Nurses work with you, your physician and your family to develop a plan of care and coordinate or change services as needed. They may:
- Administer medicines or other treatment prescribed by your doctor
- Change dressings, catheters or tubes and provide IV fluids
- Check vital signs or collect lab specimens
- Teach self-care, preventive health and nutrition planning needed for your recovery
Physical Therapists work with patients to relieve pain and to improve the use of muscles with exercises, heat, cold and massage. They also teach patients to use special equipment in getting around.
The Occupational Therapist helps patients improve muscle control so that they can care for themselves (dress and bathe), cook, write and perform other daily activities. They also suggest changes, which would make the home easier to live in after an accident or a stroke.
Speech Pathologists help improve speech and hearing problems and they help develop new ways to communicate when normal speech is not possible.
Medical Social Services
Social Workers help families sort out personal, family, work, financial and other problems, which may occur because of illness or disabilities. They help patients locate needed resources.
Home Health Aide Services
Home Health aides help with bathing, skin and hair care, simple exercises and dressing changes. They may also help with meals, shopping and basic housekeeping duties required to keep the patient's home safe and healthy.
Hospice Services for the Terminally Ill
Hospice is a coordinated program of palliative and supportive care (physical, psychological, social, and spiritual) for dying persons and their families, with any life-threatening illness; i.e., terminal cancer, end-stage disease, AIDS in final stage, which is provided by an interdisciplinary team of professionals and volunteers.
Other Specialized Services
- Intravenous therapy
- Medical supplies and equipment (dressings, catheters, needles, wheelchairs, hospital beds, lifts, etc.)
- Nutrition counseling