Western Connecticut Home Care Receives $60,000 to Provide Telehealth to Patients
Western Connecticut Home Care (WCHC) was awarded $60,000 from the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA) to fund the Agency’s Telehealth Program. The Authority recently announced $1 million in grants to 28 of nonprofit institutions throughout the state that assist in providing food, healthcare and shelter.
Telehealth utilizes small electronic devices placed in a patient’s home which allows clinicians to monitor the patient’s vital signs from a remote location. Patients use the device and peripheral equipment to take measures of their blood pressure, pulse, oxygen level and weight. The information is sent electronically to be evaluated by a nurse. While Telehealth does not replace visits by the nurse, it does allow patients with chronic illness such as congestive heart failure (CHF) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) to be monitored every day. Daily monitoring allows the nurse to provide intervention as soon as negative changes to the patient’s health status is detected, helping to avoid symptoms becoming acute and requiring costly interventions such as a visit to the emergency room and/or hospitalization.
"We are extremely grateful to CHEFA for this generous grant that will allow WCHC to expand the Telehealth Program ensuring all of our patients have access to the most advanced home care services available. The Telehealth Program is vital to the continued improvement in clinical outcomes and to ensuring patients remain in the homes and out of the hospital", stated Brian O’Loughlin, Clinical Nursing Supervisor and Telehealth Program Manager.
CHEFA is a quasi-public agency created by the State Legislature to help Connecticut healthcare and educational institutions, and other not-for-profit entities obtain tax exempt financing. CHEFA is self-sustaining and receives no taxpayer funds.
About Western Connecticut Home Care, Inc.
Western Connecticut Home Care (WCHC), formerly Danbury Visiting Nurse Association is a non-profit, Medicare certified, State licensed medical home care agency. The Agency is the home care affiliate of Western Connecticut Health Network, which includes Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospital. Western Connecticut Home Care provides comprehensive nursing, therapy, medical social work and home health aide services to patients with a variety of health conditions using the latest in home care technology throughout the Greater Danbury and New Milford areas. Specialty services are offered for cardiac care and management, COPD care and management, diabetes management, fall prevention assessment, geriatric care, infusion therapy, Lifeline emergency response system, maternal child health, nutrition therapy, orthopedic rehabilitation, palliative care, respiratory therapy, tele-monitoring and wound care. For additional information visit WesternConnecticutHomeCare.org or call 203-792-4120.