Who can benefit from our care?

 

Often times there is some uncertainty with qualifying patients for home care.  Below please find a brief guide to see if you may qualify for our home care services.

 

  • Patients who call the office frequently with questions or problems (i.e. medication questions, symptom reports).
  • Patients who call to report changes inappropriately.
  • Patients who appear to be non-compliant with their treatment/medication plan while at home.
  • Patients who have difficulty with ambulating, transfers, balance and getting to/from the office.
  • Patients who are frequently hospitalized.
  • Patients requiring therapies at home.
  • Patients who lack supportive caregivers.
  • Patients who come to the office unkempt or ungroomed.
  • Patients who have pre-existing conditions that may affect their treatment.
  • Patients that may benefit from our triage tools.

 

Patients who regularly experience:

  • Pain/Weakness
  • Signs and symptoms of infection
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Increased weight loss
  • Constipation or Diarrhea
  • Dehydration
  • Changes in neuro status

 

EXAMPLES OF OUR ONCOLOGY HOME CARE PROGRAM PATIENTS

 

NURSING  CARE  +  THERAPY

A YOUNG BREAST CANCER PATIENT who has a mastectomy and was receiving chemotherapy and radiation is referred for the management of lymphedema, profound fatigue, and I.V. antibiotics for an infected incision. Therapy was ordered to manage the lymphedema and fatigue. Nursing care was instituted for I.V. therapy and incision care as well as monitoring skin reactions from radiation.

 

CAREGIVER  EDUCA TION  +  ST AFF

AN ELDERLY PATIENT with stage III colon cancer, who is receiving chemotherapy following surgery, was referred for surgical site care, assistance with management of severe nausea related outpatient chemotherapy, and caregiver education for management of the I.V. access.   Physical therapy was ordered to assist with rehabilitation related to deconditioning from surgery.

 

SUPPORT  +  AIDE A PROSTATE CANCER PATIENT with metastasis to his spine, who is receiving outpatient chemotherapy and radiation, was referred for oncology home care for severe, uncontrolled pain. Nursing care is provided for intensive pain management involving titration of pain medication, weekly lab draws, and I.V. hydration at home. Oncology social work and home health aide visits are performed for assistance with ADLs.

 

Our Home Care Team works with the patient’s oncology physician, healthcare team to provide high-quality care. Our services include:

 

  • Disease and Medication Teaching
  • Pain and Symptom Management
  • Coping with Cancer Assistance
  • Wound and Ostomy Care
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Home IV Care

 

For more information or to schedule a meeting to learn more about our program please call (248) 451-9400 or email onc@phcami.com.