SunPorch Home Health now available to local, area residents

SunPorch Home Health now available to local, area residents

April 2018 • Contact: Amy Timmons, 785-282-0519 •

The recent opening of SunPorch Home Health was “an answer to a prayer” because the need is so great in north central Kansas, said Amy Timmons, registered nurse for the new service.

“We have a large elderly population in our area and home-health services are critical for treatment and prevention,” Timmons said. “Our mission is to provide this local service for patients who need in-home, skilled-nursing care, as well as physical and occupational therapies.”

SunPorch Home Health officially opened April 2. SunPorch of Smith County has partnered with Lincoln Park Manor Home Health in Lincoln to bring home-health services to Smith and surrounding counties.

Anyone who has had a recent hospital stay or the worsening of a health-care issue may want to consider home health.

“For example, patients with diabetes may need assessment of their blood sugars and/or help with their insulin treatment,” Timmons said. “We also provide important education to patients and families.”

Other home-health services include: catheter care; surgical recovery, including joint replacements; medication management; stroke recovery; and wound care.

Services are not limited to the elderly.

The home-health team of registered nurses works closely with a patient’s physician to develop an individualized plan of care.

“Our nurses are the extension of the physician’s eyes and ears,” Timmons commented. “During each home visit, the patient receives a head-to-toe assessment by a skilled professional. Information is then relayed to the physician.

Home-health nurses receive ongoing education to keep up-to-date on the services they provide, Timmons noted.

“Of course, we also rely on our past experiences. For instance, having worked in emergency- and operating-room settings, I can draw on those experiences,” she said.

As a home-health nurse, Timmons has given IV antibiotics; and performed wound care, tracheostomy care, pleurX drainage, which entails draining fluid from the space surrounding the lungs; and other procedures.

“The focus of home health is teaching patients how to manage their medical issues with our support,” Timmons said. “One of our main goals is to prevent hospitalization because patients thrive better in their own homes.

“The best part about our new service is that we are local. It is so much better to have our local medical staff available to care for our local residents. We are so grateful to SunPorch for bringing this important service to our area.”

The SunPorch Home Health office is located at SunPorch of Smith County at Smith County Memorial Hospital. In most cases, Medicare pays 100 percent of home-health costs.

Timmons and her husband, John, are Smith County natives; they live on his family’s farm west of Smith Center. They are active in their church and are 20-year members of Kiwanis. They have two adult children, Tony and Angela, and eight grandchildren.

Artis Perret, SunPorch vice president, said “we feel privileged to have Amy join our home-health team. Since she is a Smith County native, she enjoys many long-term relationships and has a deep sense of commitment to her patients and the community.

“I am so pleased with her determination to provide the quality care that our neighbors deserve,” Perret continued. “Amy’s enthusiasm is contagious and all of us are excited to have her on our team.”


John Grace