Empowering patients to thrive at home
Physical therapy
Skilled nursing care
Occupational therapy
Speech therapy
Physical therapy helps with mobility and pain reduction.
Occupational therapy helps you regain the skills for the job of daily living.
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Home Health

Home Health

Empowering patients to thrive at home .  . .

Whether you are recovering from a recent illness or surgery, need help with medication management,  live with chronic disease such as diabetes or COPD, or are in need of therapy to regain strength and functioning ability, we can help by offering:  

  • Skilled nursing visits and education to help manage a chronic illness
  • Help after a hospital stay
  • Medication management
  • Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy

We work in partnership with your physician to ensure the best possible care.   Our highly trained staff develops an individualized plan of  care which includes the services you will need to improve and maintain your physical, mental and social well being.  Our home health staff provides and coordinates the care and/or therapy your doctor orders. 

To compare Home Health agencies, click on the link below.  

Visit Medicare.Gov - Home Health Compare

For over 10 years, the HomeCare Elite recognition program has listed the top 25 percent of home health agencies in the country. We are proud to announce that Centra Southside Community Hospital Home Care Services are among the 2016 HomeCare Elite! 

Services

Services
Services

Services We Offer:

  • Skilled nursing visits and education to help manage a chronic illness - we  help your loved one control their symptoms and understand their condition, whether it’s diabetes, COPD, heart failure or another illness.
  • Help after a hospital stay - we help your loved one recover and get back on their feet so they can stay in their home and live as independently as possible.
  • Help managing medications - we help your loved one understand and take their medications at the right time and in the right amounts. We look for medication conflicts and help to clear up any confusion.
  • Care for dementia patients - we know how difficult it can be to care for loved ones with Alzheimer’s or dementia. 
  • Care for stroke recovery  - our neurorehabilitation care for stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkison’s disease and ALS helps patients maintain the highest level of independence possible and learn to adapt to their condition.
  • A personalized balance program to help prevent falls - we help prevent falls and promote safety in your home. 
  • Rehabilitation after joint replacement surgery - home health care can help you recover faster, move better and avoid complications.

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Specialty Programs

Specialty Programs
Specialty Programs

Congestive Heart Failure Program

“CHF”  Congestive Heart Failure is a condition that is often misunderstood.  If you have been diagnosed with heart failure, it is important to know that this is a condition that can be managed successfully.

What Does Managing Heart Failure mean?

 It means that you will feel better more of the time, have less flare ups, be less likely to have to go in and out of the hospital and your overall quality of life will be improved. The  program is designed to focus on  providing specific education little by little as the weeks progress.  As part of the Centra system we receive important cllinical information prior to admission to Home Health.   By working with the healthcare team from the hospital,  we can establish a baseline for care, specific for each patient.  

Education is modified to meet your individual needs.  Topics include information about nutrition, monitoring weight daily, medication management, exercise and energy conservation which provides you the  tools you need to take ownership of your care.  

COPD

Living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) can be stressful for patients and their families. Our skilled team provides care, therapies and education that improve our patient's ability to manage COPD and enjoy an improved quality of life.  Patients and caregivers are encouraged to actively participate in creating the management plan, and we train the patient and family  in the skills they will need to follow the plan.  Adhering to a structured care plan will help prevent or delay complications and achieve the best possible outcome.

Pneumonia

Pneumonia can be a complication secondary to a current illness or one of the complications for patients over the age of 65 with a weakened immune system.  For some older adults and people with heart disease or chronic lung problems, pneumona can quickly become a life-threatening condition.    Our nurses and therapists are experienced in providing educational tools along with monitoring the patient, their medications and providing respiratory management to improve energy conservation. 

Stroke Recovery/Parkinson's Disease

When a stroke patient is discharged from the hospital, a plan for continuing rehablitation and care is generally put into place.  Support services are often needed to ensure continued rehabilitation at home.  

  • Physical therapy to help restore physical functioning and treat problems with movement, balance and coordination.
  • Occupational therapy to help patients relearn or develop adaptive strategies for performing the skills of daily living, such as eating, walking and dressing.
  • Speech-language therapy to regain language and communication skills and address swallowing problems.
  • Provide resources for mental health counseling to help the patient cope with emotional and behavior changes  

Chronic Kidney Disease 

Patients and families coping with Chronic Kidney Disease have the support of our clinicians who provide ongoing assessment, timely treatment and coordination with physicians, renal clinics and other health care providers. We provide information and education to support the patient and family, improve the patient’s quality of life and decrease the overall stress level that this condition can create.   With reliable information about this disease and its management, patients with chronic kidney disease can control their condition and minimize its impact.

Wound Care

Wound care is frequently complicated by other conditions that make care more challenging and has become one of the fastest growing needs for home care services. Our  clinicians are trained and experienced in wound management, the healing process and the selection and use of effective wound products and devices.  When appropriate, services may be  coordinated with Centra's Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Center.  Our nurses have access to the latest standards of practice and products for wound care. This includes a comprehensive clinical training program that has been designed to:

  • Improve patient comfort
  • Decrease time spent on dressing changes
  • Improve healing time
  • Prevent complications
  • Improve patient outcomes

We use evidence-based wound treatment protocols for specific types of wounds along with patient/caregive education.

Fall Prevention

Falls are the leading cause of nonfatal, unintentional injuries treated in a hospital Emergency department and the leading reason for admission to a skilled nursing facility. In the U.S. alone, one of three adults over the age of 65 falls each year, and more than half fall more than once. This annual rate increases to one of two over the age of 80. We evaluate each patient to develop a systematic approach to treatment using prevention, education and individualized care.  The goal is restoration and management of  balance and gait issues to facilitate safe, independent living within the home.

Pain Management

Chronic pain can  greatly impact a person's quality of life. We actively involve our patients and their family, nurses, and our therapy team in our  pain management approach. Working together, we develop a treatment plan based on each patient’s individual condition. We work with the patient and family, teaching the skills needed to help them continue to control pain after our services end.  

To view or download our helpful Zone tools for Congestive Heart Failure, COPD or Pneumonia, click below.  

Our Team

Our Team
Our Team

On our  home health care team we have highly trained medical professionals dedicated to getting you well.  We come to your home at your physician's request,  listen to what you have to say, assess your needs and develop a care plan with your physician to get you back to the best health possible.  An important part of your recovery is YOU.  Your cooperation and commitment to improving your health will make all the difference.   Skilled services include:  nursing, physical, occupational, and speech therapy.

Home Health Nurses

On the first visit, your nurse will takes notes and make a general assessment of your condition.  This will include asking about your medical history, assessing your overall health, and gauging your ability to manage your medications and treatments.
One of the most important duties of a home health nurse is to provide medication reconciliation, which means comparing your medication orders to all of the medications that you have been been taking.  This helps to avoid omissions, duplications and dosing errors or potentially dangerous drug interactions.
Your nurse will also evaluate the safety of your living environment and the ability of you and your family to cope with the situation and access emergency help if needed.

Specific duties may include:
·        monitoring vital signs
·        giving injections
·        administering infusion medicines
·        monitoring tricky drugs such as anticoagulation medications like Coumadin or Warfarin
·        providing wound care
·        treating and helping to prevent illnesses like pneumonia
Your nurse can also help you with issues such as pain management and will report back to your doctor if you need more help. If you have a chronic condition, your at-home nurse can teach you how to self-manage it. Increasing your independence is the goal. Of course, the specific duties of your nurse depend on your individual situation.
Your nurse is a great resource to answer questions and  help prevent complications. Talking openly and honestly can help avoid trips to the hospital because you'll know what to expect and what warning signs to look out for.

Physical Therapists
 

A physical therapist can help you move freely again when a part of your body is hurting and help you avoid further injury. 

Physical therapists are commonly called in for patients with arthritis and joint pain, joint replacements, soft tissue injuries, chronic pain syndromes, gait and balance disorders, stroke, head injuries or other neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis or ALS.

Your PT will do a functional assessment to get an idea of your strength and functional mobility.  Next, the therapist will help you identify your goals and provide counseling on what's realistic. Depending on your unique circumstances, your PT might work with you to help you improve your walking, balance, pain relief, range-of-motion, posture, strength or mobility. You will be taught what  movements and habits to avoid. And, in most cases, you'll be assigned homework - exercises for you to do on your own.

One major reason doctors order physical therapy is to help patients recover from and prevent falls. Studies show that falls are the leading reason for admission to skilled nursing facilities. In the U.S. alone, one of three adults over the age of 65 falls each year, and more than half fall more than once. This annual rate increases over the age of 80.
 

Occupational Therapists

Occupational therapists help patients regain the skills for the job of daily living. Your OT will help you accompish activities important to maintaining independence in your daily life.  Physicians commonly order occupational therapy for patients with stroke, neurological diseases amputation and other disabilities. They help patients learn how to use medical equipment, assistive devices and prosthetics.  You will learn to manage activities such as bathing and personal hygiene, dressing, meal preparation and eating, bowel/bladder management and more.  

Occupational therapists are experts with tips, tricks and new techniques to help you re-master daily skills.  He or she will build activities you enjoy into your routine to make your therapy more enjoyable and give it meaning.  Your OT will help you build confidence and regain your independence. 

Speech Pathologists

A Speech-Language Pathologist specializes in the evaluation and treatment of swallowing, cognition/thinking skills and communication disorders. 

Speech therapy services aim to improve a person’s quality of life through regaining the ability to eat and swallow, improving cognitive skills for increased independence, and helping to regain communication skills.  By being in your home, our therapist can more effectively assess your real-world needs and offer individualized treatment. It is common for patients with dementia or cognitive impairment to respond better to treatment in the familiar setting of their own home.  

Our Speech pathologists provide comprehensive care including:

  • Evaluation and treatment of communication disorders, swallowing and cognition deficits
  • Address Activities of Daily Living (ADL)
  • Identify risk of decreased mobility, falls and wound development
  • Patient/family/caregiver education

Medical Social Worker (available only with other skilled services)

Your social worker is there to provide you and your family with helpful information to navigate and prevent potential problems in the home setting.  This information includes:   

  • counseling.
  • support groups
  • financial assistance 
  • medical transportation
  • education and caregiver emotional support
  • community resource coordination
  • long-term care planning

Home Health Aides (available only with other skilled services)

Home Health aides assist patients with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, eating, toileting, while receiving skilled services such as nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy.    

 

 

Why Choose Us?

Why Choose Us?
Why Choose Us?
  
Centra's unique continuum of care is part of an integrated, regional not-for profit healthcare system that offers a wide variety of services and specialists to meet patients' needs.  Centra Home Health patients benefit from more choices, coordinated care and enhanced communication between healthcare providers.  We have been providing home health care for more than 30 years with an experienced and compassionate  clinical team.

 Our patients' response through the Deyta satisfaction surveys indicates our high quality of care.    We are proud to be an HHCAHPS Honors Elite recipient.  HHCAHPS Honors is a comparative report of home health agencies  providing the best patient experience. Established by Deyta Analytics, this prestigious annual review recognizes agencies that continuously provide quality care as measured from the patient’s point of view.

CERTIFICATIONS & ACCREDITATIONS:

  • Medicare & Medicaid Certified
  • Accredited by The Joint Commission

We accept Medicare, Medicaid and most commercial and private insurance.  
 

Service Area

Service Area
Service Area
AREAS SERVED INCLUDE (Please refer to map below for town/city listings):
 
LYNCHBURG AREA FARMVILLE  AREA
Amherst County Amelia County
Appomattox County Appomattox County
Bedford County Buckingham County
Campbell County Charlotte County
Halifax County (Nathalie only) Cumberland County
Lynchburg City Lunenburg County
Pittsylvania County Nottoway County
 

Prince Edward County

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Service Area Map

Am I Eligible for Home Healthcare?

Am I Eligible for Home Healthcare?
Am I Eligible for Home Healthcare?

Who is Eligible for Centra Home Healthcare?

  • Have you been recently ill or hospitalized?
  • Do you have Medicare, Medicaid or other commercial insurances?
  • Have you been prescribed new medications?
  • Do you have difficulty bathing, getting dressed, preparing food, using the restroom?
  • Do you require therapy services due to a risk of falling or do you have balance issues?
  • Are you having memory issues, vertigo, low energy?
  • Is it difficult for you to leave home for short intervals of time?
If you answered YES to two or more questions; you may be eligible for home healthcare.  Contact your primary care physician to request an order for Centra Home Health.