INDIAN RIVER HOME CARE IS TURNING THE TIDE IN
HEALTH CARE ON THE TREASURE COAST
It had been just nine months since his wife returned home
unable to walk on her own.
After weeks of daily nursing; almost a year of extensive therapy;
ongoing periods of personal care; monumental moments of
speech language pathology; and hundreds of hours of time
dedicated to relearning decades of once-mindless mobility,
Magdalena was finally able to maneuver a walker following her
stroke that left her partially paralyzed.
As part of her customized rehab program provided by Indian
River Home Care — the county’s most prestigious home health
agency — Magdalena and her husband, Horst, were able to
participate in the company’s telemonitoring program, “CARE
CONNECT: HI-TECH & HI-TOUCH.”
While Magdalena was receiving nursing and therapy visits
within her home multiple times a week, her vital signs were also
monitored electronically by her personal nurse on a daily basis,
even when her nurse wasn’t there.
“I received an alert really early one morning that Magdalena’s
oxygen level had dropped significantly, from the 90s to the
80s, which is pretty darn low,” said Dawn Stephens, RN, Indian
River Home Care director of nursing. “I immediately called the
husband, who knew how to take his wife’s vital signs with the
Bluetooth equipment we provide training on, and he told me he
used the pulse oximeter to check her oxygen because she was
short of breath,” Dawn said.
“Hearing that her legs were swelling and knowing her history of
congestive heart failure in addition to the stroke, I told him to
call 911 right away.”
Within a matter of 20 minutes from southwest Vero Beach to
Cleveland Clinic, Magdalena arrested in the ambulance.
“She had a heart attack on her way to the hospital and her heart
stopped; I didn’t think she’d survive,” Horst said. “That was really
the second time that Indian River Home Care saved her life.”
In an independent survey of 92 Indian River Home Care
patients, 98 percent agreed the telemonitoring program makes
them feel more supported by their health care team.
“That was really the second time that Indian River Home Care saved her life.
Additionally, 91 percent agreed they are more involved with
their care while using CARE CONNECT: HI-TECH & HI-TOUCH,
which is the only telemonitoring program in the county to
receive a national accreditation for optimum patient care from
the Accreditation Commission for Health Care.
“This is a complimentary service we offer our patients so they
can really understand how to manage their health,” said Margot
Kornicks, RN, BSN, MBA, Indian River Home Care founder and
president. “It is so important for us to empower our patients
to understand their own readings in order for them to be
proactive and hopefully prevent an emergency room visit or
In addition to pioneering life-saving initiatives, Indian River
Home Care is also the area’s only agency whose nurses and
therapists partner with nursing assistants to promote patient
safety and independence in an unprecedented way. Nursing
assistants contracted by Indian River Home Care PLUS provide
medication reminders, light housekeeping, toileting assistance,
meal preparation and much more — without imposing a
minimum number of hours.
By offering both personal and medical assistance within the
home, Indian River Home Care nurses are able to provide the
most comprehensive report of their patient’s condition when
attending physician appointments, communicating with family
members and coordinating with other health care providers.
For more information on how Indian River Home Care is turning
the tide in health care on the Treasure Coast, contact them
directly by calling the number below.
INDIAN RIVER HOME CARE
65 ROYAL PALM POINTE
VERO BEACH, FL 32960
T: 772-569-3885 | F: 772-365-3707
AGENCY: 299993886 I REGISTRY: 30211830