November is a special month for the dynamic team at Rolling Plains Home Health (RPHH), and not because of the holiday startup as one might imagine. National Home Care Month is celebrated throughout November and presents an opportune time for the division of Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital to educate the community about the benefits of home care available.
“Coping or recovering from an illness presents all types of challenges for patients,” said Sherma Barham, R.N., director of RPHH. “We provide care in the patient’s home and in familiar surroundings which in itself can have a positive and therapeutic effect.”
According to the National Association for Home Care and Hospice, it is estimated that nearly 2.5 percent of Americans are receiving treatment from nurses, home health aides, therapists and consultants in their own homes.
Patients can receive home care treatment for many reasons. You may qualify for at-home medical attention if you are recovering from an accident, suffering from a chronic condition requiring skilled assistance, recuperating from an illness, or if you need help after being discharged from the hospital.
“We’re busy here in Nolan County and surrounding communities because more patients are learning just how effective and valuable home health care can be,” Barham explained. “Our services promote independence and human dignity for patients, especially seniors, who lament the loss of freedoms, which often accompany nursing or rehabilitation home placement.”
According to Dr. George Lindsey, an osteopathic physician and medical director of RPHH, seniors prefer home care over institutional care by a margin of better than 90 percent.
If you think home health care might benefit you or a loved one, Barham recommended that you speak with your physician. A doctor’s order is needed to provide services and the patient must be homebound and under a physician’s care, have an injury or illness that keeps them at home, and requires skilled nursing care and/or physical therapy on an intermittent or daily basis for a short period of time.
Physical therapy services at RPHH are provided through Wes Bishop and his team of therapists from Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital.
Restrictions may apply based on your need or coverage by insurance providers. RPHH can be contacted at 325-235-2030 to answer any questions you may have regarding services and coverage.
“We’re reminded each day of why we choose to be in this field,” said Barham. “Seeing our patients smile makes our job worth it.”