The Best in Care

Community VNA utilizes advanced technology known as telehealth in order to provide the best in care for our patients. If your doctor determines that a higher level of monitoring is appropriate for your condition, Community VNA uses the newest in telehealth technology to maintain daily (or more frequent) vital sign monitoring. Patients recuperating at home from certain illnesses may experience temporary, unstable health for which telehealth monitoring is specified by their doctor, including:

  • Congestive heart failure (CHF)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Pneumonia

How Telehealth Works

Daily monitoring is possible through telehealth. The telehealth monitor is smaller than a shoe-box. Community VNA’s staff places it in the patient’s home, connects it to their telephone and instructs the patient in its use. Today, Telehealth is compatible with either land-line or cell phone technology. There is no cost to the patient for telehealth monitoring and the equipment does not interfere with the phone’s normal use.

Each morning (or as often as is desired), the home telehealth monitor records the patient’s vital signs and transmits them to Community VNA’s telehealth nurse. Even small changes in vital signs can indicate the possible start of a problem; our telehealth nurse responds quickly by phoning the patient for more details and working to identify and resolve any problem. Patients and their doctors have been very impressed with the positive results from home telehealth monitoring. Telehealth helps our patients recuperate more smoothly and completely by avoiding setbacks due to unrecognized or untreated changes.