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HomeCare

Expert health care in the place you like the most…your home! 

About us

Enloe Medical Center has been providing quality home care to patients in Chico and the surrounding area for more than 20 years. We are known for our clinical quality and high patient satisfaction. In the comfort of a patient's own home, our professional staff provides quality nursing, physical, occupational and speech therapies and medical social services and home health aides. Professional staff members are trained in many specialties including cancer, cardiac, diabetes, respiratory, newborn, pediatric, orthopedic, rehabilitation and wound/ostomy care.

Enloe's HomeCare team

Nurses evaluate many aspects of a patient’s condition and develop a treatment plan with your physician to help manage and resolve care needs. Common nursing care needs include:

  • Wound healing and care
  • Instruction in new medications
  • Post surgical care and monitoring
  • Suture or staple removal
  • Care of cardiac or pulmonary conditions
  • Diabetes monitoring and education
  • Pain medication management
  • Home IV antibiotic and chemotherapy

Physical therapists evaluate patients to determine what rehabilitation goals are appropriate, and work closely with your physician to develop a care plan for maximizing strength and independence with functional mobility. Conditions that physical therapists commonly treat include:

  • Stroke
  • Fractures
  • Head injury
  • Amputation
  • Cardiac surgery
  • Developmental disorders
  • Back pain or back surgery
  • Hip, knee, or shoulder replacement surgery
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease)
  • Osteoarthritis – Degenerative Joint Disease
  • Spinal cord injury (Paraplegia – Quadriplegia)

Typical physical therapy interventions include:

  • Therapeutic exercise and home exercise program instruction
  • Gait training with various equipment, in and outside of the home
  • Transfer and bed mobility skills
  • Mobility equipment recommendations
  • Post surgical protocols
  • Pain relief modalities
  • Fall risk reduction education
  • Balance and coordination activities
  • Neuromuscular re-education
  • Home safety recommendations
  • Family and other caregiver training 
  • Evaluation and re-assessment

Occupational therapists can assist with instruction and training in activities of daily living to promote a return to maximum independence.  Occupational therapy may include:

  • Self care (bathing, dressing)
  • Homemaking (cooking, laundry, shopping)
  • Energy conservation
  • Transfers and safety
  • Environmental modifications
  • Leisure and recreational activities
  • Splinting and positioning
  • Recommending adaptive equipment

Speech therapists can address difficulties in communication and swallowing.  This may involve speech production, language use, special communication devices, comprehension skills, oral motor strength or breath control. Conditions that speech therapists commonly treat include:

  • Stroke
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
  • Head or neck cancers
  • Alzheimer’s or Dementia
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Traumatic brain injury

Medical Social Workers may visit patients to assist in a variety of ways. Medical Social Workers commonly:

  • Identify and obtain needed community resources
  • Provide supportive counseling to patient and family for adaptive response to change and loss
  • Provide information about healthy coping mechanisms
  • Improve communication and understanding among family members
  • Offer support around grief and available bereavement services
  • Provide information about funeral plans

Home Health Aides -- Certified Nursing Aides provide personal care, which might include bathing, dressing and bed linen changes.

Wound, Ostomy and Continence

Enloe Home Health's Wound, Ostomy and Continence program sends nurses to monitor wounds and teach patients and their families proper wound care. Enloe also offers a clinic for Wound/Ostomy Services that provides comprehensive, specialized care, and education for patients with wound, ostomy and incontinence-related needs.

Frequently asked questions about home health care

When might one need home health care?

A person may need home health care after a recent hospitalization or after the birth of a child. Home health care services also help with the increased needs of care as we age. It is also available to help manage a chronic illness or with rehabilitation after a surgery or injury.

How is the service paid for?

Medicare, Medi-Cal, and most private insurances cover all of the costs of care, though some private insurances have a co-pay or provide partial coverage.  Enloe HomeCare is committed to providing care, and special arrangements for financial hardship can be made through Patient Financial Services. Financial assistance is available through Enloe Medical Center's Billing Help Line at 530.332.6300, which is answered by financial counselors. Answers to frequently asked billing questions are also available on this Enloe website.

How does care begin?

A patient, family member or your physician can begin the process by contacting us. As physician oversight and approval is needed to initiate a treatment plan, we work closely with physicians to determine appropriate needs.

Where can care be provided?

HomeCare can be provided in many places of residence, including  your own home or apartment, while temporarily staying at a friend or family member’s residence, or a residential care facility.  HomeCare is not provided in a skilled nursing facility.

Comments from Enloe HomeCare patients and families…

Enloe Homecare is proud of its reputation for excellent care provided with compassion by our friendly staff.  Compliments we have received from our patients and their families include the following:

“…I asked for the best and feel I got it with you.  You have gotten me well on the way to recovery.  Thank you for all your help and encouragement.”

“…because of your coming out, the doctor says I am way ahead. Thanks.”

“I want to thank you for being so kind and helpful to me. You are a sweet angel.”

“You made the recovery go so much better and faster. Thanks so much.”

“You brought humanity to a horrific situation, a sense of safety in his loss of control, a gift of kindness that was appreciated not only by my husband but all of us who endured the last part of his journey with him.”

“Thank you, one and all, for all of your wonderful care. I could never have made it without you.”

“Enloe Home Health Care has been the best. Your staff is truly dedicated in providing quality people and quality care. Everyone who I have met, from the nurses to the physical therapist, has gone above and beyond my expectations.”

Other local resources for care and information

Enloe Hospice provides compassionate care to those approaching the end of life. Care focus includes pain control, comfort measures, and maximizing mobility and quality of life. Medical care includes physician, nursing, social work, rehabilitation therapy, and home health aide. Volunteers, spiritual care, and bereavement services are also provided. 530.332.6060

Enloe Cancer Connections has a staff of social workers, nurses, and volunteers who provide assistance in finding educational, financial and practical resources, support groups and wellness programs. Short-term counseling related to cancer diagnosis and treatment is also available. 530.332.3854

Passages Adult Resource Center provides information and support programs for those with chronic illness, disability or aging related conditions.

Independent Living Services of Northern California provides referrals for in-home care providers, adaptive technology, and housing options.

Peg Taylor Center for Adult Day Health Care -- Clients attend one to five days a week for recreational activities, medical care needs (nursing, therapy, social services, dietary) and a full dinner meal at noon. Transportation is available.

Contact us

Enloe HomeCare
1390 East Lassen Ave.
Chico, Calif. 95973

530.332.6050

Regular office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. A Registered Nurse is available during these hours for consultation. If you have questions about home health care or are wondering if Enloe HomeCare can help, please call and talk with a nurse in the office.

For our current patients, an on-call nurse can be reached twenty-four hours a day to assist with problem-solving over the phone.


Find a Doctor
Call: 1-877-Enloe-MD
(1-877-365-6363)
Visit: doctors.enloe.org