Home Health Services in Greater DeKalb County

Northwestern Medicine Home Care at Kishwaukee Hospital provides home health services to DeKalb County and northern Illinois area residents who prefer to receive care in the comfort of their home. With Northwestern Medicine Home Care at Kishwaukee Hospital, the transition from hospital to home is simple and uncomplicated. A registered nurse manages each patient’s care. Other members of the home health care team include physical therapists and social workers.

Each patient’s needs are evaluated and a unique care plan is developed to provide the greatest health benefits.

Inpatient vs. Outpatient Care

Home health care provides a safe transition from inpatient to outpatient care and offers several benefits:

  • Care is coordinated to help reduce the possibility of hospital readmission
  • Nursing home placement is avoided
  • Patients are taught to care for themselves once they recover
  • Family members are included in the planning
  • The emotional needs of patient and family members are addressed through Northwestern Medicine Social Services or other community resources

No person meeting acceptance criteria shall be denied service or treatment because of age, race, color, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, handicap (mental or physical) or communicable disease.

Why Choose Kish Health for Home Care Assistance?

As part of Northwestern Medicine, your home health care team has access to resources including:

  • Information technology for communication and recordkeeping
  • Patient education
  • Other medical services
  • Links to community resources for durable medical equipment and wheelchair rental

From supportive care to hospice, from diabetes education to community wellness programs, your home health care team will link you or your loved one to services that will support and enhance health and healing.

Skilled Nursing

Nurses provide nursing care and treatments and develop a plan of care with the patient’s physician, including the patient and family in the plan.

  • Pediatric IVs
  • Wound care
  • Postoperative recovery
  • Chronic disease management

Home Health Aides

For patients receiving skilled services, home health aides work under the supervision of the registered nurse or therapist to assist with daily routines such as bathing, grooming, dressing, and medication reminders.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapists work with patients to improve gait and mobility, relieve joint and muscle pain, and help restore muscle function through exercises, instruction, and other therapeutic treatments.

Occupational Therapy

Physical therapists work with patients to improve gait and mobility, relieve joint and muscle pain, and help restore muscle function through exercises, instruction, and other therapeutic treatments.

Speech Therapy

Speech therapists help with speech and swallowing problems caused by stroke or other circumstances. In addition, they help with cognitive and memory problems.

Medical Social Worker

Social workers help patients and their families identify community services and provide counseling and case management services.


Contact Us

Northwestern Medicine Home Care accepts a variety of private insurances, as well as Medicare and self-pay patients. Please verify insurance coverage and participation with your plan or Northwestern Medicine Home Care by calling 815.748.8960.


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