Amedisys Home Health Care helps provide a vital service for individuals who are homebound, and would otherwise have difficulty accessing necessary healthcare services, according to Ashley Berry, physical therapy assistant and care transitions coordinator.

Amedisys helps provide healthcare services to patients from their home, offering an array of services from physical therapy, occupational therapy, skilled nursing and social services.

The goal of home health services, according to Berry, is to get patients to a point where they are independent.

Amedisys, stationed in Owensboro, offers home health care for five western Kentucky counties, including Daviess, McLean, Ohio, Webster and Henderson counties.

Clinicians with Amedisys will travel out to the homes of patients in each of the five counties to provide care services, ranging from assistance with mobility, strength and daily living activities, to education, wound care and resource referrals.

The service provides care for an average of 128 patients on a daily basis, which fluctuates regularly, according to office manager Seth Edmonds-Lindsey.

Edmonds-Lindsey said home health services are provided for “anyone who’s unable to get to outpatient services — so if they’re not able to get to outpatient services or don’t have the capability of it, then we provide care in their home.”

Additionally, according to Berry, a good portion of patients served through the home health service are typically elderly and medically vulnerable, which means that home health is an essential alternative to regular hospital visits where they could be exposed to other ailments.

Amedisys has 22 staff and 24-hour access to services for patients with a nurse on-call at all hours of the day, every day, according to Edmonds-Lindsey.

Not only does the service set up patients with traditional home health needs, but it also works to provide education for, not only the patient, but also their loved ones and caregivers.

Education, Berry said, is a large part of it, ensuring the patient and their caregiver know how to monitor and manage their ailment or symptoms and when they should reach out for assistance, whether that might be Amedysis, a doctor or the hospital.

Through the service, a social worker will also monitor the situation to ensure the patient has access to other community resources, including food assistance, or whether the patient may need to transition to assisted living or a higher level of care, Edmons-Lindsey said.

Care provided for each patient, he said, varies depending on the patient’s individual needs.

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