"Nursing Home Without Walls" Gives Elderly and Disabled Independence in Their Own Home

Vol. 12, No. 1
March, 2002

  • Winthrop-University Hospital Comes Out on Top of Joint Commission Accreditation of Healthcare Organization's 2001 Survey

  • Winthrop's Todd J. Cohen, MD Implants Hospital's First Patient with New Device to Treat Congestive Heart Failure

  • Winthrop-University Hospital First on L.I. to Perform Cardiac Surgery Without Stitches

  • Winthrop-University Hospital's New PET Imaging Center Opens, Offers Greater Hope to Cancer Patients

  • Winthrop-University Hospital First on Long Island to Use New Fetal Oxygen Sensor During Labor and Delivery

  • Winthrop's New Breast Imaging & Diagnostic Suite - "One Stop Shop" for Women

  • Promising New Treatments on Horizon for Parkinson's Disease

  • Winthrop-University Hospital is First in New York Metro Area to Pioneer New Communication System for Hearing-Impaired Patients

  • Winthrop Pediatricians Turn Literary for Kids

  • "Nursing Home Without Walls" Gives Elderly and Disabled Independence in Their Own Home

  • "Balloon" Technique Helps Mend Spine Fractures, Relieves Pain in Patients with Osteoporosis

  • Long Island Poison & Drug Information Center at Winthrop Stresses Prevention to Avoid Accidental Poisonings

  • Winthrop Awarded $1.1 Million Grant from New York State

  • AT&T Employees Tee Off to Help Children at Winthrop's Cancer Center for Kids

  • Citibank Gives Hope to Children at Winthrop-University Hospital's Cancer Center For Kids in Form of a $10,000 Donation

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  • Joann Ryan, RN talks to her patient, Evelyn Drelick during a home visit.
    Evelyn Drelick has lived in her Mineola home for 44 years. Her house is filled with memories of family and friends. When she thought she'd have to leave her home because of health problems, her outlook for the future was clouded with unease. But, with the help of Winthrop's Long Term Home Health Care Program, Mrs. Drelick, who is a diabetic, suffers from heart disease, hypertension and glaucoma, remains in her own home while receiving the medical care she needs.

    Years ago, after an elderly or disabled person became ill and /or required hospitalization and continuous care afterward, a nursing home was essentially their last stop.

    Winthrop's Long Term Home Health Care Program, also known as the "Nursing Home without Walls," offers a positive alternative to people requiring a skilled nursing facility, allowing them to live comfortably and independently in their own home while receiving the long term health care they need through home visits by Winthrop professionals.

    From nursing services, physical, occupational and speech therapy to nutritional planning and housekeeping the comprehensive services offered through the program are unparalleled. In certain cases, the program will even help make a patient's house handicap accessible, adding wheelchair ramps, shower bars and other possible safeguards upon returning home from the hospital.

    "We encompass all of our clients' needs - mental, emotional and physical - and help them combine their new situation and care needs with their home environment upon returning from hospitalization," said Marianne Grady, RN, Director of Winthrop's Long Term Home Health Care Program. "This care not only provides them with more mobility and independence but with a positive mental well being, aiding in their recovery and promoting a better quality of life."

    Education and social work are also important components of the Long Term Home Health Care Program, helping patients and their caregivers to understand and cope with their health problems, the purposes of their medications, proper nutrition, safety in the home and what do in case of an emergency.

    Winthrop's Long Term Home Health Care Program is open to people of all ages who live in Nassau County and have a medical problem and/or disability that requires long term care. An assessment of an individual's condition will determine eligibility in the Medicaid reimbursable program with the approval of the Nassau County Department of Social Services.

    Mrs. Drelick is proof positive that Winthrop's Long Term Home Health Care Program works for its patients and their needs. Living comfortably in her own house, Mrs. Drelick is now visited once a day for several hours by one of Winthrop's specially trained personal care assistants and once a week by a Winthrop nurse. They administer health care needs such as medication, and help her with daily living activities including laundry, food shopping, grooming, light housekeeping and accompany her to visits within the community.

    "I couldn't be happier with the care I receive," said Mrs. Drelick. "The program and its nurses and aides take all the worry off of my shoulders. I am in good hands."

    For more information on Winthrop's Long Term Home Health Care Program, call (516) 663-8050.

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