Our world today is rapidly changing as new advances are made in medicine and technology. At Paragon, we strive to be on the forefront of change so that we can continue to serve our patients to the best of our ability. For over 15 years we have specialized in infusion therapy to treat hundreds of different diseases, conditions, and diagnoses. What if you could receive the IV medication that you need in the comfort of your own home though? Or discreetly under the sleeve of your shirt while you’re in the office at work? What if there were a way for you to get back to your normal routine and loved ones sooner? Well, you can.
Our Home Infusion Therapy (HIT) division brings to life the idea of “IV anywhere”. Whether you are at home, at work, or on the go, you can still receive the medication you need. Infusion therapy no longer requires hospitalization or going to a clinic – oftentimes, it’s possible anywhere. Our team arranges home health services and ships necessary supplies and medication directly to your doorstep, so you never even have to leave your house.
You might be wondering how this is possible though? Afterall, when we think “infusion” we typically picture an IV pole and a bunch of tubing, right? Well, with Home Infusion Therapy through Paragon, there’s no need for bringing an IV pole and tons of machinery into the home in order to treat. We use infusion pumps in the home setting that are small, lightweight, and portable. The infusion pumps we use eliminate the need for an IV pole, batteries, or programming. This means that our patients can have flexibility and mobility. Our team of nurses will teach each patient how to use their infusion pump so that they can confidently administer their medication at home. Learning how to use the device doesn’t take long and gives patients and caregivers confidence in their ability to administer the medication.
In the home setting, dosing times can be adjusted to fit the patient’s lifestyle or scheduling needs. This ensures that the patient can rest and heal. In the hospital setting, administration times are determined by the nursing staff which can often interfere with a patient’s sleep schedule by being woken up to infuse. Our goal is to find ways to best accommodate the patient’s needs so that there is less interference. We’re here to find creative solutions that best serve our patient’s individual needs.
Patients in our Home Infusion Therapy program may be in need of therapy, organ transplants, palliative or hospice care. We specialize in heart failure management, cystic fibrosis, antibiotic therapy, nutrition support, immunoglobulin therapy, and pain management. Learn more about our Paragon’s Home Infusion Therapy (HIT) programs below.
Home Nutrition Support Program – This program’s focus is the provision of exemplary, customized care for patients at home receiving enteral (EN) or parenteral nutrition (PN) support therapy. Every patient is followed by a specialized nutrition support team including a pharmacist, dietitian, nurse, and IV technician the entire time he or she is on service. A tailored care plan is designed for each patient including comprehensive assessment and follow-up by a Board-Certified Nutrition Support Dietitian. Our team collaborates with the patient’s physician, hospital and/or outpatient clinic to bridge a smooth transition to home. Our goal is to keep our patients safe with meticulous attention paid to the patient’s quality of life while on these life-saving therapies.
Home Cardiac Program – This program allows patients with congestive heart failure (CHF) and other cardiac complications to receive the medical care and support they need in the comfort of their own home in order to improve quality of life. Many patients in this program are in need of a heart transplant, LVAD implantation, palliative care, or hospice care. Our nurses provide customized one-on-one education for home inotrope infusion and dietary assistance.
Home Cystic Fibrosis Program – This program is tailored to patients with chronic progressive pulmonary symptoms like difficulty breathing, infections, inflammation, and respiratory failure to receive the medical support they need in the home setting. Patients in this program may be in need of a lung transplant, respiratory therapy, palliative care, or hospice care. Our nurses are experienced in cystic fibrosis management and trained to maximize therapy outcomes.
Home Antibiotic Therapy Program – There are many different diagnoses that require anti-infective infusions including cellulitis, orthopedic and joint infections, sepsis, complicated UTIs, pneumonia, viral or fungal infections, gastro-intestinal infections, abscesses, endocarditis, and more. We are committed to preventing hospitalizations through physician consultation with our pharmacists. Our team can help with the selection of an individualized anti-infective that will best meet the patient’s needs. We also manage each new referral and are available to assist in gathering necessary documentation for processing patient's care and can oftentimes start home health services the same day.
Home Immunoglobulin (IVIG) (SCIG) Therapy Program - Immune globulin (Ig) is a tested and safe solution made from human plasma containing antibodies and can be given intravenously (IVIG) meaning through a vein or subcutaneously (SCIG or SubQ) meaning under the skin. This therapy is used to protect patients that are unable to fight infections due to a low production of antibodies, or someone whose immune system is attacking their body’s healthy cells. Ig is prepared from blood donated by thousands of people, creating a super-concentrated collection of antibodies capable of warding off viruses and/or bacteria. We offer multiple care options for IVIG and SCIG infusions. Care options for our patients include home infusion, medical suite infusion, and infusion centers (IVCs).
Home Hospice and Pain Management - Our commitment to our patients with pain and other related symptoms is to maximize their comfort and improve their quality of life. We focus on controlling our patient’s pain symptoms while maintaining their awareness and cognitive function. Our pharmacists are trained to provide equal analgesic dosing to provide a smooth transition from oral or transdermal pain medications to IV or SubQ pain management. Hospice patients take immediate priority in the pharmacy. Their medications are prepared immediately and delivered to the bedside as soon as possible to provide pain relief.
If you or a loved one are seeking a healthcare company that puts people first, focusing on comfort, and specializing in infusion care in the home setting, tell your provider that you want to join the Paragon family. We’ll handle the rest of the referral process and reach out to you directly to follow up.
For more information about Paragon Home Infusion Therapy visit our website at www.paragonhealthcare.com/hit