Ingalls Home Care
As a community hospital, Ingalls fosters a concern for patients that extends well beyond the walls of our facilities. That's why we've expanded our Home Care services – begun more than 20 years ago – to keep pace with shorter hospital stays, evolving technology, changing insurance reimbursement and a growing elderly population. In all areas of home care, our staff strives to provide the type of seamless, high-quality care that each of us would want our own family members to receive. Ingalls Home Care offers services for patients of any age, condition, or stage in life.
Providing Help Throughout the Southland
Serving all of Cook County south of 67th Street and all of Will County east of Route 53.
North: Cook County to 67th Street
South: Will/Kankakee County Line Road
East: Indiana Border
West: In Will County to Route 53
For more information about Home Care, call 708.331.0226.
Medicare or private insurance covers many home care services. A patient qualifies for intermittent home care services under Medicare if the following criteria are met:
- He or she is under a physician's care
- A physician has ordered home care
- He or she has a need for skilled medical care
- He or she is essentially homebound
A person is considered homebound if leaving the home:
- Requires considerable and taxing effort
- Requires use of a supportive device
- Requires the assistance of another person, or special transportation or is medically inadvisable.
For information, call: 708.331.0226
Intermittent Home Care
Intermittent care brings the best possible care to your home, whether you're coping with an illness, need help after a hospitalization, or find it difficult to leave home on your own. Visits are scheduled according to need, may range from daily to once a month, and typically last about one hour or less.
Your Care Team
Ingalls Home Care patients are cared for by a team that may include skilled nurses, certified home health aides, physical or occupational therapists, speech therapists, pharmacists and medical social workers.
Our staff delivers care under the direction of the patient's primary physician and develops an individualized plan of care. This team approach guarantees the best specialty care for each patient.
The team may include:
- Skilled adult nurses
- Skilled pediatric nurses
- Medical social workers
- Mental health nurses
- Physical therapists
- Occupational therapists
- Speech therapists
- Nutritional counselors
To find a doctor, call Ingalls Care Connection at 800.221.CARE (2273) or click here to search online.
Comprehensive care is available for patients recovering from heart bypass surgery, valve surgery or heart attack, or for patients with congestive heart failure. After-care and education for both patients and caregivers are key components of our in-home cardiac care.
Thorough education is provided to patients and caregivers following a diagnosis of diabetes. Educational topics include foot care, diet, how to give insulin injections and how to monitor blood sugar to maintain good health.
Patients who need IV antibiotics, pain management and other complex infusion therapies that no longer require inpatient care may receive at-home infusion services. Services are coordinated and delivered by Ingalls Home Care registered nurses specializing in all types of infusions. Infusion therapy provides a broad range of intravenous (IV) medications, including antibiotics, anti-nausea medication, hydration, pain management, total parenteral nutrition and central line maintenance. For information on Infusion Therapy, please call 708.331.0226.
Lymphedema occurs most commonly in women who have had breast cancer surgery with removal of lymph nodes, followed by radiation therapy. It is also caused by interruption of normal lymphatic flow due to surgery, infection or trauma. Lymphedema can appear weeks, months or even years after the initial surgery. It may also occur following injury or infection. In each case, normal drainage of the lymphatic fluid is interrupted. Although there are cases when lymphedema has spontaneously resolved and never recurred, for most patients it is a chronic problem requiring an ongoing effort to control. A treatment plan is based on evaluation by one of our specially trained therapists and may include one or more of the following elements: skin care, massage, exercise, bandaging, compression garments and medication.
The birth of a new baby is a joyous time, but if mom had a difficult delivery, or baby has special health concerns, home care visits are available if they are ordered by a patient's physician. Care is available for low-birth-weight infants, as well as infants who have feeding difficulties or who fail to thrive. Home care is also available for mothers who experienced complicated deliveries.
A full range of pediatric home care services are available. Services are directed by the child's pediatrician and carefully integrated into a plan based on the specific needs and health issues of the child.
Pre- and Post-Surgical Care
Education and care are available for patients and caregivers before and after major joint replacement surgeries, including hip and knee. If needed, physical therapy, occupational therapy and gait re-training services are available to help the patient recover safely and comfortably.
Specialized Wound Care Ostomy
Chronic or non-healing wounds can cause a considerable amount of pain, suffering and loss of function. The Ingalls wound care team is dedicated to restoring and maintaining each patient's opportunity to heal inside and out.
Our wound care team consists of a certified RN/wound specialist who coordinates a team of nurses trained and skilled in current wound and ostomy care therapies. This enables patients to receive education on the healing process, nutrition, hydration, medications and more.
Wound care involves skin and wound assessment; prevention of skin breakdown; reduction of shear and friction; application of barriers; management of surgical wounds, chronic wounds, pressure ulcers, venous stasis ulcers and diabetic foot wounds; pre- and post-graft applications; and fistula management. Consultations and referrals are available to advanced wound centers.
For information on Wound Care, call 708.331.0226.
On Call Medical Solutions
On Call Medical Solutions, an affiliate of Ingalls Home Care, offers three kinds of service:
We provide qualified, competent RNs, LPNs, and CNAs to fill shift assignments in hospitals, skilled long-term care facilities, and retirement villages, to cover vacations, sick leaves, or other staffing shortages. Our staff holds the skill levels necessary to deliver quality care in such specialized areas as ventilator care, tracheostomy care, telemetry, medical/surgical and critical care.
Private Duty Care
Ingalls provides assistance at home for long-term home care situations, such as following surgery, after the birth of a baby, during chronic illness, or to help the elderly or medically fragile.
Our services include skilled private duty nursing, help with bathing and taking medications, light housekeeping, or even taking a dog for grooming. We'll send the appropriate level of care to fit any need. Additional services include homemakers - to help with homemaker chores such as cooking, laundry and grocery shopping; sitters - to stay with someone who should not be left alone; nurses and nurses aides - to help in areas that require medical assistance such as medications and ventilators; and home health aides - to assist with personal care such as bathing and dressing.
If you or your family are unsure of what level of care is needed, one of our professionally trained, certified case managers will conduct a complete personal assessment. The case manager will then develop a comprehensive care plan considering the individual's and/or family's wishes and resources.
For information, call: 708.331.1220.
Case Management Service
This affordable service is staffed with certified case managers trained to guide clients and their families through all phases of life.
Our professional staff will conduct a complete personal assessment; develop and implement an individualized care plan; monitor client's progress; recommend environmental adaptations; and provide the client with available resources regarding insurance, billing, housing, and legal issues.
We are the solution for those who…live alone; are widowed; require family crisis management; or need additional special care.
For additional information or to make a referral, contact the Ingalls Home Care's Case Management Department at 708.331.1220.
We value our ability to help the South Suburban community with Ingalls Hospice/Home Care services. In return, our neighbors help us by donating their time.
- Provide support to patients and families in their homes and on inpatient units
- Run light errands
- File, answer phones and perform clerical duties
- Prepare bereavement mailings and offer bereavement support
- Staff information desks
If you would like to join our volunteer team, please call 708.331.1360.
Classes & events
For Medicare patients
Diabetes Management Center
Individual assessment, self management skills
The goal of the program is to ensure safe driving by helping clients modify their driving habits to enable them to continue to get where they need to go safely.
Insulin Pump Therapy
This class is designed for those already on an insulin pump who are ready for fine-tuning, including basal testing, temporary basals for exercise, sick-day management, plus infusion set and site troubleshooting techniques.