Seventy-one-year-old Wolfgang Leithardt had quadruple bypass surgery six years ago and needs skilled medical support, but he wants to keep living at home and maintain his independence. His solution? At-home therapy and nursing services through Valley Health Home Care.
Over the past year or so, Leithardt’s care team has visited him on and off as needed. They assist him with exercise to help keep his strength up, and support him with personal tasks through occupational therapy. “It’s almost like family,” he says of his nurse Christine, physical therapist Sarah, occupational therapist Kevin, and certified nursing assistant Monica. “You can trust them, they’re friendly, they’re efficient … I would refer them to everybody. They’re very helpful, and they keep me out of the hospital.”
Home care services are available for conditions that can include wound care, cardiac care, geriatric care, diabetes care education, infusion therapy, respiratory care, medication management education and others.
Being a hospital-based agency enables an integrated, connected patient experience and facilitates smooth transitions, whether people are returning home after a hospital stay or need help for a chronic or new medical condition, says Executive Director Mick Crawford. “Therapists and nurses are licensed in the state of Nevada and serve under the supervision of the patient’s family doctor,” he adds.
He clarifies that home care is not intended to be an emergency service, rather it is restorative and supportive of independence. “We want to bring a customer service focus and really have a huge impact on the individual.”
Could you qualify for covered benefits?
In order to qualify for services, certain criteria must be met. You must be referred by a physician, require intermittent skilled care, be homebound and reside in the greater Las Vegas area, Henderson or Boulder City. If you’re unsure whether you qualify, a no-cost assessment can be provided. Many insurances are accepted. “If you meet the criteria and have Medicare, services are 100 percent covered – no copays, no deductibles,” Crawford says.
To learn more or for an assessment, please call 702-382-3030.