Visiting Nurse Health System’s compassionate caregivers have developed a reputation for providing exceptional support to our patients and their families. We provide patient-centered care in your home or the place you call home in Atlanta, GA, and the surrounding 26-county area.
The senior population is particularly vulnerable to receiving fragmented, episodic healthcare involving a repeat cycle of hospital emergency room visits, brief inpatient stays, and rapid decline leading to another hospitalization and eventual nursing home placement. Through the breadth of the services we provide, we are working to stop this cycle and offer our patients a seamless continuum of care in their homes as their medical needs change. Patients may enter the Visiting Nurse continuum of care at the point determined by their physician to most appropriately match their needs.
Long-Term Care at Your Home
Our trusted team of registered nurses and social workers provide long-term home healthcare management on two levels – one for those with functional impairments who require a nursing-home level of care and one for the elderly/seniors who can still live independently with some help. Visiting Nurse also offers a physician house-call service providing primary and interim care for homebound patients.
For those with functional impairments who qualify for nursing-home level support services, we arrange for an assessment to determine their needs and coordinate services to meet those needs, whether they be physical, social, environmental or emotional. These services might include: home-delivered meals; homemaker tasks such as cleaning, cooking and laundry; personal care such as assistance in bathing, grooming and dressing; an emergency response device; and, adult daycare and respite care to provide a break for caregivers. We can also arrange for placement in a personal care home for patients who need 24-hour care.
Home Healthcare Following a Hospital Stay or Surgery
The days and weeks following a hospital stay or surgery are a critical time for senior patients. It is during this time that a patient is at greatest risk for rehospitalization or a change in functional status. Our skilled nursing services allow you to remain at home while receiving the nursing care you need to recuperate. Our care team places a focus on developing your independence and providing the technical expertise, competence and compassion needed for you to make a successful recovery. This helps to prevent readmission to the hospital or the need for a nursing home stay.
For patients seeking rehabilitation services, our physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists and nurses help you get back on your feet while you recover at home.
Our skilled clinicians conduct a comprehensive assessment, create a personalized exercise plan, do home safety assessments, identify the need for and recommend assistive devices and safety equipment, manage anticoagulation therapy and, when needed, remove sutures and staples – all in the comfort of your own home. Through our healthcare coordination program, we work hand-in-hand with your physician to organize your care and give you the services you require for a healthy recovery.
Palliative care provides an “in between” option for patients with a life-limiting illness who wish to continue curative treatment. Visiting Nurse provides palliative care to manage symptoms related to the illness and improve our patients’ quality of life. This type of care is appropriate for patients who are not ready, or for whom it is not medically appropriate, to enter hospice care.
For patients facing a life-limiting illness, we offer compassionate hospice care. Hospice care provides physical, emotional and spiritual support for patients and their families.
Most patients are cared for in their own home. However, our hospice care team can also care for you or your loved one in a nursing home, assisted living community, or the place you call home, including Hospice Atlanta Center.