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Heart Care



Baptist Hospital East Home Health Agency can provide complete care for cardiovascular patients in the comfort of home. Care ordered by the physician is customized to patients' needs.

Registered nurses with critical care experience and/or proven competency, provide care. The nurse can visit on an intermittent basis to monitor response to medications or oxygen therapy, listen to the heart and lungs, and teach patients about new medications. Pulse oximeters are used to check oxygen levels.

Nurses may also draw blood for lab tests, arrange for an in-home electrocardiogram (EKG) test, monitor electrolyte levels and administer IV medications such as potassium or diuretics.

On a short-term basis, certified home health aides may provide assistance with bathing, making light meals and changing linens.

Getting back into action

Occupational therapists help the patient and family learn how to adapt their routine and surroundings to perform daily tasks. Physical therapists concentrate on exercises to strengthen muscles and improve endurance.

Instruction on starting and maintaining a heart-healthy diet is given by registered dietitians. Individual nutrition needs are considered.

Patients and families may need to make adjustments to their lifestyle. Social workers can help families cope with those changes, encouraging them to make long-range plans to deal with the family member's illness or disability. Social workers can also steer families toward community services, such as home-delivered meals, which can ease the burden of care.

Those dealing with chronic illness or disability may wish a visit from a chaplain. The chaplain can provided needed support and counseling.

Just the facts

Physicians must order the Heart Care Program for patients. Baptist East Home Health can help determine if home health services are covered by the patient's insurance, Medicare or Medicaid. Patients may also pay directly for services.

Baptist East Home Health provides services in the Kentucky counties of Jefferson, Oldham, Henry, Trimble, Bullitt, Spencer and Shelby. The agency admits and treats all patients without regard to age, sex, race, creed, color, national origin, religion or handicap.

The agency is state licensed and certified by Medicare and Medicaid, plus is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.

A physician's order is necessary to provide service.

For more information, or to make a referral, call (502) 454-5656 or (800) 248-0289.