Home Health

VNA, Middlesex EastVNA of Middlesex-East provides home health services that promote recovery after hospitalization, surgery, or a relapse of illness. We are also dedicated to improving our patients’ quality of life when living with a chronic illness. Our goals are to provide care and in-depth education designed to prevent unnecessary rehospitalizations and promote patient/family management of illness. Home health services include:

Skilled Nursing

Home health nursing provides a high level of care to promote a safe recovery in the home, where patients heal best. During your first visit, a nurse will conduct a health assessment to develop a plan of care that is tailored to your individual needs.  Our nurses provide the following services:

  • Vital Sign Monitoring
  • Chronic Disease Management
  • Wound Care and dressing changes
  • Injections
  • IV Therapy
  • Medication management
  • Patient and Family Education

Home Health Aides

Home health aides provide routine care such as changing bandages and checking vital signs. They also can assist patients with taking medications, bathing and dressing, and transfers in and out of bed or a wheelchair. They are an important part of the home healthcare team, lending support to the patient and other clinicians.

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Physical Therapy

Physical therapists treat patients who have injuries or health related problems that limit their ability to move. They are trained to help you improve function and mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities. You may receive the services of a physical therapist if you have:

  • Joint replacements
  • Cardio-pulmonary disease
  • Stroke or neurological disorders or diseases
  • Fall risk

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists help patients develop, recover or maintain skills of daily living. This type of therapy is an important part of treatment for those who have lost a limb or suffer disease that compromises their ability to carry out basic tasks such as eating, dressing or bathing. They offer strategies to help patients manage daily activities safely and productively at home.  You may receive the services of an occupational therapist if you have:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart Failure
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • Cognitive and Behavioral Health Conditions such as Alzheimer’s’ Disease

Speech Therapy

Speech therapists help patients experiencing problems with cognition, speech, language, voice, or swallowing due to conditions such as stroke, head injury, Parkinson’s disease or dementia. They will evaluate the patient and develop an individualized treatment plan to improve breathing, speaking and/or swallowing function.

Medical Social Work

Medical social workers help patients and their families navigate personal and social concerns that may arise when dealing with a serious illness. They can also assist with long-term planning, and with the transition from home to long-term care facilities, if relocation becomes necessary.

Nutritional Counseling

Our registered dietitians provide nutritional education and individualized care plans to help patients improve their diet and health. They meet with patients to learn about their eating habits and lifestyle to develop practical solutions for healthy eating. Our dietitians help individuals manage weight, cholesterol, hypertension, diabetes, and gastrointestinal disorders. They can also help those undergoing radiation or chemotherapy with diet to minimize side effects and support healing.