Home Health Care Company One Of Tops In The Country For 2011

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KC’s Home Health Care has served Rim residents from Tonto Basin to Forest Lakes and Pine and Strawberry since 2009.

Founded by physical therapist Kerry Halcomb in Phoenix a few years before coming to Payson, the office opened here to provide patients with a choice when it came to their home health care needs, said Colleen O’Connor, Payson branch director.

“Kerry had looked at the area, visited facilities and doctors’ offices and when he saw Payson had only one home health agency at the time, he decided to give patients a choice,” O’Connor said.

Since opening, KC’s has worked with about 800 patients throughout the Rim Country.

“We’re really proud of all of our staff. They provide high quality care,” O’Connor said.

The Payson office is staffed with 14 medical professionals who are all longtime residents and have worked in the area’s health care industry for many years.

“There is something so rewarding in home health care. We become part of our patients’ families in a way,” O’Connor said.

The services provided by KC’s Home Health Care are some of the best in the nation. This October it was announced the company was named to the 2011 HomeCare Elite™, a compilation of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. The HomeCare Elite program has been identifying the top 25 percent of agencies and highlighting the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall for the past six years.

The ranking is based on analysis of performance measures in quality outcomes, quality improvement and financial performance.

Halcomb credits the clinicians and management with the company’s ability to rank as one of the HomeCare Elite™ “Without the compassion and high educational level of the clinicians, as well as the vision of the leadership, this never would have been possible,” he said.

The award-winning staff offers a variety of services to the patients of KC’s Home Health Care: nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, social workers and home health aides.

Working with a patient’s primary care provider, the nurses with KC’s — both licensed Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses — evaluate patients and develop a plan of care. The nursing services available include comprehensive nursing assessment and specialized patient teaching, medication teaching, administration and teaching of injectable medication, wound care teaching and management, urinary catheter care, diabetic teaching and management, ostomy teaching and management, and pain control.

Physical therapy services offered are pre-op assessment; post-op rehabilitation and teaching; therapeutic exercises for strengthening to improve endurance; bed mobility; transfer training; ambulation training; teaching the use of walkers, canes and crutches; durable medical equipment coordination; fall prevention; and pulmonary cardiac rehabilitation.

Services through occupational therapy include: therapeutic exercises related to upper extremity activities and function; measures to improve self-care, dressing and activities of daily living skills; help with visual and spatial deficits; teaching energy conservation measures to improve endurance; assessment for and teaching the use of splints and adaptive equipment; arrangement of environment to improve home safety and increase independence.

Through its speech therapy services, KC’s can help with speech disorders, swallowing problems, oral muscle weakness, memory deficits, esophageal disorders and cognitive relearning.

The Medical Social Workers available to clients with KC’s Home Health Care evaluate the patient to determine specific social needs and work to address those needs through emotional support to cope with problems relating to the patient’s illness; information regarding community resources, financial assistance, fiduciary services and power of attorney services among others; financial consultations including application for financial aid; assisting with identifying long-term care needs and placement if necessary.

While custodial care is not a primary function of KC’s, through its home health aides, who are trained through a state-approved certified nursing assistant program, patients can be assisted with bathing, either with a bed bath or shower; skin and nail care; dressing; range of motion exercises; and transfers and ambulation.

O’Connor said home health care is special because the medical professionals are working with a patient in an environment in which they are comfortable and keep their families involved in the treatment being provided.

“We take a holistic approach,” she said. That kind of care is especially important in the cases when the home health care staff is the patient’s only contact with the outside world.

The goal is to help patients stay in their own home as long as it is safe for them and to provide the best care possible.

To learn more, go online to www.kcshomehealthcare.com, e-mail info@kcshomehealthcare.com, stop by the Payson branch office at 114 E. Highway 260 or call (928) 468-5242.

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