Bridges Community Home Health brings healthcare professionals directly to you, avoiding the need for a residential stay in a rehabilitation center or skilled nursing facility.
In-Home Skilled Services
Bridges uses community partners and licensed staff to attend to individual needs, following the direction of physician treatment plans and each patient’s personal recovery goals. Our multi-disciplinary team of professionals and specialists provide a full range of medical and caregiving services to help patients stay healthy and safe while recovering from a recent injury, illness, hospitalization or health event.
For patients needing treatment and support beyond assistance with activities of daily living, Bridges provides a range of common and complex skilled nursing services focused on healing, recovery and coping.
If you’re taking multiple medications and need assistance managing dosing, timing and potential interactions, our nurses can help you set up, manage and monitor the effectiveness of your prescriptions.
We understand how frustrating it is to work with a provider who doesn’t understand the specifics of your condition or needs. That’s why our staff undergo frequent, consistent training to prepare to work with you on solutions, treatments and coping mechanisms.
Our staff has specific expertise in pain management—whether it’s related to illness or injury, recent surgery or a progressive condition. Our goal is to reduce or eliminate your pain while following your prescribed treatment plan so you can enjoy living comfortably and independently.
Uncared-for wounds can slow and reverse your progress and even lead to hospitalization. Our nurses understand the complete process of helping wounds heal, even if they have advanced into something far more complex. Using state-of-the-art dressing, appropriate medication and frequent care, we are dedicated to your healing.
Our cardiac care providers help you manage your heart health and treatment while recovering from a procedure or condition. We develop specialized care plans geared towards improving quality of life and preventing unwanted hospital visits.
Our goal is to support you throughout your healing process so you can stay on track to meet the goals you and your care team have set. Our team monitors your progress so we can identify when your treatment plan must be reevaluated or even adjusted. We advocate for your needs and coordinate services with your entire care team, including medical providers, adjacent providers, caregivers and loved ones.
As experts in neuromusculoskeletal conditions, our physical therapists offer services for a range of mobility and movement needs—including preserving or improving current abilities; recovering from recent surgery or injury; and adjusting to progressive or ongoing limitations.
Loss of energy, shortness of breath, feelings of weakness—these are just a few challenges that can make your daily routine feel unsustainable. Whether rooted in something simple or symptomatic of a complex condition, we design programs tailored to you: your abilities, your needs, your goals.
When it comes to joint issues like stiffness or pain, our therapists understand even the tiniest details of how your joints are designed to move, bend and extend—so we can create the right program that gives you relief and restores your movement.
Physical therapists describe the way humans walk in terms of gait. Your physical therapist can identify your unique walking pattern and any underlying issues making it difficult to get around. Working one-on-one, they help you develop new habits and techniques to stabilize your stride and make walking more comfortable.
Everything you do requires a certain amount of strength. Do you have trouble standing up from a chair or climbing stairs? Is it difficult to get out of bed and pull on your clothes? Our physical therapists will talk to you about your specific needs and, following your goals, design an individualized program that will help you do all those things you need to do.
Our expert therapists can help you recover from or adjust to neurological damage from a stroke, accident or progressive disease that challenges your physical ability. Your brain and nerves have a certain amount of neuroplasticity—meaning, with the right stimulus and training, you can recover some or all of your function and ability over time.
Balance is not just about the ability to walk or stand on uneven surfaces—it’s how we stabilize ourselves in every activity, even when we’re just sitting in a chair. Our therapists can evaluate your complete balance system, which relies on several senses, functions and systems working together to give you a sense of balance. From your inner ear to the soles of your feet, along with your central nervous system, joints and vision, your physical therapist takes an integrated approach to correct any issues and help you feel centered again.
As experts in not only anatomy, physiology and neurology—but specifically function, our occupational therapists provide services to help you either adapt to a disability or eliminate a disability altogether.
The things we all do every day—like getting out of bed, bathing, grooming, eating, and others—are what occupational therapists call activities of daily living or ADLs. For those who need help with these types of activities, our specialists provide options: working with you to improve your strength, range-of-motion and skill, or training adaptive tools like reachers, extension handles, and other specialized equipment.
Over time, or following the development of a new disability, your home may need to be adapted to your current abilities. Our therapists can evaluate your home, inside and out, and find the specialized tools and adaptive equipment to make living at home safer and easier for you.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed and aren’t quite sure how to care for your friend or loved one, our occupational therapists can provide instruction on safely caring for an individual with a disability. There are several skills they can teach you ensure you are properly supporting your loved one and avoiding injury or strain to yourself.
Occupational therapists have a deep well of knowledge of not only anatomy, physiology, and disease processes, but also neurology and neurological rehab. If you’re living with neurological damage from a stroke or other condition, our occupational therapists can help you improve your abilities.
There are many causes and variations of dementia. While often associated with memory loss, there are several ways an individual can experience and react to a degenerative cognitive condition. Our therapists have specialized training to assist people living with dementia. They can also identify appropriate treatments and protocols to improve memory and cognition for some individuals.
Speech therapists—also known as speech and language pathologists—play an important part in the delivery of healthcare. And, like many other therapists, their title only tells part of the story. Our speech therapists are highly educated, licensed professionals who have proven themselves by completing intense and demanding training, and through working with some of the most complex disabilities in healthcare.
There are several conditions and medical events that can decrease a person’s ability to communicate through speech. Progressive diseases like Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s and Multiple Sclerosis can manifest over time, while effects from head injuries or strokes can have a more sudden impact on one’s ability to use language.
For those experiencing slowed speech, garbled words, incoherent speech or slurring, our speech therapists use their deep understanding of the causes of language disorders to deliver effective treatments that improve communication abilities.
There are many temporary and chronic conditions that can affect a person’s ability to swallow, with two of the biggest concerns being the potential for poor nutrition and the increased risk of choking. Speech therapists have the specific anatomical, physiological, neurological and mechanical knowledge to create treatment plans that improve or restore the ability to swallow. Additionally, they can provide dietary guidance and adaptations to decrease choking risks and prevent malnutrition.
Recovering the ability to speak may not be an option for individuals with specific injuries, disabilities or progressive diseases. However, our speech therapists can still provide training to help individuals convey their thoughts and needs through other methods. As experts in adaptive language, our therapists identify the most accessible forms of communication that can provide a long-term solution for those with complex conditions or damage.
The ability to pay attention, form memories, solve problems or generally process information can have major impacts on how well or how confidently someone can use language to communicate. There are a wide range of cognitive and neurological conditions that can affect speech and language skills, which is why specially trained speech therapists evaluate all factors to determine the correct tools, treatments and recommendations for each patient.
Home Health Aides
Some conditions can make personal care very challenging. For those who need in-home assistance with certain activities of daily living or could benefit from additional monitoring services, our certified nursing assistants (CNAs) are available to provide expert nursing care, companionship and supervision.
We understand that some of the services our home health aides provide can feel very personal or private, which is why we carefully evaluate the professional and personal qualifications of all care providers who come to your home. All CNAs assigned through Bridges Home Health have completed specialized training in certified nursing assistant schools, have passed state exams, and have cleared background checks.
Above all else, we’ve hand-selected them to join our team because they’re responsible, caring, smart and compassionate—they can be trusted in your home and consistently show they can provide the assistance you need.
Do you need help bathing, showering, getting dressed or fixing your hair? Our CNAs are there to help you. They’ve been specifically trained to help you transfer safely from your bed to a wheelchair, in and out of a shower, and to help you with dressing and grooming. They know how to make the entire experience pleasant and comfortable—and they know their role is to anticipate your needs and make life simpler.
Our CNAs have had specialized healthcare training and represent another “set of eyes” to watch for changes in health before they develop into problems or lead to more serious complications. If your home health aide notices a health need that isn’t being addressed by your current treatment and care plan, they can bring it to the attention of your care team and help coordinate the services you need.
Medical Social Services
Along with the care services and support provided through your professional care team, our healthcare social workers provide additional coordination to help you understand your treatment plan and the options available to you beyond your health needs.
Our healthcare social workers coordinate the various services you may need to stay healthy and happy, such as finding medical equipment like a hospital bed, wheelchair or shower bench, or other healthcare options, like transitioning to assisted living or coordinating with an inpatient facility after a surgery.
Are you worried about how you’ll pay for the care you need? Maybe you’re worried by the costs of assisted living or wonder how you’ll pay for a rehab stay in a skilled nursing facility. The social workers at Bridges Community Care are experts in understanding sources of funding and can help you find ways to pay for your healthcare.
Let’s face it: there can be a lot of hoops to jump through when you need healthcare. That’s another reason you need an advocate. Bridges social workers can help you fill out paperwork and make sure that all the I’s are dotted and the T’s crossed.
We know it can be overwhelming to be a primary caregiver, but that’s why we’re here—to help make it easier. There are many services available through insurance and some services are offered free by the community. Make an appointment with one of our healthcare social workers and let us make life easier.
Body and mind, mind and spirit. At Bridges we’re not only concerned with your physical health—we’re concerned with your mental and social health too. Our social workers can provide assessments that give important insights into your mental and social health—and they can help you find resources for additional support.