What is Avera@Home?


Rob Styles hugs his wife's hospice nurse

Avera@Home provides high-quality, cost-effective care in the home. Services include in-home care for those with chronic illnesses, post-hospitalization needs and end-of-life care. Before establishing Avera@Home, Avera’s home care and hospice services were departments of our different health care facilities. By unifying these services into one organization, Avera is able to maximize best practices, gain economies of scale and eventually be able to serve more patients that qualify for our services within the Avera footprint.

Avera@Home patients and caregivers both benefit from the services we provide. The current relationship between patients and caregivers is not disrupted but enhanced. Home care services include skilled nursing, social work and therapies as well as assistance with activities of daily living through a care assistant. Patients and caregivers can receive education on their diagnosis and the expected disease process along with medication management. Avera@Home staff members communicate with the patient’s primary care provider to keep them apprised of the patient’s progress.

Sandy Dieleman, CEO of Avera@Home feels that the services are integral in supporting the Avera mission. “We are delivering care in the most intimate care setting. We are truly being the hands and feet of Jesus, healing one by one as He did,” shares Sandy.

Home care and hospice services allow patients to stay in the home as long as possible. The costs are often covered by Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance. If costs aren’t covered, Avera@Home does accept private payment. Services are currently available from Avera@Home in the Mitchell and Sioux Falls areas. Visit the Avera@Home website for more details.

By Jana Olson

Marketing Specialist at Avera Health

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