Skilled Nursing Care
Nursing Services In The Home
As allowed by state law, Interim HealthCare of Smyrna, DE can provide a level of in-home nursing provided by Registered Nurses (RNs) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs). If you get services from an LPN, your care will be supervised by a RN.
Home health nurses provide direct care and teach you and your family caregivers about your care. They also manage, observe, and evaluate your care. Any service that could be done safely by a non-medical person (or by yourself) without the supervision of a nurse, is not considered skilled nursing care.
In-Home Nursing Care Services include:
- Health Assessments including blood pressure monitoring and other vital signs, glucose monitoring, post operation monitoring and telemonitoring
- Teaching about diseases and treatment
- Wound care
- Dressing changes
- Ostomy/colostomy teaching and management
- IV management
- Medication reconciliation and reports to doctors or pharmacists
- Medication administration
- Heparin flushes
- Foot care
- Management of urinary catheters
- Management of tubes, drains and bags
Free Consultative Nursing Services
Interim HealthCare of New Castle
is a Medicare Certified and Delaware Licensed HealthCare agency established in 1986, and servicing the entire state. Our Registered Nurses (RN) designs and implement care plans for all clients
, inlcuding those with develepmental disabilities such as Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, and Austism.
Our RNs are highly trained and experienced in case managememnt for all aspects of care for special needs clients. Home Health Aides (HHA), Certifiend Nursing Assistants (CNA) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) are all requrired to folllow the assignments directed by the RN.
Our Consultative Nursing Services include:
- Functioning as the Independant Healthcare Advocate for our clients. The healthcare needs of our clients is our only priority
- Developing our client's Plan of Care. Our Consulatative Nurse is the primary healthcare coordinator for their assigned client
- Participating with clients and their families to identify and facilitate options and servcies for meeting individual health needs (i.e., meal prep, rehabilitation, etc.)
- Securing needed services for our clients
- Attending clients medical appointments
- Collaborating with physicians to ensure compliance with appointments as well as treatments and medications prescribed
- Coordinating hospital admissions and discharges
- Assisting with client lifestyle transitions
- Maintaining client records and assessments
- Attending Consultative Nursing meetings and conferences
We offer FREE In-Home Consultations for all clients who are interested in home care! If you or someone you know may be in need of home care assistance, a quick visit with a nurse will explain everything you need to know and help fully understand the needs involved for keeping yourself/your loved one secure, healthy, and happy within their home.
Credentialing Services and Litigation Support
Two specialized credentialing programs - Wound Care and Pediatrics - give our nurses the opportunity to develop professionally as well as provide higher quality care to their patients. In addition to enhancing nursing skills, the credentialing programs help reassure doctors, patients and family members as well as clinicians who are transferring their patients at shift change.
Wound care credentialing for clinicians consists of a self-study course, skills/competency checklists and examinations. Local Interim HealthCare offices are credentialed when they can demonstrate that their clinical staff has access to current wound care resources. Offices also make use of Interim HealthCare's proprietary documentation system called INTERPath, which measures utilization and outcomes focusing on patients' ability to understand their condition and successfully manage it in daily life.
Pediatric credentialing consists of basic care of sick children or newborns, tracheostomy care, ventilator care, IV medication, nutrition and insertion of peripheral lines. For each care level, nurses must read a study guide that covers key procedures and information. Nurses complete a written exam on the material covered in the guides, such as calculating medication doses for children. The exam, which takes about 30-40 minutes, includes several questions to challenge nurses' critical-thinking skills. In addition to passing the written test, nurses must demonstrate their ability to perform specific skills for each level of care. Upon successfully completing Interim HealthCare's written exam and demonstrating the necessary skills, nurses are presented with a different color pin for each level of achievement as well as a letter of commendation from the Interim HealthCare National Service Center.
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