Your cardiology patients may benefit from home healthcare if they:
- Have frequent exacerbations of their heart failure, atrial ¬fibrillation, high blood pressure, or angina, and require multiple medicines to manage their condition and prevent hospitalization.
- Have difficulty managing their cardiac medications, requiring frequent interventions and office visits.
- Have difficulty using their diuretics effectively and understanding how to take them properly.
- Have recently been prescribed oxygen and require education and safety information.
- Are symptomatic with minimal activity, such as walking back to the exam room.
- Are habitual callers to your office with questions about their cardiac condition, medications or symptoms and could benefi¬t from a skilled nurse to supplement education on medication management, assess effectiveness of the medications and make sure symptoms are being controlled.
- Are weakened from their cardiac condition, have difficulty with self-care and mobility, and could benefi¬t from therapy to provide strengthening exercises and instruction on energy conservation.
- Need follow-up care, medication teaching or management after hospitalization.
- Have difficulty monitoring their weight.
- Could benefit from frequent monitoring of anti-coagulant therapy and/or have difficulty obtaining required monitoring due to homebound status.
- Have caregivers who have significant challenges managing the care of their loved one at home.
- Would benefit from developing or improving self-management skills to manage their cardiac condition.
- Could benefit from an action plan to help manage exacerbations before they become severe.