July 10, 2014

Around the Clock Home Care take time for patients

Locally owned and operated, Around the Clock Home Care provides care–in many forms–to patients 24 hours a day.

Home care includes services that may not be obvious such as a ride to church, planning a meal, a fresh change of sheets or helping new moms adjust after the baby is born.

Insured for transportation, Around the Clock Home Care is able to provide more than rides to medical appointments. For example, an elderly man was able to attend a wedding in Oklahoma City because of home care services.  

Around the Clock Home health has a staff of eight including RNs, LPNs, CHHAs, CNAs and Homemakers. The team works in coordination with the client's chosen Home Health or Hospice agency.  

Patti Abercrombie, Around the Clock Home Care RN/Administrator, has had over 25 years of experience in the medical field. She has a background in oncology, hematology, bone marrow transplants, pain control, hospice and home health.

Abercrombie has also had personal experience with family members who have needed long term assistance. While she was able to provide care to her parents–who would not have asked for help–Abercrombie said this isn't the case for everyone. This was a big influence for Abercrombie pursuing the home health field.

Abercrombie has also had experience with different cultures, even those that would seem extreme to many Americans. For example, she was worked overseas at a 40 bed bone marrow clinic in Saudi Arabia where there was some definite cultural shock. Doctors went to prayer five times a day, during which under no circumstances–even if a patient was dying–were they to be disturbed, Abercrombie said.

Patient advocacy is another area where Abercrombie has experience. While her brother was a patient at a VA center, she was his advocate, making sure he got timely treatments, and all caregivers were on the same page.

Around the Clock Home Care can be helpful to patients who may require extra attention in hospitals. A home care worker can sit with a patient and, for example, assist them to the bathroom or make sure that calls for pain medication are answered. A home care worker can also serve as a patient advocate and take an active role in asking what the plan is for the patient.

One feature of home care that Abercrombie said is especially important for families is respite care. This gives caregivers, often family members, a chance to take a break from their duties.

Around the Clock can provide services to patients post surgery such as dressing changes, various therapies and helping set up medications.

A list of needs that Around the Clock Home Care can attend to include: licensed patient advocate, friendly reassurances, assistance with ambulation, incontinent care, bathing, grooming, dressing, shopping and chore services, prescription pick-up, service deliveries, laundry and linen change, light housekeeping, escort to beauty and barber shop, homemaking, organization, meal planning and preparation, personal care services, correspondence assistance, escort to religious services, entertainment, conversation/companionship, walks and light exercise, emergency assistance, appointment and medication reminders, transportation, coordination of care with chosen home health and hospice.

Around the Clock Home Care can be contacted at 405.222.6478. All major credit cards are accepted.


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