Delnor celebrates home health milestone

By on November 22, 2009

Hospital commemorates 40 years of providing home health services
Geneva—November is Home Health Care Month, and Delnor Home Health is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

The program was founded in 1969 with one nurse. Today, it has grown to a staff of nearly 40, and includes 16 registered nurses, eight of whom are case managers; 15 licensed therapists; two intake specialists; a patient care coordinator; a hospital liaison; and a director.

“Home Health has seen many changes since receiving certification 40 years ago,” said Kathy Tedesco, executive director of patient care services.

Perhaps the most significant of those is the expansion of services.

“Regulations have changed, services have expanded, technology has helped improve care, and our team has grown,” Tedesco said. “Throughout all of this change, the one constant is that we have always kept the needs of our patients at the forefront.”

Home Health Care provides a personalized approach to the recovery process.

“A home health case manager coordinates a multidisciplinary team of professionals as they follow an individualized plan of care,” said Liz Wiggins, occupational therapist in the Delnor Home Health Care program.

Some of the benefits of home health care in the long-term recovery and rehabilitation process include:
• Evaluations of home safety and functional living skills can be done in the environment that the person will need to perform in.
• Persons with poor endurance may be better able to participate in treatments or exercise when they haven’t tired themselves traveling to and from a clinic for care.
• Persons who are confused may perform better in the familiar surroundings of home.
• Monitoring of vital signs and progress by licensed professionals may enable early detection of problems that could require re-hospitalization. Telehealth technologies may be used to enhance home monitoring capabilities.

Home Health can provide a cost-effective way to administer infusion therapy (IV antibiotics, pain management medications, total parenatel nutrition, etc.), with a minimal disruption of daily life. Delnor’s Home Health conducts home visits, for a variety of needs, to monitor a patient’s health and assist in the recovery process. Education is given to patients and their families to help patients stay at home, where they are often most comfortable.

“Our Home Health program is an asset to Delnor,” Tedesco said. “These services allow us to extend our care past inpatient treatment, so that the road to recovery is smooth and patients can enjoy healing at home.”

Delnor Home Health is committed to providing quality, skilled medical services to homebound patients in Kane, Kendall, Western DuPage and DeKalb counties. Services include skilled nursing, physical and occupational therapy, speech therapy, home health aide and medical social work. Delnor’s Home Health Care program is accredited by The Joint Commission, a nationally recognized symbol of quality, and has been nationally recognized as a Magnet designated nursing hospital. For more information about Delnor Home Health Care, call (630) 513-0370.

Delnor Home Health is located at 964 N. Fifth Ave. in St. Charles. With nearly 40 dedicated employees, they provide skilled nursing and therapy services to more than 1,000 patients per year in the central Fox Valley.