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Kent Hospital at Home

Quality Care in the Comfort
of Your Home

The Kent Hospital at Home (HaH) program provides patients who qualify the ability to receive the same quality and intensity of care that one would receive physically in the hospital building in their own home. Patients experiencing an acute medical event will be cared for by an interdisciplinary team of professionals without having to be displaced from their homes following their initial emergency room visit. This model of “inpatient” care provides the full spectrum of hospital treatment to the patient in their own environment.

Patients have access to a clinical provider 24 hours per day, 7 days a week with additional tele-health options as well. They have the opportunity to fully partner and engage with these providers at every step in the program.

Contact Information

Kent Hospital
455 Toll Gate Road
Warwick, RI 02886
P:
(401) 736-4256

 

Services

During an admission to the Kent Hospital at Home program, patients receive:

  • Clinical monitoring around the clock.
  • Two visits by clinical healthcare providers.
  • Additional services available to patients of Kent Hospital at Home include clinical social work and nurse care management. Specialty clinical consultation services and rehabilitative services are also available as needed throughout the HaH admission.
  • All necessary medical services during a patient’s admission will be made available in the home including:
    • Testing
    • Medications
    • Lab work
  • Access to speak with a clinical professional 24 hours per day, 7 days per week with additional opportunities for tele-health when needed. An in-home response is assured within 30 minutes for any urgent or emergent needs.
  • Video and chat features via a HIPAA-compliant tablet and remote platform allowing real-time connection with the care team.
  • Comprehensive discharge planning services to ensure appropriate follow-up care.

The Care Team

The Kent Hospital at Home care team is focused on your needs and will be closely engaged with you at every step. The team will also be in communication with your primary care provider, and any Kent Hospital or Care New England specialist you may have. The care team is made up of several medical professionals that include:

  • Nurses – A registered nurse will visit you in the home daily and remain available via phone or telehealth visit each day.
  • Physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners – This provider will oversee your care and check in with you daily, either in-person or virtually.
  • Community paramedics - an advanced paramedic skilled in both emergency response as well as providing primary care as a member of an interdisciplinary team.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What type of conditions are typically treated through the Kent Hospital at Home program?

The program is generally appropriate for conditions with low rates of complications. This includes flare-ups of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure, certain types of infections, and other conditions. Your doctors and nurses will review your medical information and speak with you and your family to determine whether the hospital at home program is appropriate for you.

Is the care I receive at home be as good as it is as an inpatient at Kent Hospital?

Yes, you will receive the same level of care that you would as an inpatient in the hospital, including receiving care from the same doctors that you would see in the hospital. There are also telehealth options as well to provide even more access to your doctors and our specialists.

How will the hospital care team know if I am getting worse while I am at home?

Each patient receives a device that will measure and transmit vital sign information to your provider team, who will monitor patient data closely.  The device kit tracks temperature, heart rate, respiratory rate, and pulse. This monitoring occurs constantly, and your care team will respond in real-time to assess your needs, conduct a telehealth visit, and send assistance to your home if needed.

Do I have to participate if it is recommended to me?

No, you do not have to participate in the Hospital at Home program if your provider recommends it. You are the decider of your healthcare treatment, and you are entitled to receive care physically at the hospital.

What are the differences between care at home and services provided at the hospital?

There are times when being in the hospital is the most appropriate for receiving care, but being in a home setting can help many patients recover or improve from their health concerns more effectively. Some of the benefits of receiving health care at home include:

  • Better sleep
  • Fewer disruptions
  • Inherently more comfortable setting

Studies show that hospital at home programs are safe and effective and offer patients more satisfaction and improved medical outcomes.

Kent Hospital will work with you to ensure the home is a safe care setting.

Cost

Kent Hospital will bill your health insurance provider for your Hospital at Home stay. You may be responsible for co-pays and other costs determined by your health insurance plan, as with any hospital stay.

More information can be obtained through Patient and Visitor Resources.