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1160 Lake Plaza Drive, Suite 255

Colorado Springs, CO 80906

Phone: 719-533-0084
Fax: 719-533-0466

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"Specializing in Geriatric Home Care"

 
 

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Why choose a home health care agency that focuses on geriatric care?

If you are over age 65, probably the better question is: why wouldn't you choose an agency that specializes in geriatric care? Aging has its rewards as well as its challenges, but the challenges require a unique set of skills that begin with early identification of potential problems, and continue on to prevention and treatment of conditions.

As an older adult, at some point in your life, you may experience one or more of these conditions:
•  Age-related conditions such as stroke, hypertension, diabetes, cancer, or joint replacement

•  Decreased ability to move around (mobility)

•  Depression (in addition to clinical causes, may also stem from isolation/loss)

•  Failing eyesight

•  Increased risk of falls

•  Loss of memory/confusion

•  Multiple conditions or diagnoses (known as co-morbidities)

•  Multiple medications (known to as poly-pharmacy)

•  Negative interactions between prescribed or over-the-counter medications
Just as pediatricians are trained to care for the infant, child, or young teen, it makes sense to have an experienced physician, clinician (whether a nurse, physical/occupational therapist) or social worker respond to the older individual in a way that is not only medically appropriate, but also addresses the sensitive and intricate aspects of geriatric care.

Summit Home Health Care has been serving seniors since its inception in 1997, taking into account the unique capabilities (and, at times, limitations) of this special population. Often it begins with the transition from hospital to home.

The Community Liaison

Summit Home Health Care is pleased to have a Community Liaison on staff who will help facilitate the adjustment from hospital to home. This transition begins with a hospital visit to current patients who find themselves back in acute care for whatever reason. Personal visits provide reassurance and continuity for the patient even before they are discharged from the hospital. Arrangements to go home are more easily made when the Community Liaison is part of the process.

One of the goals of the entire agency is to prevent re-hospitalization whenever possible. The Community Liaison and staff clinicians work hard to maintain communication and assist the patient in managing pain, post-op concerns, and early identification of potential complications.

 

Summit Home Health Care provides the following services:

 

SKILLED (MEDICAL) SERVICES

Summit Home Health Care (SHHC) is a Medicare/Medicaid certified home health care agency that provides clinical and non-clinical services to assist patients with their medical health care and non-medical home care needs in the privacy and comfort of their own home.

 

Skilled Nursing Services 

Skilled Nursing services can be provided by a:

•  Registered Nurse (RN)

•  Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), or

•  Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) sometimes referred to as a Home Health Aide (HHA).

The level of nursing skill is determined by physician orders and the information obtained by the SHHC clinician at the time of the initial evaluation.

Skilled nursing services range from Assessment and Observation to Wound Care, and everything in between, including administering injections, catheter care, and ostomy care.

Certified Nursing Assistants are experienced in providing bath/shower/personal care, as well as other responsibilities delegated by a registered nurse; they also assist in household tasks (meal preparation, grocery shopping, laundry, light housekeeping). Please refer to the non-skilled section, farther down this page, for a list of services available in addition to skilled care.

 

Therapy Services

Therapy for the Geriatric Patient

Because joint replacements such as knees and hips are more common among the older patient, physical therapy parameters can be adjusted to meet their special needs. Summit therapists have many years of expertise in encouraging the senior to become a partner in their rehabilitation process, and are committed to help older adults achieve the best possible outcome post surgery. Many seniors are reluctant or unable to participate in out-patient therapy once they leave the hospital, often due to lack of transportation.

Increasing the patient's ability to move around, strengthening the stamina of the frail, and decreasing the risk for falls are an important part of geriatric home health care. Summit Home Health Care does it all.

Physical Therapy specialties include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following types of patients:

•  Amputees

•  Cardio-Pulmonary

•  Geriatric

•  Neurological

•  Orthopedics

Speech Therapy specialties include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following types of conditions or disorders:

•  Developmental Disabilities

•  Dysphasia (difficulty swallowing)

•  Language Disorders

•  Non-oral Communication

•  Voice Disorders

Occupational Therapy specialties include, but are not limited to, training in the following areas:

•  Activities of Daily Living (ADL) post injury or post surgery

•  Adaptive equipment for the patient (i.e., commodes, bath benches, etc.) or home (i.e., tub/shower bars, ramps)

•  Energy conservation/Work simplification

•  Fine Motor Coordination

•  Orthotics/Splinting


Diagnostic Technology 

Professional Pro-Time Microcoagulation System is a simple, easy-to-use device to measure the blood's clotting capabilities. It is quick and convenient, and eliminates the need for unnecessary physician office visits beyond regular check-ups.

 

 

Clinical Social Services 

Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW) are an important part of SHHC's services. When necessary, the LCSW can provide the following:

•  Assessment of social/emotional factors

•  Community resource planning/referrals


 

Please contact Summit Home Health Care at (719) 533-0084 for additional information and to arrange a referral for services.

 


 

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