A Necessity in the Care Continuum
To our community,
Patricia Aprile, FACHE, President
Welcome to our first online edition of the MaineHealth Care at Home annual report. We hope this format is easy-to-navigate as we share our experiences over the last year with all of you!
I would first like to share my excitement as I transition from my position on the board into the role of president. As I have witnessed as a member of the board for over 10 years, the team here at MaineHealth Care at Home is an asset to our community. I look forward to working with our team to advance our organization as we work together to make our communities the healthiest in America.
The word “change” has been heavy on our minds for years now, but what we are seeing in home health and hospice over recent years can be most accurately put in the “evolution” category. As a leading provider of skilled home health and hospice care in Southern and Mid Coast Maine, our services have become a necessity in the care continuum for patients with increasingly serious illness and disease. We are seeing this trend across the country as hospitals manage capacity and find the most appropriate solutions to patient discharge challenges. Being a partner in the health care infrastructure is as important now as it has ever been.
We are proud to position ourselves as an agency that is fully prepared to accommodate the increasing acuity of patients referred to home health care. These patients require us to stay on top of our game with timeliness of care, medication reviews, remote health monitoring and a collection of other practices that allow us to provide the most advanced, high-quality care possible. During 2022, we have improved our scores in ambulation, bed transferring, bathing, pain management, dyspnea, oral medication management and timely initiation of care across the board. This is an important part of our commitment to continually improve the quality of our services.
As always, equitable access to services in accordance with our not-for-profit status ensured the delivery of care to thousands of patients through our Compassionate Care program. In all, we served over 8,000 patients in 2022. I would like to thank our team members, board of directors, donors, community partners and others who are key to achieving our goals, year after year.