In-Home Skilled Nursing Care
The VNA provides home health care, wherever you call home. Our extensive range of services meets the needs of every generation, from infants to seniors, regardless of diagnosis or health condition. We provide skilled nursing after or to prevent a hospitalization, assistance with daily activities to age safely at home (even when battling several chronic diseases), and specialized care for specific conditions.
Skilled nursing care staff assess your health and deliver a wide range of services, such as medication, IV services and nutrition support, diabetes education, blood draws, wound/ostomy/Foley catheter care, high-risk pregnancy and aftercare for moms and newborns.
Skilled, licensed therapists provide physical, occupational, and speech therapy to aid in recovery and to increase strength, flexibility, range of motion, and coordination.
The VNA's certified wound ostomy continence nurses (CWOCN) provide consultation and recommend treatment options for wounds and specialty fitting and ostomy care. The CWOCN has advanced training and education in state-of-the-art treatments for wounds and ostomies and works in collaboration with the physician and members of the VNA team to ensure positive outcomes.
Infusion therapy is available for patients who need to have physician-prescribed medication given through an intravenous or subcutaneous catheter. Our staff can begin and monitor many therapies, including:
- nutrition/TPN (Total Parenteral Nutrition)
- pain control
- central line maintenance
Specialized nurses work closely with physicians and pharmacists to design a treatment program tailored to the patient's needs.
Chronic Care Management
Our chronic disease management program helps those living with a chronic disease to learn and understand early warning signs and steps to avoid hospitalization and continue to live independently at home. With a focus on education and self-care management, the VNA of Cape Cod will develop and implement a best practice based plan of care tailored to meet your specific needs to ensure quality of life.
Palliative care improves the quality of life for those patients with serious illness for whom the end of life is not imminent. Unlike hospice, palliative care patients who chose this care continue to pursue curative treatment while also receiving comfort care.
It manages pain and symptoms beyond curative treatment as well as teaching and addressing all needs presented by an illness.
Public health and wellness provides many additional programs that typically take place outside the home. These include health education programs, community outreach, health screenings, wellness classes, counseling, early intervention and more.
VNA of Cape Cod is recognized by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health as the leader in immunizations for public health clinics for Cape Cod.
Home Health Aides and Homemakers
When you are receiving skilled care at home (nursing, therapy, etc), you also may receive help from home health aides and homemakers, also covered by your insurance.
The staff provides companionship and help with bathing, grooming, personal hygiene, meal preparation, grocery shopping, light housekeeping, laundry, personal correspondence, and getting in and out of bed or chairs.
Our telehealth program provides advanced home monitoring for patients diagnosed with medical conditions, such as CHF and COPD who might require close observation.
In-home telemonitoring uses telecommunications devices, about the size of an alarm clock, to take vital signs every day. The technology allows for early intervention when a health problem is detected, helping prevent emergency room visits and hospitalizations. It also improves communication with the patient's physician by providing trend reports as needed. A telemonitor also increases patient awareness and self-care by providing guidance, education and evaluation.