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Patient & Family Education

Living Independently at Home for Patients and Families

Learning to live with a chronic condition is not always easy. Mary Washington Home Health aims to give you the tools and information you need to live safely and independently at home. Call 540.741.1667 to speak with one of our intake specialists.

Our comprehensive in-home medical care includes (but is not limited to) the following:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Heart failure
  • Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • COPD/Pneumonia
  • Joint replacements
  • Cardiovascular surgeries

There is a key distinction between home health services and personal care services. Mary Washington Home Health Services provide skilled in-home medical care. Personal care companies provide only non-skilled help with daily living.

Home Health Services When Discharged from the Hospital

Often times, home health services are ordered by a physician as a patient is being discharged from the hospital and/or nursing home. Our nurses, social workers and intake team work closely with the patients physician and caregivers to seamlessly set up home care services for patients prior to their leaving the hospital. For many patients dealing with chronic conditions such as COPD and heart failure, home health services can greatly reduce repeated hospitalizations and readmissions.

Most patients receive an initial home health visit by a nurse or therapist within 48 hours of discharge from the hospital.

Support Group for Caregivers

We have two caregiver support groups for those currently caring for a loved one. Learn about resources, ways to balance your life, and get support from others going through the same journey.

Caregiver Virtual Support Group

For those currently caring for a loved one.

  • Are you caring for an ill or homebound loved one?
  • Do you need ways to balance your life and manage caregiver stress?
  • Could you use information on resources available for caregivers?

Caregiver Support Group Wednesday Virtual Meetings

2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Contact: Margaret Kenerly, MWHC Home Health, 540.741.1864.

Please call with questions and to register.

Preventing Trips & Falls

Numerous patients are in danger of tripping or falling at home. Check out ways to make your home safer by speaking with your healthcare provider.

Ask your health care provider the following questions to make your home safer:

  • Will any of my medicines make me lightheaded, sleepy, or dizzy?
  • What exercises will help me decrease my chance of falling?
  • What changes can I make to my bathroom in order to make it safer?
  • What changes should I make to my bed/bedroom?
  • Is there any way to make stairs safer?
  • Would help with chores at home be a good choice for me?
  • Would it be beneficial to use either a cane or a walker?
  • What do I do if I fall?

COPD & Respiratory Conditions

There is no cure for COPD, but there are things you can do every day to keep COPD from getting worse, to protect your lungs, and to stay healthy.

Speak to your doctor about the following to successfully manage your COPD:

  • Learn how to manage your days and give yourself time for activities
  • Quit smoking and improve your air quality
  • Eat small healthy meals throughout the day
  • Build up your exercise routine under the supervision of your doctor
  • Speak with your doctor about a healthy sleep routine

Heart Failure & Cardiac Care

When the heart is unable to pump enough blood to the body’s tissues, heart failure is a possible condition. Heart failure may develop suddenly, or over time, depending on the cause.

Learn more about Heart Health here!

Medication Safety & Prescription Management

When you receive your prescription, always:

  • Check the label: Look for your name, the name of the medicine, the dose, and how often you should take it. If something looks unfamiliar, call your health care provider.
  • Look at the medicine: Make sure it looks the same as what you've been taking. If it doesn't, call the pharmacist or your health care provider
  • Take and store medicines safely: When taking medicines at home, store them properly, and keep them organized and out of the reach of children.

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