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Great Plains Home Care Services include Home Health, Hospice care and Healthy Start. Home Health Care includes services of Visiting Nurses, Therapies, Home Health Aides and Medical Social Services. Home Health offers a convenient and comfortable way to recover from and illness, injury or surgery. Hospice is a philosophy of care that provides support to terminally ill persons and their families. Our Hospice Team empowers individuals with terminal illnesses to experience life to the fullest with dignity and comfort. Healthy Start offers educational home visits for pregnant women and families with children from birth to five years of age who meet criteria. Home Health When recovering, patients occasionally need home health care that their family or friends cannot easily or effectively provide on their own. To meet this need, Great Plains Home Health Agency brings the care of skilled Visiting Nurses, Rehab therapies, Medical Social Services and Personal Aide Assistance into the homes of hundreds of people in west-central Nebraska. Home care offers a convenient, comfortable and cost effective way to recover from an illness, injury or surgery. 600 E Francis Street North Platte NE Mailing Address: Box 1167, North Platte NE 69103-1167 308-696-7434 1-877-353-1288 Great Plains Regional Medical Center's Home Health offers: On-call, 24/7 Professional Visiting Nurses (medical, surgical or psychiatric): Nurses provide a comprehensive assessment of the total health needs of the patient, including medical, surgical and/or mental health. When needed, they give therapeutic treatments such as injections, catheter care, colostomy care, wound care & dressing changes, diet instruction, bowel and bladder training, and also provide medication management enteral and IV infusions, laboratory work, etc., as order by your physician. The Home Health nurse acts as a go-between for the patient and physician Home Health Aide Services: Home Health Aides give personal care such as bathing, hair and nail care. They work under the supervision of a skilled registered nurse. Home Health Aides also assist with therapeutic exercises, transfer and gait training as directed by the physical therapist. Medical Social Work: Medical Social Workers determine the social and emotional needs of patients and their families. They help the patient and family find community resources and plan for the long-range needs of the patient. They assist the patient and family in identifying financial concerns and they coordinate services the patient may need. They also offer information and assistance with advance directives. Physical Therapy: Physical Therapists assist the patient in exercises to help increase and maintain range of motion in the joints and to increase muscle strength and endurance. Their goal is to restore the patient to the highest function level possible. The therapists teach family members how to move the patient using the right body mechanics and provide gait training to patients. They show patients how to use canes, walkers, crutches and prosthesis. In addition, they can assess the patient’s risk of falling in the home and suggest ways to make the home safer and easier for the patient to move around. Occupational Therapy: Occupational Therapists help patients to restore or increase their ability to function following an injury, disability or illness. The therapists put together treatment programs to assist patients performing activities of daily living. They train the patient and family in the use of special equipment to assist with activities such as eating, dressing, grooming, bathing and going to the bathroom. They teach the patient and family how to be safe at home with their limitations. Their goal is to help patients adapt to their situation and recover their independence, if possible. Speech Therapy: Speech language pathologists evaluate speech and language disorders and provide rehabilitation services. They work with patients who have communication problems, such as those who are recovering from a stroke, have a voice disorder or had their larynx removed. They also help those with Parkinson’s disease, Cerebral Palsy, head and neck cancer or swallowing disorders. Their goal is to assist the patient in returning to the highest quality of life possible. Consultation Services: Consultants in the areas of respiratory therapy, pharmacy and nutrition also are available to assist patients.

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