Health care delivered to the comfort of home
Placidia Lee has a long history of chronic illness, including high blood pressure and diabetes.
Recently, she was admitted to Virtua Voorhees for difficulty breathing due to congestive heart failure. After her acute illnesses were stabilized, Placidia was sent home to recover more fully.
A medical team and advanced technology
went with her
“Resting in the comfort of your own home can reduce stress and significantly improve recovery when you have the necessary clinical care and monitoring,” says Sue Burt, RN, BSN, BC, Virtua home care nurse.
Sue visited Placidia three times a week to make sure she took her medication, ate the right foods, and reduced her smoking to control her diabetes and blood pressure. On the days that Sue wasn’t there, she taught Placidia how to care for herself. Placidia learned how to monitor her own vital signs via a portable telemonitoring system.
Moving ahead at home
“Every morning, I took my blood pressure and stepped on the scale. The results were sent electronically to Sue and the doctor. It was simple to use and a relief to know I was doing ok,” says Placidia.
Carol Golden, a Virtua physical therapist, also visited Placidia at home to help her regain strength and endurance through a home exercise program. “We did gentle exercises like marching in place. The goal was to get her back to performing daily activities like walking up and down her apartment’s hallway without becoming too exhausted or short of breath.”
Today, Placidia continues her road to recovery – outside her home – with physical therapy at Virtua in Motion in the William G. Rohrer Center for HealthFitness in Voorhees.
Placidia says: “Because Virtua brought so much care to me, I’ve regained my independence and my life.”
Everything to recover at home
- Physical, speech and occupational therapy
- At-home nursing care
- At-home physician visits, x-rays and blood work
- Certified home health aides to help with personal needs
- Social services and community resources like smoking cessation, managing diabetes and losing weight
- A 24/7 medical alert service to connect you with care during a medical emergency with just a push of a button
Learn more about Virtua Home Care online or call toll-free 1-855-VIRTUA-8 (1-855-847-8828).