Home Healthcare for Seniors in Cincinnati
By Suzanne Kahle, MSN, APRN, FNP-C
My name is Suzanne Kahle and I am a certified nurse practitioner at Lisa Larkin, MD, and Associates. I joined the practice in February 2020 just before COVID-19 changed the lives of so many of our patients, friends and family. When I entered the medical field, I found a passion for caring for our community’s geriatric population. After transitioning out of working in the intensive care unit as a bedside registered nurse, I began working in the community as a hospice and palliative care nurse. One of the many reasons I chose to begin my nurse practitioner career at this practice is because of the wonderful options we have for our senior patient population. During the COVID-19 pandemic, seniors have been even more isolated, and this has placed an increasingly large burden on this already vulnerable population.
Many may not know about the Enhanced Concierge Care Plan we offer for seniors. This program incorporates 6 routine home visits and 2 urgent home visits in its membership price. Having access to care in the home provides a much safer alternative to coming to our office or visiting other healthcare facilities. I am a firm believer that our geriatric population is more successful at managing their health needs when their medical team can come to their home to provide care. Many times, these patients are unable to leave their home, and this limits their access to quality and compassionate patient-centered care. AARP estimates about 1.5 million family members across Ohio provide hours of care to their aging family members. It is so helpful to have a trusted medical provider to join this care team. We understand providing medical care can be difficult. There are many changes associated with the aging process that make this even more complex. As patients age, other needs may come up such as end of life goals, medication management and help with dietary needs or home safety equipment. Quality primary care options available to homebound geriatric patients are limited. Some geriatric patients, though not homebound, find it easier and safer to have their medical team come to their home. It is the goal of our Senior Care Program to be able to deliver this much needed care to these patients’ homes. Our program also allows us to assess our patients’ home environments, safety needs and meet and interact with any family or caregivers they may have. During these visits, we can draw all routine labs in the home and can bring our in-office medications and vaccines into the home for administration. We also always welcome our Senior Care Plan members to come into the office at any time if needed. Please feel free to reach out to our office today with any questions regarding this membership option at 513.760.5511 or find more information here.