At Coastal Home Health & Hospice our mission is to “Provide quality, compassionate, holistic care to patients & their family at home, supporting & honoring personal choices during illness & end of life.
In order to fulfill this mission, Coastal Home Health & Hospice has obtained the services of a wound specialist to offer expert wound care for their patients.
It’s difficult to imagine the number of people in our destination community that suffer from chronic diseases which result in difficult to heal wounds. Chronic diseases like diabetes, peripheral vascular insufficiences, non-healing surgical wounds, bedsores or any other non-healing lesions. However, about 30% of Curry County residents have limitations with activity, attributed either to physical, mental, or emotional problems. Another 11% have limitations which require the use of special equipment, such as a cane, wheelchair, or special bed. Also, 36% of adults 45 and older in Curry County are reportedly disabled. These numbers significantly contribute to the susceptibility of individuals developing difficult to heal wounds. In addition, the adult diabetes rate was 9.7% in Curry County in 2007, since then it has decreased to approximately 6% but remains the 6th leading cause of death in the county (Oregon BRFSS) (Ngo, 2011) .
The vulnerability of the patient increases with exposure to the outside world. Even going to your primary care physician puts your open wounds in greater danger. Because of this vulnerability Home Health visits are the preferred means of treatment. “Medical necessity” dictates this order for treatment.
Michael Hughes, RN, became a certified would specialist in 2006. He started his nursing career as a Navy Corpsman (medic) in Vietnam. Using the GI bill he received his RN in 1976 and has been dedicated to healing ever since.
As our Wound care specialist, Michael Hughes will work with you to create a care plan tailored to your wound. He will teach you or your loved one, how and when to change the dressing on your wound. The healing process involves many factors and he will teach you what it takes to promote wound healing.
Due to medical necessity, if you feel that you would qualify for wound care in your home, ask your primary care physician for a referral to Coastal Home Health & Hospice, so that we can provide you with the care you deserve.
Visit CoastalHHH.org or call 541-460-0405 for more information.
Written by Michael Hughes, RN