November 18, 2010
KCH Home Health Care Celebrated During National Home Care Month

Each November, the National Association for Home Care and Hospice celebrates National Home Care month. 

This year November 14-20 has been designated to “honor giving heroes who make a remarkable difference in the lives of patients and the families they serve.”  This year’s theme is “Compassionate health care delivered to your doorstop.”

Nurses or therapists work with the patient, family and doctor to carry out a treatment plan. Any age group can benefit from receiving Home Health Care including newborns and mothers and children undergoing treatments.

The KCH Home Health Care team provides nursing, nurse aide, social, and rehabilitation services (physical, occupational, and speech therapy). KCH Home Health Care ensures continuity of care from hospital to home.  Among the services provided are skilled nursing, diabetes counseling, nutrition and wellness counseling, wound & ostomy care, dressing changes, medication monitoring, IV therapy, tube feedings, catheters, family education and end-of-life care.

Being Hospital-based allows the resources of the entire hospital to be accessed to support you at home.  KCH Home Health Care is the only Home Health Care/Visiting Nurse program associated with KCH.  KCH Home Health Care serves patients in McKean, Warren, and Elk Counties.

The program is certified and licensed by PA Department of Health as a Home Health Agency and certified by Medicare and Medicaid. 

In addition to providing care in the home, the Hospital-based KCH Home Health Care team is actively involved in community outreach, registering thousands of individuals each year for six local multiphasic blood screenings in four communities.  At the Multiphasics and in the community, KCH Home Health provides blood pressure clinics, stroke assessments, flu shot clinics and much more.  Whether at home or in our community, KCH Home Health Care delivers.

If you have any questions about what Home Health Care includes, who qualifies and how you may be able to get services for your loved one, call KCH Home Health Care manager, Sue Freer at 837-5171 to get answers.

Mammography Program at KCH

At their Summit Medical Park office in uptown Kane, the KCH Home Health Care team includes (l-r):Sue McAlee, RN; Debbie McQuillen, office manager; Jim Bell, Occupational Therapist; Ann Kane, Physical Therapist; Sue Freer, RN and manager of KCH Home Health Care, Melissa Konen, RN. Not pictured but part-time members of the team are Sue Luck, LPN; Anna Fernan, Speech Therapist; Beth Lorenzo, RN and Barb Nicholson, RN.