Home Health Care
As one of the area’s most experienced post-acute care providers, Saint Luke’s Home Care services help patients who need extra assistance once they leave the hospital, offering personalized medical attention for patients recovering from illness or injury.
Serving 22 counties in Missouri and Kansas, our specially-trained nurses, therapists, and other skilled staff have delivered high-quality care to patients in the comfort of their own homes and under their physicians' direct supervision for more than 30 years.
Your Saint Luke’s Home Care team of nurses, therapists, social workers, and other specialists will help transition you back home through services including:
- Cardiac care management
- Skilled nursing: wound and ostomy care, geriatric care, and chronic disease management
- Home infusion pharmacy and program
- Home IV therapy: infusion, central line care, and difficult IV starts
- Telehealth medical technology: real-time monitoring and nurse video chat
- Care coordination by CCTM-certified transitional care nurses
- Rehabilitation: physical, occupational, and speech therapy
- Dietary and nutrition services
- Bathing assistance
- Social services
- Palliative care
- Hospice care
- Educational opportunities to empower patients
This expert care means we have one of the lowest hospital readmission rates in the region.
Cardiac Home Care
Cardiac home care helps heart patients recover in the comfort of their own homes, with care from experienced nurses and the most up-to-date technology.
Saint Luke’s Home Care home health services include cardiac monitoring, medication management and monitoring, cardiopulmonary physical therapy, infusion services, and education for better self-care.
Our cardiac home care team treats patients with a wide range of cardiovascular conditions, including heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and vascular conditions.
Home Infusion Pharmacy and Services
Saint Luke’s Home Infusion Program can provide services for a variety of needs, including oncology treatments, pre- and post-transplant medications, and services for patients who are still working or managing a chronic disease.
Our clinical staff includes a specialized team of home infusion pharmacists, IV nurses, and certified pharmacy technicians who all have completed extensive training.
Home IV Therapy
Our registered nurses are trained in infusion, including central line care and difficult IV starts.
Available 24/7, Saint Luke's Home Infusion Program provides:
- Blood growth factors
- Cardiac medications
- Immunoglobulin (IVIG and SQIG)
- IV hydration
- Pain management
- Steroid therapy
- Total parenteral nutrition (TPN)
Telehealth Medical Technology
Thanks to advances in remote monitoring technology, Saint Luke's Home Care clinicians are able to manage patients’ needs at home in real time using an advanced remote monitoring system that utilizes a 4G tablet and Bluetooth device. Saint Luke’s provides the technology, which allows clinicians to monitor vital signs, including:
- Blood pressure
- Oxygen saturation
- Anticoagulation therapy
Patients can communicate directly with clinicians through the tablet’s video chat function. The clinician can access the real-time data, access electronic medical records, and complete a thorough examination via video chat with the patient.
This impressive technology has been shown to reduce hospital readmissions, improve health outcomes, and enhance quality of care.
Saint Luke’s Home Care provides in-home rehab services for patients needing physical, occupational, or speech therapy. Our expert therapists know that patients treated at home are more likely to comply and less likely to relapse.
- Cardiopulmonary treatments
- Gait and transfer training
- Electrical stimulation
- Fall prevention
- Muscle re-education
- Prosthetic and pre-prosthetic training
- Therapeutic exercise
- Ultrasound therapy
- Wheelchair training
- Adaptive equipment
- Daily living skills
- Home safety evaluation and modification
- Muscle re-education
- Fine motor education
- Orthotics and splinting
- Perceptual motor training
- Sensory treatments
- Therapeutic exercise
- Cognition and communication
- Language disorders treatment
- Non-oral communications
- Speech articulation disorders treatment
- Swallowing difficulty (dysphagia) treatment
- Voice disorders treatment
Social workers help home health care patients and their families cope with the social, economic, and emotional needs that may occur because of the patient's medical condition. The mission of our clinical social workers is to help patients and families understand, adjust, and cope with the impact of their illness, situation, or injury. And from there, we help maximize patients' level of functionality to improve their quality of life.
Home care social workers are qualified to:
- Assess the patient's social, economic, and emotional needs
- Facilitate crisis intervention and emergency services
- Offer guidance on planning and decision-making
- Counsel patients on adjusting to and managing their condition
- Evaluate the need for additional medical or community services and assist with referrals
- Educate patients and families about community resources
- Assist with transfer to a higher level of care, if needed
- Watch for signs of potential abuse or neglect
Social services must be ordered by a physician, and care is provided on an intermittent basis. Most insurance plans require that the patient be homebound to be eligible for assistance from a social worker.