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Discussing the Role of Therapy Assistants in Home Care

Physical Therapists provide treatment that improves patient mobility, relieves pain, and prevents or lessens physical disabilities of patients. PTA's are Physical Therapy Assistants and they help to carry out the treatment plan, established by the PT. They are extensively trained in the field of exercise training and joint range of motion helping patients with musculoskeletal and neurological disorders. PTA's are fully licensed professionals, holding a two year associate's degree, and work in clinics, hospitals, home health agencies, and many other areas, throughout the United States to help improve the quality of life for millions of patients.

Occupational Therapists provide treatment that improves patients' ability to perform their daily tasks. OT's make accommodations for any functional deficits through therapeutic exercises, adaptive strategies, and the use of adaptive equipment. Like PT's, OT's also incorporate strengthening, joint range of motion, etc. when necessary. OTA's are Occupational Therapy Assistants and help carry out the treatment plan, established by the OT. Like PTA's, OTA's hold two year associate's degree and work in many of the same settings.

On Tuesday, February 15th, we are focusing on the therapy assistant's role in home health. National Homecare and Best Home Health have experienced and very capable therapy assistants (PTAs and OTAs) on staff to help carry out the plans of care established by their supervisors and we will have some of their therapy assistants here to answer some questions about their job in home care.

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Contact Information:

Website: www.nationalbesthomehealth.com


National HomeCare Services


Shreveport Office:
Southpoint Center
3007 Knight Street, Suite 200
Shreveport, La 71105
fax: 869-2652

Natchitoches Office:
113 #5 Bienville Square
Natchitoches, LA 71457
fax: 357-1270

Winnfield Office:
100 W Boundary, Ste 107
Winnfield, LA 71483
fax: 628-2978

Sibley Office:
364 North Main Street
Sibley, LA 71073
fax: 382-1527

Springhill Office:
402 North Arkansas Street
Springhill, LA 71075
fax: 539-4306

Mansfield Office:
332 Lake Rd.
Mansfield, LA 71052
fax: 318-872-0790



Best Home Health


Bastrop Office:
344 Holt Street
Bastrop, LA 71220
fax: 283-8141

Columbia Office:
102 Sydney Lane
Columbia, LA 71418
fax: 649-3918

Farmerville Office:
209 North Main Street
Farmerville, LA 71241
fax: 368-2420

Jonesboro Office:
120 Jimmie Davis Blvd
Jonesboro, La 71251
fax: 259-2135

Ruston Office:
607 Willow Glen
Ruston, LA 71270
fax: 254-1480

Monroe Office:
802 N. 31st Street
Monroe, LA 71201
fax: 323-1250

About National Homecare Services

National Homecare Services and Best Home Health, established in 1971 and 1983, are well known for compassion and quality of care. Our mission statement "We Believe that God is the Ultimate Source of all Healing, and that we are Partners with God, Gifted and Called to be Stewards of these Healing Gifts" echos the quality and integrity of care that we believe in and provide. Located in Northeast and Northwest Louisiana, we service our clients from 11 locations (Shreveport, Springhill, Sibley, Natchitoches, Winnfield, Jonesboro, Ruston, Farmerville, Bastrop, Monroe and Columbia). Providing home care services 24/7, our experienced team of highly trained nurses, home health aides and therapist want only to provide the best care in your home and work with you and your physician at keeping you home and home safe. With National and Best Home Health, we specialize in programs like VitalStim with Speech Therapy, Low Vision and Alpha Stim with Occupational Therapy, Fall Prevention and Anodyne therapy with Physical Therapy, Diabetes Self-Management with Diabetic Nurses, Dietitians and Certified Diabetic Educators and Cardio-Pulmonary and Psychiatric Nursing Programs. Our home care services are dedicated to you and your physician. We accept Medicare, Medicaid, Medicare HMO's, most private insurance providers and private pay. For more information, please refer to our web site http://www.nationalbesthomehealth

Home Health 101

To qualify for Home Health, one must be home bound (normal inability to leave the home, taxing effort to leave the home, psychiatric condition which hinders the patient from leaving home). A physician must order the services (medical doctor, osteopath, podiatrist, and psychiatrist). They need intermittent care (meaning they don't require nursing 24/7) and they must have a skilled service need. This includes medically necessary services that are considered reasonable for the treatment of a patient's illness or injury. The services must be such that they can only be provided by a RN, LPN (under direct supervision of an RN), PT, ST, or OT. To the patient with Medicare, it costs zero to have home health. This means no out of pocket fees or co-payments. A patient has the right to choose their home health. Home Health agencies must by certified by Medicare. The patient's choice should be honored by the doctor, hospital discharge planner, or other referring agency. Although the patient has a say in which agency to use, the choice may be limited by agency availability, or by insurance coverage. A patient has the right to know if a home health agency is recommended by their hospital discharge planner, doctor, or social worker. For more research: www.medicare.gov.

Marketing Programs for National HomeCare Services and Best Home Health

  • A.C.T. ORTHOPEDIC PROGRAM: a short-term 2-3 week rehab program offered as an alternative to skilled nursing facility (SNF) or traditional rehab hospital for post-orthopedic surgical patients.
  • AUGMENTATIVE COMMUNICATION PROGRAM: a program designed to instruct patients who have severe communication deficits on the use of an Aug Com device.
  •  AURAL REHAB PROGRAM: a program designed for patients who are hard of hearing (HOH) and have difficulty with safety and communication in their home due to their hearing loss
  • CARDIAC SELF-MANAGEMENT PROGRAM: a program designed to teach the signs, symptoms, and disease process of Congestive Heart Failure to enhance the patient's quality of life in the comfort of their own home.
  • CHRONIC PULMONARY PROGRAM: This program offers a unique and comprehensive approach to pulmonary diseases and addresses the challenges facing these patients including: shortness of breath, decreased strength and endurance, reduced energy levels, reduced self-esteem, decreased ability to care for themselves, fear, anxiety, depression, and the isolation that often results. "When every breath is an effort, nothing is easy."
  • CONTINENCE CARE PROGRAM: a program designed to enhance continence in the elderly population.
  • DEMENTIA PROGRAM: a program designed to provide intensive education to the patient and/or caregiver with emphasis on communication challenges, ADL performance abilities, functional safety, orientation, and disease management.
  • DIABETES THERAPY SELF-MANAGEMENT PROGRAM: a program designed to empower the diabetic patient to have ownership of their disease and to prevent or delay the complications associated with diabetes.
  •  FALL PREVENTION PROGRAM: a program designed to enhance balance, strength, and safety for the prevention of falls.
  • GERD PROGRAM: a program designed for patients with a diagnosis of Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease or GERD with an emphasis on decreasing the signs and symptoms of GERD exacerbation and the incidence of esophageal cancer.
  • LIFE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM: a program designed to address a patient's psychosocial issues that have negatively impacted a patient's safe functioning in their environment.
  • LOW VISION PROGRAM: a program designed for patients with low vision to teach the use of compensatory strategies and adaptive equipment in order to enhance safety and function in their environment.
  • ORAL HYGIENE PROGRAM: a program designed for patients with poor mouth hygiene with efforts to enhance oral care and reduce risk of development of aspiration pneumonia.
  • ORTHOPEDIC PROGRAM: a program designed to increase strength, range of motion and function in the home after orthopedic surgical intervention.
  • PSYCH PROGRAM: a program designed to decrease inpatient hospitalizations and assist individuals with a psychiatric diagnosis to function at their optimal potential.
  • VITALSTIM PROGRAM: a program designed to treat the management of oropharyngeal dysphagia using electrical currents to stimulate and "re-educate" the swallowing muscles.
  • WOUND CARE PROGRAM: a program designed to provide complete head to toe assessments, treatment and education on wounds to enhance and promote healing.
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