Service & Care
IHPC provides nurse practitioner home visits to manage the medical needs of elders. Unfortunately, at this time we do not provide services to anyone under the age of 65.
Visits are arranged after all the appropriate admission papers have been completed by the family, legal guardian or the individual patient if they are capable of signing on their own behalf.
Once paperwork has been completed, the Nurse Practitioner or her associate will call to arrange an appointment. The first visit may take up to 2 hours. If possible, it would be advantageous to have a family member at this visit since a thorough medical history will be reviewed. If the patient is unable to contribute all the information and family is unable to attend, the nurse practitioner will attempt to reach the family at a later time by phone.
Follow-up routine visits will be made about every 6-8 weeks. We have found that seeing our patients on a routine basis helps to keep them stable and out of the hospital. We ask families and/or caregivers to call us if there are any changes in patient’s condition and we will arrange an urgent visit, the next day if possible. We are not an emergency service and understand that at times, 911 may be the only option.
The caregiver is often a very valuable member of the team. IHPC nurse practitioners include the caregivers in their visit and see them as valuable sources of information.
Once a patient has been "admitted" to the care of IHPC, the nurse practitioner takes over the medical care. That includes the responsibility for prescribing all medications and coordinating with any medical specialists who might also be involved. Most importantly, that means setting goals with the patient and the family about the patient’s wishes for their care. Obviously we know each individual is unique and we strive to adapt to those special needs. We have found communication to be the key. If your loved one wants to stay connected with his or her prior doctor but really can’t get to their office, we have worked together in the past and are happy to make that effort again to afford the best care for that individual patient.
If a patient needs the services of a home care nurse, physical therapist, occupational therapist or speech therapist, we are able to make that referral.
If lab work or x-ray is needed, we will order that. We have knowledge about those organizations in the community who can provide those services in the home.