Expanding programs to care for seriously ill home-bound patients 65 and older
Danvers—Care Dimensions, the largest provider of hospice and palliative care in Massachusetts, announces Care Dimensions HomeMD, a personalized, in-home primary care service for patients 65 years and older who have trouble leaving their homes or who live in rest homes or assisted living facilities.
“We recognized there was a huge unmet need among patients, and their caregivers, for quality care that could be delivered in their homes,” says Patricia Ahern, Care Dimensions’ President and CEO. “As a leading provider of care to patients who are medically fragile, we are excited to be able to expand our services and the care continuum to care for patients before they need hospice or palliative care.”
HomeMD is particularly appropriate for patients who may be physically fragile, have trouble leaving their homes due to physical issues or memory loss, or for those who are managing complex chronic conditions such as diabetes, COPD, stroke or heart failure. HomeMD will serve 26 Massachusetts communities on the North Shore and in Greater Boston.
Led by long-time North Shore physician Mark Messenger, MD, and nurse practitioners Kristin Chouinard, NP, and Patricia McCarthy, NP, HomeMD helps meet the healthcare needs of a rapidly growing population.
“Many of our patients would never be able to see a healthcare clinician if we didn’t go to them,” explains Dr. Messenger, who has dedicated his practice exclusively to home-based primary care since 2007. “Seeing them in their own environment gives us added insight into how they’re living and coping –or not coping – with the symptoms of chronic illness.”
Visit CareDimensions.org/HomeMD or call 888-281-0011 to learn more about HomeMD or to access the list of 26 Massachusetts communities in which the service is available.
Care Dimensions is the largest hospice and palliative care provider to adults and children in Massachusetts. As a non-profit, community-based leader in advanced illness care, Care Dimensions provides comprehensive hospice, palliative care, grief support in more than 95 communities in Eastern Massachusetts. Care Dimensions was founded in 1978 as Hospice of the North Shore, and cares for patients wherever they live – in their homes, in skilled nursing facilities and assisted living communities, in hospitals, or at our two inpatient hospice facilities (the Care Dimensions Hospice House in Lincoln, and the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers). Additionally, Care Dimensions HomeMD program provides in-home primary care to patients over age 65 in select communities on the North Shore and Greater Boston who have difficulty leaving home. The Care Dimensions Learning Institute educates more than 7000 healthcare professionals and community members each year on advanced illness and end-of-life topics. To learn more about Care Dimensions, please visit www.CareDimensions.org.
Since 1978, Care Dimensions has provided comprehensive and compassionate care for individuals and families dealing with life-threatening illnesses. As the non-profit leader in advanced illness care, we offer services in over 100 communities in Massachusetts.