Waveny Care Network, a nonprofit healthcare continuum based in New Canaan, has announced the launch, licensure and certification of "Waveny Home Healthcare," the organization's new home health care agency.

The addition of home health care to Waveny's comprehensive continuum of services will enable the organization to offer in-home skilled nursing and therapy services to clients throughout Fairfield County.

Waveny Home Healthcare will be offering a full spectrum of licensed, professional in-home skilled services such as nursing, physical, occupational and speech-language therapies.

Services also include medical social services or assistance from a home health aide. Based on a comprehensive assessment and physician orders, services and treatments can be provided within a client's home, their family's home or in an assisted living setting.

Heather Neff, chief executive officer of Waveny Care Network has appointed Terry Tumpane, BSW, MBA, administrator of the new program. Tumpane joins the Waveny organization with both depth and breadth of expertise from a comprehensive career in health care. A social worker by origin, Tumpane also holds an advanced degree in health care administration.

"Terry's entire career has been devoted to the focus and care of seniors in the community," Neff said.

"Her accumulation of multiple skill sets throughout her experience has imbued her with an expansive knowledge of all areas in the health care field."

"Waveny Home Healthcare has the support of an organization that has provided the highest level of quality care in this community for more than 35 years," Tumpane said.

"Waveny takes great pride in achieving the highest possible level of clinical outcomes while providing clients with the utmost in professional and personalized service, and our home care initiative will strive to uphold and enhance this level of commitment."

"Home care is a significant need for seniors because it allows for short-term medical care during critical times of recovery, with highly trained medical staff providing nursing and therapies directly in the home," Tumpane said. "After a hospitalization or skilled nursing home stay, we will assist in the transition and return to home and independence."

In terms of choosing a home health care agency, Tumpane offers an educated series of questions and answers that consumers should take into consideration.

"Evaluate the quality of staff, as they are the individuals who are in your home and the key to your success," she said. "They should be highly skilled, trained and licensed medical staff who work in coordination with your physician to meet your medical needs."

"The credibility and reputation of the agency you choose is also critical," Tumpane said. "Are they known as a community partner? Do they have the resources and staff to provide you with care when you need it? These are some of the questions decision makers should consider when home care services are required."

"The decision to develop and provide home health care services in the community is a reflection of the commitment of Waveny Care Network to ensure the well-being and medical oversight across a full continuum of care," Neff said.

"We recognize the addition of home care is a natural extension of our on-site provision of services. Those in need of medical care have chosen Waveny for over three decades for our commitment to serving the community at the highest quality and caliber of care."

Waveny Home Healthcare is currently accepting new Medicare, private-pay and long-term care insurance clients living in the greater Fairfield County area.

For more information on services and care provided through Waveny Home Healthcare, contact Carol Smith, RN, Waveny Home Healthcare clinical supervisor at 203-594-5249 or CSmith@waveny.org.

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