Published on July 20, 2015

Team up for better health

When you choose Mercy Home Health, you become the center of a team of experts who have your best interests at heart.

Along with nurses or therapists who visit your home, your team may include your primary care provider, pharmacist, family caregivers—and you. “It’s a partnership,” says Donna Raziano, MD, Mercy Home Health’s Chief Medical Officer. “It can lead to healthier results.”

And, as with any successful team, good communication is a must. These tips from Dr. Raziano can help you work well with your team:

Know who’s on your side. Make a list of your team members’ names and contact details. And know how to reach them if there’s a problem.

Sometimes it’s helpful to have a loved one who can talk to your team about your health information. If you’d like that, sign a patient information release form. You can find one at

Share the news. Your nurse will assess your health in the comfort of your home and keep your doctor informed. But be sure to mention any changes you’ve noticed—for instance, if you’re short of breath more. “Let the nurse know what’s different today, compared to before,” Dr. Raziano says.

Mention all your meds. Do you use insulin? An inhaler? Tell your team about all of your medicines and if you’re having problems taking them.

The Comforts of Home

Whether you’re recovering from surgery or you want to learn how to manage a chronic condition at home, Mercy Home Health can help. Call 1.888.690.2551 or visit