Patients & Caregivers
Welcome! We are so pleased that you have chosen Catholic Home Care to assist you in providing for your Home Care needs. In an effort to make your time with us as comfortable and stress free as possible there is some information we would like to share with you prior to your first home visit.
The purpose of receiving Home Care services is to provide you with the necessary services and support which will assist you in recovering from a recent illness or surgical procedure under the direction of your physician. During the initial visit by the nurse or therapist you can expect the following:
The nurse or therapist will need to see all of your prescribed as well as over the counter medications. Over the counter medications include herbal supplements, certain painkillers such as Tylenol or Motrin (not prescribed by your doctor), vitamins, minerals, antacids, creams and ointments, eye and ear drops and suppositories. Please have all of the medications available for the clinician to see upon arrival at your home.
You will be asked a series of questions pertaining to your understanding of your present health care needs. This will assist the clinician with planning for your future visits, and aid in the decision of which disciplines are most appropriate in helping you to achieve your home care goals.
An Outcome Assessment Information Set (OASIS) is a data collection tool required by law to be completed by the Registered Nurse or Licensed Therapist for home care patients enrolled in Medicare or Medicaid programs. You will be asked a series of questions in an effort to conduct the most accurate assessment of your current health status to determine the services that you will need.
You may be asked to walk, bend, reach, and transfer, so that the clinician is able to identify your areas of strengths and weaknesses. This will give the team a “starting point” in the planning of your care.
The clinician will perform what is known as a “walk through” around your immediate living area. This is done to make suggestions in an effort to maximize your safety at home.
Upon completion of the evaluation, the clinician will go over the findings and recommendations with you and your identified caregiver(s). This will give you the opportunity to ask questions and participate fully in the planning of your care.
The clinician will be entering the information during the visit on to the lap top computer. This in no means takes away from the time spent in direct care, rather enhances the ability to accurately record the information collected during the visit. All patient information is secure, and your privacy will always be maintained.