Home Care

Health care services and supplies at home, where you’re most comfortable

No one wants to stay in the hospital. When you have an illness or injury, Home Care enables you to have some health care services at home, where you are most comfortable. When health care providers come right to your door to help you recover, you’re more likely to stay out of the hospital and emergency room. 

You may qualify for home care services from IU Health if you have one of these conditions, among others:

  • Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia or cognitive impairment
  • Cancer
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Diabetes
  • Heart failure
  • Joint replacement 
  • Ostomy or a wound
  • Stroke
  • Infection
  • Gastrointestinal disorder such as Crohn’s disease or short bowel syndrome
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Immune system disorders

Our Home Care Services

IU Health offers a full range of home care services, including:

  • Medication management
  • Lab test monitoring
  • Finger stick anticoagulation checks
  • Wound and ostomy care
  • Stroke rehabilitation
  • Customized exercise programs
  • Fall prevention including home safety evaluations and balance retraining
  • Post-operative management
  • Home telemonitoring
  • Family education
  • Infusions
  • Tube feedings

The following services are also available through home care:

Antibiotics and Anti-Infectives

When you have an infection that can’t be treated with oral medication, you may need to receive your medication as a shot or an infusion. IU Health can deliver these medications to your home and home care nurses will teach you how to take these medications so that you can go home from the hospital as soon as possible, and stay at home. Our team of professionals will work with you and your doctor to make sure your infection is responding the way your doctor expects. 

Anti-emetic Medications and Hydration

If you have nausea from chemotherapy, radiation, anesthesia, a gastrointestinal condition or pregnancy, you might benefit from anti-emetic medication. If you cannot take oral medication, it can be given by injection or infusion, and our nurses will teach you how to administer. Nausea and vomiting can cause dehydration. You also may benefit from hydration therapy at home. 

Chemotherapy

Some types of chemotherapy can be given at home.  Check with your doctor for more information. 

Specialty Injectable Medications

IU Health provides injectable and infusion medications for a variety of conditions. Medication and supplies can be delivered to your home, and our pharmacy can prepare individualized doses if needed. 

IV Immune Globulin (IVIG) and Subcutaneous Immune Globulin

An IU Health home care nurse will give you intravenous immune globulin (IVIG) if you have an autoimmune disorder requiring that medication. Some patients are candidates for subcutaneous administration of immune globulins, and can learn to administer the medication themselves.  

Pain Management

Sometimes you need help managing your pain at home to be comfortable. IU Health home care can provide some types of pain medication along with supplies and equipment required. Our lightweight infusion pumps can be preprogrammed to provide the dosing ordered by your doctor. 

Enteral Nutrition Therapy

When you need to have your nutrition from a feeding tube, IU Health home care delivers the supplies and formulas you need. Our home care staff show you and your family how to use and take care of the feeding tube. They’ll also monitor you to make sure you’re getting the nutrition you need. 

Respiratory Home Medical Equipment

IU Health Sleep Apnea Education Centers provide products and services to help treat sleep apnea and other respiratory distress.

Breast Pumps

Our Expressions  service provides breast pumps and supplies to new mothers. Most insurance plans will cover electric breast pumps and supplies at no or little cost to you with a physician’s order. 

Our Approach to Home Care

You may qualify for home care services from IU Health if you have one of these conditions, among others:

  • Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia or cognitive impairment
  • Cancer
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Diabetes
  • Heart failure
  • Joint replacement 
  • Ostomy or a wound
  • Stroke
  • Infection
  • Gastrointestinal disorder such as Crohn’s disease or short bowel syndrome
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Immune system disorders

Our Home Care Services

IU Health offers a full range of home care services, including:

  • Medication management
  • Lab test monitoring
  • Finger stick anticoagulation checks
  • Wound and ostomy care
  • Stroke rehabilitation
  • Customized exercise programs
  • Fall prevention including home safety evaluations and balance retraining
  • Post-operative management
  • Home telemonitoring
  • Family education
  • Infusions
  • Tube feedings

The following services are also available through home care:

Antibiotics and Anti-Infectives

When you have an infection that can’t be treated with oral medication, you may need to receive your medication as a shot or an infusion. IU Health can deliver these medications to your home and home care nurses will teach you how to take these medications so that you can go home from the hospital as soon as possible, and stay at home. Our team of professionals will work with you and your doctor to make sure your infection is responding the way your doctor expects. 

Anti-emetic Medications and Hydration

If you have nausea from chemotherapy, radiation, anesthesia, a gastrointestinal condition or pregnancy, you might benefit from anti-emetic medication. If you cannot take oral medication, it can be given by injection or infusion, and our nurses will teach you how to administer. Nausea and vomiting can cause dehydration. You also may benefit from hydration therapy at home. 

Chemotherapy

Some types of chemotherapy can be given at home.  Check with your doctor for more information. 

Specialty Injectable Medications

IU Health provides injectable and infusion medications for a variety of conditions. Medication and supplies can be delivered to your home, and our pharmacy can prepare individualized doses if needed. 

IV Immune Globulin (IVIG) and Subcutaneous Immune Globulin

An IU Health home care nurse will give you intravenous immune globulin (IVIG) if you have an autoimmune disorder requiring that medication. Some patients are candidates for subcutaneous administration of immune globulins, and can learn to administer the medication themselves.  

Pain Management

Sometimes you need help managing your pain at home to be comfortable. IU Health home care can provide some types of pain medication along with supplies and equipment required. Our lightweight infusion pumps can be preprogrammed to provide the dosing ordered by your doctor. 

Enteral Nutrition Therapy

When you need to have your nutrition from a feeding tube, IU Health home care delivers the supplies and formulas you need. Our home care staff show you and your family how to use and take care of the feeding tube. They’ll also monitor you to make sure you’re getting the nutrition you need. 

Respiratory Home Medical Equipment

IU Health Sleep Apnea Education Centers provide products and services to help treat sleep apnea and other respiratory distress.

Breast Pumps

Our Expressions  service provides breast pumps and supplies to new mothers. Most insurance plans will cover electric breast pumps and supplies at no or little cost to you with a physician’s order. 

IU Health home care team members include specially trained registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, home health aides, physical and occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, medical social workers, dietitians, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, respiratory therapists and customer service specialists. 

Home care services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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. Most insurance plans cover home care services.   

Why IU Health for Home Care

IU Health home care team members include specially trained registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, home health aides, physical and occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, medical social workers, dietitians, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, respiratory therapists and customer service specialists. 

Home care services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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. Most insurance plans cover home care services.   

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