No matter where you call home, our home care team will meet you where you are and deliver care that puts comfort, quality of life and independence first. From helping with everyday chores to ongoing treatment for chronic illness, our visiting nurses and care team will be there for you every step of the way.
Care that feels like home
You may be considering home care for all kinds of reasons. Leaving the house could take too much of a physical and mental toll. Maybe you're a caregiver and need some extra help looking after a loved one. Or, perhaps you want to turn to the final chapter of your life with peace of mind knowing you’ll be cared for from the comfort of home.
Whatever your reason may be, our home care team and visiting nurses will do whatever it takes to make your home a haven of care. Every day, we'll be available to lend a helping hand — from rehabilitation and infusion therapy to tidying up around the house.
We’ll take the time to get to know you, your loved ones and caregivers and how we can all better support your care needs. A licensed nursing professional will visit you at home, and chart a care plan that puts your safety and wellbeing first. We review everyone’s home care plan regularly and make adjustments when necessary.
Advanced illness management
Chronic illnesses require a lifetime of care. Living with conditions like cancer, COPD, congestive heart failure and diabetes can be complex, but you can count on our nurses to over-deliver on your care.
If you’re living with a life-limiting illness and interested in palliative care, we’ll design a treatment plan around your needs and wishes that includes:
- Care coordination
- Emotional and spiritual support
- Symptom management
From nutrition to medication, we provide gentle infusion therapy services to people of all ages. Some of the common intravenous treatments we administer include:
- Antibiotic therapy
- Central line care
- Hickman and port-a-cath treatment
- Hydration services
- Pain management medications
- Total parenteral nutrition
If you're in pain or living with restricted mobility, communication challenges or other impairments caused by a physical condition, our at-home rehabilitation team can help you restore the skills you need to enjoy the quality of life you deserve. We offer:
Wound + ostomy care
Our Certified Wound Ostomy Continence Nurses (CWOCN) and physical therapy wound care specialists work with your doctors and local wound clinics to help heal all kinds of wounds, such as pressure ulcers.
These nurses also take care of people who recently had surgery to create an ostomy, which can be a colostomy, ileostomy or urostomy. Ostomy surgery involves making an incision in the abdomen to redirect how waste leaves the body, oftentimes into a prosthetic pouch on the outside of your stomach.
We understand that adjusting to an ostomy bag can take some time. You can count on our nurses to show you how to care for your ostomy bags, clean the area and be there to answer any questions.
Telehealth allows us to care for you at home, even when we’re not there. We’ll provide you with high-tech equipment that can check your vital signs and symptoms in the comfort of home while sending data to our nurses for evaluation.
Telehealth is especially helpful to people who:
- Have heart failure, diabetes, chronic or prenatal hypertension or other cardiac diagnoses
- Have vital signs that vary
- Are at risk for hospitalization or re-hospitalization
At-home care for children
We're here to lend a helping hand to children and parents at home. Our team features registered nurses who have advanced certifications in pediatric hematology and oncology and have experience caring for children undergoing complex medical treatments. We also have advanced training in:
Caring for new parents
Our team of registered nurses is trained to assist with prenatal (before the baby is born) and postnatal (after the baby is born) needs, such as:
- Chestfeeding support
- Doppler fetal heart rate assessment and monitoring
- Early maternity discharges
- Gestational diabetes
- High-risk pregnancy
- Birthin parent-baby assessment
- Birthing parent-baby teaching and support
- Nursing assessment
In Massachusetts, every birthing parent is allowed a home visit within the first few weeks of a baby’s arrival. During this visit, a nurse will perform a health check on the birth parent and baby, provide advice and answer any questions.
Our team of registered nurses is also trained to assess and monitor a child’s development and care for any special needs, including:
- Enteral nutrition therapy
- Family-focused care
- Medical social services
- Pediatric nursing assessment
- Teaching and support
Non-clinical services + home health aid
Everyone can use a little help around the house sometimes. Our team is happy to handle or assist you with everyday tasks by assigning you a home health aid to assist with non-clinical tasks, like:
- Personal care: We’ll help you get dressed, bathed and ready for the day with the utmost care and respect.
- Meal preparation: If you need to follow a special diet or simply want some help in the kitchen, we’ll work to keep you nourished.
- Light housekeeping: You can leave chores like laundry, ironing, meal clean-up, dusting and vacuuming to us.
- Caregiver relief: Caring for someone can feel like a full-time job. If you ever need a break, whether to take a vacation or attend a family event, we can cover for you.
- Medication reminders: We’ll keep your treatment plan on schedule with friendly reminders to take your medication, and can help you take it if necessary.
The cost of care provided by Tufts Medicine Care at Home is typically covered by health insurance, including most private insurances, Medicare, Medicaid and Senior HMOs. Patients receiving home care services must meet certain requirements including:
- Services must be ordered by the patient’s physician
- The patient must be “homebound” or unable to leave home without great effort
- The patient’s condition requires skilled care by a nurse or therapist
The main difference between a visiting nurse and a home health aide is that a visiting nurse is licensed to provide medical care like administering medications, whereas a home health aid mainly helps people with daily activities at home.