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Making the Most of Home Care
last updated:
Tue, 9/25/2012 3:31 PM

While we’d all like to think that a discharge from the hospital leaves us at 100 percent, often recovery time and medical equipment is needed for complete recovery at home.

Your medical care team, which includes physicians, home health aides and social workers, can give you a list of equipment and supplies you will need. It also might be beneficial to look into a care coordinator for your family. A care coordinator can take stock of your situation, help you access the right services, counsel you and your family, then monitor your progress with an eye toward channeling your energy and abilities as effectively as possible. Having the help of a care coordinator (often called a care manager) could make your life easier and less lonesome, and help you be a more capable family caregiver.

Depending on your condition, the following are possible medical supplies that your loved one could need at home:

  • Aerosol supplies
  • Apnea monitors
  • CPM machines
  • Crutches
  • Group 2 mattresses
  • Hospital beds
  • Incontinence products
  • Oxygen
  • Portable Oxygen concentrator
  • Patient Lifts
  • Tens Unit
  • Urological Products including bedside commodes
  • Volume & Pressure supported Ventilators
  • Power Wheelchairs
  • Wheelchairs & Accessories
  • Walkers

All of these supplies are available online, at www.methodisthealth.org/hme. Methodist Healthcare accepts most major insurance plans, including:

  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • TennCare
  • Worker’s Compensation
  • Most private insurance

It’s a good idea to have the required equipment delivered and in working order before your discharge from the hospital. The Methodist Home Medical Equipment office is open for equipment pick-up from 8 am to 5 pm, Monday-Friday (with the exception of major holidays). Delivery is available 24 hours a day for new referrals.

By having everything ready in advance for your loved one's return you will help ensure a more comfortable transition home.

Methodist Home Medical Equipment
Phone: (901) 516-1999
(800) 541-8277
Fax: (901) 382-1979
http://www.methodisthealth.org

Sources:
http://www.caregiverstress.com
National Family Caregivers Association

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