Our services can include, but are not limited to the following:
COG Home Health registered nurses (RN) and licensed practical nurses (LPN) assess your condition and work with your physician to provide individualized care.
Our skilled nurses:
- Assess your physical condition
- Teach you about your diagnosis and treatment
- Monitor your response to medicine and teach you how to manage them yourself
- Provide wound care and dressing changes
- Treat wounds with Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT)
- Manage the use of urinary catheters
- Provide ostomy management
- Help you manage your pain
- Provide infusion therapy
Rehabilitation Therapies: Physical, Occupational, and Speech-Language Therapy
Physical, occupational, and speech therapists help you to regain functional abilities that allow you to return to your normal routine. COG Home Health works with a team of therapists who share a broad base of expertise from years of working in inpatient, outpatient, and home health settings.
Physical Therapy (PT)
Physical therapists help you improve muscle strength, regain functional movement, relieve pain, and properly use medical equipment.
Based on your needs, our physical therapists:
- Evaluate your physical condition and abilities
- Help you recover from surgery, including joint replacements
- Help you improve your ability to walk, change position, and generally get around better (mobility skills)
- Recommend and teach you how to use assistive devices, such as canes and walkers, when needed
- Determine if you are at risk of falling and if so, recommend ways to stay safe
- Lead you in exercises to improve the movement of your joints (range of motion), build strength and improve endurance, and improve balance and coordination
Occupational Therapy (OT)
Occupational therapists help you regain your ability or learn new ways to perform everyday activities, such as bathing, dressing, or preparing meals.
Based on your needs occupational therapists:
- Evaluate your ability to complete everyday activities
- Recommend and teach you how to use adaptive devices, such as grab bars and shower chairs, when needed
- Teach you ways to compensate for your impairments and find new ways to complete tasks
Speech Therapy (ST)
Speech therapists help you improve overall communication and swallowing abilities.
Based on your needs speech therapists:
- Lead you in exercises that help you re-learn how to speak, read, and/or write
- Provide you with activities to improve orientation, memory, and judgment skills
- Help you develop alternative ways to communicate
Medical Social Work (MSW)
Medical social workers can help you manage and overcome difficult circumstances related to changes in health and recovery.
Based on your needs Medical Social Workers:
- Help you cope with the emotional stress of an accident or illness
- Work with you to arrange for financial assistance
- Connect you with community resources, such as Meals on Wheels or Vitran Plus so you can continue to receive the help you
Home Health Aide (HHA)
Under the supervision of our professional staff, experienced home health aides provide assistance with daily living activities in the home. To be eligible, you must be unable to manage your personal care needs and have an ongoing need for skilled care from a nurse or rehabilitation therapist.
Our home health aides assist with:
- Personal hygiene
- Elimination needs
- Safe mobility and exercises
- Cleanliness of your personal living space
Meet Our Staff
Kim Jerome, R.N., B.S.N.
Kim Jerome is the Director of Home Health Services and has worked in the area of home care for the past six years. Kim has dedicated her life to healthcare and has worked across the US in various healthcare settings. Presently, she is a candidate for her Doctorate of Nursing Practice at Capella University. Ms. Jerome believes that improving health literacy can directly affect quality of life and patient outcomes and strives to do so with each and every homecare client she encounters.
Keri Taylor, R.N.
Keri Taylor is the Home Health Clinical Manager and has spent the last 24 years in emergency medicine. "I came to St. Croix as an ER travel nurse eight years ago and immediately fell in love with the Island, and I made it my full time residence three years ago." Keri is very excited about her new adventure in Home Health and feels like she can make a huge difference in the community that she loves so much. The ability to make a difference in the healthcare on the island is her passion and she is certain that Home Health will allow her to make that difference.
Heike Nilgen, R.N.
A German native, Heike Nilgen moved to St. Croix in 1998, where she completed her Associates Degree in nursing in 2003. After gathering experience in pediatric and adult patient care by working in hospitals in St. Croix, Florida, California, and New Mexico, she began a career in home health in 2008. Here she worked in different positions as a clinical supervisor, case manager, patient liaison, and an auditor, and was able to extend her clinical and administrative knowledge base in the area of home health. Heike Nilgen has worked with COG since August 1, 2016, as the QA/Compliance Officer.