Health services have new home



January 29, 2010 - 12:00 AM

Home Health’s goals in moving across town were to find more office space, have a building more accessible to the public and become more visible in the community. Allen County Hospice and Lifeline, also services of Allen County Hospital, joined in the move to 501 N. State from their location on South Second Street immediately to the south of the hospital.
“We are thrilled with our new office,” said Lucinda Witt, director of Home Health and Hospice. The former Radio Shack building offers “plenty of office space, a conference room and an actual break room that we don’t have to share with stored equipment.”

HOME HEALTH provides professional care that allows individuals to remain in their home instead of having to move to nursing homes or residential care facilities, Witt said.
Services include skilled nursing, occupational and physical therapy and personal care assistance with grooming, bathing and dressing. A registered nurse is on call 24 hours a day in case of emergencies.
Patients must be referred to Home Health by a physician. Services are paid for through private insurance, Medicare and Medicaid.

ALLEN COUNTY Hospice provides end of life care so people may remain in their homes instead of a hospital or nursing facility.
“Our goal is to keep patients comfortable and help them to live each day to its fullest until the end,” Witt said. She recalled helping one hospice patient manage her pain so she could help prepare a holiday meal for her family, building a happy memory for the family.
Social workers counsel families and provide them with community resources to assist with financial concerns and legal affairs. For those seeking spiritual guidance, Hospice chaplains are available.
Allen County Hospice services are paid for through private insurance, Medicare and Medicaid.

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