Home Care

About Home Health

Bristol Home Health has provided home healthcare along the Wasatch Front since 2012. Our team of highly trained professionals understand the challenges patients face recovering from illness, injury or surgery. Home Health allows patients to recuperate at home while assisted by our licensed healthcare team.

Physician-ordered services can range from nursing care and/or therapy that is complimented by support in the home, including medication management and education along with assistance for activities of daily living. Bristol creates a plan of care personalized to meet the unique needs of each individual.

The Process/Getting Started

Bristol Home Health works with your physician in all aspects of your home health care. The type of care ordered by your physician may include IV services, physical therapy, or post-operative wound care. Bristol coordinates with your physician and other providers to assure that you receive the best complete medical care possible, with individualized clinical attention in the comfort and privacy of your home.

Bristol Home Health Services are covered 100% by Medicare.

To qualify for home health care, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be considered “homebound,” based on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) criteria,
  • Require skilled care on a part-time or intermittent basis to improve, maintain, prevent, or further slow your health condition,
  • Be under the care of a physician, who completes and documents an in-person visit with you either:
    1. three months before the start of Home Health Care, or
    2. within one month after the Home Health Care benefit has begun.

Skilled Nurses

Our home health nurses offer a variety of skilled services.

  • Wound care
  • Medication management
  • IV administration
  • Ostomy care
  • Enteral feedings
  • Catheter care
  • Respiratory and nutrition education
  • Pain control
  • Home safety evaluations
  • And more

Our compassionate nurses spend quality time educating patients about their condition. They support their patients by teaching them how to remain safe, healthy, and independent. They provide the patient with tools to allow them to grow stronger and healthier even after they have completed their goals for home health.

Bristol nurses are available by phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer questions, assess patient situations, offer support, and put patient’s and their family’s minds at ease.

Home Health Aides

Bristol Home Health Aides are exceptional at providing support and assistance with activities of daily living, such as personal care, bathing, and dressing. Bristol Aides are known to go above and beyond regular duties in order to make the patient’s home health experience remarkable. They will paint nails, apply makeup, or give a barbershop quality shave. If there is anything that will make the patient feel better about themselves, Bristol Aides are there to serve because we know physical recovery is enhanced when social and emotional needs are met.

Physical Therapists

After an illness or injury, it is important to regain strength and balance. Bristol Physical Therapists are trained to help you recover in the safety and comfort of your own home. They provide a wide range of services such as education, therapeutic exercises, stretching, massage, TENS unit therapy, and more that will build strength, decrease pain, and improve mobility. Bristol Therapists are trained to provide home safety evaluations and identify equipment needs.

Occupational Therapists

Where Physical Therapy assists patients in regaining physical strength and balance, Occupational Therapy assists in regaining the dexterity and coordination to achieve independence in self-care. Bristol Occupational Therapists help the patient regain the ability to dress themselves, cook, do their hair, or feed themselves. Any activity of daily living that requires coordination and strength is their primary focus. Occupational therapy helps people regain the skills they need to enhance their quality of life, as well as evaluate the need for equipment to help in reducing pain and increasing mobility.

Speech Therapists

Our trained Speech Therapists develop and implement individualized treatment programs for each patient’s unique needs. Bristol Speech Therapists support so much more than just the skills of annunciation and verbalization. They work with patients who are experiencing difficulty swallowing. They help with cognition concerns after a stroke, or concerns associated with dementia. Speech Therapy is a valuable Home Health tool whenever there is a challenge with communication after an illness or injury.

Medical Social Services

Bristol only hires the most experienced and seasoned Social Workers. Social Workers are skilled in the assessment of social and emotional needs. They help the family and patient understand which financial and community resources are available to assist in the patient’s recovery.

What Services are Available?

  • Skilled Nursing care
  • Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapies
  • Medical Social Work
  • Home Health Aide Services
  • Wound Care (Wound Vacs)
  • Fall Prevention
  • IV Therapy
  • Injections
  • Pain, Disease, and Medication Management/Education
  • Catheter Cares
  • Chronic Disease Management

What Makes Bristol Home Care Unique?

Heart Health Program

The Bristol Heart Health at Home program is designed to assist you and your caregiver in understanding the symptoms, treatments and responsibilities associated with a congestive heart failure diagnosis.

Home health clinicians and your physician work together to design a treatment plan geared toward helping you manage your disease. Education about heart health is an integral part of your congestive heart failure plan of care.

Heart Health at Home teaching tools are provided in a convenient booklet. The booklet will remain in your home so that your home health clinicians can review the instructions and guidelines with you when they visit.

Stroke Recovery and Prevention Program

It takes time and effort to get better after a stroke. Your body has experienced changes that may cause significant physical challenges and affect your emotional wellbeing. You may need to adjust many of your daily habits and learn some basic skills all over again.

The goal of a stroke recovery program is to restore as much independence as possible by improving physical, mental and emotional functions. The good news is that skilled Bristol clinicians and therapists can assist you along your journey to recovery.

The Bristol Stroke Recovery and Prevention program provides comprehensive education for the patient and caregiver. Bristol tools for recovery include educational materials, transferring techniques, strengthening exercises, and dietary recommendations.

Joint Replacement Program

Bristol offers a Complete Care Program for patients who are undergoing total joint replacement surgery. The Complete Care Program is a team approach. It includes your surgeon and healthcare team, registered nurse case manager, trained home health therapists, and you.

The Bristol Joint Replacement Program provides you with important information to achieve the best outcome from your joint replacement surgery. You will receive education to understand how to prepare for your upcoming surgery, what to expect before, during and after surgery and during your hospital stay, and what to do to continue your successful recovery at home.

Urinary Incontinence Program

The goals of Bristol’s Urinary Incontinence Management Program are to reduce urinary accidents, to provide exercises and tips to improve bladder control, and to help you be more physically and socially active.

Urinary incontinence often requires a person to change their habits and lifestyle to avoid urinary accidents. The Bristol Urinary Incontinence Program provides education and tools to improve quality of life.

Diabetes Home Care Program

The goal of the Bristol Diabetes Home Care Program is to encourage patients to live as independently as possible while safely managing their own diabetic care. Our nurses, working with the patient’s physician, provide support, education and assistance to diabetic patients and their families.

The Bristol Home Care Diabetes Program provides customized client educational materials, teaches patient self-monitoring skills, includes a nutritional assessment, and provides ongoing foot assessments with follow-up education.

Bristol Specialty Programs

  • Cardiac Program
  • Diabetic Program
  • Stroke Program
  • Total Joint Program
  • Incontinence Program
  • Balance Program

Home Care FAQs

Who is eligible for Home Health Care?

There are three requirements for receiving home health care under the Medicare Benefit:

  • You must have a doctor prescribe home health care
  • You must need either skilled nursing care or therapy on an intermittent basis (i.e., physical/occupational/speech therapy)
  • You must be considered “homebound” (see below)

What Does Homebound Mean?

To be homebound means that you’re unable to safely leave your home without the assistance of others and the aid of assistive devices such as a wheelchair to leave your home. Homebound can mean that your doctor believes leaving your home could be harmful to your health. According to Medicare guidelines, it also means that to leave your home would require a considerable and taxing effort. You doctor must certify that you’re homebound.

If I Leave my Home will I Lose “Home Bound” Status?

You can maintain homebound status if you need to leave your home for medical treatment that cannot be provided in the home. You are also allowed brief and infrequent absences from the home for non-medical reasons, such as an occasional trip to the hairdresser, to attend church, or for unique family events (like a wedding or graduation).

How Often will my Home Health Care Visits Be?

How Often will my Home Health Care Visits Be?

The frequency of your home health visits will vary based on your personal plan of care. Your doctor may change your plan of care, increasing or decreasing the number of visits or services provided, in order to provide you with the best home health care for your needs.

The duration of Home Health Care depends on your personal situation and care plan. However, according to Medicare Guidelines, home health care typically covers care fewer than 7 days each week or less than 8 hours each day over a maximum period of 21 days.

What’s the difference Between Home Health, Hospice Care, and Personal (or Private Duty) Care?

Home health care provides skilled clinical treatment for an illness or injury, with the goal of helping you recover, regain your independence and become as self-sufficient as possible. Home health care can also help you live with chronic conditions, such as diabetes. Personal care aides, if ordered by your doctor, can assist with some personal cares such as bathing and dressing for the duration that the physical and/or occupational therapists are working in your home. Home health care is covered by Medicare when ordered by your doctor.

Hospice care is designed to provide non-curative treatment and comfort for those who are facing a life-limiting illness. Hospice care offers a support system of medical, social, spiritual and bereavement services. The hospice team includes CNAs to assist with personal cares and volunteers who also provide support to the patient and family. The Hospice team supports a patient, their family, and other loved ones during end-of-life care. Hospice services are 100% covered by Medicare.

Personal Care Services, also known as Private Duty Care, provide aides to help with personal care, meal preparation or your normal activities of daily living in order to remain independent within your home. Personal Care Services are not covered by Medicare. These services are privately paid by the client or their family.

Contact us to learn more or call (801) 930-5266.