Stay Independent with Home Health Care

It’s possible your loved one would prefer to continue living in their home even if poor health or an injury means they can't manage it alone. Brookdale Home Health can help seniors recovering from surgery, illness, injury or living with a chronic disease regain their independence and become as self-sufficient as possible. In some cases, our team can help motivated seniors reach goals they lost hope of ever achieving.

Whether your loved one has been recently discharged from a hospital or is living with a chronic disease, education and prevention is always top of mind for the Brookdale Home Health team. Staff educate caregivers and patients so they fully understand chronic conditions and how they can be best managed. Likewise, we provide education on post-treatment home care to recently discharged hospital patients and their caregivers so they can remain safely in the home after home health care has ended.  

When it comes to safety, falls are one of the leading causes of disability and hospitalization in older adults. That’s why fall prevention is high on the agenda of Brookdale Home Health. If your loved one is at risk of falling, Brookdale can perform an assessment, then recommend home modifications as well as assistive devices that can help reduce that risk. If necessary, a physical therapist can provide training in mobility, gait stability, posture and positioning.

Brookdale staff not only provide medical and therapeutic treatment but can help with personal care services like bathing and dressing if considered medically necessary. Brookdale Home Health will also coordinate other community services, such as special equipment or Meals on Wheels, to make it easier for your loved one to stay in the community.

An Experienced Home Health Team

Skilled nurses
Professional nursing teams, consisting of registered and licensed practical/vocational nurses, are at the heart of Brookdale Home Health. Our skilled nursing teams provide an array of professional services, including:

·      Professional clinical assessment

·      Education on new or changed medications, diets and disease processes

·      Administration of injectable medications (including intravenous)

·      Wound care

·      Care and education on catheters and colostomies

Medical social workers
When someone has an illness or injury they are often affected by a host of fears or worries about their future. That’s why medical social workers are such a critical part of the Brookdale Home Health team. It’s their role to assess the social and emotional factors affecting the patient and family, to provide counselling and to make referrals to community resources.

Home health aides
If your loved one is recovering from knee surgery or is living with dementia, chances are they need some help around personal care and housework. As long as they are receiving skilled nursing or rehabilitation therapy services, a Brookdale home health aide can come in to help with dressing and bathing, meal preparation and light housework.

Rehabilitation Services
Brookdale’s physical, occupational and speech therapists help improve patients’ level of functioning so that they can lead more active and independent lives.

Physical therapists 
Our licensed physical therapists help relieve pain and restore function to individuals who are recovering from injury or illness or living with a chronic condition such as Parkinson’s Disease or arthritis. They conduct exercise programs to increase muscle function, coordination and endurance, and they perform joint and soft tissue mobilization to increase range of motion.

Occupational therapists 
Our occupational therapists help patients perform daily functions and improve life skills, often through the use of adaptive tools that enable them to overcome physical challenges. These professionals also teach self-care skills such as eating, dressing and grooming and they help patients adjust emotionally to injury or illness.

Speech therapists 
Speech therapists address communication issues as well as problems swallowing. They may help patients recover their speech or language skills and improve the oral muscle strength and functioning required for speaking and swallowing.

By encouraging independence and self-directed care, home care keeps aging adults in charge of their own lives for as long as possible. In many cases, home health care is the top reason seniors can remain at home rather than be placed into an assisted living community or a skilled nursing facility.