Bright Star Care - January 2019


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What does the Northwestern Medicine HomeCare Group do, and whom does it serve? Northwestern Medicine HomeCare Physicians (HCP) is a medical house-call program that brings doctors and nurse practitioners to patients who are homebound or who have difficulties leaving their home. Our goal is to provide skillful, compassionate care using the latest medical technology into patients' homes to improve the quality of life of homebound patients and their caregivers. This care has been shown to dramatically reduce the need for homebound patients to go to hospitals or nursing homes. HCP has made more than 100,000 house calls to more than 8,000 patients since 1997. How do you accomplish your mission? We provide a comprehensive evaluation in the home of our patients in order to better understand how to deliver medical care for the patient within a particular social context. While the majority of our care is "high-touch," quality, primary care, we also have the high- tech capabilities of doing blood testing, X-rays, ultrasounds, and electrocardiograms (EKGs) in the home to deliver the highest-quality care. Where does the BrightStar care team come in? We share a common goal not only to care for the patients but to support the people who care for

them. We partner with the BrightStar Care team to provide additional nursing and social support for the caregivers so that they are empowered to address the physical and social needs of these patients. The BrightStar Care team provides feedback to our staff on health issues, such as over- the-counter medications, vitals monitoring, pain symptoms, and energy level or cognitive changes. Why is this in-home care program important to our community? Without the work of HCP, many of these very frail, complicated, and chronically ill patients would have very limited access to patient-focused primary care consistent with their goals. Educating the patients’ families, their caregivers, and the other medical professionals involved delivers better outcomes.

1 Corinthians 16: 13-14— Be on your guard, stand firm in the faith, be courageous, be strong. Your every act should be done with love. Matthew11: 28-30— “Come tome, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn fromme, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, andmy burden light.” 1 Peter 3:10-11— For, Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips fromdeceitful speech. They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it. Hebrews 4:12— For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints andmarrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

– Paul P. Chiang, MD, and Thomas A. Cornwell, MD

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