There’s a new health care program in Kent County! It’s called Transitional Care, and it is designed to help patients function well at home so that they avoid readmission to the hospital or repeated trips to the Emergency Department.
Katie Davis, RN, CHPN is the Transitional Care Coach for University of Maryland Shore Regional Health at Chestertown. Katie’s many years of nursing experience includes inpatient care as well as home care and hospice care, and she has excellent skills and expertise in assisting patients — many with chronic illnesses such as COPD, heart disease, and diabetes, among others — who are transitioning from acute illness to better health. As Transitional Care Coach, she teaches patients and their family members and other caregivers what they need to know to achieve and maintain optimal health; for example, how to manage their medications and monitor symptoms and side-effects, what kinds of assistive devices they might need and how to use them, and how to modify their home environment if necessary so they can function safely.
If you or someone you know has a chronic health problem that has resulted in frequent trips to the Emergency Department or repeated hospitalizations, Transitional Care is a new and effective resource. For more information, contact Katie Davis, RN, CHPN, University of Maryland Chester River Home Care and Hospice, 410-778-1049.