Home Health Services
Starting with the hiring process, all staff, including our nurses, are thoroughly screened and regularly evaluated for their knowledge and expertise. They bring to your home the high level of quality care that you would expect from UVA.
We place a strong emphasis on patient and family teaching to maximize the potential for your independence. We work hard to maintain a reputation for excellence and to provide the highest quality care available and support our staff in ongoing continuing education programs.
Our nurses are on call 24 hours a day to assess your needs and have access to the expertise and resources of UVA.
Disease and Wound Management
Following best practices in disease management, we teach patients and caregivers self-care, medication management, exercise and diet regimens, wound care and more. Our programs in the following areas have been proven to reduce the need for emergency care and return visits to the hospital:
- Heart disease (including heart failure, coronary artery disease, hypertension)
- Surgical recovery
- Wound care
Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy and Occupational Therapy
Our therapy program ranks higher than standard outcomes for improving movement and self-care. Caregivers work closely with the patient in the design of an individualized treatment plan, with restorative therapy provided in the home.
Physical therapists are ready to help you if you have physical disabilities or limitations that result in pain, decreased strength, decreased mobility or loss of function.
Speech-language pathologists can teach you to speak more normally after a stroke or injury or evaluate and test swallowing disorders.
Occupational therapists work with you to gain maximum independence in self-care, work and other daily activities.
Medical social workers provide services to you and your family when you face life changes or challenges due to illness, injury or caregiving responsibilities. Other services may include help obtaining community services, assistance with long-range planning and decision-making and short-term counseling.
Home Health Aides
Under the authorization of a physician, the direction of a registered nurse or physical therapist and the consent of the patient or caregiver, our home health aides help support your plan of care. This may include helping you with the therapy program the physical or occupational therapist has recommended or assisting you or your caregiver in important hygiene and skin care management.