DHHA was founded in 1923, when four Dominican Sisters, all nurses, arrived in Denver to dedicate their lives to caring for the city's sick and poor residents. In 1989, the Dominican Sisters of the Sick Poor turned management and governance over to a local all-volunteer board of directors who changed the name to Dominican Sisters Home Health Agency of Denver, Inc. In 2014, that name was shortened to Dominican Home Health Agency (DHHA). Fueled by the original mission, our lay staff carries on the in-home nursing care and community health services to the poor, sick and elderly of the Denver Metro area.
Goal: DHHA's overarching goal is to support the patient's wish to "age in place" by providing in-home and community-based nursing care and health-related services of the highest quality so that they remain self-sufficient in their homes (the lowest-cost healthcare site) in a way that is safe, healthy and as independent as possible for as long as possible with the dignity and respect they so richly deserve.
Our Impact: Often, without our interventions, our patients would unnecessarily be placed in nursing homes, homeless, continually re-hospitalized, or would die of neglect.
DHHA's ongoing In-Home Nursing Program empowers poor, frail seniors and disabled adults by supporting them as they age in place in their own homes. The program is divided into the following categories:
1) Skilled Nursing Care: Nurses provide ongoing, regular in-home nursing visits, health assessments, nursing interventions, medication management, case management, a nurse-led exercise program, and delivery of emergency nutritious food.
2) Certified Nurses' Aides/Personal Care Providers (CNAs/PCPs) provide hands on care and assistance with activities of daily living. DHHA's Home Health Aides provide a wealth of personal care to homebound, sick and frail elderly and disabled adults. Services include such things as bathing, dressing, light meal preparation, and other personal care services to support our patients in their activities of daily living as they age in place with dignity. Our dedicated and caring home health aides provide these services to help our patients remain safe and independent in their homes.
3) Pastoral Care and Friendly Visitor Program: provide companionship for unmet social and spiritual needs through volunteer Friendly Visitors and a Dominican Brother.
In 2016, 162 In-Home patients were provided with 5,433 visits.
Wellness Clinics - DHHA's Wellness Clinics in 15 low-income subsidized senior housing sites not only help low-income seniors to stay well, but also assist in preventing diseases from escalating to the point where patients will no longer be able to live independently. A wellness assessment includes: weight, blood pressure screening, pulse, oxygen saturation, medication review, geriatric depression screening, review of health status changes, assessment for substance abuse, nutritional risk assessment, functional assessment (Activities of Daily Living), assessment for health knowledge and willingness to engage in health education and referrals to other area health care resources. In 2016, 562 Wellness Clinic patients were provided with 2,861 visits.
Durable Medical Equipment Loan Program- Durable Medical Equipment promotes enhanced mobility and independence. DHHA accepts donations of gently used adaptive equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, rollators, bedside commodes, bath/shower benches, transfer chairs, hospital beds, among others. The equipment is cleaned, sanitized and lent out to DHHA aging patients and people in the community who have limited or no other resources. In 2016, 1,008 community members in need were loaned durable medical equipment.
"I can't explain just how wonderful DHHA is. They saved me." - DHHA Patient
"I feel DHHA is superb, conscientious and provides outstanding care. I have great appreciation and confidence that this is as high quality home health as can be found in Denver!" - Denver Area Physician
"Without the kind of quality nursing care that is provided by DHHA, there is no question these patients would suffer worse health outcomes and have more need for emergency department and inpatient hospitalization care." - Dr. Robin Yasui, Director of Geriatrics for Denver Health Hospital Authority
Our mission is to provide quality nursing care and related services in Metro Denver to the sick in their homes. We give priority to the poor, foster the integrity of family life and assist the elderly and chronically ill to stay at home. We provide these services without regard to the origin, creed or other status of the individual. We will protect the life of all people. We are prepared to adapt to the changing needs of the community and those we serve.