Nourish & Flourish

Nourish & Flourish

A dining room, feeding, shower, hygiene and toileting improvement plan.

The Nourish & Flourish Program is targeted to improve vital ADL’s (Activities of Daily Living).

Our “Nourish and Flourish Program” is a specialty program lead by Occupational Therapy with a holistic team approach involving multiple team members as appropriate.

Give Hometown the opportunity to prove ourselves; provide us with a referral to your most difficult client care.

A professional from Hometown Home Health Care will utilize various Therapy techniques & utilization of adaptive equipment or other strategies such as modalities (Ultrasound, heat, etc.) sensory tech / approach, environmental adaptation & cues.

Nourish

The Nourish Program is to provide special attention to all aspects of eating as it relates to quality of life, dignity and necessary nutrition for a healthy life. Maximizing self feeding skills through identifying special techniques, need for adaptive equipment, and proper positioning are essential along with establishing a stimulating dining environment and providing effective caregiver training with skilled follow up evaluation are key to providing clients with good, safe nourishment and an enjoyable dining experience.

The Nurse:

  • Educates the caregivers and the patient on optimal nourishment and hygiene. Dietician services may be requested if needed for assistance with optimal nourishment.
  • Identifies and assists potential solutions with behavior or mental concerns, such as Depression, which is one of the biggest causes of decreased appetite and hygiene.

 

The Occupational / Physical Therapist

  • Helps in ruling out Dysphagia (swallowing difficulty) as a cause of poor nourishment, difficulty in feeding and / or weight loss.
  • Helps the Caregivers in identifying the right kind of utensils, such as divided plates, weighted silverware, need for finger foods, proper utensil placement and need of special colors in case of low vision or low level alertness.

 

Flourish

The Flourish Program is to provide special attention to all aspects of hygiene as it relates to self confidence, dignity, mentality and necessary cleanliness for a healthy life. Maximizing bathing, grooming and hygiene skills again through identifying need of adaptive equipment and/or DME, innovative methods, and proper positioning are essential along with establishing a safe, confident bathing environment and providing effective caregiver training with skilled follow up evaluation are key to providing clients with a safe, pleasurable bathing experience and good hygiene.

The Nurse:

  • Educates the caregivers and the patient on optimal physical ability.
  • Depression may mimic as Dementia or Alzheimer’s and is one of the biggest causes of functional decline. The nurse helps in differentiating and treatment of Depression and Dementia.
  • Work with the Physician in controlling the medical complications, such as Arthritis or Neurological conditions leading to decline with ADL abilities.

 

The Occupational / Physical Therapist:

  • Helps in improving strength, transfers and balance needed to improve shower, hygiene and toileting. Safety and body mechanics education is given. Adaptive equipment’s are identified and used in treatment of the client.

 

Common Types of Adaptive Equipment:

  • Adapted Utensils
  • ADL Splint
  • Bedside Commode
  • Built-Up Handles
  • Button Hooks
  • Drop-Arm Bedside Commode
  • Grab Bars
  • Hand Held Shower
  • Mobile Arm Supports
  • Non-skid Bowl
  • Plate Guard
  • Raised Toilet Seat
  • Scoop Dish
  • Shower Chair
  • Sock Aids
  • Tub Chair / Tub Bench with a Back
  • ADL Wrist Splint
  • Long Straw
  • Plus Many More

 

Adaptive equipment: shower chair with handheld shower.

Contact us to discuss your needs!