Certified home care services are ordered by a physician, require skilled care (e.g. a nurse or physical therapist), and are paid for by Medicare or other health insurances.
Alzheimer’s and Dementia Specialty Team
including Certified Dementia Practitioners (CDPs)
Congestive Heart Failure Disease Management Specialty Team
including a cardiac home care nurse practitioner
Diabetes Disease Management Specialty Team
including a nutritionist, nurses, and rehabilitation specialists
Falls and Prevention Specialty Team
lead by physical and occupational therapists
Pain Management Specialty Team
including a nurse practitioner
Wound Care Specialty Team
lead by a Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing (WOCN)-certified nurse
Skilled nursing manages the plan of care and provides an assessment of the patient’s condition and needs, develops a mutually agreed upon care plan, provides the skilled care required, and offers the patient, family and/or caregivers education and information to maintain the patient’s health, safety, and independence. Nurses respond to a variety of clinical needs, including:
Disease management and care
Dietary consultation and education to support the patient’s self-management of their disease and/or condition
Palliative care is an option available at any point during a serious illness and does not depend on one’s prognosis. It is a holistic approach to relieving suffering and providing quality of life so patients can live as fully as possible.
Patients can still pursue treatments while under palliative care. Those living with serious illnesses find that palliative care helps with symptoms like shortness of breath, fatigue, pain, loss of appetite and nausea.
Medical Social Workers
Social workers assess the patient’s physical, emotional, environmental, and social needs and then provide the patient with supportive resources in response to identified concerns and issues.
Patient advocacy is also offered, as necessary. NVNA and Hospice employs master's-level licensed social workers.
Encompassing physical, occupational, and speech therapy, our rehab department employs licensed professionals who are certified in their respective areas of expertise. Therapists work individually or as a team depending on the patient’s individual needs. Home assessments are often offered by the physical therapist and/or occupational therapist with recommendations and suggestions for providing a safe, risk-free environment, as well as enhancing the patient’s functioning level.
Home Health Aides
Aides provide personal care and assistance with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, toileting, and meal preparation. All NVNA and Hospice home health aides are certified according to the Massachusetts Department of Health regulations and trained specifically to NVNA and Hospice standards of care. All care by our home health aides is provided under the supervision of a clinician, such as a nurse or physical therapist.
Private Home Care
Private pay is an adjunct service to complement existing certified home health care or hospice care, or a stand-alone to meet needs for companion care or homemaking. These typically are not covered by insurance, although some long-term care policies and/or veteran benefits may help subsidize costs.