Home Healthcare

Advanced home care and medical support

At O’Connell Care at Home, we offer holistic home healthcare services that not only care for the medical needs of our clients, but for their mental and emotional needs as well. 

Our skilled nurses, certified nursing assistants, and nurse practitioners are among the most highly trained and fully accredited personnel in the state. They differ from Elder Care providers in their level of training and the kind of services they provide. Where Elder Care—companion care, custodial care, respite care, homemaking support, and transportation services—deals with the activities of daily life (ADL), O’Connell’s in-home healthcare includes skilled nursing and rehabilitation services provided by professionals, including:

  • Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA). CNAs are trained to assist nurses by taking vital signs, such as heart rate and blood pressure, collecting blood samples, and dressings. They have a diploma or associates degree and must pass an exam in order to be credentialed.
  • Licensed Visiting Nurses (LVN) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN). These are essentially the same position. Both LVNs and LPNs must have completed a diploma or a degree program and passed a certification exam. They work under the supervision of an RN.
  • Registered Nurses (RN). RNs have a Bachelor’s degree and a license that allows them to provide a higher level of skilled care. They can pre-fill medications and insulin syringes, administer intravenous injections and tube feeding, prepare care plans, and change sterile dressings. In addition, they supervise the non-medical services provided by O’Connell’s CNAs, HHAs, LVNs.
  • Family Nurse Practitioners (FNP or NP). These professionals have an advanced degree in nursing and can serve as the primary health provider. Like a doctor, they have the clinical expertise to diagnose and treat health conditions, conduct exams and prescribe medication.

  • How we begin

    Determining who we send to your home begins with an in-person assessment by our Director of Private Care Services. This assessment may include but is not limited to:

  • A review of the client's health status, medical needs, nutritional needs, and support system
  • A functional analysis
  • Identification of safety issues
  • An evaluation of overall quality of life
  • Whether it is short-term care after a hospital or rehab stay or medical support on an ongoing basis, O'Connell's Home Healthcare services provide the necessary continuum of care to clients in Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin counties of Western Massachusetts.