Western Connecticut Home Care Patient Gives Testimony in Support of Healthcare at Home
At a press conference held Thursday, February 28th at the State Legislative Office Building, The Connecticut Association for Home Care and Hospice revealed its new name, the Connecticut Association for Healthcare at Home (HC@H). The association’s new brand is intended to reflect home health care’s critical role in our society, educate consumers about its benefits, and promote the services of its member agencies.
In attendance were Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman, Nonprofit Liaison to the Governor, Terry Edelstein, state legislators, association members, agency staff members, and several home health care clients. Vicky Ceylan and her son, AJ, patients of Western Connecticut Home Care (WCHC), a member agency of HC@H, were among the clients whose experiences were shared demonstrating the value of receiving healthcare at home.
Vicky credits the care and support she received from Western Connecticut Home Care 12 years ago when the agency was known as Danbury Visiting Nurse Association with her son’s remarkable recovery. Vicky received nursing services and close monitoring during her high risk pregnancy. She gave birth to her son AJ very prematurely just 23 weeks into her pregnancy. After 6 months in the hospital, AJ, who was born with cerebral palsy, came home with a tracheostomy, a feeding tube, and oxygen. For the next 8 months of his life, WCHC nurses visited three times per week instructing Vicky on AJ’s care, providing case coordination, and careful clinical assessment. Today, although he has physical limitations due to his cerebral palsy, AJ is an 11 year old middle school honor student and is full of life.
“The biggest struggle of the Connecticut Association for Healthcare at Home and our home health and hospice provider members is to succinctly and clearly explain their value in the big picture of healthcare. We are not just “nice nurses holding hands and sipping tea with gramma.” And, hospice is not just a “place” to go to die,” remarked Tracy Wodatch, Vice President of Clinical and Regulatory Services, HC@H. “We are the solution to the Triple Aim of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act –we provide enhanced quality of care coupled with a positive person-centered experience which equals a cost savings and a return on investment. The right care at the right cost in the right place—the person’s home.”
“As the voice of its home health care and hospice agencies across Connecticut, HC@H is stepping up our efforts to connect providers and consumers, provide information and education on the issues that impact healthcare at home, and create change through advocacy and leadership in our industry,” said Deborah Hoyt, president and CEO, HC@H.
About Western Connecticut Home Care, Inc.
Western Connecticut Home Care, formerly Danbury Visiting Nurse Association has been providing quality home nursing services for over 100 years. The Agency is the home care affiliate of Western Connecticut Health Network providing services in the Greater Danbury and Greater New Milford areas. 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. 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. In addition Western Connecticut Home Care’s Immunization Clinic provides a variety of healthy living immunizations and travel vaccines. For additional information visit WesternConnecticutHomeCare.org or call 203-792-4120.