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The Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation Releases Faces of Home Health Series

June 10, 2015
Contact: Emily Adler

The Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation Releases Faces of Home Health Series

Series profiles diverse set of home health patients, illustrating the critical value of home health care to a wide-range of communities

The Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation (the Alliance) today announced the completion of the Faces of Home Health series, a four-part series showcasing the diversity of the home health patient population and the range of care delivered across the sector. Each profile focuses on a unique patient population within the home health community, and presents a collection of interviews, data, and patient stories.

Profiles cover innovations in home health in caring for patients who are culturally, racially, and ethnically diverse; frail elderly patients; pediatric patients; and patients with behavioral issues. The overarching goal of the profiles is to educate policymakers, healthcare stakeholders, and patients on the value home health provides to a number of different patient communities.

Each profile chronicles the story of a specific patient within a subset of the home health population. While the stories are unique to the patient, the profiles bring to light population challenges and the innovative approaches to modifying care to ensure these patients make a full recovery and remain independent as long as possible.

Robert Martinez, profiled in “Caring for Frail Elderly Patients in the Home,” was an 81 year-old patient living with vascular disease and congestive heart disease, and had recently experienced an amputation of four toes. Following a hospitalization, his physician prescribed him home health care. Mr. Martinez’s home health care team provided wound support, medication management, and telehealth services. They worked closely with Mr. Martinez and his son Jimmy, who served as his caretaker, to manage his various conditions and medications on their own.

Jimmy recently spoke about this father’s home health experience at the Future of Home Health Care Workshop hosted by the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council—crediting home health with helping prevent further unnecessary surgeries and rehospitalizations for his father.

“Too often health care is merely seen as a business bringing together doctors and patients, rather than the truly personal experience of administering specific care unique to one person,” stated Teresa Lee, Executive Director of the Alliance. “The personal experience is especially important in home health care, where skilled care becomes an integral part of a patient’s life at home. The Faces of Home Health series brings to light this essential part of health care.”

Additional examples include Kasey, who was profiled in “Caring for Pediatric Patients and Family Caregivers Through Innovations in Home Health,” with BAYADA Home Health. In order to acclimate her to swallowing for the first time following the removal of her feeding tube, her home health nurse used varying techniques to get her accustomed to food and swallowing. ”Kasey was born at 26 weeks gestation and weighing in at only 1 pound, 5 ounces,” said Mary Davis, Kasey’s mother. “She had a feeding tube, and up until several months ago, had a tracheostomy tube to help her breathe. Now she is four years old and doing so well. We are eternally grateful for her wonderful home care nurses who helped her get to this point! Thanks to her nurses, I know that Kasey is safe and getting the care she needs.”

The complete Faces of Home Health Series can be found here.