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Home Recovery Care

Virginia Mason Franciscan Health Home Recovery Care is a care option that allows you to safely receive treatment for your medical condition in the comfort of your home instead of in the hospital. Home Recovery Care services are currently available to our patients at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington.

What to expect in home recovery care

First few days

Once you choose Home Recovery Care, you will be sent home instead of being admitted to the hospital. Your Home Recovery Care journey begins the moment you leave the emergency department. An acute care registered nurse will visit you at least twice a day for the first few days, or longer, right in the comfort of your own home. 
 
All the necessary equipment you will need is delivered to your door and set up for you, such as an IV or oxygen. You will receive a remote patient monitoring kit that includes a pulse oximeter, blood pressure cuff, scale, thermometer and a computer tablet, which allows you to see and talk with your doctor from home and communicate with your care team. The computer tablet is provided at no additional cost and must be returned upon your completion of the program.  
 
Your registered nurse will:

  • Take your vitals, such as blood pressure, temperature and weight
  • Administer IV medications
  • Help you take your medications
  • Assist you with pain management
  • Serve as an advocate for your care

In addition to your in-home registered nurse, you will have access to a Recovery Care Coordinator. A Recovery Care Coordinator is available to you 24/7 and will be your main point of contact for questions or concerns.
 
A Recovery Care Coordinator will:

  • Coordinate and communicate your care with your doctor(s), including your primary care physician and other specialists
  • Monitor your vitals daily
  • Answer your medication questions
  • Assist in scheduling your follow-up appointments
  • Provide you with health education

Patient benefits

As one of our patients, you will enjoy comfortable and convenient medical care in the comfort of your own home. Other benefits include:

  • Having a Recovery Care Coordinator available to you 24/7
  • Talking with your doctors and nurses on a computer tablet, face-to-face without ever leaving your home
  • Being provided with a computer tablet that allows your doctors and nurses to check on your progress in real time
  • Having a single point of contact for medical questions
  • Receiving quality and compassionate care from a skilled medical team

Conditions treated

The beauty of Home Recovery Care is that you may be treated for many medical conditions at home, instead of the hospital. Medical conditions may include:

  • Asthma
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Cellulitis
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Pneumonia and more

Contact us

For more information about our Home Recovery Care services, please call (253) 208-2804. We are available 24/7. Home Recovery Care is a service delivered in partnership with Contessa Health.