To best meet the individual and complex medical needs of our long-term acute care patients, Henry Ford Allegiance CareLink uses a team approach. We have found that the supportive teamwork approach is the most effective and efficient way to ensure excellence.
Teams are led by a physician and include representatives from nurses, care coordinators and dietary service providers, as well as respiratory, physical, occupational and speech therapists, as appropriate to the case. Physician specialists are also included when needed. Patients and their family members are important members of the team as well.
Every Henry Ford Allegiance CareLink patient is evaluated by the team so that we can customize a care plan for his or her individual needs, in order to achieve the best overall outcome.
Learn more about the individual members that make up our comprehensive care team.
Physicians are responsible for planning the treatment, care and rehabilitation of each of their patients, in accordance with individual medical needs.
Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants assist the physicians and the rest of the team in identifying the treatment plan. They also assist in the management of patient care to meet individual patient needs and goals.
Nurses provide 24-hour patient care, helping to shape treatment plans, while assessing patient progress. Henry Ford Allegiance CareLink nurses have strong caring skills and help patients and families adjust to their illness or disease process.
Care Coordinators are usually the first Henry Ford Allegiance CareLink staff members a patient will meet. These caring team members may visit patients at home or in the hospital to help them know what they can expect during their stay.
Registered Dietitians evaluate each patient’s nutritional status upon arrival at Henry Ford Allegiance CareLink and make dietary recommendations. They are also available for dietary consultation with patients and families throughout the hospital stay.
Respiratory Therapists maximize the patient’s ability to breathe comfortably and provide respiratory support through nebulized medications, non-invasive ventilation or invasive ventilatory care.
Pharmacists oversee patient medications. They also educate patients and their families about any possible side effects or drug interactions related to discharge medications.
Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists help patients improve their ability to perform normal daily activities within the limitations of their medical condition.
Wound Care team members evaluate and treat wounds. They also instruct patients and family members regarding how to clean, treat and dress wounds to promote healing.
Pastoral Care team members address the spiritual needs of patients and their families.
Case Managers act as the primary link between the patient and the care team. They make sure the patient’s needs are being met and help make the discharge process and the return home as smooth as possible for patients and their families.