One of the most important facts to remember about skilled medical services, often referred to as home health or skilled nursing, is that this area of care is viewed by Riverside as a specialty. That means the people who provide clinical services understand the different nature of health care where you live. They are trained in a specific way and experienced in helping you recover from an illness, injury or surgery in the comfort of your home. Skilled medical services can also help you live with and manage a range of chronic, long-term conditions including diabetes, heart disease, stroke and depression.
While clinical conditions, treatment plans and the unique character of each patient’s home and family can vary a lot, the goals of Riverside home health remain the same: to help individuals regain the highest level of health and independence possible.
Riverside Skilled Medical Services are provided under the direction of your physician by registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language therapists and medical social workers. These and other health professionals are considered “skilled” by their specialized medical training, licensing and credentialing. As part of Riverside, they also bring a range of experience from multiple care settings throughout the health system.
These health care providers work individually and as part of a team to help assure patient safety and quality health outcomes in whatever place you call home, including your own house or apartment, a relative’s home, a senior community or an assisted living facility.
In addition to the nursing and therapy services, skilled medical services also include:
- pain management
- falls prevention training
- home safety evaluation
- orthopedic and total joint care
- balance testing and training
- left ventricular assistive device or LVAD care
- wound care by certified specialist
- colostomy care
- intravenous therapy
- nutrition therapy
- swallowing dysfunction management
- speech and communication management
- energy conservation training for activities of daily life
Riverside Skilled Medical Services also provides access to oxygen and needed equipment through Riverside Medical Equipment as well as in-home technologies including the Riverside Alert emergency response system.
Advanced Illness Management
These specialized home health services were developed for patients (and their families) experiencing the symptoms and stress of certain chronic, progressive conditions including cancer, heart disease, liver or kidney disease, COPD, dementia and progressive neurological disorders.
AIM provides home-based palliative care. This is care directed toward symptom relief. Patients receive this care through a team that includes: physicians; nurses; physical, occupational and speech therapists; medical social workers; pharmacists; chaplains; and other staff who are specially trained to meet the patient’s specific medical, emotional and spiritual needs.
While palliative care is the focus of AIM, this growing medical specialty is also provided in the home setting outside of the AIM program. Palliative care combines a philosophy of care and a range of specific, patient-centered services that focus on symptom relief, pain management, stress management and improving the patient’s (and the family’s) overall comfort and quality of life at times of serious illness.
On the most basic level, you can think of palliative care as the answer to these questions: What makes you feel bad, what makes you uncomfortable, what creates anxiety for you … and how can we help?
It’s important to note that general palliative care differs from end-of-life hospice care (a special branch of palliative care) in two significant areas: first, patients can receive palliative care while simultaneously receiving curative care – the kind of medical treatment provided for individuals who continue to have an opportunity for recovery or improvement in their condition; second, palliative care doesn’t require the physician to certify that the patient has a terminal diagnosis – as is the case with hospice.
Using Technology to Improve Care
Riverside has been recognized as one of the most "wired" organizations in the area. This means that your Riverside care provider will have your most up-to-date medical records at their fingertips and be able to easily communicate with your Riverside physician and other health providers about your care. You will have added peace of mind knowing your entire medical team is working together to provide you with the individualized care you deserve.
Taking the Next Step
To find out more about what skilled medical services are available in your area, talk with us at one of our phone numbers. We look forward to talking with you about this opportunity to receive the care and services you need in the comfort of home.
Riverside Home Care
Information and Referrals
Riverside Regional Home Health: serving Peninsula communities
Riverside Walter Reed Home Health: serving the Middle Peninsula
Riverside Tappahannock Home Health: serving Northern Neck
Riverside Shore Home Health: serving the Eastern Shore of Virginia