Northwestern Medicine Home Health is available to individuals considered homebound, which is when leaving home requires taxing effort, the help of another individual or the use of an assistive device. Our home health team is dedicated to helping you improve your quality of life after leaving the hospital or any other time you require assessment, education and skilled intermittent care.

Our team offers a wide variety of services that range from personal care to high-tech infusion services—all in the comfort of your own home. Specialized care is provided by skilled nurses and therapists with diverse clinical backgrounds in the care of patients with acute and chronic illness. Other benefits of Northwestern Medicine Home Health include:

  • Hospital-based program provides opportunity for prompt physician coordination and continuity of care
  • Initial assessment and meeting performed by registered nurses
  • In-home test results obtained instantly and sent to physician
  • All infusion services performed by Northwestern Home Health registered nurses
  • Additional consultations available from certified wound care nurse for complex wounds
  • Magnet® recognition* from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the highest standard for nursing excellence
  • Accreditation by The Joint Commission, the gold standard for quality healthcare institutions

In addition, Northwestern Medicine Home Health excels beyond national standards. Our timely initiation of care is above the national average and our re-hospitalization rate below the national average.

Home medical equipment

The importance of proper equipment for patient care cannot be underestimated. Northwestern Medicine Home Health has a full line of medical, convenience and safety equipment available for the home.

Our team of certified and registered respiratory therapists is equipped to provide home respiratory services and therapeutic procedures, including:

  • Aerosol therapy
  • Enteral nutrition
  • Nasal CPAP
  • Oxygen

Home health infusion services

The trained nurses of Northwestern Medicine Home Health can administer a wide variety of infusion therapies in the comfort of your home. All infusion services are administered by our registered nurses and can include:

  • Hydration
  • IV antibiotics
  • PICC line care
  • Total parenteral nutrition

Our home infusion pharmacy is operated by a national provider of high-tech home services accredited by The Joint Commission.

Infusion services at Lake Forest Hospital

The Outpatient Oncology & Infusion Center at Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital employs a highly qualified staff of oncology/infusion nurses, who are nationally certified in cancer care. We work closely with your physician and cancer team to monitor and control the success of your treatments.

Offering comprehensive care for oncology patients, we provide the following treatments, along with other infusions for non-cancer patients:

  • Chemotherapy administration
  • Blood and other blood product transfusions
  • Central line care and maintenance
  • Procrit, Epogen, Neulasta and Neupogen injections
  • Monoclonal Antibody infusions, such as Remicade and Rituxan
  • Bone marrow biopsies
  • Biological therapy
  • Hormone therapy
  • Targeted drug therapy

Home health skilled providers

The experienced staff of Northwestern Medicine Home Health offers a wide variety of services that range from personal care to high-tech infusion services. Our team is a caring, diverse group of professionals committed to providing the highest-quality home care and comfort.

Skilled nursing

A registered nurse will develop a care plan under the direction of your physician along with you and your family to assure that all needed aspects of medical care are provided. The Northwestern Medicine Home Health services of a registered nurse can include:

  • Bowel and bladder training
  • Catheter care
  • Diabetic care and education
  • Infusion of antibiotics, hydration, TPN
  • Medication management
  • NG/gastrostomy tube care
  • Ostomy care and education
  • Post-operative care and education
  • Skilled assessment, teaching/instruction
  • Teaching enteral feeding and nutritional care
  • Tracheostomy care and education
  • Wound care education for caregivers

Home health aides

Under the direction and supervision of a registered nurse or therapist, a home health aide can provide and assist you with personal care and hygiene. They also help you maintain a safe environment. The services of a home health aide can include:

  • Assistance with bathing, oral hygiene
  • Assistance with household services essential to health care
  • Assistance with simple dressing changes
  • Assistance with transferring, walking and exercise to promote independence
  • Complete or partial bed bath to promote independence
  • Medication reminders (when set up by family or registered nurse)
  • Personal care assistance to promote independence

Medical social workers

Along with skilled registered nurses or therapy services, a medical social worker can work with the home health team to provide:

  • Assistance with advance directives
  • Counseling
  • Evaluation of emotional state
  • Long-term care planning
  • Resource planning

Physical therapy

A licensed physical therapist will provide an in-home assessment, evaluate your level of functioning and then work with your physician to develop a home exercise program to restore functioning to the highest level. A physical therapist's services can include:

  • Evaluation of equipment needs and teaching safe use of equipment
  • Evaluation of gait, ambulation and home safety
  • Mobility, gait, transfer and prosthetic training
  • Post-operative rehabilitation and education
  • Therapeutic exercise
  • Weight-bearing exercise
  • Written home exercises

Occupational therapy

A licensed occupational therapist will provide an in-home evaluation of your activities of daily living (ADLs). Then the therapist works with your physician to develop activities that will help restore your ability to perform ADLs. The occupational therapist can:

  • Adapt tools used in daily living (eating utensils, dressing devices)
  • Provide exercises to promote ADL retraining
  • Provide fine-motor skill training
  • Provide neuro-developmental sensory treatment
  • Provide perceptual motor training

Speech therapy

A licensed speech therapist will evaluate your speech pattern and swallowing ability. The speech therapist will work with your physician to develop a therapy plan to improve your speech function to the highest level. The services of a speech therapist can include:

  • Communication of your ongoing needs
  • Development of an in-home oral program to optimize the level of oral-motor skills
  • Dysarthria (slurred speech therapy)
  • Dysphagia (swallowing therapy)
  • Evaluation of speech pattern and swallowing ability
  • Post-cerebrovascular accident (CVA) rehabilitation
  • Treatment of cognitive disorders
  • Treatment of receptive aphasia