Wound care has become one of the fastest growing needs for home care services. Interim’s home care clinicians are trained and experienced in wound management, the healing process, and the selection and use of effective wound products and devices.
Interim HealthCare nurses and therapists have access to the latest standards of practice and products for wound care. This includes a comprehensive clinical training program that has been designed to:
- Improve patient comfort
- Decrease time spent on dressing changes
- Improve healing time
- Prevent complications
- Improve patient outcomes
The clinical training materials keep licensed nurses and physical therapists up to date with current treatment trends and allow them to continually improve their clinical knowledge and competency. The skills and attention of these knowledgeable and experienced clinicians directly benefits individuals who are facing the challenges of coping with wounds and the complications that can be debilitating.
What Interim HealthCare Can Provide for Patients With Wounds
There are a number of services that can be provided to assist individuals with wounds. These include:
- Standardized evidence-based wound treatment protocols for specific types of wounds.
- Recommendations for support surfaces or other devices to promote wound healing and to prevent additional wounds or complications.
- Patient/Caregiver education regarding self-monitoring of signs and symptoms of complications, how to manage the wound in the home and how to prevent future wounds from occurring.
- Counseling on the types of foods, supplements and diets that can promote wound healing as well as on activities appropriate to the patient’s condition to prevent wound related debilities.
- Ongoing communication and collaboration with the patient’s treating physician regarding the patient’s progress toward healing as well as treatment options for wounds that are difficult to heal.
How Patients Benefit from Interim's Wound Care Program
Interim can provide a smooth transition from care in an in-patient facility to care at home without a gap in care. This is accomplished through the services of a licensed nurse specializing in transitions from in-patient to an individual's home. A smooth transition requires personalized attention and intense coordination among the home care agency, the in-patient facility and the treating physician in order to ensure all the patient’s needs for care, medication and equipment are identified and met. This often includes uninterrupted access to the following:
- IV therapy at home for infections
- Assistance with medication management
- Exercise programs to improve strength, endurance, and ability to do activities of daily living
- Personal care assistance by the home care aide
- Coordination with other providers of medical equipment, community social services, medical transportation, etc.