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The Many Home Health Care Services Offered by UCLAHHC

UCLAHHC offers a wide variety of home health care services to our clients. Our nurses, therapists, and home health aides are the best in Los Angeles.

Our Many Home Health Care Services

Everybody ages, but the process of aging is different for everyone. An organization offering home health care services cannot rely on a one-size-fits-all solution, as every single patient will have different diagnoses, conditions, capabilities, and needs. Anyone working in home health care must be able to compassionately treat everyone who comes under her care, from someone recovering from injury to someone completely bed bound to someone afflicted with dementia.

At UCLAHHC, our staff treats all our clients with respect, dignity, and cheerfulness. We can help anyone, regardless of the complexity of their condition. If you or a loved one could benefit from our services, please contact us and tell us what you require. All of UCLAHHCs staff are dedicated health care workers, devoted to the well-being of our patients, sharing in their victories and their setbacks. The following is only a brief overview of what some of our workers do for our patients.

 

Health Care Services

Skilled Nurses

Our nurses are the keystone in the home health care plan. Nurses are responsible for formulating the plan and ensuring that all the other members of the team, including the patient and her family members, are entirely aware of the contents of the plan. The nurse will alter the plan regularly as the patient’s condition changes and the other team members provide her with new information. Regular team meetings ensure that everybody is on the same page, and the nurse also apprises the patient’s physician about the patient’s development. The physician may write additional prescriptions or make recommendations regarding the patient’s care, and the nurse will see that his orders are followed.

Our nurses also perform a lot of hands-on care with patients. Nurses give injections, administer IVs, draw blood for testing, perform wound care, and so much else besides. To perform these duties, they frequently visit patients in their homes, who come to trust nurses and their expertise.

The nurse is also the first person to consult in a time of crisis. One of our nurses is always available by phone; should the patient deteriorate suddenly or suffer an injury, the on-call nurse will give advice and schedule a visit for as soon as possible to attend to the crisis.


Physical Therapists

When someone is injured, the loss of range of motion or the ability to walk can be even more distressing than pain and discomfort. For that reason, home health organizations employ physical therapists, who specialize in restoring movement to injured, sick, and elderly people.

Even simple stretches and exercises can help patients. Combined with medication, an exercise regimen can make pain manageable, and physical conditioning is an important part of recovery. Someone who exercises diligently can expect to recover from injury faster than a redolent patient, and the strength and dexterity that comes from exercise reduces the chance of future misadventures and slows physical decline.

Keeping one’s body strong and in control is not just part of physical health, but mental health, too. Freedom of movement is a major component of independence and self-sufficiency, and our physical therapists know that physical conditioning is a major component of a patient’s recovery.

Physical Therapists
Occupational Therapists

Occupational Therapists

If physical therapists focus on big movements—walking, stretching, leveraging out of bed—then their counterparts, occupational therapists, focus more on fine, small movements. In short, occupational therapists help patients perform many acts of day-to-day living: grasping utensils, working doorknobs and faucets, using remote controls, dressing, flipping through books, and so much else that requires fine motor control. Being able to perform these actions that so many of us take for granted reduces the patient’s dependence on other people and allows her to stay occupied by doing the things she enjoys. Think about how much easier it is to socialize and bond with someone when you can make tea, share a meal, and deal a deck of cards. That is what an occupational therapist offers to her patients: the ability to exist beyond the boundaries of one’s ailment and live as a self-actualized, social human being.

 

Speech Therapists

Speech therapy can help patients in two distinct ways: they aid in communication, and they aid in swallowing.

In the public mind, speech therapists are strongly associated with young children, whom they help overcome stutters and delayed verbal development. But for aging, injured, or sick people, speech therapists serve a critical role in maintaining health. Any number of physical and mental conditions can affect a person’s ability to speak, and losing the ability to communicate easily is highly distressing, perhaps causing the patient to withdraw entirely from family, friends, and health care workers. Being able to understand a patient’s needs is vital to our work, so our speech therapists are an important part of our team, allowing us all to understand patients’ needs and complaints better. Even if a patient loses the ability to speak entirely, speech therapists are experts in non-oral communication and can give patients strategies and equipment to help make their voices heard.

Our speech therapists, being experts in the structure of the mouth and throat, are uniquely poised to help patients who struggle with swallowing. Mealtime is prime social time in most families, and being able to participate in shared meals helps patients feel sociable and connected with their loved ones. 

Speech Therapists
Home Health Aides

Home Health Aides

Among home health care services, the most frequent visitor to the home is the home health aide. Several times a week, one of our kind home health aides will visit to help with personal care. Dressing, bathing, eating, taking medication, performing simple medical tasks such as vital monitoring and simple wound care, and whatever else that needs a soft touch from a compassionate helper.

Because they frequently visit homes, home health aides often form bonds with patients, allowing them to talk with someone outside the family. HHAs are often the first to notice if something in the patient’s condition changes and will report their worries to the managing nurse, who will closely scrutinize the patient at her next visit.

Skilled Nursing

Physical Therapy

Occupational Therapy

Speech Therapy

Home Health Aide

Contact Us to Learn More

UCLAHHC’s staff does much more than is listed here; we cannot summarize the complexity of home health care in just a few words, but we have helped people with a wide spectrum of conditions, needs, and complications. If you or someone you know might benefit from dedicated home health care, please contact us and tell us your needs, and we’ll be happy to tell you how we can help.