Home Health Care
Visiting Nurse Association of Erie County
2253 West Grandview Boulevard
Erie, PA 16506
(814) 454-2831 or (800-) 441-6821
Care in the Comfort of Your Own Home
Home is likely where you want to be when you are recovering from an illness, injury or surgery. And Visiting Nurse Association of Erie County makes it possible by providing the following in-home services to residents in Erie and Crawford Counties.
A registered nurse comes to your home to provide care such as assessments of heart and breath sounds, care of wounds, ostomies and catheters and other services. RNs provide special support to newborns and their mothers and teach patients and family members to manage medication, nutrition and other patient needs. They can also help coordinate additional services if needed, as well as keep your physician informed about any changes in your condition.
A physical therapist can help you improve your strength, coordination, mobility and pain control through therapeutic exercises and other methods. Physical therapists also help patients adapt to canes, walkers and wheelchairs.
Occupational therapists help you and your family members use techniques and equipment to help you improve your level of independent functioning in such activities as eating, bathing, dressing, cooking and mobility.
Speech pathologists can help you relearn or improve communication and memory skills such as speaking, writing and problem-solving. They also encourage family members to get involved with your therapy.
Home health aides help you with some of your daily activities that you cannot do yourself such as bathing and grooming, light housekeeping and meal preparation.
Medical Social Work
A medical social worker can arrange for help from community support services and assist in finding the best extended care facility for you if you should need one.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why choose home care?
Patients can recuperate in the comfort of their own homes near family and friends, without sacrificing sound medical treatment. Home care services also can reduce the length and cost of hospital stays.
Who qualifies for home care services?
Persons eligible for home care are those in need of skilled health care services, including nursing, physical therapy and speech therapy. Usually the patients are confined to their homes by illness or injury or can leave only for short periods of time with the assistance of another person. All care must be ordered by a physician, who is updated regularly on the patient s condition.
Who pays for home care?
Medicare, Medical Assistance, many Blue Cross policies, HMOs and several other health insurance policies may pay all or part of the cost of home care services.
If you have any questions about the services that are available to in-home patients in Erie and the surrounding region through Visiting Nurse Association of Erie County, please call (814) 454-2831 or toll-free 1-800-441-6821.