Homecare is a simple phrase that encompasses a wide range of health and social services. These services are delivered at home to recovering, disabled, chronically or terminally ill persons in need of medical, nursing, social, or therapeutic treatment and/or assistance with the essential activities of daily living.
Generally, homecare is appropriate whenever a person prefers to stay at home but needs ongoing care that cannot easily or effectively be provided solely by family and friends. More and more older people, electing to live independent, non-institutionalized lives, are receiving homecare services as their physical capabilities diminish. Younger adults who are disabled or recuperating from acute illness are choosing homecare whenever possible. Chronically ill infants and children are receiving sophisticated medical treatment in their loving and secure home environments. Adults and children diagnosed with terminal illness also are being cared for at home, receiving compassionate care and maintaining dignity at the end of life. As hospital stays decrease, increasing numbers of patients need highly skilled services when they return home. Other patients are able to avoid institutionalization altogether, receiving safe and effective care in the comfort of their own homes.
Palmer Homecare consists of four divisions, home health, hospice, home medical equipment and community health.
Palmer Home Health
Palmer Home Health provides quality, personalized care through skilled therapeutic services and equipment to meet the varied healthcare needs of patients of all ages. We provide medical care under the direction of a physician, in the privacy of your home, including: nursing care for all ages, aides/homemaking, social worker, physical therapy, occupational therapy, psychiatric nursing, laboratory testing, nutritional counseling, speech therapy, respiratory therapy, pharmacy consultation and infusion therapy.
Palmer Home Medical Supply
Palmer Home Medical Supply offers a full line of home medical equipment and supplies, as well as home respiratory products. Staffed by registered nurses, respiratory therapists and skilled technicians, Home Medical Supply provides product education and instruction, monthly nurse visits to clients’ homes, complete repair and maintenance on all equipment that is rented or sold, and free delivery and setup.
Palmer Heart of Iowa Hospice
Palmer Heart of Iowa Hospice provides support and care for patients and their families in the final phase of a terminal illness. Hospice encourages patients to live as fully and as comfortable as possible by emphasizing quality of life. The HIH team, including physician care, nursing, aide/homemaking, bereavement counseling, volunteer support, social worker, pharmacist, therapies, nutrition counseling and chaplain, focuses on pain and symptom management, advance directives and emotional, social, financial and spiritual support. In addition, Hospice offers grief and bereavement assistance once a loved one is gone.
Palmer Community Health
Serving the residents of Fayette County, Community Health offers immunizations, maternal child health programs, communicable disease investigation, Happy Feet for seniors, Care for Kids, breastfeeding education and tobacco education for the community.