There's no place like home when you're recovering from an illness or injury. Yet sometimes, once you leave the hospital, you still require medical attention. That's when home care – available through a doctor's referral – can provide the care you need from the comfort of home. Home care services are available for adults and children. Home care also is available after childbirth.
Lehigh Valley Home Care–Allentown
2024 Lehigh St., Ste. 100
Lehigh Valley Home Care–Hazleton
700 E. Broad St.
Lehigh Valley Home Care–Pocono
502 VNA Road
East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
Lehigh Valley Home Care—Schuylkill
420 S. Jackson St.
Pottsville, PA 17901
Home care professionals include home health aides, social workers and rehabilitation specialists. They work closely with your doctor to ensure you get back on your feet as quickly as possible.
If you need home care, here are some facts about the services available through Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN):
- We've provided home health services to the Lehigh Valley community for nearly 50 years.
- Lehigh Valley Home Care–Hazleton is the Greater Hazleton area's only hospital-based home health agency.
- Our nurses and staff are highly educated and recognized for their skills and compassion. We are licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and certified by Medicare.
- Our nurses in the Lehigh Valley are certified by The Joint Commission.
- Our nurses in the Lehigh Valley are recognized nationally for quality nursing care with the Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
- We use the latest technology and practices including telemedicine. When caregivers aren't physically with you, we still can monitor your health remotely. A home health monitoring system (TeleHomeCare) helps us track your blood pressure, heart rate and temperature. If we discover you may be uncomfortable, as indicated by changes in blood pressure, heart rate or temperature, a nurse will visit you as soon as possible to help you feel better.
- Our health care professionals in the Lehigh Valley work closely with programs like OACIS (Optimizing Advanced Complex Illness Support) Services, which helps you and your family manage your care and ensure everyone understands your needs and goals.
- In the Lehigh Valley, our office at 2024 Lehigh St. in Allentown, Pa., is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.
- In the Greater Hazleton area, our office is at 766 E. Broad St., Hazleton, Pa. A registered nurse is on call 24/7.
- In Pottsville and the Schuylkill County area, our office is at 420 S. Jackson St., Pottsville, Pa. We offer 24/7 on call service. When needed, we bring a variety of specialized services to the home on a part-time, intermittent basis for acutely ill, terminally ill or convalescing patients of all ages.
To receive home care services, you must be under the care of your physician and meet the requirements of your insurer. Your physician or the hospital’s discharge planner (or case manager) may refer you, or you may call us directly. Eligible home health services generally are covered by Medicare and Medical Assistance, as well as most private insurance plans.
Nursing services, such as:
- Behavioral health
- Catheter care
- Diabetes care and education
- Diet instruction and nutritional support
- Medication monitoring
- Pain management
- Patient and family education
- Patient assessment and monitoring
- Wound care
- Cardiac care
- Symptom management
Home health aide services, such as help with:
- Bathing and personal hygiene
- Light meal preparation
Medical social services, including:
- Counseling and education regarding long-term planning and available community resources
- Short-term counseling to assist with adjustment to illness and use of support services
Rehabilitative therapies, such as:
- Physical therapy to help with balance, movement, strength, prosthetics and walking
- Occupational therapy to help with activities of daily living
- Speech and language therapy to improve speech, language and cognitive function, as well as help with swallowing problems
Having a baby is both exciting and challenging. If you have a condition such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, postpartum depression or pre-term labor, or if you need help managing your medication, your doctor may recommend you receive care in your home, where you are most comfortable. We provide specialized care to help you take care of yourself and your newborn.
After you and your newborn are home, a nurse will visit you to help you adjust to the changes in your life and ensure you get the support you need. A nurse can teach you and your family how to care for yourself and your newborn and answer any questions you may have about breastfeeding.
Children and adults require different care. So our specially educated pediatric nurses provide care in the home for children (newborns through age 18) who are born prematurely, are at high-risk for developing illnesses, already suffer from an illness or are recovering from an injury. We believe children heal better at home, surrounded by family.
Your child will have a special treatment plan designed by his or her physician and home health caregivers. This may include medical care, social services, nutrition and rehabilitation.