Baxter and Marion County Home Health Care
Providing High-Quality Home Health Services in the Comfort of your Own Home
Baxter Regional Home Health
Fax: (870) 435-7509
Nursing Fax: (870) 435-7508
With almost three decades of experience in home healthcare, we embody the
stability and professionalism you and your family deserve. Baxter Regional
Medical Center Home Health is a nonprofit organization that has been offering
quality home health care services to residents of Baxter and Marion counties
since 1979. We continually strive to improve our services in relation
to our patients’ needs. Working under your physician’s plan
of care, our medical staff provides the medical services necessary for
your recovery and your family’s peace of mind. Through advanced
technology, we are able to provide the most efficient healthcare while
keeping the patient’s needs a top priority.
It’s important that your home healthcare provider be a reliable and
stable member of the medical community. Our nurses and aides work with
your doctor to provide medical services. Their assessment, skilled treatment
and support provide the high-quality care you will need to recover at
home. A registered nurse is available 24 hours a day for admissions, urgent
situations and questions. As a functioning department within Baxter Regional
Medical Center, your transition to home healthcare will be seamless, and
we will be able to assist you with medical needs in a timely and efficient
manner. Our home healthcare provides you and your family with the medical
care, attention, and respect you deserve.
The home health program is state-licensed and certified for Medicare and
What is Home Health care?
Home healthcare is part-time professional healthcare for patients of all
ages, under physician direction, provided to the patient in the home setting.
Many patients benefit from being in their own homes surrounded by friends
and loved ones during their recovery process.
Essential components of home healthcare include teaching the patient self-care,
securing necessary equipment and medical supplies, instructing the family
in the physical care of the patient and helping family members cope with
the challenges that result from the patient’s illness.
Home healthcare is recognized as a less expensive and increasingly important
alternative to hospitalization or care in a nursing home. Home healthcare
is a more effective way to provide health services in a comfortable home
environment to patients who do not need 24-hour professional supervision.
Home Healthcare Comprises the Following Health Care Services:
- Catheter care
- Wound care and dressings
- Diabetes education
- Colostomy care and education
- Monitoring vital signs for patients with life-threatening cases of hypertension,
congestive heart failure, heart attacks and strokes
- Pregnant mothers
- Education and instruction for therapeutic diets, medications, home care
or post-surgical concerns
- Feeding tube insertion and care
- IV therapy services, including chemotherapy
Our physical therapists provide high-quality rehabilitation services in
your home. These services include therapeutic exercise, gait training,
home safety, functional activities and patient education. We also instruct
your family in functional transfers, balance activities and stroke rehabilitation.
Specific services include:
- At-home activity programs to overcome physical limitations
- Instruction in the use of assistive devices for ambulation
- Prosthetic training
- T.E.N.S. (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) education for pain control
A social worker is available to assist patients with social or financial
problems that may impact the patient’s care or recovery.
Speech-language pathology services are designed to help the patient develop
functioning communications. These services include screening, evaluating
and interpreting results; diagnosing, rehabilitating and preventing disorders
of speech (articulation, fluency, voice) and language; oral-pharyngeal
function (swallowing); and cognition (memory, problem-solving).
- Aphasia therapy develops receptive and expressive language following a stroke.
- Alaryngeal speech therapy following laryngectomy includes training in the
use of speech aids.
- Cognitive and language therapy is used following a head injury.
- Restore, maintain and/or improve daily living skills, such as bathing,
dressing, and eating.
- Teach therapeutic adaptation, such as the use of adaptive equipment.
- Provide sensorimotor treatment for strength, endurance, range of motion,
coordination, balance, and mobility.
- Develop fine motor skills.
- Promote hand-eye coordination.
- Teach energy-conservation techniques and work simplification.
Home Health Telemonitoring
Baxter Regional Medical Center’s home health telemonitoring remotely
monitors patients’ vital signs data and sends them short surveys
about their health status. The equipment transmits vital signs data and
daily interactive surveys to and from the patient. This combination of
objective data and subjective responses enables clinicians to make more
timely care decisions and helps prevent unnecessary hospitalizations.
Each day, patients take their own vital signs measurements as prescribed
by their doctors: weight, blood pressure, pulse, glucose level, blood
oxygen level and/or ECG rhythm. They also answer survey questions sent
by their clinician, which may include general health assessment questions
and/or targeted follow-up questions, and enter self-reported data as directed.
The information is then automatically transmitted through an ordinary
phone line via modem to secure, Web-based Clinical Review Software. Clinicians
can track daily patient measurements, store and retrieve historical data
in both tabular and graphical format, and generate reports – promoting
fast follow-up and intervention.
Home Health Aide Services
The home health aide may assist periodically with bathing, hair and nail
care, and other personal care. An aide is assigned at the discretion of
the visiting nurse, but only if the patient is already receiving skilled
nursing, physical therapy or speech therapy.
All home healthcare is carried out under the direction of the patient’s
personal physician. If you are in need of home healthcare, contact your
doctor, or call the BRMC Home Health at (870) 435-7500.
To qualify for payment of home health services under Medicare, Medicaid,
and most private insurance, the patient must meet the following criteria:
- Presently under the care of a physician
- Homebound or unable to leave home without assistance. Under current law,
to qualify as homebound, a Medicare beneficiary does not need to be bedridden,
but must generally be confined to his or her home. If the patient does
leave the home for nonmedical purposes, these absences must be for short
periods of time or infrequently.
- Requires intermittent skilled care from a nurse or therapist
- Skilled care requires the special skills, knowledge, and judgment of a
licensed professional to ensure the safety of the patient and to achieve
the medically desired results. While custodial care may be essential to
a patient’s well-being, it does not constitute skilled care.
Payment is made by Medicare or Medicaid for patients who qualify under
these programs, and reimbursement reflects actual agency cost for the
provision of services. Home health services are also covered by private
insurance, private pay and workers’ compensation.
Home Health Staff
Baxter Regional Medical Center Home Health has well-qualified and experienced
employees who provide skilled nursing care, physical therapy, speech therapy,
occupational therapy, social work and home health aide care.
The home health staff includes registered nurses, licensed practical nurses,
home health aides, registered physical therapists, a speech-language pathologist,
registered occupational therapists and a social worker. The nursing staff
is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
BRMC Home Health will provide home health services without regard to race,
color, creed, national origin, religion, sex, age, or physical or mental
In 2013, our Baxter and Marion county offices moved to its current central
location at 30 Ryan Road in Cotter, Arkansas, to serve our patients.