When Norman Cady needed home health services, they were just a call away.
“Services were very easy to set up,” says Norman.
After having back surgery and spending time recovering at Good Samaritan Society – St. John’s in Kearney, Nebraska, Norman was referred to Good Samaritan Society – Home Care of Central Nebraska for help managing his pain and decreasing his medications.
That led to Heather Wemhoff, a registered nurse with the home care team, meeting Norman and his wife, Joan, during an initial visit a few days later.
“Going in the home, you get to know the family and their dynamics,” says Heather. “You get to know the spouse of the client and what he or she is capable of doing and teach them how to do things to keep their loved one safe in the home.”
As part of her visits with Norman, Heather checked his vitals, provided wound care and looked for signs of infection. She taught both Norman and Joan how to do things like check blood pressure and manage medication.
“Heather told me about supporting my neck with the brace and I haven’t had any pain since,” says Norman.
Both Norman and Heather have a good sense of humor, so they hit it off right away. And Joan was grateful for the help setting up appointments and contacting Norman’s primary care doctor.
“Heather was always helpful if we had a problem,” Joan says. “She’d help us through it and give us some good ideas.”
The average client uses home health services for about a month or two. Nurses like Heather can help clients of all ages be more successful by teaching them while providing care.
Norman and Joan continue to live at home thanks to the home health care he received. He can now mow the yard with his riding mower and he helps with some cooking and dishwashing.
The couple recommends home health to others.
“Home health helped us along the way so Norman could be back on his feet and live as normal of a life as he can,” says Joan.