Peninsula Home Care at Nanticoke provides special care for NMH Health Service Patients

November 1, 2013
Peninsula Home Care, founded in 1985 on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, has been providing home health care to patients in Sussex County since 2005. Now there is a special partnership between Peninsula Home Care and Nanticoke Health Services in Seaford, which will more closely align home health care for patients discharged from the hospital. The partnership is called Peninsula Home Care at Nanticoke. Services include skilled nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and access to medical social workers and home health aides.
Sandy Russ, director of the Delaware branch, noted the Salisbury office covers Wicomico and Somerset counties, while the Ocean Pines office handles patients in Worcester County. The agency also has a partnership with Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Russ said.
“The services we provide include: assessment, teaching disease management, medication teaching, wound care, IV therapy, ostomy management, in-home chemotherapy, available 24/7 referrals and rehab exercises. We have skilled nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, social workers and home health aides.”
For example, “When a patient is released from the hospital, as with a knee replacement, we follow up in the home until the patient is ready for out-patient therapy,” Russ continued. Another example, “When we go out and do the Start of Care, we review the medicines and compare them to the discharge instructions from the discharge facility. And if there is a problem, we call the patient’s physician for clarification.”
Visits are intermittent. “Most of our patients are under Medicare,” Russ continued. “One of the regulations for Medicare is that the patient must be home-bound, that is, for them to leave the house must require a taxing effort.”
Peninsula Home Care plays a critical role in caring for the patient until he or she is stable enough for outpatient treatment. 
“Our mission statement,” Russ said, “is ‘to provide the best care by the best people in the best place...Home.’”
When needed, home health aides provide assistance in bathing and dressing, all with the goal of helping the patient become self-sufficient.
This year’s initiative is to reduce re-admissions to the hospital for congestive heart failure. In the hospital, patients get stabilized and discharged home. “When they are discharged home, we work with the patient/caregiver to keep patients at home and not returning to facility,” Russ explained.
“Next year’s initiative is COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease),” she added. “Plus, we are getting tele-health, a new tool to keep patients from having to be readmitted, and physicians are requesting this tool.
“The main goal is to keep patients at home and get them back to their optimum level of self-care.”
John Pulse of Seaford has been “hit” four times over a 15-year period with knee surgery. He says the difference between the first round and the second round of surgeries was the care he received from Peninsula Home Care. His plan of care included physical therapy and exercises that have helped him get back to doing what he loves best — taking his therapy dog, Sonny, to visit local nursing home residents. When he returned to outpatient therapy after three weeks of at-home visits from Peninsula Home Care, the results were “quite obvious,” he said.
Peninsula Home Care also offers educational sessions in the community on chronic diseases and information on preventive measures. 
For more information on services provided by Peninsula Home Care at Nanticoke or Peninsula Home Care, visit online at peninsulahomecare.com, or call the nearest office: Seaford - 302-629-4914, Salisbury, Md. - 410-543-7550 or Ocean Pines, Md. - 410-208-4828.
 
Resources
There are many resources available for area residents who could use some help or want to get more out of living on the Delmarva Peninsula:
• Maryland Department of Resources: The Office of Adult Services’ Programs, including Adult Protective Services, In-Home Aide Services, Project Home and Social Services to Adults, focus on the needs of the elderly and the disabled vulnerable adult - www.dhr.maryland.gov/oas
• Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene: Medical and Long-term Programs & Eligibility in Maryland - www.dhmh.state.md.us/mma/mmahome.html
• The Department of Aging - Maryland: Provides Senior Information and Assistance as a statewide program that provides a single point of entry into the aging network and offers convenient access to information on services and benefits for older persons, their families and caregivers - www.mdoa.state.md.us/senior.html
• LifeStyle (local area)
Delaware 
www.sussexcounty.com
www.kentcounty.com
www.cityofrehoboth.com
bridgeville.delaware.gov
seafordde.com
lewes.com
townoflaurel.net
www.visitsoutherndelaware.com
Maryland
www.salisburyarea.com
www.wicomicocounty.org 
www.ococean.com 
www.co.worcester.md.us 
www.visitsomerset.com
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