Our Home Care Team

At the Brockton VNA, our team provides patients with medically necessary nursing and rehabilitative therapies within their own home. The team develops a plan of care, in conjunction with the patient and the attending physician.  You can call on us for:


Nurses

The visiting nurses collaborate with other members of the home care team to help treat chronically ill individuals. They assist in the treatment, safety and recovery of the patient. Nurses help to promote and maintain the health of the patient, the family, and the community. They teach patients and their families how to manage their disease or illness. They also record the patient’s medical history and symptoms, administer treatment and medications, as well as perform follow-ups.

 

Home Health Aides

Brockton VNA certified home health aides provide personal care and rehabilitation support for the patient. They also assist in the daily activities of living, such as bathing, dressing, toileting, and meal preparation.  A home health aide works under supervision of a nurse or other clinician.

 

 

Medical Social Workers

Licensed social work professionals offer a variety of services, such as financial management assistance, community resource information, emotional support, and care management coordination. The social worker will coordinate community services and resources for the family. They will also counsel families adjusting to illness and assist the patient in developing the necessary coping skills to deal with the stress of the illness. Social workers may also help families navigate the complexities of the health care system.

Registered Dieticians/Nutritional Counseling Services

Registered dieticians provide patients with nutritional education specifically designed to address the patient’s disease management program. They also educate patients to understand food options, and what foods to choose that will work with their specific diet. Some patients need specific diets to help with disease management, such as with diabetes; cardiac; post-surgery diet assistance to facilitate recovery; nutritional nourishment for patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiation therapy; or for general nutritional education and support for healthy eating and dieting.

Interpreter Services

The Brockton VNA serves over 40 towns in the Metro South area. While serving all these different towns, there may be times when there is a language barrier. For that reason, the Brockton VNA provides interpreters for patients who speak other languages. By providing interpreter services, it allows for the BVNA to break down those language barriers, and allow for a more open, accurate and comfortable dialogue between patient and caregiver.

Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse

Wound Ostomy Continence (WOC) nurses specialize in the care of patients with wounds, ostomies or continence disorders. These registered nurses create personalized treatment plans for their patients. WOC nurses provide wound care, which includes but is not limited to wound cleansing, medication and wound coverage. They provide ostomy evaluation and treatment, as well as continence disorder treatment. Specializing in this field allows WOC nurses to direct, coordinate and evaluate patient care to insure that patients are on the road to recovery.

Certified Diabetic Educator (CDE)

The Certified Diabetic Educator informs the nurses, staff and patients on proper diabetes management and healthy living. Our CDEs at the BVNA consult with patients to set healthy living goals and assists those patients in achieving their goals. The CDE oversees that the BVNA is taking the appropriate steps to keep their American Diabetes Associations (ADA) certification.

Adult Nurse Practitioners (ANP)

The Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP) is a board certified specialist prepared at the master’s level. ANPs evaluate, manage and treat common acute and chronic primary care adult health problems. They also educate patients on disease prevention and maintaining their health. An ANP promotes a wellness-oriented lifestyle, and provides their patients with health promotion activities and programs. ANPs are also able to make referrals and prescribe medication to their patients if they see fit.

Pediatric Oncology Nurses

Pediatric oncology nurses provide care and support for young patients diagnosed with cancer. They are responsible for facilitating a child’s cancer treatment care and assisting the family with any issues or questions that may arise during treatment. These nurses prepare and administer chemotherapy, within the comfort and familiarity of the child’s home. The pediatric oncology nurse also manages the symptoms of chemotherapy and assesses the physical, emotional and psychological needs of their patients. As with any member of our Home Care Team, the pediatric oncology nurse is also responsible for coordinating with other members of the team, such as a medical social worker, to make life a little bit easier for their patient. To read more on the BVNA’s pediatric oncology nurses, please visit our Caring For Kids Program page.

Certified Rehabilitation Nurses

These certified nurses specialize in helping patients recover from a variety of injuries, conditions and chronic illnesses, and help the patient restore an active and independent lifestyle. Rehabilitation nurses provide support to patients and their families, as well as creating individual home care plans that will help patients achieve rehabilitative goals. They also educate patients on how to lead healthy and restorative daily routines.

Therapists

Our therapists assess and treat adults and children through physical, occupational and speech-language therapies. The therapists help people with physical and developmental problems, and will provide a thorough assessment of their needs as well as creating an individualized plan of care. Please visit our Home Care Rehabilitation page to read more.

Certified Chronic Care Management Program

Our Certified Chronic Care Management Program is a patient-centered care program. It focuses specifically on teaching patients self-management techniques as well as teaching patients how to manage their illness over a long term. The BVNA’s Certified Chronic Care Management team is made up of our certified clinical managers, Certified Diabetic Educator (CDE), Telehealth nurse, diabetic nurse, and our case managers. The team works with patients who have chronic illnesses, such as cardiac disease, diabetes or respiratory disease, and creates a personalized care plan that is patient-centered and evidence-based. All care is planned, viewed and provided based on the patient’s goals.