North Mississippi Medical Center Home Health offers the opportunity to receive health care in the place where you are most comfortable; right in your own home, in familiar surroundings, with family members participating in your care.
Home Health Update
Thanks to new waivers issued by CMS, nurse practitioners and physician assistants can now:
- Order home health services
- Sign a home health plan of care
- Certify patient eligibility for Medicare home health services
For patients, this means that your normal provider - if you see a nurse practitioner or physician assistant - can order any home health services you need. It also gives providers and patients more flexibility so they can practice social distancing more easily.
Technology has developed to the point where almost any service available in the hospital can be delivered in the home with some modification. The Home Health staff follows your physician's orders and communicates closely with your physician.
Why Should I Choose NMMC Home Health?
- NMMC Home Health is a part of North Mississippi Health Services, a diversified regional health care organization that serves 24 counties. Because of this connection, our patients have access to more than 50 medical specialties when needed.
- Advanced technology. Each Home Health nurse and therapist has a laptop that is enabled with an air card, which provides Internet access regardless of location. This means that records are updated in real time, so nurses and therapists have immediate access to anything that is updated from another point of care, and other providers have access to their documentation from home visits. For patients, this means a better continuum of care, and no waiting for a nurse or therapist to get back to the office to hear from a physician.
- A centralized call center, which reduces wait time on the phone when patients, family members and caregivers call to speak to staff about questions or concerns.
- A palliative care team to ease transition to hospice services, when needed. If a patient wishes to use hospice care, our team is available to make sure the transition from NMMC Home Health to NMMC Hospice is smooth. Our teams work closely together to provide the best care possible for our patients.
Who Qualifies for Home Health?
If you have trouble communicating, are dependent on others to take you to doctor's appointments, or if it is particularly taxing or you feel unsafe leaving your home, Home Health may be a good fit for you.
You may be a good candidate for Home Health if you have been diagnosed with:
- Heart failure
- Coronary heart disease
- A disease that requires diet or lifestyle changes,
OR, if you have had a recent:
- Abdominal wound
- Hospital stay
- Hip or knee surgery
- Decline in self care
While You're In Our Care
Our goals while you're our patient include:
- Improve or restore your functional abilities and maintain your independence
- Avoid hospital readmissions or decrease length of stay
- Improve your quality of life
- Keep you at home with your family
- Ensure your safety
Our services include
- Assistance with personal care
- Diabetes management
- Congestive heart failure management
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) management
- Disease and pain management
- IV therapy
- Medication teaching and management
- Oxygen testing
- Palliative care (symptom) management
- Wound care by specially-trained nurses
- Physical, occupational and speech therapy, including:
- Vital Stim technology for swallowing rehabilitation
- Fall prevention and home safety assessment
NMMC Home Health staff is a team of professionals working with your physician to provide the highest quality health care to you at home. Our team includes:
- Registered nurses
- Physical, speech and occupational therapists
- Social workers
- Home Health aides
NMMC Home Health covers the following counties in northeast Mississippi: Alcorn, Tippah, Prentiss, Tishomingo, Union, Pontotoc, Lafayette, Lee, Itawamba, Calhoun, Chickasaw, Monroe, Webster, Clay, Choctaw and Oktibbeha.
The North Mississippi Medical Center Home Health and Hospice office is located at 812 Garfield Street in Tupelo.
For more information on Home Health, call (662) 377-2499 or 1-800-THE DESK (1-800-843-3375).
To speak with a home health care professional 24 hours a day, call 1-888-231-9282.