St. Vincent's Home Health

As Ascension At Home companies, we provide comprehensive home-based services across the country. Our services include home health, hospice, and home infusion therapy. Our caregivers work directly with the patient’s physician to provide better outcomes for all.

St. Vincent’s Home Health is dedicated to providing the highest level of quality home healthcare with compassion, integrity and dignity. We are one of the only privately held and locally owned Medicare Certified home health agencies in Alabama. St. Vincent’s Home Health serves 12 counties in central Alabama with offices located in Birmingham, Oneonta and Pell City.

Our medical/surgical and psychiatric nurses, physical therapists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, social workers, and home care aides are dedicated to providing person-centered care that includes the patient and the family. 

Formerly Care First Home Health, we joined the St. Vincent’s Health System in 2006. As a part of an integrated health system, we provide care beyond the walls of the hospitals and outpatient settings to improve and enhance the health of those we serve.

St.Vincent’s Home Health is Medicare-Certified and participates with Medicare Advantage plans and commercial insurances.

OUR SERVICES

Home Healthcare Services

  • Skilled Nursing
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Language Pathology
  • Certified Home Health Aids
  • Medical Social Workers

Comprehensive Programs

  • Orthopedic Joint Replacement Program
  • Cardiac Surgery Recovery
  • Diabetes Management Program
  • Psychiatric Program
  • Complex Wound Management

Skilled Nursing

St.Vincent’s Home Health has a team of highly qualified RN's and LPN's who work in conjunction with other members of the healthcare team to provide the best care in the home setting. Nursing services in the home may include the following:

  • Skilled Education on Disease Process
  • Heart Failure Management
  • Diabetic Management
  • Wound Care
  • Psychiatric Nursing

Each patient is case managed by a registered nurse (RN) and treatment is carried out by using our disease management programs, known as Care Paths. All nursing services are ordered by a physician.

Therapy Services

St. Vincent’s Home Health therapy department consists of highly trained Registered Physical Therapists, Licensed Physical Therapy Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants and Speech Language Pathologists. This team of professionals works hand-in-hand with each other and our Nursing Staff to deliver excellent care with continuity and positive outcomes. Therapy services that are most often provided in the home are:

  • After Care for Total Joint Replacement (Knees and Hips)
  • Falls prevention and after care; CVA (Stroke) Program
  • Home Exercise
  • Programs for gait training, energy conservation and strengthening for weakness due to Heart Failure, Diabetes, Pneumonia, COPD and other diagnoses.

Home Care Aides and Medical Social Workers

St. Vincent’s Home Health has a strong team of Medical Social Workers specifically trained to deal with the social and economic issues that people face in the home setting.

Our home care aides are placed in the home environment to assist with personal care, bathing and dressing when the patient is too weak to provide for themselves. Our team is trained to understand and meet the needs of home care and hospice patients.

Both MSW (Medical Social Worker) and Home Care Aide are only allowed in the home if the patient qualifies for nursing or therapy services. These services are intended to be short term and temporary.

SPECIALIZED SERVICES

Disease Management

Care Paths are the disease management programs specifically designed for the treatment of the most common home health diseases and diagnoses. Our clinicians (nurses, physical, occupational and speech therapists) initiate the Care Paths (protocols) upon admission and personalize the care to the patient’s needs. The Care Path consists of assessment, treatment and goals expected for the patient while on services. In addition, there are easy to follow teaching guides for the patient and/or family to follow. Some of our most commonly used Care Paths include:
 
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Diabetes
  • Cerebrovascular Accident (Stroke)
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • Pneumonia
  • Cardiac Recovery
  • Wound
  • Cancer
Many more less common diseases and diagnoses
Note: Any individuals who have frequent problems with long standing diseases or medical problems may benefit from our Care Path disease management programs. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have.

Psychiatric Services

Our program has been in existence since 2000. We have built our model on the premise that if we approach the care of a patient with mental illness from a holistic prespective, within his/her chosen environment, we will be successful in preventing frequent hospitalizations, thereby, making psychiatric home healthcare the most cost-effective treatment available for this patient population.

Research has shown that each time a psychiatric patient is hospitalized, the overall impact on the lifetime management of his/her disease is compounded in a negative way, affecting the ability to obtain and maintain a stable, independent and desireable quality of life.

We offer a well-rounded team approach to the therapeutic interventions that allow the psychiatric patient to maintain in his/her home environment, inspite of the regular adjustments necessary in response to exacerbations of illness, stressors and needed adjustments to medication. Our team includes:
 
  • Psychiatric Nurses with masters level degrees or board certification
  • Psychiatric Social Workers with years of experience in working with this population
  • Psychiatric Occupational Therapists who work with patients on resocialization, organization of the environment and techniques to lessen paranoia and improve self esteem, and use of pill boxes to enhance medication compliance
  • Home Health Aids who have specific training in helping psychiatric patients manage their personal hygiene while appropriately managing fears, paranoia and disorders that make hygiene an issue
Our customers consistently demonstrate improved:
 
  • Management of oral medications
  • Management of injectable medications
  • Cognitive function
  • Confusion frequency
  • Anxiety level
  • Behavioral problem frequency

Who Qualifies for Psychiatric Nursing?

Potential patients must meet one or more of the following criteria:
 
  • Be under the care of a psychiatrist or medical doctor and have been diagnosed with psychiatric illness or symptom
  • Have auditory or visual hallucinations causing abnormal behavior
  • Have uncontrolled anger outbursts
  • Have inability to cope because of extreme anxienty
  • Have paranoid ideations causing abnormal behavior
  • Have agorphobia (fear of leaving his/her home)
  • Have a short-term memory deficit requiring supervision to leave home
  • Have mental confusion
  • Have profound lethargy (inability to maintain continued activity)
  • Be unable to self-direct (requires intermittent or constant supervision)
  • Have poor judgement (negative social interaction occurs when patient ventures out without supervision)

Balance/Falls Prevention

Physical Therapy

  • Comprehensive assessment including:
    • Strength - hip abductors and extensors, knee extensors, ankle
    • AROM - bilateral upper and lower extremities, trunk, and neck
    • Sensation - using Semmes Weinstein monofilaments
    • Adaptive equipment - ambulation, bedroom and bathroom
    • Balance assessment - Tinetti, Berg, Timed up and Go, Stand and Reach
    • Assessment of footwear patient normally wears
    • Goal planning with patient and family
  • Comprehensive care plan:
    • Specific treatment strategies tailored for the individual patient
    • Use of equipment: foam pad, uneven surfaces, cones, etc.
    • Written and pictured home exercises taught to the patient and, when appropriate, to care givers
    • Re-assessment and updates as certain goals met or deemed unattainable
    • Reasonable amount of visits to achieve goals
    • Reinforcement of safety teaching - which activities the patient can practice independently and which must have supervision
    • Updates to referring physician

Occupational Therapy

  • Comprehensive assessment including:
    • Home safety assessment
    • Low vision screening - if necessary
    • Bathroom/bedroom - check for necessary modifications
    • Observation of patient performing normal ADL's
    • Goal planning with patient and family
  • Comprehensive care plan:
    • Low vision education - demonstration with appropriate lighting
    • Recommendations about needed adaptive equipment
    • Use of adaptive equipment
    • Instruction in home modification - removing clutter, wires, etc.
    • Reasonable amount of visits to achieve goals
    • Updates to referring physician

Skilled Nursing

  • Comprehensive assessment including:
    • Review of all body systems
    • Review of all prescribed medication and over the counter medicine taken by the patient
    • Blood pressure supine, sitting, and standing
    • Interview about history of dizziness or syncope
    • Goal planning with patient and family
  • Comprehensive care plan:
    • Medication teaching, including side effects and taking at correct time of day
    • Reasonable amount of scheduled visits to achieve goals
    • Updates to referring physician

LOCATIONS

St. Vincent’s Home Health serves individuals in 10 counties across central Alabama: Jefferson, Shelby, Blount, St. Clair, Bibb, Tuscaloosa, Walker, Calhoun, Etowah, and Talladega. 

We maintain a full staff of weekend RN's, LPN's and RPT's. We are available for referrals and patient care assistance 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week.

For referrals: Call (205) 313-2800; Fax (205) 313-2801

 

St. Vincent’s Home Health Map

St. Vincent’s Home Health Corporate Office
1400 Urban Center Dr, Suite 240, Birmingham, AL, 35242
(205) 313-2800 Local
(877) 440-9315 Toll Free
(205) 313-2801 Fax
 
 
St. Vincent’s Home Health Blount
1103 2nd Avenue East, Suites B & C, Oneonta, AL, 35121
(205) 274-8730 Local
(800) 465-4009 Toll Free
(205) 274-8731 Fax
 
 
St. Vincent’s Home Health St. Clair
2401 Stemley Bridge Rd, Suites 7, Pell City, AL, 35128
(205) 884-7202 Local
(800) 538-0002 Toll Free
(205) 814-2349 Fax
 
 
Central Intake for Referrals
(205) 313-2800 Local
(877) 440-9315 Toll Free
(205) 313-2801 Fax
 
 
Corporate Compliance Hotline
(800) 958-9651
 
 
Information Technology Department
(205) 313-2830 x2060
 
 

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