From assistance with simple chores to total home management, the Care Coordination Program and Geriatric Care Management Assistance Program can help stabilize the health and well being of an older person.
Treatment and employment are determined without discrimination on the basis of race, color, age, national origin, sex, religion, or disability.
Potomac Home Support, Inc. is the sister company of Potomac Home Health Care and provides a continuum of medical and social services linking hospital and community resources to form an integrated network of skilled services (nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, home IV therapy) and personal care services. These services are offered through a non-profit joint venture of Suburban Hospital and Sibley Memorial Hospital to recognize and meet the needs of the homebound patient.
Care coordinators have Masters Degrees in social work (MSW) and have met licensure requirements. Potomac Home Support's staff provides prompt and compassionate responses to client needs. The initial telephone conversation is free. Other services are provided on a fee-for-services basis.
Conducting conferences withs client and/or family members regarding options for care.
Assessing the areas where help is needed by visiting the home.
Encouraging a healthy lifestyle through education and planning.
Providing a written report to the client, the primary care physician, and the family.
Locating and arranging appropriate help in the home (companion/aide, nurse, therapist) to assist with meal preparation, shopping, transportation, medical equipment, household and financial management.
Coordinating care on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis to maintain safety and satisfaction.
Monitoring home care aides who are bonded and insured.
Investigating alternative living arrangements with the client and/or family.
Facilitating moves to assisted living, skilled nursing, or rehabilitation facilities.
Consulting with out-of-town clients or their families.
Providing psychosocial support and counseling to help caregivers extend their energies and avoid burnout.
Potomac Home Support (PHS) offers a Geriatric Care Management Assistant Service to assist seniors with managing their changing needs. Geriatric Care Management Assistants (GCMA's) are non-licensed, non-medical personnel who can arrange to provide the following services under the guidance and direction of a supervising masters prepared social worker when necessary. All GCMA's are selected for their warmth and caring personalities and each has experience meeting the unique needs of seniors.
Assisting with transportation to medical appointments with sufficient knowledge and experience to gather information for client(s) and their family.
Maintaining communication with physician, family and PHS staff to promote maximum level of health and well being. If requested, GCMA's will use e-mail to keep family members informed.
Promoting and assisting in planning social outings.
Providing companionship through high level, friendly conversation.
Encouraging and motivating participation in daily, routine tasks.
Maintaining daily exercise routines as directed by a physician, physical therapist or speech therapist.
Coordinating referrals for other care/services as needed.
Assisting with sorting mail and writing correspondence.
Running errands and helping with shopping for groceries, personal items, etc.
Supervising medications and monitoring home and safety conditions.
Providing other non-medical duties as dictated by individual situation.
Offers door to door escorted transportation for medical appointments and outpatient procedures
Provide transportation and companionship for errands or social outings
To arrange for services, please call Pam D’Ambrosio, Potomac Home Support, Inc. at 301.896.6353. Advance notice of 24 hours is appreciated.
For more information, please visit the Potomac Home Health Care Web site at www.phhc.org.