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Private Duty Care

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This type of care is when you require the assistance of someone for many hours a day. This may be either a nurse or an aide. Typically this type of care is required by someone who would not be safe at home by himself. You may require a nurse 8 hours a day to care for your child with a trach while you go to work or an aide around the clock for a parent with Alzheimer's whom you can't leave alone safely. This type of care is not paid for under the Medicare program, but there may be some other programs or community resources available in some instances. All skilled care provided by American Home Health will be under the supervision of your physician while non-medical care can be provided without the direction of your physician.

If you have any question, please feel free to contact American Home Health at 630-236-3501.

Pediatric Private Duty Services

Private Duty Nursing consists of a nurse or nurses tending to the child or infant for an entire shift or shifts, usually 6-8 hours per day up to 24 hours per day.

Our company offers a total package of pediatric programs and services designed exclusively for infants, children and adolescents. We work with physicians, family members and the entire healthcare team to develop a comprehensive plan of care addressing the client's goals and expectations. We recognize each client and their family has different needs, and requires a unique approach.

Who can benefit from pediatric home health care? Infants and children with the following conditions:

  • Cardiac abnormalities
  • Apnea
  • Respiratory diagnoses
  • Prematurity
  • Neurological impairment
  • Orthopedic conditions
  • Digestive disorders
  • Birth and congenital defects
  • Infections
  • Recuperating from surgery, burns or accidents
  • Terminal illness
  • American Home Health's personnel are thoroughly versed in administering the most sophisticated therapies in the home:
  • Ventilator Care
  • Oxygen Therapy
  • Tracheostomy Care
  • BiPAP or CPAP
  • Intravenous Therapy
  • Wound Care
  • Ostomy Care
  • TPN – Total Parenteral Nutrition
  • Monitoring Devices
  • Tube Feedings

For more information, please contact American Home Health. Our phone number is 630-236-3501.

Pediatric Home Health Services

This includes registered nurses and therapists providing intermittent visits to instruct family members in the care of the child or infant. They will instruct the client or his family until they are competent with the care. Then on a regular basis they will continue to visit the client to assess progress, reinforce the doctors' plans and assist the client to meet their goals. The frequency of the visits and duration of how long the nurse or therapist continues to visit the client is specific to each case.

  • This type of care could include:
  • Pre or Post Surgical Care
  • Respiratory Diagnosis
  • Cardiac Diagnosis
  • Cancer
  • Transplant
  • Wounds
  • Rehabilitative Services
  • Chronic or Acute IV Therapy
  • Pain Management

Examples of Services:

  • Client and Family Education
  • Assessments
  • Lab Draws
  • Asthma Education
  • Diabetic Education
  • Wound Care
  • Tube Feedings
  • Enterostomal Care
  • Bowel Program
  • Respiratory Nursing Care
  • Infusion Therapy Services

Rehabilitation Services: Serving clients with acute and chronic disabling conditions such as those caused by neurologic, musculoskeletal, congenital and genetic disorders. Services include:

  • Physical Therapy – Home Exercise Program, Gait Training, Transfer Training, Home Safety Evaluation
  • Occupational Therapy – Adaptive Equipment for ADL's, Home Safety
  • Speech Therapy – Swallowing Exercises, Speech and Communication

For more information, please contact American Home Health. Our phone number is 630-236-3501.

Adult Supportive Services

Adult Supportive Services: Serving clients without the need for skilled care when the care of a paraprofessional could mean they can remain in their homes safely and cost effectively.

  • Nurse's Aide – for bathing, grooming, hygiene, transferring, toileting and other personal care needs
  • Companions Care – to help with light housekeeping, meal preparation, errands, transportation, grocery shopping and recreational activities
  • Dementia Care – to provide safety and personal care to clients with moderate to advanced levels of dementia
  • Respite Care for the Family – to provide rest for family caregivers during emergencies or for vacations

For more information, please contact American Home Health. Our phone number is 630-236-3501.

Adult Infusion Nursing Services

Our trained team of dedicated professionals consists of highly qualified individuals to ensure you are receiving the most comprehensive care available in the privacy of your own home. AHHC delivers care with quality, compassion, and reliability.

Here are some of the features of American Home Health Infusion Nursing:

  • Continuity of care. Each client is assigned a nurse to provide all of the client’s care. This ensures the nurse’s familiarity with the client’s condition and care and forms a bond of trust with the client.
  • One Point of Contact for referral, labs, updates, status changes. We make it easy to find the answers.
  • Experienced nurses providing pediatric, transplant, cardiac and specialty care
  • Ability to provide nursing for any type of infusion approved for home health administration
  • We also provide other disciplines: Therapist, Home Health Aides, Private Duty Nursing
  • Specialize in patient education
  • Highly skilled, able to provide care for a variety of infusion devices (central lines, epidural lines or perform peripheral IV starts)
  • Comprehensive assessment of all patients during each phase of treatment
  • Blood draws, monitoring of lab results, reporting of lab results to the infusion team
  • “On Call” RN for client support and after-hours visits
  • Clinical updates provided to physicians and case managers on a regular basis
  • Work with most payor sources
  • Medicare Certified, Joint Commission Accredited, State Licensed

For more information, please contact American Home Health. Our phone number is 630-236-3501.

Adult Private Duty Services

American Home Health Corp. (AHHC) delivers specialized care for clients in a home setting. AHHC delivers care with quality, compassion, and reliability.

We employ hundreds of nursing professionals dedicated to caring for technology dependent clients. Our continuous comprehensive training utilizes state of the art education for our nursing and paraprofessional staff.

Our company offers a complete package of specialized programs and services designed exclusively for the adult population. Your home health care can consist of 24/7 hourly private duty care. We work with physicians, family members and the entire healthcare team; we develop a comprehensive plan of care addressing the client's goals and expectations. We recognize each client has different needs and will tailor the client's plan accordingly.

  • Services may include any of the following:
  • Ventilator Care
  • Oxygen Therapy
  • Tracheostomy Care
  • BiPAP or CPAP
  • Inhalation Therapy
  • Respiratory Treatments
  • Medication Administration
  • TPN
  • Pain Management
  • Antibiotic Treatment
  • Assessments
  • Wound Care
  • Lab Draws
  • Tube Feedings
  • Enterostomal Care
  • Anti-Coagulant Therapy
  • Bowel Program

For more information, please contact American Home Health. Our phone number is 630-236-3501.

A FORMIDABLE FOE: LEWY BODY DEMENTIA

Born at St. Luke’s Hospital in Chicago on July 21, 1951, Robin Williams was the son of Robert Fitzgerald Williams, a senior executive in Ford Motor Company’s Lincoln-Mercury Division. His mother, Laurie McLaurin, was a former model from Jackson, Mississippi. During a television interview on Inside the Actors Studio in 2001, Williams credited his mother as an important early influence on his humor. He said he tried to make her laugh to gain attention.

Williams attended public elementary school at Gorton Elementary School in Lake Forest and middle school at Deer Path Junior High School. When he was twelve, his father was transferred to Detroit. When he was sixteen, his father took early retirement and the family moved to California.

He began performing stand-up comedy in San Francisco and Los Angeles in the 1970’s. He also starred in numerous films including Good Morning, Vietnam (1987) and the box office hit Mrs. Doubtfire (1993).

On August 11, 2014, the world learned that Williams had committed suicide by hanging himself in his California home. He was sixty-three years old. The autopsy report showed no alcohol or illegal drugs were involved. Prescription drugs in his system were at “therapeutic” levels. The final autopsy report noted that Williams had been suffering “a recent increase in paranoia.” An examination of his brain tissue suggested Williams suffered from “diffuse Lewy body dementia.”

According to a Mayo Clinic article “Lewy body dementia” at https://www.mayoclinic.org., “Lewy body dementia, also known as dementia with Lewy bodies, is the second most common type of progressive dementia after Alzheimer’s disease dementia. Protein deposits, called Lewy bodies, develop in nerve cells in the brain regions involved in thinking, memory and movement (motor control).

“Lewy body dementia causes a progressive decline in mental abilities. People with Lewy body dementia may experience visual hallucinations, and change in alertness and attention. Other effects include Parkinson’s disease-like symptoms such as rigid muscles, slow movement and tremors.”

If you have a family member who suffers from Lewy body dementia and needs private duty nursing, call American Home Health at (630) 236-3501. The agency can provide round-the-clock nursing care by Registered Nurses (RNs), Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), and Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs), Our service area covers fifteen counties in Northern Illinois including Cook, Lake, McHenry, Boone, Winnebago, Ogle, Lee, DeKalb, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, LaSalle, Grundy, Will, and Kankakee. American Home Health is licensed by the State of Illinois and accredited by the Joint Commission. For further information, go to www.ahhc-1.com, or call (630) 236-3501.

—By Karen Centowski