Home Care and Aging Services

Home care nurse taking man's blood pressure Visiting people in their homes is a long public health tradition. We are proud of our 75-year history of caring for people who are recuperating from illness or injury. Our Home Care services allow people to maintain or improve their independence. Home Care encompasses a wide range of health and social services.

Medical Home Health Care (Skilled Care)

Medical Home Health Care (skilled care) is covered by Medicare and/or most private insurance. These services require a doctor's order and are provided to homebound recovering, disabled, chronically or terminally ill people in need of medical, nursing, social or therapeutic treatment and/or assistance.

The Health Department of Northwest Michigan provides the following medical home care services as prescribed by a physician:

› Skilled Nursing Care
› Home Health Aides
› Physical Therapy
› Occupational Therapy
› Speech Therapy
› Medical Social Services, including financial counseling and referrals to appropriate community resources.

An individual may receive a single type of care or a combination of services, depending on the complexity of his or her needs. The first visit will include a thorough health and physical assessment of the client's condition. Based on that assessment, we will work with the physician to develop a care plan and assign staff as necessary to form the "care team". Our Home Care Team provides individualized treatment in the comfort of your own home. Patients and their caregivers have access to a nurse by phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Your Individualized Home Care Team

The home care staff of the Health Department of Northwest Michigan includes registered nurses, home health aides, therapists, and medical social workers. In collaboration with you and your personal physician, our staff develops a unique Plan of Care to help you recover from illness or maintain or improve your independence. A registered nurse or therapist coordinates your care, making regular visits to your home and communicates with other staff members and your physician.

We offer experienced, local caring staff for:

Skilled Nursing Care

Our nurses provide evaluation and on-going intermittent monitoring of your condition, as well as wound care, IV therapy, medication management, and clinical education so you and/or your caregivers are able to independently manage your care needs.

Assistance in Negotiating the Health Care System

Our staff coordinates with local health care providers to obtain medical supplies and equipment, referrals, and access to community resources.

Rehabilitation

Our therapists assist you to gain maximum mobility to increase or maintain your level of independence in performing activities of daily living.

Basic Personal Care

Health care aides assist in meeting your personal care needs by providing assistance with bathing, shampooing, dressing, and linen changes.

Financial Assistance, Counseling, and Access to Additional Community Resources

A medical social worker assesses social and emotional needs, provides financial counseling, personal counseling, assistance in planning care alternatives, and assists individuals and families to access appropriate community resources.

The entire Home Care Team are uniquely qualified and trained to provide Home Health Care or Hospice Care to individuals and their families. This unique quality eliminates the need to "change" to a new team of caregivers.