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 healthcare 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 Medicaid Services.
What is home healthcare?
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 Healthcare Services:
Skilled Nursing Care
- 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 postsurgical 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 Baxter County office at 870-508-1790 or the Marion County office at 800-654-9387.
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 Healthcare 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 disability.
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.
For more information, contact:
Baxter Regional Home Health
Fax: (870) 435-7509
Nursing Fax: (870) 435-7508