Dominican Home Health Agency Inc.

Dominican Home Health Agency is the only Metro Denver Home Health Agency that has as its core focus care for poor and vulnerable seniors and disabled adults regardless of their ability to pay. DHHA's care allows patients to remain in their homes independently.

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In-Home Nursing Care Program

Class

Health Care 

Beneficiaries

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Disabled
Ethnic/Racial Minorities - General
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged
Immigrants, Newcomers, Refuges

Description

DHHA's ongoing In-Home Nursing Program empowers poor, frail seniors and disabled adults by supporting them as they age in place in their own homes. The program is divided into the following categories:
1) Skilled Nursing Care: Nurses provide ongoing, regular in-home nursing visits, health assessments, nursing interventions, medication management, case management, a nurse-led exercise program, and delivery of emergency nutritious food.
2) Certified Nurses' Aides/Personal Care Providers (CNAs/PCPs) provide hands on care and assistance with activities of daily living. Services include bathing, dressing, light meal preparation and housekeeping and other personal care services to support our patients as they age in place with dignity.
3) Pastoral Care and Friendly Visitor Program: provide companionship for unmet social and spiritual needs through volunteer Friendly Visitors and a Dominican Brother.

In 2017, 130 in-home patients were provided with 4,543 visits.





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Evidence of Program's Success

Our 2017 Outcome Study Analysis reveals the following:

-97% of patients were satisfied or extremely satisfied with their Nurse Aide or Personal Care Provider.
-98% of patients were satisfied or extremely satisfied with their Registered Nurse.
-92% of patients report that DHHA care improves their quality of life.
-Over 96% of patients report the care provided by DHHA makes them more confident in managing their health.
-93% of patients feel better able to take their medications as directed by their doctors.
-98% of patients surveyed report that they have seen their primary care provider within the last year.
-Of the 20 patients who started care with DHHA in 2017, 60% of patients had a history of falls. Only 1 of the 20 experienced a fall within the first two months of DHHA care.




Wellness Clinics

Class

Health Care 

Beneficiaries

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Disabled
Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged

Description

DHHA targets services to the poorest of the poor, under-insured and vulnerable seniors and disabled adults residing in rent-subsidized housing sites. DHHA Wellness Clinics are monthly, free of charge and are conducted by registered nurses, highly trained volunteers and patient health advocates. These clinics provide life-saving screening, assessment and substantial follow-up care acting as a bridge to the complex health care and social service systems. By actively performing screenings and offering education for our patients, we strive to uncover and address social determinants of health that negatively impact their lives. Wellness Clinics fill a gap in services for a population that frequently falls through the cracks in the system. Extra care, attention and support gives patients the ability to continue their health maintenance. A major goal of DHHA's Wellness Clinics is to ensure patients see their primary care physician no less than once annually. A Patient Health Navigator provides care coordination to support patients in properly navigating and utilizing community resources such as transportation, dental care, eye care, etc. If DHHA nurses see that a Wellness Clinic visitor is in need of in-home nursing care, they will refer Clinic participants to become a DHHA In-Home Nursing Program patient which is offered without regard to the patient's ability to pay.

DHHA's Wellness Clinics provide comprehensive services that specifically address the health needs of our older adult patients based on revealed areas in which a rich base of research evidence exists. A study on "Addressing the Needs of an Aging America" conducted by the University of Pittsburgh's Stern Center for Evidence-Based Policy identified prevention and wellness interventions to improve the quality and cost of healthcare. These include activities such as screening and early detection, patient education and empowerment and patient navigation.

DHHA's Wellness Clinic has all of these components. Nurses screen for undiagnosed chronic disease, educate patients on how to effectively manage chronic disease, and advocates for patients to become more active in navigating the health care system on their own.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In 2017, 569 low-income seniors were served at 17 Wellness Clinics with 2,850 visits. 97% agreed that they were more confident taking medications due to DHHA nursing care. DHHA nurses regularly work with patients to improve their medication adherence but there is always a small percentage who are non-compliant. 98% of patients surveyed report that they have seen their primary care provider within the last year. Over 96% report the care provided by DHHA makes them more confident in managing their health. Of the patients who started care with DHHA in 2017, 60% had a history of falls. Only 5% experienced a fall within the first two months of DHHA care.

Durable Medical Equipment Loan Program

Class

Health Care 

Beneficiaries

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Blind & Vision Impaired
Disabled, General or Disability unspecified
Ethnic/Racial Minorities - General
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged/Indigent

Description

Dominican Home Health Agency's Durable Medical Equipment (DME) Loan Program provides a wide-range of loaned adaptive medical equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, bedside commodes, bath/shower benches, hospital beds, etc., enhancing mobility and independence for our patients as well as others in the Metro Denver community with limited resources and medical needs. In 2017, this program served 850 community members in need and loaned out 1,093 items of equipment.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Throughout the year, volunteers and community members involved with various senior care, nursing, and assisted living communities in the Metro Denver donate durable medical equipment to the DME Loan Program. We receive the majority of donations from community members who no longer need their durable medical equipment. The general community benefits greatly from free loaned programs such as ours.

We receive calls from social workers and occupational therapists who are so grateful for this program that can help their low-income patients who have no resources to purchase the equipment.


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