A Partnership for Better Care
You should have the best care possible—in the hospital and out. To help bring home health and hospice services to more patients and families, Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center partnered with one of the leading home health and hospice providers in the country.
Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center is proud to work with Amedisys to offer comprehensive at-home nursing, therapy and hospice services through Saint Alphonsus Home Care and Hospice.
You have options about which home health or hospice provider you choose. You may ask your doctor to refer you to any home health or hospice provider you choose.
HOW DOES HOME HEALTH CARE WORK?
- Once your doctor refers you and you choose Saint Alphonsus Home Health, a home health care transitions coordinator will visit you in the hospital to arrange services.
- Before you leave the hospital, or within approximately 24-48 hours after you arrive home, a nurse or therapist will contact you to schedule a time to come to your home.
- During the first visit, a Saint Alphonsus home health nurse will go over any instructions your doctor provided and see how you are doing. Before the visit, gather all your medications including any over-the-counter drugs or home remedies you may be using so the nurse can see them. It’s also helpful to have a family member or someone who knows your medical history present during the first visit.
- If you need services from a physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech therapist, social worker or a home health aide, the Saint Alphonsus home health nurse arranges for these services after the initial visit. The number of visits made by Saint Alphonsus Home Health’s staff is based on your physician’s orders and your medical needs.
Home health costs are generally covered by Medicare and many private insurance plans when you meet certain eligibility requirements.
WHAT IS HOSPICE?
Hospice is a compassionate form of health care that provides non-curative treatment and comfort to people with a life expectancy of six months or less, according to a physician’s judgment. It is centered on caring for the whole person – with expert medical care, pain management as well as emotional and spiritual support for you – along with resources, information and emotional support for your family.
This compassionate care is about people helping people, and Saint Alphonsus Hospice goes to great lengths to help patients and their loved ones live each day to its fullest. The Saint Alphonsus Hospice team understands that as you approach the end of life, every moment matters.
HOW DOES HOSPICE WORK?
This expert care is provided in the comfort of your own home – wherever you call home. The Saint Alphonsus Hospice team of physicians, nurses, hospice aides, social workers, chaplains, bereavement counselors and volunteers work together to meet your unique needs. They meet you where you are – seeking to learn what matters most to you at this stage of your illness – so they can deliver the best possible care for you.
For more information, visit the Patients & Caregivers page on the Amedisys website or call us at 208-672-1707 for home health or 208-321-8641 for hospice.
Amedisys and Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center have a financial interest in and operate together Saint Alphonsus Home Health and Hospice.