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Good morning and welcome to the restore home health podcast. My name is Paul James Mathurin and I represent him out today. We’re still home health delivering home health services in Oklahoma to your door in the comfort of your own home. Now it is a matter of you having heart surgery lung surgery. You know it doesn’t matter if you’re having a hip replacement surgery knee surgery I don’t care what it is you’re just sick and any can take care of a home restore home health. Oklahoma is a company that you can really count on. Now I’m actually a marketer first on health and I have been in market for a home health of Oklahoma for the past two years. Now one of the things that I find is building relationships with case managers in the hospital now. What is a case manager now a case manager. As far as my perspective and the perspective of home health and the needs that you may have for home health in Oklahoma is a nurse of sorts who will take care of you take care of your charts and all that. And you know communicate communicate with a doctor.
To make sure that you’re getting everything that you need and all the communication is going on in this case manager is more of an intermediary between the doctor and your Hemphill’s company and your parents home to communicate exactly what is going on.
And so ladies and gentlemen King Larry Larry Montgomery the one and only. No I didn’t stutter. I didn’t make a mistake. King Larry has walked into the building and he has some something very special to share with us. No still home health of Oklahoma delivering home health services to your door. They do deliver services and that’s something that we’re still very good at. However it’s not a it’s not the only thing the of health focus is on delivering health services in Oklahoma is important. However the picture is a lot bigger now Larry. Welcome to the studio my friend.
Thank you very much Paul. It is very good to be here this morning. I’m wide awake and I am ready to speak in answer to your questions. I have lots of things to talk about so I can talk for hours.
So fantastic. That’s what we love. That’s why we laugh now. We’re still him help me. Larry Mongomery from restall himself delivering health services in Oklahoma. Now you just you just got back from somewhere very very special to tell us.
Tell the listeners Oh the raging fans out there we just we just came from.
Well I just returned from a mission to a medical mission trip in Bolivia. We were in a town called a town in a village called Villa Sanai which is about three miles from Santa Cruz which is a predominately large larger city in Bolivia. The village is a village of about 400 people and it’s surrounded by other villages of no similar size and very remote very isolated and very separated from medical services.
And so we were able to take group there with lots of medical supplies medications the nurses physicians dentists and arrive there for a week and open up a clinic and people from all over came and I received needed medical care. So it was a lot of we we enjoyed that.
We’ve seen a lot of acute conditions and we’ve seen a lot of conditions that we see back home in our home healthcare services conditions that need ongoing treatment and unfortunately you know once that medication runs out there in Bolivia you know I’m not sure what happens until we go back. Are we seeing more medications. But those are things that our team will sit down with in a couple of weeks and try to figure out.
Fantastic fantastic. Now you mentioned to me before before you left something I want to share with the views and this is something that obviously is a lot bigger than the vision of just home health in and of itself. This is something to restore home health funded right.
That’s right. Home health of Oklahoma
You know restore home health as has always given me the opportunity and the freedom I’m surrounded by a wonderful staff a wonderful group of individuals administrative staff employees nurses allows me the opportunity to leave and not worry about whether or not things are going to be taken care of. I know that our patients receive the highest quality of care from our home care services and that restore home health. And so I can leave and go on these sort of mission trips to sort of kind of revive myself and kind of go away and reflect on exactly what we’re doing and restore home health and how we can do it better. You know these mission trips are not just about going out and doing service. They’re also about going out and sort of kind of giving me ideas about caring for the people that we have here in Oklahoma. And while that might sound strange really a lot of what I learned transcends into patient care here you know while we care for the poorest of the individuals there we also care for the fourth of individuals in the home. And there is a lot of similarities in the way we care for those people.
Excellent excellent. One thing I definitely admire about you Larry is you’re half the people and the relationships that you hold. I’ve seen I’ve seen you Larry you know with your family. Speaking of speaking of your family in the great relationship with them you were fortunate enough to be able to take your son along with you right.
That’s right. That’s right. That’s a big smile on my face. My oldest son who’s 18 just graduated high school. He’ll be heading out to college. This was an opportunity for us to spend the week together without internet service without telephone calls and text messages and serve together. The funny thing about it is he asked about home health care services while we were there. One of the nurses that lives there in the village who attends to the needs of the individuals and she supported by individuals here in Oklahoma through the United Methodist Conference United Methodist Conference and she does home care visits and so it was an interesting to have a conversation with her and what little bit of Spanish that I speak. And Ethan was quite impressed that they would they would be able to care for individuals in the home. Are there not homes like we have but they are homes indeed that they that we respect and. Anything. I was quite surprised to know that even in remote locations home care services are needed. And just like we do it restore home health care nurse that goes out and provides those services and checks on individuals that can’t leave their home that they’re homebound. She travels a long ways.
She has a motorcycle and because she goes to very remote locations where a car can’t go in some of our nurses that restore home health care could probably use a motorcycle or some of the locations they get especially here in Oklahoma.
And so it was great to have this kind of conversation with Ethan about what we do restore home health care and what the individuals there in Bolivia do as far as how they care for people. And so but it was also good to just connect on a on a on a deeper level with him of service and really get him service minded before he goes off to college. And I was very impressed with him about as we were leaving. You know he understood that we wouldn’t always be able to do this together but he would continue to do this in his lives. That was very encouraging to me.
So that’s what a fine example of a father you are. You know we win some we lose some.
And I think this was a win for me in this week’s show for a show and definitely understand that one of the. Speaking of this is I think one of the one of the most under-rated professions out there is nothing or under appreciated professions you know nurses do so much. I’ve seen it. I’ve seen it firsthand. Fortunate enough to where I can you know interact with nurses on a very regular basis know something about you Larry is that you are extremely knowledgeable and extremely knowledgeable. So you’re a nurse correct.
That is absolutely correct. I’ve been a nurse for over 22 years. I started off as a vocational nurse when I was 19. I didn’t I’m not exactly sure what the pool was. I started off as a nurse’s aide working at a hospital in Muskogee Oklahoma working at their local hospital and the rehab department and then I went to vocational school before back before I went to college. Home health of Oklahoma
And and just sort of kind of continued. And then I went back to college and got my degree in nursing. And so I’ve done nursing my entire life. It’s all I know.
That’s fantastic and I would say that you know even though you know a lot more because I’ve never asked you a question and you didn’t know the answer and I guess in this world. Home health of Oklahoma
Well some of it might be made. That’s great. That’s great. Home health of Oklahoma
I definitely appreciate your expensive knowledge Larry and I know a lot of other people do which kind of explains why your phone never stops ringing. That’s right. That’s better. But you always have the time to pick up the phone or respond to a text message even if it does you know take 24 hours in a day you know to to to respond to people’s inquiries and whatnot. Now the nurses that we have on staff are definitely very very passionate about because they have a lot of care and I think that really does extend from the foundation that you provided. As a nurse for restore home health is the kind of the kind of atmosphere which was which was projected from the get go. Now tell me a little bit about the nursing staff that we have and the relationship you have with them and how you keep things going so smoothly at least from the outside looking in. Home health of Oklahoma
Well you know I mean a lot of the nurses that work for restore home health care and have worked in home health for years. You know when I say that the current staff that I have you know in the Tulsa office has over 100 years of experience a hundred years of that experiences they’ve had that with me.
I used to work at a different location and I spent about 10 years there sort of kind of building this organization in the Tulsa metro. And many of those nurses worked there and then and when I transitioned into building restore a lot of those nurses while they weren’t asked to come they asked me to come ask to come with me. And so over time a lot of these nurses have worked with me and some of them have worked with me for over 15 years. And so I don’t I don’t want to say oh this is something that I’ve done but you know what. Home health of Oklahoma
When I look at nursing I look at the individuals. Nursing is a hard job. You know I say you know nursing you know people get into nursing thinking you know various things about I want to care for people and you know I have a heart for caring for people in most nurses do. Home health of Oklahoma
But when you get into home health there’s a lot of things that are while you have the opportunity to care for people there’s a lot of things that are hard about how you know they’re different than the hospital because you spend a lot of time alone and you’re out in the field caring for people and you have to make a lot of decisions on your own. I consider home health one of those specialties that’s very difficult and it requires a very special nurse. Home health of Oklahoma
And so once you find those nurses that work and home health and they have demonstrated this ability to manage things and have this autonomous skill you hang on to them and you treat them well and you know you’re only as good as the people that work for you and the nurses that we have are exceptional of the highest quality and they work in home health for years. And I have a lot of respect for them and I think that having a lot of respect for people keeps people around me. I genuinely believe that you treat people the way you want to be treated. It starts at the core and starts right there. I mean that’s the golden rule or the Golden Rule to love one another. Home health of Oklahoma
I mean that actually works in the business place as well. Despite what many people would say that that doesn’t work. Well it does work. And the nurses we have have done home health for many years and they’re an exceptional bunch of individuals. Home health of Oklahoma
And we we focus our goals our goals are very precision. They’re to the point. We set our priorities. We focus on the one thing that we need to fix. If there’s something that’s broken we focus on that and we fix it and we make it right and then we move on to the next thing. And we don’t just kind of fill their plates with a whole bunch of things that they need to do at once. But we focus on one thing at a time and that allows them to become the best nurse that they can possibly be. And so while we we pay attention to them and respect them we also sort of kind of build them up into being the best nurse that they can possibly be.
Fantastic. Fantastic. That’s a really it’s just wonderful Larry. I’m constantly astonished at the breadth of skills and knowledge that the nurses have in the sense that they can deliver you know care for people people have had a replacement of that joint they could deliver care for an open wound. You know somebody just needs anything that they need home care for. They can deliver those home health services in the comfort of the patient’s home.
And it’s just such such a wide expanse you know for instance one about one around this is you know we’ll go straight from you know taking care of somebody’s wound going and assisting somebody with their medication having the knowledge of you know organizing which medications to take when you know to help patients that are confused that are alone and they can even have time to kind of deliver them emotional emotional attention as well which which really is just it’s just astonishing to me. So what would you say you know as far as wound care. That’s something that I’ve really had to come to grips with understanding what kind of experience is that what kind of experience do our nurses have with wound care patients. Home health of Oklahoma
Well I mean in the home care setting I mean you’re going to see some of the worse sort of wounds that any individual might have. You know I mean in the hospital setting you know wounds are sort of kind of treated on an acute level and then people are sent home and most times I mean you can’t keep someone in hospital who has a chronic wound. And so these are what we call pressure sores. You know where someone who has been in bed for a long time and they’ve laid in a certain position and they develop what they call a pressure ulcer and these sort of wounds you know typically happen on the Coxeter or the hip or the heel. And you know and they these individuals are referred to us. And there are very deep wounds and some of them are to the bone. And so our nurses who are highly trained they’ve seen these many many times and they go out and they treat these wounds with some of the most scientifically proven products out there to manage wounds in some of these products are relatively new on the market. We we’re connected with the third party vendors who keep us up with the latest and greatest in-home care technology. As far as how products heal wounds so we can actually help people get better. You know a lot of times years ago I worked at Home Health for 20 years you know or over 20 years. Home health of Oklahoma
And the home health industry we would look at you know some of these wounds and we would say they would never get better and that oftentimes people would pass on before these wounds would improve. Well now in the home healthcare industry we look at the products when we go. This product will actually heal this wound. And so we know it will if it’s used properly. And so our nurses and our home care agency at home Hill know and understand some of the most of these wound care products most of these new ones because they see you receive constant training on them and they can go back and then go. I select this wound care product for this patient connect with the doctor communicate with them and the doctor says yeah that sounds great. Let’s do it. And then we set that patient up and we see lots of wound care healing from that vantage point we also see lots of surgical wounds because we take care of lots of post-operative joint replacements. Those wounds are very very clean. They heal very quickly. But you know with any type of surgery there’s always a risk for complications and sometimes those wounds get infected or they open up and the nurse has to understand how to treat that and they have to understand how to treat it immediately. And our nurses have worked with so many different types of post-operative wounds. And so in our home health care agency we’ve spent a lot of time training them on how to identify things early so that they don’t get out of hand. And so once you identify the wound early the home health care nurse can go out there and treated immediately. So it doesn’t get any worse than that than it should. Home health of Oklahoma
And you know so our nurses have spent a lot of time overall and they’ve worked with me in a long time so each one of them knows quite a bit about wound care and how to treat wounds in the home. And we’ve seen we’ve seen our fair share of wounds that have been just absolutely horrendous that you would think would never heal. And we’ve we’ve seen them go from very bad to closed and healed and very happy family members and patients who are able to move about their life and have increased independence. Home health of Oklahoma
Fantastic. Fantastic. Now you had mentioned you know small wounds incision wounds from from surgery surgery surgical is now. Let’s just let’s just say I’m 65. I’m pretty pretty close to that anyway. So it’s 65 right. And I end up you know at my hips it’s got a little you 65 years a goose you know. So I used to play American football which is to say that anyway. So I want to get hip replacement surgery. I’ve had my surgery. The wound is clean although fresh and I need home health. So what does that look like as far as you know taking care of the wound and what other services might I receive.
Well I mean a lot of that’s dependent upon the physician that actually replaced your hip. You know different physicians have different protocols for how you care for the incision afterwards and the type of physical therapy that you would receive at home you know with joint replacement every physician has sort of a best practice that they follow. And we understand because we’ve worked with most of the physicians in the Tulsa metro we’ve worked with several of them in the Oklahoma City metro. So and we’ve worked with several of them in Muskogee County and so we have a huge list of physicians protocols to follow after joint replacement surgery. And so our homecare nurses will go in and they’ll understand which physician it is.
And so you’ll get the referral you’ll come home. You’ll get a phone call from the nurse they’ll come out and see the next day depending upon which type of dressing you have on the incision. It may or may not come off. Some of them stay on there for two weeks or some fantastic technology out there that allows a dressing to stay on there for two weeks come off and the wound is completely healed. It’s it’s fantastic. You know ten years ago we would never dream that we would have that sort of technology where we can put a dressing on there and leave it in place and the home care nurse would not have to touch it and that we don’t worry about it because it has this technology where it has silver and gold and silver as an anti-microbial and this anti-microbial attacks and any sort of kind of infection that may be trying to grow around the incision. And so the science now says to leave the dressing alone. The more you interfere with the wound bed or the healing process the longer it takes for it to heal. So if you can leave the dressing alone it’ll heal and you can leave the wound alone by leaving the dressing alone you will heal faster. And so the nurse will come out to do a comprehensive assessment at your home and they’ll ask you questions about your history.
They’ll take a look at your medications and they’ll do a medication reconciliation to make sure that you don’t have you’re not taking anything that’s dangerous or you’re not taking to of anything or three of anything that are the same thing that you’re not taking too much blood thinner and they’ll sort of kind of make contact with your physician if you are an old sort of verify all of your medications they’ll check your vital signs do full head to body full head to toe assessment and then they’ll document all these things and then they’ll put them in a record and order and they’ll send it to your physician and then you’ll get a follow up. Usually that same day by a physical therapist who will come out and do an evaluation they’ll create a plan of care and that plan of care is designed to number one instruct the next few therapists who come out to how to care for you and what sort of exercises to do with you and those exercises are designed to get you. Paul you got your new hip back up on your feet so you can get out of your home and not need home health services anymore. And so once you get back up then you’ll be referred to an outpatient therapy. And those sort of locations are all over. And you know years we can get to pick which one. And you generally your physician will have an outpatient therapy department that they prefer to use. Home health of Oklahoma
Fantastic King Larry once again it was such a pleasure to spend this time with you and discuss home health services of Oklahoma you know restoring health delivering those health services to make sure that you get better and in a timely manner and in a healthy manner. So once again thank you so much Larry.
That’s right. Well thank you Paul. I mean it’s always it’s always fun on these mornings to talk about home health care services something I’m very passionate about and individuals that need home health. Home health of Oklahoma
I really feel like that what we’re doing is different because we we believe we believe in the outcome of caring for people and it’s not just a business but it’s a mission and a service to care for people. And it’s a mission and a service to see people get well. And so while a lot of a lot of home health gets tangled up in the business aspect for us patient care is still number one and seeing people get well and move on in their lives and move to independence is our primary goal. Restore home health care. And so if anyone ever has any questions or concerns they want to know more about home health. You know I’m always available you know and they can call our Tulsa office at 9 1 8 7 4 7 1 3 2 0 and I’ll be more than happy to answer questions about home health care services. More than happy to answer questions about restore home health care.
Thanks Mary. Thank you so much. It’s 9 1 8 7 4 7 1 3 2 0. Restore him health a very profound message in that it is not a business but it’s a mission. Thank you so much for listening and we’ll catch you next time. Home health of Oklahoma