At HealthKeeperz, we provide a variety of health services right in your home. Central to our model of providing elite care at the same level you’ll find in leading hospitals, nursing homes, and other clinical facilities is our delivery of skilled nursing services through highly qualified professionals. In celebration of our nursing team for National Nurses Week, we are showcasing skilled nursing at HealthKeeperz.
Let’s take a look at what skilled nursing can do for you, right in your home.
The first step is to create a proactive health plan tailored to your individual needs as a patient. Our skilled nurses take a patient-centered approach to your care. What are you looking to get out of it? Are you seeking to prolong your life, or to maximize quality of life in the time you have left? Or are you just looking to recover from an illness or injury as quickly as possible? Whatever your individual needs may be, our skilled nurses will work with you to deliver the best possible care.
According to Director of Clinical Services Amanda Sampson, skilled nursing in the home is a big job no matter the goals, but Healthkeeperz nurses are up to the task. “The team at HealthKeeperz really stresses confidence, both for the nurse and the patient,” she explained. “We help our staff build confidence through ongoing education, training, and coaching. When you’re confident in your skills, that brings more confidence to your patients and their caregivers.”
Let’s say you are recovering from an illness. Our skilled nurses will help you manage and administer medications; care for yourself with bathing and hygiene assistance; monitor blood pressure, pulse and respiration; and assess your condition at each visit, keeping you informed about your own health and risk of hospitalization.
Another key to success for Sampson is caregiver support. “When a patient has caregiver support, it helps them become more comfortable with the care we are providing in the home,” she said. “Having a support system is key, and sometimes we have to help them identify a neighbor, minister, or someone besides family members. They may have always been independent, not used to asking anyone for help.”
Many of our patients suffer from ongoing health issues and require the care and assistance of skilled nursing but not necessarily any treatment. For those patients, we offer a wide range of services – from fall prevention to orthopedic care to COPD management. Basically, we can help with almost anything you can think of that will help you live a happy and fulfilling life even with enduring health concerns.
Sampson noted that one of the greatest strengths of HealthKeeperz nurses is their versatility: “We take care of all manner of conditions. We help elderly patients achieve a better quality fo life, and we even work with families with babies on their growth and development—and we work with all kinds of people in-between, with wound care, IV medications, and much more. It takes special people to be able to pivot among all the types of cases our nurses see on a weekly basis.”
Hospice care is another area where we apply the expertise of skilled nurses. We understand that hospice care is not one-size-fits-all, and we’re committed to creating the end-of-life experience that makes you happiest. For instance, maybe you need help administering medications that provide pain relief – or maybe you just need someone to help you wash up so that you can feel fresh and pampered as you catch up and reminisce with friends and family. Either way, our skilled nurses have you covered.
For our home health and hospice nurses, Sampson sees the HealthKeeperz difference as sustaining them in what can often be difficult work. “I’ve been here for 18 years, spending six years providing direct patient care and spending the last 12 in a supervisory capacity,” she said. “Our mission, caring for all for the glory of God, is evident in everything we do. Our weekly meetings in home health and daily calls in hospice give our teams not only the chance to discuss their patients, but also each other. We share our praises and our concerns and really try to care for each other in the process. We pray for each other and make sure, even if it’s just a phone call or text, to look out for each other during the week.”
Just as important as the company’s culture, Sampson noted, is its enduring commitment to improvement: “I’ve seen us evolve a lot in the time I’ve been here. There’s been a huge commitment to quality and improving patient outcomes. We’ve seen the rewards of these commitments with our recent rating as a four-star agency by CMS. We are proud of what we’ve achieved, and our people want to keep getting better.”
No matter the type of care you require, rest assured that it will be administered with the utmost care and compassion in the comfort of your own home. Our mission—caring for all for the glory of God—is something we take seriously and to heart each day, and it’s this missional approach that sets HealthKeeperz skilled nurses apart. We are honored to serve each and every one of our patients, and we hope that you’ll choose us for all your skilled nursing needs. Please contact HealthKeeperz at 800-309-3784 to get started.
The mission of HealthKeeperz is, "Caring for all people for the glory of God." And as is the case for the success of any mission, there must be a plan for how it will be accomplished. At HealthKeeperz, that's where our "Vision statement" comes into play. It reads this way:
“HealthKeeperz will be a community of caregivers who deliver value as measured by:
In the few moments that I have with you this month, and in a few following months, I want us to consider how the Bible shapes these four ideas. So, for now, let’s focus on the concept of "Wise Stewardship."
In his book, Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis writes, "Every faculty you have, your power of thinking or of moving your limbs from moment to moment, is given you by God. If you devoted every moment of your whole life exclusively to His service, you could not give Him anything that was not in a sense His own already."
This notion that God owns it all does not originate with Lewis. Psalm 24:1 says, "The earth is the LORD's, and everything in it, the world, and all who live it." (NIV) With this being true, where does this leave us? We are stewards. Just as in the beginning when Adam was placed in a garden that was not his and instructed to care for it that the garden might flourish, we too have been placed in a spot on the earth and at a time in history that we might do the works of God as His managers.
You see, the idea of stewardship communicates an expectation of someone who is to manage the owners' possessions in a way that pleases them and advances their purposes. Then no wonder HealthKeeperz has said that part of our vision is that we would exercise wise stewardship! To accomplish God's purposes, we will need wisdom from above, heavenly wisdom.
Deuteronomy 8:17 warns of the temptation to think that “. . . my power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me." But God in His grace reminds us in the next verse, to “. . . remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth." So then, the strength of body and keenness of mind that contributes to our success in the mission is given by God. And since this is true of our own personal abilities, that is, they belong to God, then it is certainly true of the other resources that we are afforded in the pursuit of His purposes. Our time, supplies, and skill belong to God.
Here's some good news lest we begin to view God as some possessive, demanding tyrant. Daily, He graciously pours out wisdom, strength, and resources so that we are amply supplied to not only fulfill the mission but flourish and be happy as we do it. Remember, we are created in His likeness, and when God looked over all that His wisdom, strength, and resources produced at the creation of the world, He smiled and said, "this is very good."
Stewardship is nothing to dread. It's what we were made for, and it's how we flourish. Amen.
Yours in Christ,
Chaplain James Chavis
The connection between mind and body is a powerful one. It requires us to look out not only for our physical health, but for our emotional and spiritual health as well. In order to live life as a healthy, fulfilled individual, we must look at our health inside and out.
This is of particular resonance during the final days of life. At this point, many patients experience a dramatic shift in perspective. They stop asking, “How much time do I have?” and begin to wonder, “How can I make the most of the time I have left?” That’s where HealthKeeperz focuses its hospice services. We take a holistic approach, providing physical, emotional, and spiritual care to the patient. This care includes:
Choosing from these services, HealthKeeperz works with the patient and his or her family to assemble the right hospice team. Our expert healthcare professionals help strike the balance between reducing pain, making the patient feel as comfortable as possible physically, and ensuring that his/her mind is at ease.
Skilled nursing refers to the type of care that can only be done by licensed, skilled nurses. HealthKeeperz’ team of highly qualified nursing professionals can assist with every healthcare need in the book, from wound dressings to fall prevention to monitoring vital signs. They are fully equipped to care for your every medical need within the home and to monitor your health status, even if it is changing rapidly. In-home aides complete the tasks that aren’t covered by skilled nursing, but still contribute to the patient’s overall health and well-being – like bathing, dressing, and meals.
Pastoral care means emotional and spiritual support in the midst of pain, loss, and anxiety. HealthKeeperz’ chaplains—trained pastoral care providers—are there to hold your hand every step of the way. Our team includes not only our own chaplains, but also some of the most compassionate volunteers you’ll ever meet. Pastoral care providers are trained to have a calm, comforting presence, which patients and their families find helpful during hard times.
Medical social workers assist patients and their families in dealing with the strains of healthcare. In a hospice situation, emotions tend to run high, and stress as well as family issues are common. Thus, it’s important to have a medical social worker on hand who can help navigate the situation in a way that’s helpful to everyone. Medical social workers act as a safety net for patients – someone they can always rely on to deal with the hardships of hospice care.
Choosing hospice care is a tough decision to make, but with HealthKeeperz’ team of experienced hospice providers, it can be an easy and comfortable experience for patient and family. Please contact us at 800-309-3784 to begin a conversation.
These days, it seems like nearly every industry goes through a period of change as things are digitized and made available on-demand. The latest industry to experience such a shift is one of the biggest and most important: healthcare. It is increasingly easy to seek medical advice, monitoring, and even treatment from your doctor in the comfort of your home using technology. Healthcare professionals have coined the term “telehealth” to refer to the administration of health services remotely via technology, such as the internet or a mobile device.
Telehealth currently has many applications and engineers are working on developing even more. For one, it makes life easier for patients living with chronic disease, who must check in often with a medical professional. Instead of making frequent trips to the doctor, these patients can now use their mobile phones to upload medication logs, dosage, blood sugar levels, and more. This allows patients more freedom to go about everyday life – in particular, those who live in rural or isolated areas. No more lengthy trips back-and-forth from the doctor.
Additionally, telehealth eliminates the need to travel to your doctor for minor concerns. Patients can use online videoconferencing to speak with a doctor or nurse practitioner about minor illnesses, prescription refills, or routine test results. This is great news for the folks who try to avoid the doctor’s office at all costs. Physicians can now monitor your health from a distance with a surprising degree of sophistication – measuring everything from your posture to tremors. Wearable devices, home monitoring systems, and mobile apps power much of the technology behind remote telehealth.
Finally, telehealth is an invaluable communication tool for healthcare professionals. Telehealth makes it possible for doctors anywhere to consult with one another virtually. Your physician could send your exam notes, test results, and X-rays to a specialist in seconds. Not only does this enhance the quality of your care, but also the convenience: Consulting a specialist online means less time spent there in person. Specialists can be few and far between, depending on where you live and your condition, making telehealth a big plus for many.
As far as it has come already, telehealth has a bright future – and patients and their doctors are only beginning to see how these technologies will shape up. Industry experts predict that even more specializations will soon be made available via telehealth, including neurology. There are already some telehealth providers who work remotely in the fields of stroke care and dermatology.
Experts also predict Medicare to expand telehealth reimbursement in coming years. There is already a list of telehealth services that Medicare will reimburse, and that list continues to grow each year. This is making it easier and easier to incorporate telehealth into your healthcare plan without breaking the bank.
Working with your physician, HealthKeeperz provides a range of healthcare services in the comfort of your own home. Our experienced team of healthcare professionals can reduce your need for in-person treatment as well as ease the burdens of daily life. Please contact us at 800-309-3784 to begin a conversation.