The Home Health & Hospice department is located at 1625 Dorwart Drive in Sidney next to the SRMC Walk-in Clinic. Hours of operation are Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm. Home Health & Hospice offers the following services:
What is Home Health?
Home Health can provide skilled nursing care, a medical social worker, physical, speech and occupational therapies and home health aide services, under the supervision of your primary care provider.
Do I have choices in my healthcare?
Members of your Home Health team care about you and your family. They respect your right to participate in developing and carrying out your plan of care. Each team member strives to develop a rapport, not only with you, but also with those people who are part of your support system. The team provides health instructions for you and your personal caregivers to help you overcome the limitations of a particular illness, injury or disability and progress to independence within your potential.
Does my insurance cover the cost of participation?
It is less costly to the patient and/or their family than a lengthy hospital stay, and in most cases is reimbursable by Medicare. Private insurance companies have policies that vary, however many of them cover at least part of the cost of service.
What does SRMC Home Health services offer?
From the moment you or your family contact Sidney Regional Medical Center's Home Health Department, the staff's main purpose is to provide you with the finest and most complete home health services. Working closely with you and under the supervision of your personal physician, the Home Health nurse will develop a care plan especially for you. Your physician will be kept informed of your progress regularly, and periodically may revise your plan of care.
How do I become involved with Home Health services?
Home Health Services are available to all patients regardless of age, race, color, national origin, disability, sex or religion. To learn if you are eligible for Home Health Services, your physician can arrange for an initial assessment by contacting the Home Health Office at Sidney Regional Medical Center. If you have any questions and wish to talk to a Home Health Nurse please call the Home Health Office at 308.254.3273.
What area does Home Health serve?
We provide service to Cheyenne, Deuel, Kimball, Morrill counties in Nebraska.
Our office is located at: 1625 Dorwart Drive, Sidney Nebraska, 308.254.3273.
What is Hospice care?
Hospice care is a continuation of a patient’s medical care for people facing a life- limiting illness. Hospice provides expert medical care, pain management and emotional and spiritual support tailored to the patient’s needs and wants. Hospice care places a priority on managing symptoms and helping patients feel comfortable focusing on caring, not curing. Hospice recognizes death as a normal process which should neither be hastened nor postponed. It represents a change in focus from curative care to comfort care, emphasizing care at home or a home-like environment, symptom control and living life fully. The patient and family are the focus of hospice.
Does my insurance cover the cost of participation?
In most cases hospice care is reimbursable by Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance companies.
How do I become involved with Hospice?
Hospice is available to all patients regardless of age, race, color, national origin, disability, sex or religion. To be admitted to the hospice program, individuals have a life expectancy of six months or less if the disease follows its normal course. A patient must also consent to hospice care, seek comfort care rather than curative treatment, and have a primary caregiver. If you have any questions and wish to talk to a Hospice staff member, please call the Home Health & Hospice Department at Sidney Regional Medical Center at 308.254.3273.
What hospice services are available?
Hospice provides management of pain and disease related symptoms with 24 hours a day, 7 days a week service availability. We also offer:
- Instruction and support for family to enable care at home Instruction and support for patient and family on care, disease progression and symptom management
- Social work and counseling services
- Spiritual support and pastoral care
- Volunteer support services that include respite, homemaking, transportation and emotional support
- Nurses’ aides
- Bereavement support
We provide service to Cheyenne, Deuel, Kimball and Morrill counties in Nebraska.
Bereavement Support Group
At SRMC, the Home Health and Hospice team fully understands how challenging it can be to lose a loved one. The period following the death of someone special is called the bereavement period and is when many grieve. Bereavement has different stages and no person's experience is the same. But you do not have to go through it alone. Support is available to you through a FREE Bereavement Support group, hosted by the Hospice team.
The bereavement support group is open to anyone who has experienced the death of an important person in their life. Bereavement support combines education regarding the grief experience along with support from those with similar thoughts and feelings.
Meetings are held every third Thursday of the month at 6pm at the Home Health and Hospice conference room, located in Sidney at 1625 Dorwart Drive next to the Walk-in Clinic.
For more information and class details, contact Marcel Currier, social worker, at 308.254.3273.
What does Telemonitoring provide?
Telemonitoring provides patients with daily feedback regarding the effects of proper diet and medication use on their health status. It also provides information for your provider to make changes in your medications in order to reduce Emergency Room visits and hospitalizations.
Who benefits from Telemonitoring?
People who benefit from the use of Telemonitoring are those who may have had with a recent Emergency Room, hospital or nursing home discharge. As well those patients with chronic health issues such as cardiac disease, respiratory disease or diabetes may also benefit. Patients who require close monitoring of their health status benefit from the Telemonitoring service.
How does it work?
The home health staff installs the Honeywell HomMed telemonitor and instructs the patient on how to use the monitor appropriately. The telemonitor equipment connects to an existing phone line and standard power outlet in the patient’s home or use with a cellular phone and the data is transmitted to a computer in the home health office. The SRMC home health nurse reviews the data during business hours and follows up with the patient and provider as needed.
The Telemonitoring system is an Food and Drug Administration Class II, Hospital Grade Medical Device that measures:
- Heart Rate
- Blood Pressure
- Blood Oxygen
- Weight (up to 500lbs)
Service area includes: to Cheyenne, Deuel and Kimball counties in Nebraska. This service is only available to home health patients.
Life Assist is simple…
Life Assist Personal Response Service provides:
- Peace of mind to the patient, family and caregiver
- Independence and quality of life in their own home
- Early intervention which improves outcomes
- Reassurance that someone is always "there" for the patient
A small, portable personal help button is worn on a neck chain, wrist strap. If you need help, simply push the button. A fall detector personal help button will provide an additional layer of protection by automatically placing a call for help if a fall is detected and you cannot push the button.
A Life Assist Base unit is connected to your telephone line. It sends an automatic call for help when you push your personal help button. Highly trained personnel receive your help call and immediately attempt to make voice contact with you. If assistance is needed, they will contact one of your "responders" - nearby friends or relatives or whomever you designate. For more serious situations, an ambulance or police can be dispatched.
- People who live alone
- People who may be concerned about their personal safety or security
- Those with ongoing medical conditions
- Post-operative patients who want to maintain a link to medical assistance
- Disabled or handicapped individuals
For more information about Life Assist, call the SRMC Home Health Department at 308.254.3273. Referrals are accepted from physicians, hospitals, families, patients, friends and interested agencies, and can be made at any time. Call 308.254.3273.