Home Health services are being suspended
Due to a number of industry-related and economic factors, significantly including a nationwide nursing shortage and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Jennie Stuart Health’s Home Health service line operations are being suspended, effective Aug. 31, 2022.
Our Home Health Agency (HHA) has a long and important history at JSH. The hospital secured Certificate of Need approval from the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 1987 to serve the Western Kentucky counties of Christian, Trigg and Todd. In the summer of 1989, our HHA officially opened for service to our patients in the region and has been serving our area for over three decades.
We are proud of the tremendous patient engagement our agency has enjoyed since its inception, and the many accolades and significant recognition that Jennie Stuart Health’s HHA has received through the years.
JSH values its agency’s purpose and the unique health care impact that our service line offers our patients. Our goal is to re-introduce Home Health to Western Kentucky in 2023. We will spend the next several months analyzing contemporary Home Health service line structures and practices, and evaluating the operational needs and requirements of a reinvigorated Home Health Agency that can thrive within the modern demands of our patient population and the healthcare industry.
We will provide updates on our progress as they become available. Thank you for your support of our people and the mission of our Home Health Agency through the years.
Jennie Stuart Home Health is a Joint Commission-accredited home health agency. Our Home Health team provides healthcare to those who are home bound and are under the care of a licensed physician. Nurses are on call 24 hours per day, seven days per week to assist with your needs. Home Health is available to families in Christian, Todd and Trigg Counties.
Jennie Stuart Home Health provides needed medical and personal care services to patients in their homes. These are part-time, intermittent services designed to promote, restore or minimize the effects of illness.
Our nursing professionals coordinate your treatment, plan and provide the specialty care ordered by your physician. Skilled services include:
- Skilled assessments
- Infusion therapy
- IV antibiotics
- Medication management
- Enteral nutrition
- Wound management
- Catheter/ostomy/skin care
- Laboratory measurements
- Diabetes management
- Heart failure management
- Patient and family teaching
- Hospice transition/palliative care
To help maximize mobility, physical therapists evaluate and provide individualized programs for strengthening and coordination exercises, pain control and other therapeutic treatments.
To help maximize independence in activities of daily living, occupational therapists evaluate and provide exercise and adaptive techniques for self-care.
To help maximize communication, our speech therapist evaluates and prepares a individualized treatment plan.
All rehab disciplines may work in conjunction or independently to meet the patients’ needs in the following areas:
Joint replacement rehabilitation
Fall prevention program
Energy conservation training
Alternative communication program
Visual deficits adaptations
Cognitive deficits adaptations
Adaptive and home medical equipment referrals
Difficulty with speech
Difficulty with swallowing
Difficulty with memory
Medical Social Services
Medical social workers are available to assist you and your family in finding ways to cope when stressful issues affect your recovery:
- Financial information
- Long-term and short-term planning
- Alternative living arrangements
- Coordination of community resources
Home health aides
Home health aides may assist you with your personal needs as ordered by your physician, such as:
- Assisted/total bath
- Skin care
- Linen changing
- Light meal preparation
- General exercise and other assistance
Medical equipment and supplies
We will assist you in arranging for medical equipment—such as oxygen, hospital beds or walkers—from your chosen vendor when your physician says you need them. You will be instructed in the use of your equipment. Most medical supplies will be provided by the agency.
Paying for services
Jennie Stuart Home Health will bill your insurance company or other source for you. Payment sources include:
- Medicare Advantage plans
- Workers’ compensation
- Commercial insurance
- Private payers
Your Jennie Stuart Home Health professional can provide more detailed information.
Jennie Stuart Home Health is in compliance with all federal and state anti-discrimination laws. Our policy prohibits discrimination on the basis of color, race, religion, national origin, mental or physical disability, age, sex, economic or social status, or ability to pay.