Published on February 06, 2012

Home care for chronic health problems

Chronic Care Program provides support for those with long-term illness

telehealth patientA recent study confirms that an optimistic attitude does indeed help patients rebound faster from surgery, injury or illness. And those with chronic or long-term illness, such as congestive heart failure (CHF), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or diabetes, are frequently susceptible to what the doctor did not prescribe—depression due to a lack of independence.

“The Mercy Home Health Chronic Care Program provides the compassionate, experienced care that allows chronically ill patients to overcome many challenges and regain a realistic amount of independence in their own home,” explains Ruth Martynowicz, RN, vice president of operations, Mercy Home Health.

To accomplish this takes a knowledgeable team, beginning with skilled, registered nurses who empower patients to self-manage their chronic illness and focus on the joys of living. Physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists and home health aides also visit patient homes as prescribed, providing education, treatments and motivation. In addition, state-of-the-art equipment, like the Telehealth® Monitoring system, allows patients to actively participate in recovery by monitoring their own daily vital signs. This can help keep that daily connection to health care—even on days when a home visit is not scheduled.

“When our patients return home, they can feel a loss of control—as if their chronic illness is now in charge,” says Catherine Friel, MSN, APRN, BC, clinical nurse specialist, Mercy Home Health. “They may have to learn to use new medications, new medical treatments and new ways of performing normal, daily tasks. Mercy Home Health bridges that potentially scary transition by helping to ease the patient back into the home. Our clinicians teach what needs to be learned and can help alleviate fear of the unknown by building a trusted relationship with each patient. This encourages a positive outlook.”

The Chronic Care Program is designed to ultimately reduce hospital admissions and readmissions by:

  • Providing medication management
  • Providing depression screenings
  • Providing caregiver education

Talk to us about how Mercy Home Health services can assist you or your family member with chronic illness care. Call us at 1.888.690.2551, or read more at