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. Customized 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:
- On-site hospital home health liaisons 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
- 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.
When you are faced with an illness, injury, surgery or other medical challenge, caring, experienced in-home care can be essential to your recovery. Northwestern Medicine Home Health & Hospice provides home health care services you need to help you feel better and get better.
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 services
The Northwestern Medicine Home Health & Hospice nursing team provides customized, compassionate care for a wide variety of medical conditions, including cancer, diabetes, joint replacement and stroke. A registered nurse and/or licensed physical therapist 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. Northwestern Medicine Home Health & Hospice nurses work with you to:
- Provide physician-prescribed treatments
- Partner with your physician to prevent re-hospitalization
- Provide disease and treatment specific education and support
- Keep your recovery on track
- Manage your medications
- Monitor any health changes
- Remain relaxed and comfortable
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
- Pain and symptom management
- Post-operative care and education
- Skilled assessment, teaching/instruction
- Teaching enteral feeding and nutritional care
- Tracheostomy care and education
- Wound care education for caregivers
Therapy and rehabilitation are vital components of your home recovery program. The Northwestern Medicine Home Health & Hospice therapy professionals have the experience and skills to help you reach specific goals and regain your ability to function in your home and in your life.
The Northwestern Medicine Home Health & Hospice therapy team works with you to facilitate recovery and rehabilitation due to a wide range of medical conditions, such as Alzheimer’s disease, chronic pain, orthopaedic injuries or surgeries, Parkinson’s disease, swallowing disorders and more. Available services include:
Physical therapy: Physical therapy is used to progress/advance joint replacement rehabilitation, strengthening and balance treatments. 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
If you or someone you care for has cancer, Northwestern Medicine Home Health & Hospice allows you to receive the comprehensive care you need in the comfort of your own home. Northwestern Medicine Home Health & Hospice nurses are trained in cancer care and work closely with your primary care physician and oncology team to develop an individualized home care plan to meet your needs. Services include:
- Assessment and management of symptoms
- Medication management, including home infusion treatments (such as fluids, nutritional and antibiotic therapy)
- Care as needed for pre- and post-chemo and radiation therapies
- Wound and ostomy care
- Nutrition assistance and education
- Help with daily living and personal care
Heart problems are serious and require leading-edge care. If you or someone you love has had heart surgery or another cardiac diagnosis, rest assured that the Northwestern Medicine Home Health & Hospice skilled nursing team is specially trained to meet your needs. Together, you can get on the road to recovery faster and more successfully—right in the comfort of your own home.
The Northwestern Medicine Home Health & Hospice nurses work with your physician to:
- Detect possible complications before problems arise
- Educate family members and caregivers about ways to identify clinical changes and warning signs
- Enhance your rehabilitation
- Help you make lifestyle and diet modifications
- Make sure you are following treatments prescribed by your cardiologist
- Teach you to take medication properly
Northwestern Medicine Home Health & Hospice also offers Telehealth home monitoring to remotely watch and help manage your condition. Telehealth units transmit information about your health through secure connections to identify potential issues before they become serious. This easy-to-use, interactive tool helps reduce your risk of future emergency room visits or hospital stays.
Pharmacy and Infusion Therapy
Being at home with an IV can be stressful, which can interfere with your recovery. Fortunately, you don’t have to worry when you have a Northwestern Medicine Home Health & Hospice infusion team at your side. Northwestern Medicine Home Health & Hospice pharmacists and experienced nurses work with you to create a personalized plan to make you feel comfortable and knowledgeable about your medications so you know exactly what you need to do. All infusion services are administered by our registered nurses and can include:
- IV antibiotics
- PICC line care
- Total parenteral nutrition
- Registered Dietitian consultation and oversight
Whether you require antibiotics, nutritional therapy or other medication delivered through an IV, the Northwestern Medicine Home Health & Hospice infusion and pharmacy team works with your physician to get the proper medicines and supplies right to your door. Then, Northwestern Medicine Home Health & Hospice nurses work with you to teach you how to safely and effectively manage your care at home. When you team up with Northwestern Medicine Home Health & Hospice, you can feel confident your medication needs will be managed to maintain the highest level of functioning and independence as possible.
Medication Therapy Management (MTM) Telehealth Services
Now your clinical team can access our MTM certified pharmacists “live” in the home for medication reconciliation through a secure link, enabling face to face visual communication.
- Available by appointment
- Clinicians, patients and MTM pharmacist virtual visit
- Allows for mediation consultation in the comfort of your own home
Joint replacement program
If you have a knee or hip replacement, it’s critical that you follow your surgeon’s orders for recovery and rehabilitation. Yet, once you return home, it’s hard to know exactly what to do to ensure the best result. The caring Northwestern Medicine Home Health & Hospice joint replacement team can help. These experienced nurses and therapists work with you to promote the right course of treatment to help get you back to your active life as quickly as possible.
Northwestern Medicine Home Health & Hospice nurses and therapists team coordinate with your physician to:
- Assess your overall health
- Conduct home safety evaluations
- Customize your care plan
- Review medications and therapy
- Collaborate with the surgeon when indicated
Northwestern Medicine Home Health & Hospice brings you the benefits of an affiliation with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, which performs the second highest number of joint replacements in Illinois and Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital in Geneva. This gives you access to advanced orthopaedic care and leading specialists, if additional resources are needed.
If you or someone you care for is living with Parkinson’s disease, Northwestern Medicine Home Health & Hospice offers a customized program of therapies that have proven effective at improving balance, coordination, speech and walking abilities.
Northwestern Medicine Home Health & Hospice therapists are specially trained in Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT®) BIG and LOUD therapies, which are founded on the belief that exercise may slow, halt or reverse the progression of Parkinson’s disease. These innovative therapies are also helpful with patients who are aging or have had a stroke, have multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and Down syndrome.
If you suffer a serious injury or have surgery, proper wound care is key to your complete recovery. While most wounds heal on their own, some require more focused care.
When a wound does not heal, it is typically because something has prevented that area of your body from receiving adequate blood flow. Northwestern Medicine Home Health & Hospice team works closely with you your physician and wound clinic to coordinate the most successful wound care treatment plan. A thoughtful, well-managed wound care plan allows your wound to heal, so that it does not become chronic and cause more serious health issues. More importantly, it helps you feel better and get back to your life.
Additional home health services include:
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
- Assistance with personal and oral hygiene during scheduled visits
- Assistance with transferring and walking to promote independence during scheduled visits
- Complete or partial bed bath to promote independence during scheduled visits
Medical social services: These services help you and your family manage the long-term care needs that come with an illness or injury, such as accessing resources, teaching coping skills, and providing education and financial guidance. Along with skilled registered nurses or therapy services, a medical social worker can work with the home health team to provide:
- Identification of resources & planning
- Supportive counseling and emotional support
- Assistance with advance directives
- Long-term care planning
Refer your patients for Northwestern Medicine Home Health & Hospice services
If your patients are recovering from surgery or illness, or a life-limiting prognosis, you know that advanced, compassionate home care and hospice services can speed recovery and enhance quality of life. Northwestern Medicine Home Health & Hospice skilled nurses and other staff members provide a range of services—from skilled nursing and therapy to heart, wound and joint replacement care. Our clinical team is experienced with meeting the complex needs of patients with cancer, cardiac disease, dementia, neurological disorders and orthopaedic care.
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- Joint Replacement Program Flier at Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital
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- National Healthcare Decisions Day*: Learn more about an advance directive and how it can ensure your healthcare wishes are met if you are unable to speak for yourself.
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