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Amedisys Home Health and Hospice Services

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06/01/2010 - By Sherri Roberts

Amedisys is a leading provider of home health care and hospice services in the United States and Puerto Rico. I must admit that I had some trepidation about researching and writing about an agency that deals with disease and death on a daily basis. However, when I called Kim Schusler, account executive for the company, she was very positive and excited about the work they do!

It's no wonder. Amedisys is more about education and life. Their goals are to teach patients about their disease process so that they have fewer visits to the emergency room and to keep patients at home as long as possible. They focus on comfort and recovery. Their strategy is to offer low-cost, outcome-driven health care at home.

There are many choices when deciding what services you or a loved one might need, but according to a 2009 study done by Alavere Health, "Medicare patients… that used home health care within three months of being discharged from a hospital cost the program $1.71 billion less and had 24,000 fewer re-hospitalizations than similar patients that used other forms of post-acute care over a two-year period." This is because home is where people feel most comfortable in the presence of family, friends, and familiar surroundings. In addition, Casper has the privilege of having an Amedisys branch that has achieved Home Care Elite Status. This means that they are in the top 25% in the United States for patient improvement and patient outcome!

One of the reasons Amedisys is able to help patients stay at home is because of the broad range of services they provide. Under the direction of medical director, Todd Beckstead, M.D., these include: skilled nursing by RN's and LPN's, home health aides, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, medical social workers, and specialized nursing for specific diseases and conditions. They offer disease management programs for over 65 different conditions from Alzheimer's to heart transplants to varicose veins. All Amedisys agencies are Medicare certified and they work constantly to try to keep costs as low as possible.

If you wonder if you or a loved one could benefit from the quality, positive care of Amedisys, visit their office at 907 North Poplar or give them a call at 307-234-6684. Their friendly staff can guide you through a program focused on maintaining and improving quality of life. How comforting to know we have these caring people right in our community when we need them.

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