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Home Health & Hospice

Home Health

Our goal in the Home Health Department is to do everything we can help you stay in your home when recovering from a serious illness or injury. This often means more convenient and less expensive service that otherwise might be necessary. We know that just being home can be a powerful medicine on the road to recovery.

Medical Care: 
In-home visits from our professional, caring nurses provide a range of medical services. We can help manage medications and IV regimens, routine changes of dressings, and any aftercare needed following surgery or other medical procedure. We can help with monitoring diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, and much more. Our nurses work closely with your physician to be alert to any needs on your path to recovery.

Rehabilitation Care: 
In-home visits from our professional therapists can speed recovery and improve comfort. Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy are the services available to you in your own home.

Personal Care: 
Home health aides can help with daily living needs such as bathing, meal preparation, light housekeeping and other personal needs.

Equipment:
If your physician prescribes necessary medical equipment, such as oxygen systems or a hospital bed, we help arrange that it's delivered and set up at your home.

Home Safety: 
Our experts can survey your home and recommend safety features that could prevent falls and other injuries.

Financial:
Services are covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance.

Who can use home health services?
Your physician determines that you qualify for home health services because of circumstances. You may be homebound because of your medical condition, you can't leave home without special help, or leaving your home requires a taxing effort. Give us a call to discuss your circumstances and how our program can benefit you.We're happy to more fully explain our services and answer any questions you have about how our services can help you or your family. You may reach us at 541-575-1648.

Blue Mountain Outpatient Clinic

We offer four clinics on-site in our office located at 422 West Main Street, John Day, Oregon:

Wound Clinic:
Working from your physician orders, we provide various types of wound care for any type of diagnosis. We have a registered nurse available who has advanced training in wound care.

Foot Clinic:
Diabetic foot care is done by a RN and the non-diabetic care completed by the CNA. This is not billable to insurance and is $35.00 self-pay. No MD referral is needed.

Foley Catheter Clinic:
This is billed to insurance and is for those who have indwelling foley catheters. Foley catheter care is completed by the nurse with a MD order.

Ear Irrigation Clinic:
This also can be billed to insurance or is available using self-pay. We use a water irrigation system to safely and effectively remove impacted wax from the ears.


Hospice

Blue Mountain Hospice, A caring team consisting of:

  • Physicians
  • Registered Nurses
  • Licensed Therapists
  • Home Health and Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Social Workers
  • Pharmacists
  • Dietary
  • Chaplains
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Volunteers

Recognizing death as a part of life, and striving to make each day worth living.

Who is Eligible?
Hospice is available for those persons with a terminal illness and a life expectancy of six months or less. We serve persons who are residents of Grant County. There should also be someone available who will be able to assist with day-to-day care.

How are Hospice Services Paid For?

  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • Private Insurance

We also look to our community for support through fundraising, donations and memorials.

What Services are offered?

  • We Honor Veterans Program
  • Regular visits by a Registered Nurse with 24 hour on-call service available
  • Specialized care by Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Volunteer Support
  • Grief Counseling and Bereavement care for the patient and their family members
  • Medical Equipment and supplies
  • Prescribed medications related to the terminal illness
  • Pain management
  • Respite care, occasional 2-3 hour periods of relief for the primary caregiver

What is an Interdisciplinary Team Approach?
The interdisciplinary approach utilizes a team of professionals including physicians, nurses, nurse aides, social workers, clergy, therapists, and specially trained volunteers. Our team works to meet the need of patients and their loved ones. It is our desire to assist patients and their families as they encounter the stress and concerns arising from terminal illness. Blue Mountain Hospice hopes to be a refuge along this often difficult journey. We offer support designed to nurture your physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.

For more information about Blue Mountain Hospice, please contact:

Sylvia Dowdy-Ross email: sross@bluemountainhospital.org 
or Michelle Gibson at (541) 575-1648

We Honor Veterans Program

America's veterans have done everything asked of them in their mission to serve our country and we believe it is never too late to give them a hero's welcome home. That's why our hospice is taking part in the We Honor Veterans program. Our staff understand the unique needs of veterans and are prepared to meet the specific challenges that veterans and their families may face at the end of life.

We have embraced our mission to serve America's veterans. It's our way of saying thank you for the sacrifices they have made in serving us.

Timeline of U.S. Wars and Conflicts:

  • World War I: The Great War
  • World War II: The Last Patriotic War
  • Korean War: The Forgotten War
  • Vietnam War
  • Persian Gulf War: Operation Desert Storm
  • Afghan War: Operation Enduring Freedom
  • Iraq War: Operation Iraqi Freedom