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Learn the various ways you can partner with MedStar Visiting Nurse Association.

 

Gratitude Matters

At MedStar Visiting Nurse Association, we understand that gratitude is an important part of the patient experience. Studies show that expressing gratitude can lead to better mental health, improved healing, more restful sleep and overall positive emotions.

Our philanthropy team works with those who wish to express their gratitude. We are honored to partner with you to help find the best way to express your gratitude—whether that be through honoring a caregiver, sharing your story or making a philanthropic investment. MedStar Health is a mission-driven, non-profit organization committed to advancing health. Join with us to make a difference!

The Itty-Bitty Things

Following her experience at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, Easter Talley reflects on how a small gesture can go a long way.  Read more stories >

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Why Work for MedStar VNA

Whether you desire a career with flexible hours or an opportunity to grow professionally, prospective employees can benefit greatly by working at MedStar Visiting Nurse Association. As a member of MedStar Health, you can make a positive impact. To learn more about working at MedStar VNA, view the infographic below.

Interested in a homecare career?

Visit our job search website, and scroll down the page to view a list of open positions.

Specialized Services

The nurses, therapists, social workers, and homecare aides at MedStar Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) specialize in caring for patients with a variety of medical conditions. Home healthcare team members work with each patient and the patient's doctor to develop a personal treatment plan that meets their unique needs. MedStar VNA helps patients to regain their independence at home by teaching them how to control their disease symptoms, take medicines as ordered, build their strength, and prevent further illness or injury.

Specialized care includes:

  • Burn Care: Patients suffering from mild to severe burns can benefit from home healthcare services like nursing, physical and occupational therapy, pain management, wound care, and support for activities of daily living.
  • Cancer Care Services: MedStar VNA nurses and therapists offer specialized care to meet cancer patients’ needs, including: wound, ostomy and continence care, medication management, IV therapy, strength training, and fall prevention.
  • Continence Care: Patients living with incontinence can receive specialized homecare treatment to include: Moisture management, toileting programs, physical therapy (including pelvic floor muscle exercises), home accessibility assessment, as well as patient coaching and education to help prevent accidents before they occur.
  • Diabetes Care: MedStar VNA’s comprehensive diabetes care program includes education and lifestyle analysis designed to help improve or maintain quality of life. Nurses offer education and assistance with blood sugar monitoring, meal planning, wound care, foot care, and insulin management.
  • Gastroenterology Care: Patients with digestive tract disorders achieve independence and live comfortably at home with nursing, wound, and ostomy care support from MedStar VNA’s clinical experts.
  • Geriatric Care: Senior citizens have unique emotional, physical and medical needs that require specialized care. MedStar VNA specializes in the care of older adults and the chronic conditions they often suffer from, including: dementia, arthritis, heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes, functional disability, and hypertension.
  • Heart Care: MedStar VNA’s home health experts specialize in treating patients with heart conditions like congestive heart failure, as well as those recovering from heart surgeries like coronary artery bypass graft or open heart surgery.
  • Neurological Rehabilitation: MedStar VNA offers specialized nursing care and rehabilitation services to people with neurological disease, trauma, or brain surgery. Commonly treated neurological conditions include: Alzheimer's disease and dementia, brain tumors and hemorrhages, epilepsy, memory disorders, movement disorders, multiple sclerosis, nerve damage, neuromuscular disorders, neurosurgery, Parkinson's disease, and cerebrovascular accident (stroke).
  • Orthopedic Care: MedStar VNA’s rehabilitation team provides a well-structured, evidence-based rehabilitation program for patients recovering from orthopedic illness and injury, such as multiple orthopedic trauma, hip fracture surgery, joint replacements, and arthritis. Homecare physical and occupational therapists offer condition-specific treatments to improve patients’ strength, mobility, and balance.
  • Pain Management: Patients with acute or chronic pain achieve and maintain their maximum level of independence and comfort through self-care education, therapy, and skilled nursing services. Conditions often requiring in-home pain management include: diagnosis or recent onset of disease, pain after surgery, cancer-related pain, or wound pain.
  • Stroke Recovery: Recovering from a stroke can be physically and emotionally challenging. To help stroke victims regain a quality of life, MedStar VNA provides an interdisciplinary approach to stroke rehabilitation. With help from skilled nurses and physical, occupational and speech therapists, patients are able to relearn skills lost due to stroke.
  • Surgery Recovery: After surgery, regaining strength and managing pain can be a challenge. MedStar VNA offers skilled nurses and therapists who specialize in helping patients regain their independence at home post surgery.
  • Transplant Rehabilitation: Recovering from transplant surgery requires specialized care and an individual recovery plan. After a hospital stay, patients may need continued medical care at home. Our skilled nursing and therapy services help transplant patients manage new medicines, understand and follow doctor’s orders, and identify symptoms of organ rejection.
  • Wound Care: To meet patients' wound care needs, a team of MedStar VNA nurses hold a special wound, ostomy and continence care certification. These nurses visit patients' homes and consult with other nurses to monitor wounds and ensure they show improvement.

Contact Us

To find out more about our home healthcare services, call: 800-862-2166.

Do You Qualify?

Patients must meet certain Eligibility Requirements to qualify for in-home healthcare services.

Companion and Homemaking Services

companion services

The experienced caregivers from MedStar VNA Care Partners are available to help you or a loved one with the extra non-medical assistance needed to live safely and comfortably at home. Care and support is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, on a private-pay basis, in Montgomery, Prince George’s and Howard Counties, MD. Whether current caregivers are looking for brief respite care or help is needed on a regular basis, we can build a plan that works for the individual’s unique needs.

We realize that each individual has different needs and that these requirements may change. Our in-home companions offer flexibility to meet the needs and interests of our individual clients. Companions can help individuals with daily living activities (as appropriate), encourage self-esteem, and promote independence and healthy living.

We realize that each individual has different needs and that these requirements may change. Our companions offer flexibility to meet the needs and interests of our individual clients. Companions can help individuals with daily living activities (as appropriate), encourage self-esteem, and promote independence and healthy living.

Companion Services:

  • Companionship and conversation
  • Safety supervision
  • Assistance with start-of-day activities (ie: picking out clothes)
  • Reminder services (medications, dates, routines, etc.)
  • Monitoring diet and eating habits
  • Entertainment (games, crafts, reading, etc.)
  • Arranging and escorting to appointments and social events

Housekeeping Services:

  • Light house cleaning
  • Errands (prescription pick-up, dry cleaning, etc.)
  • Organizing and reading mail
  • Grocery shopping
  • Laundry and ironing
  • Assistance with pet care
  • Planning, preparing, and cleaning up meals

Regardless of the activity or need, our companions strive to ensure that the client has a safe and enjoyable experience.

Careful Employee Screening

Your personal safety is important to us. All of our caregivers are employed by MedStar Visiting Nurse Association (VNA). We do not use contract or registry staff to perform these services. Prior to employment, all applicants must undergo a comprehensive background check, driving record evaluation, as well as drug and alcohol testing. This is how we ensure that only trustworthy, competent caregivers visit our clients’ homes.

Contact Us

To find out more about our home healthcare services, call: 800-862-2166.

Healthy-at-Home Assessment

Recovering from an illness or a hospital stay may take time. To make sure that home is the safest and most appropriate place to recover, one of our registered nurses will assess the client’s unique needs.

The Healthy-at-Home Assessment includes:

  • A survey of the home environment to identify the need for additional support or to identify safety risks.
  • Instruction and organization of medicines
  • Assessment of personal care needs and recommendations
  • Identification of community support resources that may be needed
  • Assistance and direction to set up doctor appointments for follow up

During the assessment, be honest about your needs. Ask yourself:

  • What were you able to do prior to hospitalization?
  • What was your living situation like?
  • Were you receiving help prior to hospitalization?
  • How are you feeling?
  • What's your general health condition?
  • What kind of practical support do you need?
  • Are you independent in daily living activities?
    1. Transferring
    2. Toileting
    3. Bathing
    4. Dressing
    5. Feeding self
  • Will my condition improve with physical and/or occupational therapy? (Specific examples include stroke, hip fracture, head injury, or generalized reconditioning from pneumonia or prolonged bed-rest.)
  • Do you have any other skilled needs? (IV medications, specialized wound care, tube feeding, respiratory care)

It is possible that the assessment will find that caring for yourself at home is not the best option. If this happens, a MedStar VNA Care Partners team member can help you investigate other options and other sources of support.

Contact Us

To find out more about our home healthcare services, call: 800-862-2166.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy helps individuals who have physical, developmental, social, or emotional limitations that prevent them from performing the general activities of daily living.

MedStar Visiting Nurse Association's occupational therapists instruct patients to use special techniques and equipment to improve function in basic household tasks, such as eating, bathing, and dressing. The goal of this therapy is to assist the patient in becoming as independent as possible.

In-Home Services

Contact Us

To find out more about our home healthcare services, call: 800-862-2166.

Afraid of Falling?

Take this brief quiz to see if home healthcare could help you prevent falling and injury. 

 

Speech Therapy

Patients with communication and swallowing conditions can receive a variety of speech therapy services to enhance their independence and quality of life.

MedStar Visiting Nurse Association's speech therapy services are provided by certified speech-language pathologists who are trained in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with these conditions. Speech therapists help patients develop unique approaches to restore abilities like communicating, swallowing and talking. They also help patients find ways to compensate for impaired understanding and expression of language.

In-Home Speech Therapy Services

  • Evaluation and treatment of
    • Receptive and expressive language disorders
    • Speech disorders
    • Cognitive-communication disorders
    • Oral-motor skills
    • Swallowing disorders
    • Voice disorders
  • Treatment with augmentative-alternative communication systems and devices

Speech Therapy Goals

Our speech language pathologists evaluate and treat patients who have difficulty speaking, listening, reading, and writing. We assess and create intensive treatment plans for patients with cognitive, thinking, and memory problems, as well as patients who have difficulty or cannot swallow. Goals of SLP’s include:

  • Maximize a patient's functional independence in communicating and swallowing
  • Reduce the risk of aspiration and choking
  • Increase the patient's and caregiver's knowledge of speech, language and swallowing disorders, and of appropriate treatment processes

Medical Conditions Commonly Treated

  • Stroke
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Alzheimer's disease and dementia
  • Progressive neurologic disorders
  • Head and neck cancer
  • Voice disorders
  • Other medical conditions that affect swallowing

MedStar VNA’s speech-language pathologists provide patients with diet plans, exercises, and tips for family and friends. From providing encouragement to allowing as much independence as possible, we focus on making a positive difference in our patients’ lives.

Contact Us

To find out more about our home healthcare services, call: 800-862-2166.

Afraid of Falling?

Take this brief quiz to see if home healthcare could help you prevent falling and injury. 

 

Physical Therapy

 

MedStar Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) provides physical therapy services to improve the quality of patients’ lives by increasing motion and mobility, eliminating pain, and promoting the prevention of further injury.

In-Home Physical Therapy Services

During the first visit, the therapist performs an evaluation of each patient's unique needs. The physical therapist then creates an individualized treatment plan based on the evaluation and clinically proven therapy methods.

A key element of the treatment plan is the personalized exercise program that therapists develop for each patient. . The exercise program aims to help improve health and help patients return to a normal lifestyle. The exercise programs can help to:

  • Improve overall strength
  • Improve how well the body uses oxygen
  • Decrease symptoms of illness
  • Improve breathing
  • Strengthen the heart
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Improve circulation
  • Improve overall energy and help patients stay active
  • Decrease pain
  • Improve sleep and relaxation
  • Enhance mental and emotional outlook
  • Improve balance
  • Reduce risk for falls

Treatment Plans May Also Include

Commonly Treated Conditions

  • Stroke/neurological disorders
  • Joint replacement
  • Amputation
  • Head injury
  • Foot and ankle sprain, fracture or injury
  • Hand and arm sprain, fracture or injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Arthritis
  • Post-traumatic injuries
  • Balance disorders

Fall Prevention

Falling at home is one of the leading causes of fatal and non-fatal injuries and hospital visits for trauma among older adults.  MedStar VNA therapists place high importance on fall prevention and identifying risks. A fear of falling causes one to limit their activities and social engagements. This can lead to a physical decline, depression, and isolation.  Take this quiz to see if home health care therapy may be able to help you reduce your risk of falling:

Contact Us

To find out more about our home healthcare services, call: 800-862-2166.

Afraid of Falling?

Take this brief quiz to see if home healthcare could help you prevent falling and injury. 

 

In-Home Pain Management Services

MedStar Visiting Nurse Association's (VNA) main goal is to help patients with acute or chronic pain achieve and maintain their maximum level of independence and comfort. Through self-care education, therapy and skilled nursing services, MedStar VNA's patients are able to safely remain in their homes, even after home healthcare is no longer needed.

In-Home Pain Management Services Include:

Conditions Often Requiring In-home Pain Management:

  • Diagnosis or recent onset of disease
  • Recent hospitalization
  • Patients with acute or chronic pain
  • Pain after joint replacement surgery
  • Pain after surgery
  • Cancer-related pain
  • Wound pain
  • Gastric bypass complications

Contact Us

To find out more about our home healthcare services, call: 800-862-2166.

Home Telemonitoring Program

remote monitoring

With innovative telemonitoring technology, MedStar Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) can monitor patients’ vital signs and symptoms remotely to identify abnormal readings and address negative symptoms or health concerns before they turn into medical emergencies. The remote monitoring program aims to keep patients healing safely and comfortably in their own homes by addressing the main reasons that patients are often readmitted to the hospital or sent to the emergency room, including: not taking medications, poor diet, inadequate family support and lack of understanding about their health conditions.

With the telemonitoring technology provided by Health Recovery Solutions (HRS), MedStar VNA’s home healthcare team members receive a daily perspective of a patient’s health status. This is especially helpful on days when there are no scheduled visits to the patient’s home.

How Telemonitoring Works

Each patient in MedStar VNA’s telemonitoring program is provided with a 4G Samsung tablet loaded with HRS’ easy–to-use telemonitoring software. It is customized to meet the patient’s unique needs. The tablet provides patients with educational videos, medication reminders, and comes with biometric screening devices such as a:

  • Blood pressure monitor
  • Scale
  • Pulse oximeter

These devices allow patients to take and record their own vitals signs on a daily basis. In addition, home healthcare team members can communicate with the patient through the tablet without the need for a landline or internet connection.

After patients record their data, it is automatically transmitted to their homecare nurse. The tablet and devices are safe, secure, and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliant.

Benefits of Remote Telemonitoring

The telemonitoring software is customized with a patient’s unique condition and its technology helps manage a patient’s recovery. The daily vital sign recordings and health status updates are used to help the home healthcare team and the patient’s physician adjust the treatment plan if needed. This helps patients to achieve the best outcome possible.

The HRS Telemonitoring Software allows patients to:

  • Measure weight, blood pressure, heart rate, and oxygen levels and track their readings
  • Let their nurse know of symptoms through a daily survey
  • Learn about their disease condition and how to manage it
  • Track whether they are taking their medications as ordered
  • Communicate with the MedStar VNA through phone and text messaging

The HRS Telemonitoring Software allows the home healthcare team to:

  • Monitor a patient’s vitals in real time
  • Respond to high-risk readings that could lead to a medical emergency or admission to the hospital
  • Communicate with patients via phone call or text message
  • Supplement education through videos and teach-back quizzes

What Patients Qualify for Telemonitoring

MedStar VNA’s telemonitoring program focuses on high-risk patient populations. These patients have complicated medical conditions like congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or diabetes which often require emergency care if symptoms cannot be controlled.  Homecare team members explain the program to the patients and enroll them if they are willing to participate.

HRS Results

According to MedStar VNA’s telemonitoring partner, HRS, this program provides the following results to participants:

  • 71% reduction in repeat admissions to the hospital
  • $1.9M savings for insurance payers
  • Improved utilization by 50%
  • Increased care engagement by 24 minutes/day

Contact Us Today

To learn more about MedStar Visiting Nurse Association and register for the program, call: 800-862-2166.