OSF Home Care Services

Home Health Team

Who is on the Home Health Team?

  • ¬†Banner_Health_Care_at_home_x.jpg Registered nurses (RNs)¬†provide skilled nursing care, perform procedures ordered by physicians, and teach patients and their families about their condition and how to manage at home.
  • Certified home care aides (CNAs) assist with personal care, such as bathing, grooming, dressing and other daily living activities.
  • Medical social workers help patients and families cope with emotions and changing needs. They help seek other community services such as home delivered meals, housekeeping services and transportation assistance.
  • Physical therapists help develop muscle strength and prevent further disability. They teach patients how to use special equipment and exercises to increase confidence, endurance and speed of recuperation.
  • Occupational therapists work to restore lost mental and physical skills through creative, therapeutic and self-care activities. They promote independence by teaching patients ways to take care of themselves. They also determine adaptive equipment needs, when indicated.
  • Speech therapists plan exercises and teach activities to improve speaking, swallowing, reading and understanding.
  • Wound, ostomy, and continence nurses (WOCN) who can provide specialized care in the treatment of wounds, ostomy, continence, conservative sharp wound debridement, and care of the diabetic foot.