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Home Health Team

Under the direction of the physician, the following professionals work together to provide quality care:

Skilled Nursing

The professional nurse works with the physician to help restore a patient to his/her optimal level of health and functioning by providing assessment, treatment, and education for acute and chronically ill patients. In addition, nurses provide care to alleviate physical symptoms of the dying process.

Physical Therapist

The physical therapist assists people to improve mobility through exercise programs designed for patients to improve strength, flexibility, balance and coordination. Equipment recommendations may be made for assistive devices to aid walking, transfers and wheelchair seating.

Medical Social Worker

The medical social worker's purpose on the health care team is to assess the environment, both emotional and physical. When needed, social workers also offer supportive services to improve the home environment for the patient and the family.

Pastoral Care

Spiritual support for patients and their families can be provided by Providence St. Mary Medical Center chaplains or by clergy from the patient's own church.

Occupational Therapist

The occupational therapist evaluates arm range of motion, strength and coordination, cognition, self-care abilities, home safety and accessibility in relation to the person's ability to function in the home. The occupational therapist can then instruct the person in the use of adaptive equipment and techniques to facilitate independence and self care. Exercises and activities can be designed to increase range of motion, strength, coordination, and function.

Speech Therapist

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Home Health Aide

Working under the supervision of a registered nurse, the certified home health aide assists with personal care, therapy, exercises and treatments.