You can also mail a donation to 208 Old Mill Rd, Martinsburg, WV 25401.  Please write GivingTuesday in the memo.

GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past nine years, this idea has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

Every year, PHH participates in GivingTuesday in 2 ways; we encourage our staff to do something that makes someone’s day a little brighter and we ask our community to help support PHH through giving money, time, or support.

Last year the funds raised were for our Charity Care Fund.  This year donations will be used to fund one or more of the following areas:

Charity Care Program

Charity Care Program

Providing free or reduced-cost in-home care services to our patients in financial need or distress.

Endowment Funds

Endowment Funds

Two established funds at Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation

Emergency Generator

Emergency Generator

To allow for PHH to continue services in the event of a power outage.

Technology

Technology

Staff are out in the field and need access to charting & communication

Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)

Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)

Program specifically designed for CHF patients, which includes protocols to assess and monitor a patient’s cardio-pulmonary status including assessment of the patient’s heart and lung sounds, weight, edema, and medication management.

Total Joint Protocols

Total Joint Protocols

Program designed to ensure timely initiation of care for joint replacement patients including a consistent regiment of physical therapy visits, a home exercise program and patient instruction that promotes a safe return to independence.

Advanced Wound Care Program

Advanced Wound Care Program

Promoting better management of complex wounds including training & certification for RNs; would like to expand training for diabetic & ostomy care
Kristie receives the 2021 Kindness Award at the annual appreciation luncheon.

What happens when a caregiver needs care?

Kristie will tell you frankly that she doesn’t know where she’d be without Panhandle Home Health. She has a unique perspective because she’s been employed by Panhandle since January 2018 as a field nurse and been their patient on several occasions since then.

In April 2019, Kristie began a battle with colon cancer. It’s required multiple surgeries and chemotherapy and Panhandle’s assistance with colostomy and wound care. The foe she took on in December 2020, COVID-19, was even tougher and caused her to be intubated on Christmas Eve and ventilated six days. Released after a month’s hospital stay, Kristie returned home in January 2021 on oxygen, unable to stand, and “with oxygen tubing everywhere.”

Kristie explains that for the next two months Panhandle’s caregivers helped her navigate her “hardest recovery” and regain the ability to walk to the bathroom, conquer steps, sit at the table with her family, and cook a meal. Moreover, their occupational and physical therapists taught Kristie’s family to use assistive devices and techniques that promoted her independence, ensuring her progress when they were not on-site.

Kristie returned to work full-time at the end of March, finished chemo in September, and is currently completing her last round of testing. She is thankful being “in the right place at the right time” connected her with the Panhandle family, who’ve supported her as an employee, by enabling an appropriate home/life balance and checking on her husband and children when she’s been hospitalized, and as a client, by providing the care and encouragement essential to improving her health.