Home Care provides supportive medical care in a patient’s home
We provide the care that’s right for you in your own home, where you’ll feel most comfortable.
When you’re recovering from an illness or injury, home can be the best place for you. Comfort and familiarity have therapeutic value that enhances the healing process. Home care brings professional care from a hospital-based provider right to your door.
Indiana University Health Home Care provides specialized care customized to your needs. At-home access to this level of care supports the earliest possible discharge after a hospital stay, but a hospital stay is not required to receive home care services. Home care services can result in better outcomes for you, including reducing preventable readmissions and visits to the emergency room.
Home care services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week within our service area.
Services we offer include, but are not limited to:
Antibiotics and Anti-infectives
Some infections cannot be treated with oral medications and require treatment with injectable medications. If you need injectable medications, but otherwise do not need to be hospitalized, our home care pharmacy department can provide medications and nursing services 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. Nausea or vomiting can quickly dehydrate you, and you may be unable to take oral medications or drink enough to stay hydrated. We can give you anti-emetics and/or hydration fluids by injection or infusion as appropriate to provide relief from these symptoms. These therapies may be helpful for chemotherapy or radiation patients, pregnant patients or patients suffering from after effects of anesthesia or a gastrointestinal condition.
Some chemotherapy regimens can be given at home, rather than requiring you to be hospitalized or to travel frequently to an infusion center or clinic. Our trained team will work with your doctor to manage your treatment regimen and its side effects. Sometimes digestive complications or poor appetite during chemotherapy can lead to poor nutrition. Our nurses and dietitians are available to help you maintain a high energy level and good quality of life during this difficult time.
Specialty Injectable Medications
Our pharmacy can provide many injectable and infusion medications that are not available from your local retail pharmacy. In addition, our specialized compounding equipment and expertise allows us to dispense many medications in individualized doses, when the size provided by the manufacturer is not appropriate (for example, doses appropriate for babies and children can be prepared).
IV Immune Globulin (IVIG)
Intravenous immune globulin, or IVIG, is used to treat 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 pre-treatments, and in most cases, a nurse will visit you to administer and adjust your infusion as needed for your comfort and convenience. Our nurses can also teach you to administer the medication yourself if you will have to take it long term.
If you have severe pain that is not controlled with oral medications, you may need injectable pain medications. Our home care nurses will instruct you on how to administer these medications, including how to operate an infusion pump if necessary. Each pump is pre-programmed by a professional to provide the customized dose ordered by the doctor. Our high-tech pumps allow the doctor to order additional “as needed” doses, which you control, to ensure that your pain is managed well and that you are kept comfortable.
Enteral Nutrition Therapy
We provide supplies and formulas for patients who receive nutrition via a feeding tube (called enteral nutrition). Our trained staff will teach you how to use and care for the feeding tube and the supplies and equipment required. Our dietitians work directly with your doctor to make sure you are receiving optimum nutrition.
Parenteral Nutrition Therapy
If your gastrointestinal tract is unable to digest food normally, either permanently or temporarily (for example, after a surgical procedure or injury), you may need to have nutrition delivered through an intravenous (IV) line directly into your bloodstream. Our pharmacists work with your doctor to create a formula that will meet your nutritional needs. They will monitor your lab values closely as you continue on therapy to ensure any necessary adjustments are made. Our nurses will educate you and your family or caregiver on administration.
Respiratory Home Medical Equipment
We can provide and/or assist in coordinating many home respiratory products and services. IU Health Home Care operates several Sleep Apnea Education Centers throughout Central Indiana, where patients can make appointments to consult with our respiratory therapists regarding positive airway pressure (PAP, CPAP, BiPAP) therapy. We can often accommodate walk-ins as well.
Based on a doctor’s order for a new mother, most insurance plans now cover an electric breast pump and supplies. We accept most insurance plans and will be happy to arrange for pickup or home delivery of a breast pump and related supplies.
Mastectomy Products and Garments
Our Expressions team includes Certified Mastectomy Fitters who are skilled in assisting patients who are facing or have undergone mastectomy surgery. We offer a variety of breast prosthetics and specialized garments for this patient population.
Our highly trained professional staff includes:
- Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses
- Home health aides
- Physical and occupational therapists
- Speech and language pathologists
- Medical social workers
- Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians
- Respiratory therapists
Clinical services offered include, but are not limited to:
- Heart failure program
- Comprehensive management of diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD),and other chronic conditions
- Home telemonitoring
- Post-operative management after orthopedic surgery (including joint replacements)
- Stroke rehabilitation
- Custom-tailored exercise programs
- Fall prevention, including home safety evaluation and balance retraining
- Medication management assistance
- Lab-result monitoring and finger-stick anti-coagulation checks with immediate results
- Wound and ostomy care
- Education to help family members of Alzheimer’s patients or other forms of dementia or cognitive impairment
Home care has many benefits
Besides providing high-level skilled care to you in the comfort of your home, home care has other benefits, including:
- Shorter hospital stays and fewer preventable readmissions and emergency room visits
- Coordination of care between hospital and home, and between post-acute skilled nursing or rehabilitation facility and home.
- Convenience, allowing you to return to work or school while receiving home care (in some cases)
- Better outcomes
- Significant cost reduction compared with extended hospitalization
Learn more about home care
- The National Association for Home Care & Hospice: Caring.org provides information about how home care works and how it can help you manage your health care at home.
- The availability of home infusion therapy means that many patients may be able to receive IV or subcutaneous medications in the comfort of home, rather than having to endure a longer-than-necessary hospital stay or travel to an outpatient infusion center or clinic. Learn more by contacting IU Health Home Care or through the National Home Infusion Association.
- Medicare provides a variety of online tools and home care information.
- Medicare beneficiaries who meet coverage criteria can receive covered home health services at no cost. Learn more about covered services and Medicare’s coverage criteria.
- Use the Medicare Home Health Compare tool to compare certified home health providers near you.
- Learn more about what equipment and supplies are covered by Medicare, and Medicare’s coverage criteria.