully.” —Nicole Paddock, OT Home Health MA/NH Team

Constellation’s certified home health team takes pride in helping patients and family members meet their goals while staying where they are most comfortable—home. To learn more about the home health offerings at Constellation, click here or contact us with any questions you or your loved one may have regarding in-home care solutions. 

Related Resources:

What is Certified Home Health?

10 Ways to Get the Most From Your Home Health Care

Remote Patient Monitoring and Virtual Visits in Home Health

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Constellation is a family-owned, family-centered organization that has remained true to our commitment to providing the best patient experience and the highest quality outcomes. We believe this is accomplished by ensuring that everyone we connect with feels valued, trusted, and heard. Contact us today.

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