VNA of Middlesex-East offers an array of specialty programs that address specific disease processes. They are designed to help patients better manage their health status at home and decrease preventable returns to the hospital for care.
Cardio-Pulmonary Disease Management
This program helps patients with congestive heart failure (CHF) and cardio-pulmonary disease (COPD) better manage their disease at home. Components include intense patient education coaching, increased visits at the start of care, use of a telemonitor to track vital signs daily, nutrition support, and medication management education.
A number of patient education handbooks were developed to aid patients in understanding their disease and how best to control it.
- Living with Heart Disease: Strategies for Optimal Health
- Living with Lung Disease: Strategies for Breathing Easier
- Living with Cardiovascular Disease: Strategies for Optimal Health
Diabetic Management Program
This program helps individuals diagnosed with diabetes learn how to best manage this lifelong disease in the home. Program components include education on insulin measurement (use of a glucometer), preparation and administration; recognizing symptoms of hypo/hyperglycemia; emergency planning; proper nutrition and diet; and proper foot care.
A patient education handbook is distributed to reinforce education provided by the nurse.
Most of our patients are equipped with a telemonitor during their course of care. This small easy to use monitor allows you to measure vital signs including blood pressure, pulse, weight, and oxygen content in the blood and electronically send them to our main office where a nurse reviews them daily. This extra measure of support allows nurses to intervene early if a change in vital sign indicates a health problem.
Low Vision Program
This program is designed to help patients with low vision regain independence and improve their quality of life. Visually impaired people can be challenged with activities that others take for granted such as cooking, shopping, writing checks, watching TV or reading. These tasks can be made easier however with low vision aids and strategies designed to compensate for vision loss. Our clinicians assess patient needs and teach adaptive techniques that improve ability to carry out activities of daily living with more confidence.
A patient education handbook was designed especially for use by those suffering low vision.
Fall Risk Assessment & Prevention Program
This program is designed to decrease falls in the home. Clinicians assess patients at risk, conduct home safety evaluations, provide activities of daily living training, and evaluate the need for assistance devices and community support services.
A patient education handbook on best ways to prevent falls is given to all our homecare patients.
Total Joint Replacement Program
This program is an in-home rehabilitative program for post-surgical joint replacements. It leads patients who have had total knee replacement, total hip replacement or total shoulder replacement through the recovery process. It includes surgical wound care, rehab services, education on use of anticoagulation monitors, and safety education.
A patient education handbook reinforces clinical teaching in the home.
Wound and Ostomy Care Program
This program helps individuals diagnosed with wound infections and other types of skin breakdown with specific healing techniques and preventative measures.
Myomo Rehab for Stroke Patients
The Myomo technology is used by our therapists to help stroke patients regain use of partially paralyzed arms. It consists of a portable elbow brace made of a lightweight form of aerospace metal. It facilitates muscle re-education by both amplifying and rewarding a patient with desired motion in concert with his own muscular activation. It can benefit patients with limited mobility or severe muscle weakness in the upper extremity 4 weeks to 21 years after a stroke. For more information about this advanced technology go to www.myomo.com.
LSVT BIG and LOUD Programs
This program can help people diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease improve their speech and movement. Both programs use amplitude based therapy designed to minimize or slow progression of the disabling effects of Parkinson’s disease including diminishing speech ability and functional mobility. Each program is four weeks long and involves one hour therapy sessions four times a week with a therapist, plus daily homework practice. For further information on this type of therapy go to www.lsvtglobal.com.