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In-Home Care Assistance Available in Ohio Valley

February 21, 2011

WHEELING - Sometimes people need a little help with their daily routine, and companies such as Right at Home and the Visiting Nurse Association of Medical Park fill that need.

April Wintermoyer, owner of Right at Home, located on Lumber Avenue in the Elm Grove section of Wheeling, said she continues to meet people who aren't aware of the type of in-home care assistance her company offers. For those who don't necessarily need nursing care, Right at Home workers can help people with bathing, dressing, cooking, cleaning, transportation and more. "There's really quite a learning curve when I talk to people," Wintermoyer noted.

There are various scenarios that people may find themselves in that require such assistance. Many people do not have family or friends living close by to help them with such daily living activities. And sometimes a family may need help taking care of a loved one. For example, a person who is being discharged from the hospital may need transportation home and more help when they arrive there. With the Right Transitions program, a worker will stay with the person for 72 hours and during that time clean out spoiled food from their refrigerator, buy new groceries and help them get moving again.

People with Alzheimer's disease symptoms sometimes are more fearful at night, leading them to wander from their homes, she said. They also may need helping getting to the bathroom at night. Workers can "sleep over" and help such clients.

"We also have certified nursing assistants that help do tasks that are more clinical in nature," Wintermoyer said, noting the company also has licensed practical nurses and registered nurses who can assess a person's care needs.

Right at Home serves Brooke, Hancock, Ohio, Marshall and Wetzel counties in West Virginia, and Belmont and Jefferson counties and portions of Monroe County in Ohio.

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What options are available for patients needing in-home care?

Companies such as Visiting Nurses Association of Medical Park and Right at Home provide in-home treatment for patients with a variety of illnesses. Right At Home can provide transportation home from the hospital and help with issues such as cooking and cleaning, while Visiting Nurses Association workers provide in-home health care treatments such as speech, physical and occupational therapy.

The Visiting Nurses Association of Medical Park, located at 58 16th St., Wheeling, inside Wheeling Clinic, provides skilled services to homebound patients. The staff includes registered nurses; physical, occupational and speech therapists; a medical social worker; and home health aides.

VNA of Medical Park serves Ohio, Brooke and Marshall counties in West Virginia and parts of Belmont and Jefferson counties in Ohio.

"VNA provides a wonderful service to area residents in need. The recognition our VNA staff received demonstrates their high commitment and compassion to their patients," said Ronald Violi, Wheeling Hospital chief executive officer.

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