Behavioral Health

By Senior Home Care – Bradenton, Sarasota –

Behavioral HealthSenior Home Care, Inc. is the first provider of its kind to earn accreditation for Behavioral Health Home Care (BHHC) from the Accreditation Commission for Health Care, Inc. (ACHC).

BHHC integrates behavioral health interventions into home care services for patients whose mental illness, substance abuse, intellectual/developmental disabilities make it difficult, or otherwise prevent them from receiving care outside of their homes. Services are provided by a psychiatric nurse and other home care personnel, as ordered by a physician.

“This is an elective, specialty accreditation that ACHC released in August, 2011,” explained Britt Welch, Behavioral Health Manager at ACHC. “A home health organization that decides to voluntarily pursue the accreditation is making a statement that it recognizes and seeks to provide the highest quality of care to this unique and growing population in the home care industry.”

Robert Fusco, Chief Executive Officer of Senior Home Care, added, “We are proud to attain ACHC recognition for meeting some of the nation’s highest industry requirements for patient care, administration, transparency and accountability. It also speaks to the level of expertise, commitment and compassion that our clinicians have in caring for our patients with behavioral health needs.”

ACHC developed BHHC accreditation standards with a focus on training, patient education, assessment, planning and quality improvement. ACHC is a not-for-profit organization that has stood as a symbol of quality and excellence since 1986 ( It is ISO 9001:2008 certified and has CMS Deeming Authority for Home Health, Hospice and DMEPOS (Durable Medical Equipment Providers).

Our Accredited Behavioral Health Program is designed to increase patients’ functional ability by focusing on their unique needs and strengths. A team of trained clinicians provides in-home education and management for psychiatric patients. Our registered nurses are credentialed by our intermediary to ensure the highest quality of care is provided to this particular patient population with DSM-IV Axis I diagnoses.

• Depression or grief issues
• Anxiety, stress, loss of function
• Neurological disorders (Parkinson’s, stroke, dementia, head injury)
• Difficulty coping with pain
• Cognitive impairment issues
• Psychosocial issues

Patient Benefits/Services
• Focus on decreasing acute care hospitalizations
• Medication education and monitoring for compliance
• One-on-one skilled care
• Improvement in quality of life
• Coordination of care with other specially-trained disciplines such as Occupational, Physical or Speech Therapies
• Better understanding of condition and how to manage effectively
• Emotional status evaluation, guidance with coping skills and problem-solving techniques
• Coordination with facilities, physicians, the patient and their family
• Self-care training
• Teaching skills for mental and physical well-being
• Crisis management planning
• Training for caregivers and family members

Doctor Benefits
• Standardized testing results
• Assessment of patient lifestyle to identify issues
• Comprehensive case management including a single point of contact
• Focus on optimal outcomes
• Physician protocol compliance
• Specific teaching guides for comprehensive care
• Thorough physical assessment
• Outcomes monitoring

Treating seniors with the compassion and quality they deserve is not only part of our mission; it is at the very core of everything we do. Our patients are always our top priority.

Bradenton Office
101 Riverfront Blvd. Suite 600
Bradenton, FL 34205
Phone: (941) 527-1200
Fax: (941) 527-1210

Sarasota Office
5560 Bee Ridge Road
Sarasota, FL 34233
Phone: (941) 363-4590
Fax: (941) 363-4595

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