Heart failure is a life-long condition, but following your plan of care can help you live longer, maintain your health and still enjoy your life. Henry Ford at Home’s Heart Failure Care at Home Program helps patients monitor their condition and provides tools to help manage heart failure safely at home. As part of the Heart Failure Care at Home Program, patients receive home health nursing visits from Henry Ford Home Health Care, with the option to add Henry Ford e-Home Care services, including telehealth monitoring. Henry Ford at Home also carries a full line of medical equipment and healthy living items through Henry Ford Health Products.
What to Expect
Participation in Henry Ford at Home’s Heart Failure Care at Home Program begins with an initial visit by a Home Health Care nurse within 48 hours of your doctor’s referral. Nurses and/or therapists will make three to four visits per week for the first two weeks, and will gradually decrease frequency to prepare for discharge from Home Health Care.
The Home Health Care nurse will teach:
- Risk factors relating to heart failure and signs of disease progression
- Ways to prevent worsening of your heart failure
- How to exercise safely and conserve energy
- How to make everyday tasks easier
- The importance of early symptom control to prevent rehospitalizations
- Name, purpose, dose and side effects of all your medications
- When to report symptoms to your doctor or when to go to the emergency department.
Your nurse/therapist will assess and monitor:
- Your vital signs and daily weight
- Your understanding of your medications and disease process
- Safety factors in your home
- Your nutritional intake
- Your level of activity
- Your ability to be independent in the home
- The need for additional disciplines to help you, such as a medical social worker, home health aide or registered dietitian.