Health Flows from Many Sources

Month: September 2019

Home Care

When you need health care and assistance but don’t need to be in the hospital, some hospitals can offer you a cost-effective alternative: Health care services in the comfort of your own home. 

Members of home care teams are generally skilled and professional health care providers with the goal of returning patients to the highest level of wellness possible. Caring and compassionate teams focus on teaching the patient and caregiver the skills needed to manage an illness. 

Most home care providers will offer offers: 

  • Skilled Nursing Care 
  • Home Health Aide Care 
  • Medical Social Work 
  • Physical Therapy 
  • Occupational Therapy 
  • Speech Therapy 
  • Wound/Ostomy Continence Services 

Services may be covered by Medicare and most insurances when prescribed by your physician and meet home care guidelines. 

Women’s and Family Centers

The Women’s & Family Centers often feature family-centered care and offer all-inclusive labor/delivery/recovery/post-partum (LDRP) suites. Centers should include the following features. 

  • LDRP suites 
  • Delivery room for cesarean births 
  • Nursery  
  • Post-partum/gynecology beds 
  • Advanced fetal monitoring 
  • Secured unit for you and your baby’s safety 

The birthing partner will usually have the option of rooming-in with mother and baby. As well, you and your partner should be treated to a celebration meal as well as a new baby care package. 

These centers often have strict visitors with generally two visitors and the father per patient able to visit the new mother and baby at any one time. In some instances, visitation hours can be modified at the family’s request. These centers can also offer a wide variety of maternity education classes for expectant parents and their families. 

Because women and family centers are such intimate places, you can generally ask to tour the floor before deciding to become a patient. 


One in eight women have a chance of developing breast cancer in their lifetime. Mammography may detect a lump before it can be felt.  Screening mammograms may be self-referred. 

Other breast care services should include self-examination instructions, screening and diagnostic mammograms, breast ultrasound procedures, breast surgery and breast reconstruction. 

Bone Densitometry 

Osteoporosis is a disease in which bones become fragile and more likely to break. Some of the risk factors associated with osteoporosis include older age, gender (women have a greater risk), race (Caucasian and Asian women are more likely to develop), small bone structure, thin women, early or normal menopause and family history. QCT Bone Densitometry is a diagnostic exam designed to determine the extent of bone mineralization or osteoporosis. Ask your physician if bone densitometry may be of help to your health. 

Gynecological Care 

Women and family centers should provide loving care from skilled physicians and nurses. A special section may be exclusively devoted to those who are not pregnant. Here you can receive advanced diagnostic, surgical and specialized services for your gynecological needs throughout your lifetime. 

Emergency Rooms

Most emergency rooms are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Patients can count on personalized emergency care around the clock. Departments should be staffed by physicians trained and experienced in emergency medicine. 

Specialists are often on call, and additional skilled personnel include on-site registered nurses and ancillary staff who together provide decades of experience in emergency services and/or intensive care. 

The best time to prepare for a healthcare emergency is before it happens. Knowing where the nearest Emergency Department is located and what to expect may be helpful to you and your loved ones. 

Upon arriving, all patients are usually asked to indicate their arrival by signing in at the Emergency Department. Patients are initially evaluated by a nurse to determine the severity of the patient’s condition and priority is given to those people whose future health are immediately at risk. 

Tests may be necessary to determine a patient’s condition and if specialty treatment is needed, one of our specialists on staff will be called. 

Be prepared to provide important information about medical history, prescription medicine, allergies and a summary of past illnesses, injuries and surgeries. 

Family members are often allowed to visit patients whenever possible. Due to special circumstances, family members may be asked to remain in the waiting area and there may be a limit on the number of visitors. Staff will generally make every effort to keep family members and friends informed of their patient’s condition and treatment. 

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