Advanced Treatment Where You Need ItOur level of care provided in the comfort of your home
When a patient no longer needs to receive treatment in a hospital, we believe they deserve to be treated in the comfort of their own home without comprising the level of care provided. Indiana University Health Home Care continues to define the highest standards of hospital-based home care through our excellence in patient care, support for early discharge, and better outcomes for our patients, including reduction in preventable readmissions. We are one of the largest, most comprehensive home care organizations in the Midwest and continue to provide innovative programs customized for each one of our patients.
Our team of specialists is able to not only provide the treatment necessary, but we also have billing specialists available to answer any questions you or your family may have about insurance coverage or billing statements. Let us provide you or a loved one the continuity of care in the comfort of your own home.
Home Care Treatment
IU Health Home Care can provide the treatment you need right at home. Our team of credentialed nurses and specialists will bring any necessary equipment you need, and we will provide you and your family the education needed to help manage the equipment and your treatment. Our services include:
Some infections cannot be treated with oral medications and require intravenous (IV) treatment. If you need IV therapy but do not need to remain in a hospital, our home care department can provide antibiotics or anti-infective medications for you to administer in the comfort of your home. Our pharmacists and nurses work closely with your physician to monitor your progress and make sure you are receiving the best treatment for your infection.
ANTI-EMETIC MEDICATIONS AND HYDRATION
Anti-emetics are medications used to prevent or treat the symptoms of nausea and vomiting. A patient who is suffering from nausea or vomiting can quickly become dehydrated. Anti-emetics or hydration fluids can be given through an IV line to provide relief from these symptoms. These types of therapies may be helpful for oncology patients, pregnant patients, or patients suffering from these symptoms after surgery or due to a gastrointestinal condition.
Some chemotherapy regimens can be given to patients in the comfort of their own homes. Our trained team will help manage yourtreatment regimen as well as the side effects that may be associated with your chemotherapy. Sometimes digestive complications or poor appetite during chemotherapy can lead to poor nutrition, so our nurses and dietitians are available to help you manage your nutrition so that you can have the highest energy level and quality of life during this difficult time.
Our home dialysis program is the largest in the nation. We provide the equipment, on-call support and education necessary to help you take control and treat your condition. We provide an initial assessment to teach you how the equipment works, and then you have the freedom to manage your own care.
Our pharmacy can provide some medications given by injection that are not available from your local retail pharmacy. Our specialized compounding equipment allows us to provide certain medications in individualized doses, because sometimes a standard dose is not appropriate (for example, for babies or children).
IV IMMUNE GLOBULIN (IVIG)
Intravenous immune globulin, or IVIG, is used as treatment for patients with a variety of autoimmune disorders. If you are to receive IVIG in your home, our pharmacists will work with your doctor to ensure you receive appropriate treatment and one of our nurses will be there to administer and adjust your infusion as needed for your comfort and convenience.
Enteral Nutrition Therapy
We provide supplies and supplements for patients who receive nutrition via a feeding tube, which is called enteral nutrition. Our nurses will instruct on how to use and care for the feeding tube, as well as the supplies and equipment required. Our dietitians work directly with your doctor to make sure you are receiving proper nutrition.
Parenteral Nutrition Therapy
If you are unable to digest food in your gastrointestinal tract, it may become necessary to receive nutrition through an intravenous (IV) line directly into your bloodstream, either temporarily or permanently. Our pharmacists work together with your doctor to create a formula that will meet all your nutritional needs, and our nurses will educate you and your family on administration. Our clinical team works closely with your doctor to monitor your lab results and make any necessary adjustments to your formula.
Patients who have severe pain that is not controlled with oral medications may be eligible to receive injectable pain medications at home. Our nurses provide education on how to operate the infusion pump, and each pump is pre-programmed to provide the customized dose ordered by the physician. Our high-tech pumps even allow the physician to provide orders for small additional “as needed” doses, controlled by the patient, to ensure that pain is managed well and you are kept comfortable.
We can assist in coordinating or provide home respiratory services including: continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), bilevel positive airway pressure (BiPAP), nebulizers and ventilators.
Home Care Innovation
Our home care team is one of the largest and most comprehensive home-health organizations in Indiana and throughout the Midwest. Through our expertise and innovative equipment, we are able to provide advanced patient care, supportive early discharge and better outcomes for our patients, including preventing readmission. We help to improve patient treatments and outcomes through continuously improving our care.
Telemonitoring allows our team to remotely monitor a patient’s health while the individual is still in the comfort of home. Each monitoring device has a voice that provides patients with reminders and instructions for when to collect certain vitals. Daily monitoring allows for early detection in health status changes and preventing a condition from worsening or needing readmission. If vitals are not taken or are abnormal, a nurse can call the patient and provide instruction, or a nurse can provide a house-call thus reducing readmission and the need to leave the home.
Infusion therapy refers to any aspect where medication or fluids are administered to a patient through an intravenous (IV) route. Our breadth of knowledge and expertise, allows us to serve 2,000 patients a day and provide us the unlimited capabilities to continue helping as many patients as necessary.
Home Care Team
Our team of home care specialists are specially trained and credited to ensure your safety and health. Our team includes registered nurses, home health aides, physical, occupational and speech therapists, social workers, pediatric and geriatric specialists, infusion specialists and wound care specialists. We will work closely with your physician and inpatient team to provide the continuity of care and treatment you received in the hospital, to the comfort of your home.