Delmar Gardens Home Care is committed to providing professional care to homebound patients. Specific needs and unique factors which influence each patient’s care are taken into consideration. A Registered Nurse serves as case manager and makes a complete assessment of the homebound patient. Working in conjunction with the attending physician, a plan of treatment is prepared for each patient.
Our staff of expert speech, physical and occupational therapists works together to restore patients to a healthy physical and psychological state.
Following orthopedic surgery, illness, onset of neurological conditions, generalized weakness and other conditions affecting mobility, the licensed physical therapist and team members develop a program to improve each patient’s mobility and to achieve his or her maximum level of functioning.
Loss of function in the arms, difficulty with dressing, bathing, meal preparation and other functional activities as well as adaptive equipment needs are all addressed by a registered occupational Therapist. Our therapists and assistants also help patients with cardiopulmonary, neurological, and orthopedic conditions, as well as those lacking endurance.
Neurological, orthopedic and traumatic conditions that affect the ability to speak, swallow, problem solve, word find and other related communication difficulties are addressed by a licensed speech pathologist. This specialized therapist assists the patient in achieving his or her maximum potential relating to communication and oral-motor skills.
Diabetic patients have special dietary and exercise concerns that cause bigger problems if neglected. Education must be intertwined with medical treatment. Our team develops and monitors a patient diabetic teaching plan.
Self-management workbook is created that focuses on:
- Specific education on exercise and diabetes, in addition to foot care
- Meal planning
- Education focused on hyper/hypoglycemia, signs and symptoms of worsening condition and when to call the Home Care nurse, MD and 911
- Self-management contract
- Foot care protocol for lower extremities
- Diabetes Care Record
- Personal Health Record and Diabetes Diary
CHF (Congestive Heart Failure)
The program goal is to keep the patient out of the hospital and avoid re-hospitalization.
- To accomplish this we create a self-management workbook which focuses on medications, diet, daily weight, signs and symptoms of worsening condition, when to call the home care nurse, MD and 911.
- Three to four visits per week during the first two weeks
- Phone monitoring daily during the first 2 weeks when visit is not scheduled
- Coordination of visits with other disciplines to maximize patient contact/touches
- Maintain continuity of care for patient by ensuring same professional staff member cares for patient
- Use of Personal Health Record
COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
Prevent further deterioration in lung function, alleviate symptoms and improve performance of daily activities and quality of life. Chronic obstruction of the flow of air through the airways and out of the lungs generally is permanent and may be progressive over time. Delmar Gardens Home Care helps to develop and maintain a care plan through:
- Self-management workbook
- Self-management contract
- COPD symptom awareness plan
- Education focused on medication, activity/exercise, diet/nutrition
- Personal Health Records
The purpose of medical care for wounds is to prevent complications and preserve function. Our staff includes a Certified Wound Care Specialist on staff to evaluate any patient when necessary.
- All of our staff are highly-educated at orientation in wound care and best practices, and use of Delmar Gardens Home Care Wound Care Program
- Use of moist wound healing, which is a best practice
- High quality products are used, decreasing dressing changes to two-three times a week versus daily
- Products used to reduce bacterial bio-burden
- Continuing education of staff twice annually related to wounds, wound care and best practices
- Limited formulary of quality products which increases knowledge and focus of products used
- Standardized physician communication sheet for clear communication
Dear Mr. Leguillow:
I am Edmunda’s oldest daughter writing on behalf of myself, my husband, my sisters and our brother and his wife. Thank you and your staff for the professional and compassionate care provided by the St. Joseph Villa staff members to our mother during the last days of her life.
Mom lived at St. Joseph’s from July 26 to August 19, 2014. Going to the nursing home was a difficult transition for her and for us, as we had promised to keep her in her own home for as long as possible. She was unhappy on the day she arrived, but relaxed when staff members were friendly and welcoming. The caregivers working directly with her were helpful and cheery, introducing themselves and helping her acclimate. They were flexible and understanding with our family, answering our many questions and helping to quell our fears and concerns. We were all feeling vulnerable at that point, their kindness was reassuring.
When we visited, we could see that she was making friends among both staff and residents. The interactions with staff continued to grow as she went to physical therapy, got her cable TV hooked up, ate in the dining room instead of her room, and enjoyed the pampering of the hair stylist, to mention only a few of the services that made her happy. Within a few days she was adjusting, feeling more comfortable and even joking with others.
Her final days were peaceful; the staff showed great empathy and it was easy to see they genuinely cared for her. Your nurses administering hospice were truly advocates for her, anticipating her needs, communicating with us about her needs and keeping her comfortable – all while remaining calm and reassuring. We appreciated that they were gentle with her, spoke directly to her even when she couldn’t respond; treating her with the dignity we wanted for her.
We also appreciate your personal involvement, specifically the arrangements for her to be moved to a room by herself. This gave us more privacy and the opportunity to be alone with her in her final hours.
It was difficult to say goodbye to mom, yet you and your staff helped make that experience peaceful. We are so very grateful. Thank you.
Dear staff of St. Joseph Villa,
Words cannot express how grateful and thankful I am for the care of my father, Michael. I spent his last week with him and was with him when he passed. I saw the spirit in all of you as you cared for “Mr. Mike” and all the other residents. And you cared for me, too. It’s difficult to be at the bedside of a parent as they pass, but my goal was for Dad not to be alone. You were all so kind and loving to me, and very gentle, whenever you cared for Dad. For that, I will always have comforting memories of St. Joe’s. I could not have asked for anything better!
With much fondness for all of you,
Shannon (Michael’s daughter)
My father just moved into your facility in Omaha, St. Joseph Villa, today. I had to email someone immediately after we left him. Lee J. and his staff are amazing people. Lee was the most amazing person to my father and family. It takes special people to do their job and they seem to be so good at what they do. Lee was helpful, informative, funny, and caring. Honestly, he sold your facility to my family and more importantly to my father! Mickey was the first nurse who came in and spoke to my dad as well. She was so sweet and helpful. Floyd, the maintenance worker, helped by beginning the unloading process while we were helping my dad get settled. My dad was so worried, and so was I, to be honest. But the staff at this beautifully kept facility are amazing. I’m really excited for my dad’s experience and opportunity here.
Thank you for providing such wonderful people to care for him. And I would love for someone to recognize Lee for his hard work and help. That man is a beautiful human who was so kind!
Thank you, again.