Behavioral Health Home Care

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What is Behavioral Health Home Care?

The Behavioral Health Home Care program at Hartford HealthCare at Home includes a multidisciplinary team that provides comprehensive, short-term, intermittent home health services for homebound adults. For the homebound individual, the program improves clients' knowledge about medications, staying well, their illness, relapse prevention and provides community resources, improving quality of life and overall health management.

The Behavioral Home Health Care program is a holistic approach to care, using standardized assessment tools that allow a collaborative approach between client, physician and Hartford HealthCare at Home as the home care provider. The program increases compliance with medication and medical follow-up, and decreases hospitalizations as well as emergency calls and visits.

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Eligibility

Clients must meet the following criteria to qualify for services:

  1. Must be under the care of a physician.
  2. Must have a psychiatric illness.
  3. Must be homebound.
  4. Must require the skills of a psychiatric nurse.

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Services

Services are provided by specially trained nurses and occupational therapists, social workers and home health aides. Services Include:

  • Comprehensive assessment and individualized treatment planning.
  • Medication management and education.
  • Supportive psychotherapy for individual and family.
  • Linkage to community resources.
  • Behavior management.
  • Education about the disease process.
  • Family education.
  • Telephone support.

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Who can benefit?

Homebound adults experiencing any of the following:

  • Anxiety
  • Persistent sadness or depression
  • Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease
  • New psychotropic medicine
  • Difficulty adapting to traditional mental health services
  • Limited support systems

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Behavioral Health Home Care Goals

  • Transition patients from acute levels of care to home and community.
  • Increase medication and treatment compliance.
  • Improve client’s functional ability.
  • Decrease symptoms.
  • Increase client’s quality of life and overall health management.
  • Improve client’s knowledge about medications, staying well, their illness, relapse prevention and community resources.
  • Decrease hospitalization and emergency services use.

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What is the need for Behavioral Health Home Care?

  • 1 in 10 people suffer from depression; the official rate among the elderly is between 10 percent and 20 percent. 
  • Anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older (18 percent of the U.S. population).
  • People with an anxiety disorder are 3-5 times more likely to go to the doctor and 6 times more likely to be hospitalized for psychiatric disorders than those who do not suffer from anxiety disorders.
  • 40.8 percent of homebound elders suffer 2-3 co-existing medical and psychiatric conditions; 31.9 percent suffer from 4 or more.
  • Up to 50 percent of patients with cardiac, renal, Parkinson’s disease, chronic pain, rheumatoid arthritis, as well as those who are post-stroke, will develop co-existing depressive disorders.

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