Ingalls Home Care
Providing Help Throughout the Southland
Serving all of Cook County south of 67th Street and all of Will County east of Route 53.
North: Cook County to 67th Street
South: Will/Kankakee County Line Road
East: Indiana Border
West: In Will County to Route 53
For more information about Home Care, call 708.331.0226.
Medicare or private insurance covers many home-care services. A patient qualifies for Intermittent Home Care Services under Medicare if the following criteria are met:
- They are under a physician's care
- A physician has ordered Home Care
- They have a skilled medical need
- They are essentially homebound
A person is considered homebound if leaving the home:
- Requires considerable and taxing effort
- Requires use of a supportive device
- Requires the assistance of another person, or special transportation or is medically inadvisable.
For information on Intermittent Care, call: 708.331.0226
Your Care Team
Patients are cared for by a team that may include skilled nurses, certified home health aides, physical therapists, speech therapists, pharmacists and medical social workers.
Our staff delivers care under the direction of the patient's primary physician and develops an individualized plan of care. This team approach guarantees the best specialty care for each patient.
The team may include:
- Skilled Adult Nurses
- Skilled Pediatric Nurses
- Medical Social Workers
- Mental Health Nurses
- Physical Therapists
- Occupational Therapists
- Speech Therapists
- Nutritional Counselors
Intermittent Care brings the best possible care to your home, whether you're coping with an illness, need help after hospitalization, or find it difficult to leave home on your own.
Visits are scheduled according to need, may range from daily to once a month and typically last about one hour or less. A team of professionals includes adult or pediatric nurses, mental health nurses, social worker, physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech therapist, nutrition counselors.
Comprehensive care is available for patients recovering from heart bypass surgery, valve surgery or heart attack, or for patients with congestive heart failure. After-care and education for both patients and caregivers are key components of our in-home cardiac care.
Thorough education is provided to patients and caregivers following a diagnosis of diabetes. Educational topics include foot care, diet, how to give insulin injections and how to monitor blood sugar to maintain good health.
Patients who need IV antibiotics, pain management and other complex infusion therapies no longer require inpatient care when they are otherwise stable. Ingalls offers the option of home infusion therapy. Services are coordinated and delivered by Ingalls Home Care RNs specializing in all types of infusions. Infusion therapy provides a broad range of intravenous (IV) medications, including antibiotics, anti-nausea medication, hydration, pain management, total parenteral nutrition and central line maintenance. For information on Infusion Therapy, please call 708.331.0226.
Lymphedema occurs most commonly in women who have had breast surgery with removal of lymph nodes, followed by radiation therapy. It is also caused by interruption of normal lymphatic flow due to surgery, infection or trauma. Lymphedema can appear weeks, months or even years after the initial surgery. It may also occur following injury or infection. In each case, normal drainage of the lymphatic fluid is interrupted. Although there are cases when lymphedema has spontaneously resolved and never recurred, for most patients it is a chronic problem requiring an ongoing effort to control. A treatment plan is based on evaluation by one of our specially trained therapists and may include one or more of the following elements: Skin care; Massage; Exercise; Bandaging; Compression Garments; Medicine.
The birth of a new baby is a joyous time, but if a difficult delivery was involved, or if baby has some special health concerns, home care visits are available if ordered by a patientâ€™s physician. Care is available for low-birth-weight infants, as well as infants who have feeding difficulties or who fail to thrive. Home care is also available for mothers who experienced complicated deliveries.
A full range of pediatric home care services are available. Services are directed by the child's pediatrician and carefully integrated into a plan based on the specific needs and health issues of the child.
Pre- and Post-Surgical Care
Education and care are available for patients and caregivers before and after major joint replacement surgeries, including hip and knee. If needed, physical therapy, occupational therapy and gait re-training services are available to help the patient recover safely and comfortably.
Specialized Wound Care Ostomy
Wounds can cause a considerable amount of pain, suffering, loss of function, as well as change in body image. Ingalls wound care team is dedicated to restoring and maintaining each patientâ€™s opportunity to heal inside and out.
The wound care team consists of an RN-certified wound specialist who coordinates a team of nurses well trained in current wound and ostomy care therapies. This enables patients to receive education on the healing process, nutrition, hydration, medications and more.
Wound care involves skin and wound assessment; prevention of skin breakdown; reduction of shear and friction; application of barriers; management of surgical wounds, chronic wounds, pressure ulcers, venous stasis ulcers and diabetic foot wounds; pre- and post-graft applications; and fistula management. Consultations and referrals are available to advanced wound centers.
For information on Wound Care, call 708.331.0226.
On Call Medical Solutions
On Call Medical Solutions, an affiliate of Ingalls Home Care, offers three kinds of service:
We provide qualified, competent RNs, LPNs, and CNAs to fill shift assignments in hospitals, skilled longâ€“termcare facilities, and retirement villages, to cover vacations, sick leaves, or other staffing shortages. Our staff holds the skill levels necessary to deliver quality care to such specialty areas as: Ventilator Care; Tracheostomy Care; Telemetry; Medical Surgical; and Critical Care.
Private Duty Care
Provides private duty services for people who need long-term medical or other assistance in the home such as: post surgery, after the birth of a baby, during chronic illness, or to help the elderly or medically fragile. All services are offered for approximately three hours a day.
These are some of the services offered: Homemakers - to help with homemaker chores such as cooking, laundry and grocery shopping; Sitters - to stay with someone who should not be left alone; Nurses and Nurses Aids - to help in areas that require medical assistance such as medications and ventilators; and Home Health Aids - to assist with personal care such as bathing and dressing.
If you or your family are unsure of what level of care is needed, one of our professionally trained, certified case managers will conduct a complete personal assessment. The case manager will then develop a comprehensive care plan considering the individual's and/or family's wishes and resources.
For information, call: 708.331.1220.
Case Management Service
This affordable service is staffed with certified case managers trained to guide clients and their families through all phases of life.
Our professional staff willâ€¦conduct a complete personal assessment; develop and implement an individualized Care Plan; monitor client's progress; recommend environmental adaptations; and provide client with available resources regarding insurance, billing, housing, and legal issues.
We are the solution for those whoâ€¦live alone; are widowed; require family crisis management; or need additional special care.
For additional information or to make a referral, contact the Case Management Department at 708.331.1220.
Home Medical Equipment and Medical Supplies
Ingalls Home Care is pleased to provide medical equipment, as ordered by the physician, or as needed by the patient in the home setting. This includes the rental or sale of equipment and supplies, as well as delivery, set-up, training on the use of the item, and billing appropriate payors for the patient.
Home medical equipment items may include:
- Hospital beds
- Wheelchairs and related items
- Safety bars and related items
- Specialized mattresses
- Diabetic supplies
- Bath benches
- Ostomy products
- Breast pumps
- Lift chairs
- Incontinence products
- Enteral nutrition supplies
- Oxygen concentrators
- Suction machines
- Portable oxygen units
- Apnea monitors
- Sleep disorder devices
Our representatives will be happy to arrange all services with just one call to 708.331.1489.
We value our ability to help the South Suburban community with Ingalls Hospice/Home Care services. In return, our neighbors help us by donating their time.
In fiscal year 2005-2006 alone, volunteers donated more than 13,000 hours of their time, amounting to cost savings estimated at over $13,000 in activities such as:
- Providing support to patients and families in their homes and inpatient units
- Running light errands
- Filing, answering phones and clerical duties
- Preparing bereavement mailings and contributing bereavement support
- Staffing information desks
If you would like to join our team, please call 708.331.1360.
Classes and events
â€œHope, Help & Healingâ€...this group is designed to provide both education and support for adults who have experienced a significant loss. Volunteer opportunities are available with Ingalls Hospice, please call 708.331.1360.
Walking club, free screenings and health lecture
For Medicare patients
Diabetes Management Center
Individual assessment, self management skills
The goal of the program is to ensure safe driving by helping clients modify their driving habits to enable them to continue to get where they need to go safely. The occupational therapists may recommend adaptive equipment or driving strategies that improve driving abilities.
Insulin Pump Therapy
This class is designed for those already on an insulin pump who are ready for fine-tuning, including basal testing, temporary basals for exercise, sick-day management, plus infusion set and site troubleshooting techniques.