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Home Health

Because There’s No Place Like Home

When someone is faced with illness or injury, it not only affects the physical aspect of their life, but it alters daily chores, interaction with family, and the mental health and well-being of that individual as well.

VCHS Home Health understands the complexity and frustration this can cause in a household. That is why we strive to deliver tender, compassionate, and competent services that meet the unique needs of each patient we serve.

VCHS Home Health is a Medicare-certified agency consisting of a professional staff formally trained to care for people who require health care in their own homes.

Home Health nurses are on call 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

Dedicated Professionals

Home Health services are provided under the direction of a patient’s physician. Patients are given care and personalized attention from a team of registered nurses, physical therapists, Home Health aides, social workers, and occupational and speech therapists.

This professional team provides skilled observation and assessment of the patient and helps to develop a plan of care.

  • Nursing - An RN or LPN, under the close supervision of the patient's physician, provides skilled nursing services such as, but not limited to, medication administration, post-surgical care, infusion and lab services, nutritional guidance, and colostomy or tracheostomy care.
  • Home Health Aide - Certified Home Health Aides (HHA) assist the professional nursing staff by providing services of personal care such as bathing, dressing, grooming and related hygiene.
  • Physical Therapy - Licensed physical therapists or physical therapy assistants can provide rehabilitative care in the home to restore muscle strength and independence.
  • Occupational Therapy - The Occupational Therapists provide instructions in areas of self-care such as grooming, bathing, and homemaking. The therapists may also recommend methods of adapting the home environment to make living at home easier.
  • Speech Therapy - The Speech Therapists provide assistance with communication disorders that include eating/swallowing disorders, aphasia, and training for the hearing impaired.
  • Social Work - The Social Worker assists with living arrangements, long-term planning, and financial concerns. Patients may benefit from referrals and coordination with community resources as well.

Service Area

Valley County Health System Home Health provides services in 11 central Nebraska counties, with a primary services area of Valley, Garfield, Loup, Custer, Wheeler, Greeley, Sherman, and Howard counties.

Eligibility

Patients qualify for Home Health services when they:

  • Require skilled care from a nurse or therapist.
  • Are under the care of a physician.
  • Meet the homebound criteria outlined by their payor source.
  • Are recovering from an accident, illness or surgery that requires intermittent care given under professional supervision, which can be satisfactorily continued in the home.

Paying for Home Health Services

Home Health ordered by a physician is paid for by Medicare, Medicaid, Veterans’ Administration, and most private insurance companies. Patients may also request these services on a private-pay basis. For more information, call 308.728.4355 or 800-352-2171.