DeKALB – KishHealth System will take ownership of the DeKalb County Health Department’s Home Care Program effective Jan. 1, according to a health department news release.
DeKalb County Public Health Administrator Jane Lux said as both the program’s caseload and revenue have declined in recent years, the Board of Health began exploring options for the program.
“The Board of Health and I want this important program to be sustained long term for the residents of the county, “ she said. “After a long tradition of excellent care for some of our county’s most vulnerable residents who are confined to home due to illness, we had to consider the best scenario for successful continuation of home care services.”
“The KishHealth System Board of Directors commends Jane Lux and the County Board of Health for their thoughtful consideration and planning for the transition of this critical health service,” said Kevin Poorten, KishHealth System president and CEO.
Pamela Duffy, RN, the health system’s chief nursing officer, said adding home health services to the continuum of care already overseen by KishHealth will further enable it to respond to changes brought about by the Affordable Care Act.
The Health Department and KishHealth System are working together to assure uninterrupted services for patients during the transition.
According to the Illinois Homecare and Hospice Council, home care is the preferred alternative for many with chronic illnesses, injuries and those recovering from surgery. Home care allows older persons to remain independent and postpones or eliminates the need for institutionalization. In addition to being cost-effective, it improves quality of life and has been proven to extend life, while keeping families together.