Committed to Quality, Compassionate Care
Mary Washington Healthcare Home Health Services
Home health services assist elders, family caregivers and medical providers
to better manage chronic diseases at home. Our care teams are specifically
trained to provide comprehensive in-home care and education for diseases
and conditions such as congestive heart failure, diabetes, joint replacements,
cancer, cardiovascular surgeries, pneumonia, COPD management, and more.
Patients with chronic diseases or conditions are monitored and visited
regularly by our home health teams.
Home Health Medical Care Team
In-Home Care at Mary Washington Healthcare
Mary Washington Hospital Home Health has been providing quality home health
services to this region for over 30 years. Our priority is to care for
patients who are not able to travel back and forth to medical facilities.
As a part of Mary Washington Healthcare, we are held to the highest standards
of quality care as certified by the
Joint Commission and
Magnet. Mary Washington Home Health has been named to Home Health Elite seven years.
Mary Washington Home Health offers the following in-home care, all managed
by your physician:
- Skilled nurses who work with your doctor to provide comprehensive care
- Rehabilitation services provided by physical, speech, and occupational
- Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA's) providing a wide range of patient needs
- Social workers who can assist with evaluations and identifying community resources
We provide comprehensive nursing care for a range of conditions that include
heart failure, diabetes, pneumonia, COPD management, medication management,
joint replacements, cardiovascular surgeries and more. Our rehabilitation
services include physical therapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy.
Our in-home patients work with a registered dietitian, receive caregiver
support, and have access to 24 hour support over the phone. Additionally,
we coordinate our care with other community resources.
We serve patients in Fredericksburg, Colonial Beach/Oak Grove, Stafford,
Locust Grove, Spotsylvania, Caroline, King George and Summerduck.
MWHC Home Health Nursing Care
Mary Washington Home Health nursing staff consists of experienced and compassionate
Registered Nurses and Certified Nursing Assistants. Our nurses are committed
to working with your doctor to develop individual care plans for each
patient and their family.
Our Home Health nurses provide comprehensive in-home care for many diseases
and conditions including:
- Heart failure
- Pneumonia/COPD management
- Joint replacements
- Cardiovascular surgeries
Nursing treatments may include the following:
We focus on teaching patients to be able to take care of themselves independently
- Wound care
- Post-surgical care
- Ostomy care
- IV management
- Enteral nutrition
- Medication management
- Pain and symptom management
Home Health Services upon discharge from 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.
Following a major illness or injury, some patients may need help relearning
how to perform daily activities or improve their speech. Mary Washington
Hospital Home Health has a team of rehabilitation specialists to provide
rehabilitation directly in a patient’s place of residence. Our goal
is to teach patients how to best live safely in their home. Return demonstrations
are completed to confirm patients can perform important tasks independently
before leaving the home.
Physical Therapy - A physical therapist puts together a plan of care which helps patients
regain or strengthen use of muscles and joints:
- Exercise Sessions
- Transfer training from place to place (in and out bed, in and out shower or tub)
- Gait and safe walking training
- Review fall precautions and weight bearing status
- Family and caregiver training
- Home Safety Review (equipment, walkways, bedroom and bath room accessibility)
- Coordinate equipment needs (walker, tub/shower bench, etc.)
Occupational Therapy - An occupational therapist helps patients with physical, developmental,
social, or emotional disabilities relearn how to perform such
daily functions as eating, bathing, dressing, and more:
- Teach and review activities of daily living (dressing, meal preparation, bathing)
- Teach and review use of adaptive equipment
- Edema (swelling) management, as needed
- Teach fall precautions
Speech Therapy - A speech therapist helps patients regain the ability to communicate clearly:
- Cognitive Training
- Head and neck treatment
Thank a Caregiver
If you are led to give a tax-deductible donation to Mary Washington Home
Health, please call 540.741.1512.
Checks can be made out to:
Mary Washington Hospital Foundation (Home Health)
(Write "Home Health" in the memo section)
2600 Mary Washington Boulevard
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
During regular in-home visits, home health nurses monitor and educate patients
in the following:
- Following a prescribed treatment plan
- Tracking and monitoring their symptoms
- Taking medications as needed and looking out for side effects
- Maintaining a heart healthy diet and controlling their weight
- Watching the amount of fluid they consume
- Making healthy lifestyle changes
Our home health team teaches patients and their caregivers to use tools
to monitor daily activities and record weight and symptoms. By caring
for themselves, patients take control of improving their quality of life.
Call 540.741.1667 to speak with one of our intake specialists.
Home health aides are directly supervised by a nurse or other medical professional
and may work with therapists or other medical staff. Aides keep track
of what services the patient has received, as well as what sort of progress
the patient has made. They also report any change in the condition of
the patient to the case manager or supervisor.
Certified Nursing Assistants
Certified Nursing Assistants perform basic health-related services such as:
- Checking the patient’s pulse, temperature, and respiration rate
- Assisting the patient with activities of daily living (ADLs) such as bathing,
dressing, mobility, etc…
- Changing simple dressings
- Caring for skin
- Helping with braces and artificial limbs
Home Health Social Workers
MWHC Home Health Social workers provide resources and information to ensure
that the patient is safe and well-cared for in their home environment.
By providing educational tools and connections to resources within the
community, home health social workers are able to provide social, medical,
and psychological assistance.
Social workers are responsible for:
- Ensuring the patient has the resources they need to remain safely at home.
- Evaluating any psychological, social and/or medical needs.
- Assisting with finding appropriate living arrangements when nursing home
or assisted living placements are needed
- Communicating with physicians, nurses, therapy and administration about
the patient’s needs.
- Helping with applications related to disability and insurance
Please call 540.741.1667 with any questions.